Neil Yates

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Neil Yates
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Background information
Born 1970
Stockport, Cheshire, England, UK
Genres Jazz, folk
Occupation(s) Performer, Bandleader, Composer, Educator
Instruments Trumpet, Tin Whistle
Years active 1998 - Present
Associated acts New Origins

Neil Yates[1] (born in Stockport, Cheshire, 1970) is a British jazz and folk musician.


Yates studied music at Salford University before moving to London to study jazz at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He lived and worked in London for eight years, playing jazz with National Youth Jazz Orchestra, Peter King, Don Weller, Denys Baptiste, Jazz Jamaica All Stars, Alex Wilson, Clark Tracey, Gary Crosby's Nu Troop and the Caroline Taylor Quintet. During this time Yates also worked as session musician for Brand New Heavies, Supergrass, Black Grape, Lighthouse Family, Alison Moyet, Will Young, Raw Stylus, Suggs, Matt Bianco, Robbie Williams and Rhian Benson.

Yates then chose to spend a year living in a small caravan travelling round the folk music festivals of Britain and Ireland, learning and playing traditional Celtic music, before moving out to the coast of North Wales coast to play and write, and to study Celtic music. During this time he was playing and recording with folk musicians such as Michael McGoldrick, Kate Rusby, John McCusker, Karen Matheson (Capercaille) and John Joe Kelly. Yates was a featured solo artist in Belfast Open House Festival's "Trad with a Difference" evening as the only person ever to successfully interpret Irish traditional styles onto the trumpet.

Yates later formed the band e2K, a group influenced by jazz, English folksong, Irish melodies and rhythms from Ghana (West Africa). It was with this group that Yates secured a two-album deal with the London-based independent record label Topic Records.[2]

Yates was a featured soloist in the Manchester Jazz Festival 2005 special commission alongside pianist John Taylor. It was at this festival that Yates debuted his own project "New Origins". The band later recorded in March the same year and released their album Neil Yates: New Origins,[3] on Yates' own label, Carnyx Records.

As a composer Yates was commissioned to write "Sketches of a Northern Town" for Manchester Jazz Festival 2006, also performed at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2007[4] and later to write "Surroundings" - an antiphonal suite for jazz orchestra that premiered at Manchester Jazz Festival 2010.

In November 2011 British jazz label Edition Records released Yates' second album, Neil Yates: Five Countries.[5]

Yates currently lectures in jazz trumpet and improvisation at Leeds College of Music, where he directs the LCoM Big Band, and at Salford University. He formerly held similar posts at Royal Northern College of Music and the Birmingham Conservatoire.


As a leader[edit]

  • 2011: "Five Countries" — Neil Yates (Edition Records)
  • 2005: New Origins — Neil Yates (Carnyx Records)

Other appearances[edit]

  • 2006: Manchester Road — John Thorne's Oedipus Complex (Surface to Air)
  • 2006: Echo Architect — Stuart McCallum (CD Baby)
  • 2005: The Other Side of Notting Hill — Cameron Pierre (Candid Productions)
  • 2005: Llanita — Almeida Girl & Descaga (Latin Jungle)
  • 2005: The Girl Who Couldn't FlyKate Rusby (Pure Records)
  • 2005: WiredMichael McGoldrick (Vertical Records)
  • 2004: Star Mountain Sessions — Improvokation (Forged Records)
  • 2004: Globe Trekker - Earth Journeys, Vol. 2 — Soundtrack (Pilot Productions)
  • 2004: Goodnight GingerJohn McCusker (Pure Records)
  • 2004: If Not Now — e2K (Topic Records)
  • 2003: My Thrawn Glory — James Grant (Vertical Records)
  • 2003: Heartlands — Kate Rusby (Pure Records)
  • 2003: Underneath the Stars — Kate Rusby (Pure Records)
  • 2003: Merry Christmas And A Happy New YearNational Youth Jazz Orchestra (NYJO)
  • 2003: Friday's Child (album)Will Young (BMG)
  • 2002: QuestChris While & Julie Matthews (Fat Cat Records)
  • 2002: MigrationsGary Crosby's Nu Troop (Dune)
  • 2002: 10 — Kate Rusby (Pure Records)
  • 2002: Time To FallKaren Matheson (Vertical Records)
  • 2002: EchoesMatt Bianco (Victor)
  • 2002: Slightly Askew — Chris Bowden (Ninja Tune)
  • 2002: Sound EngineJoe Broughton (Salenella Records)
  • 2001: Shift — e2K (Topic Records)
  • 2001: The Curse of the MekonsThe Mekons (Collectors Choice)
  • 2000: Fused — Michael McGoldrick (Vertical Records)
  • 2000: We Love the CityHefner (Pure Records)
  • 2000: Film — Jessica Lauren (Melt)
  • 2000: On top — Akimbo (Acid Jazz)
  • 2000: Good Fruit — Hefner (Pure Records)
  • 1999: For the Moment — Caroline Taylor Quintet (CMT)
  • 1999: The Fidelity Wars — Hefner (Pure Records)
  • 1999: Marillion.comMarillion (Sanctuary Records)
  • 1998: Rude Awakening — Toss the Feathers (Magnetic Music)
  • 1998: The Three Pyramid ClubSuggs (Warner Bros. Records)
  • 1998: This Way UpEdward II (Ock Records)
  • 1998: World Go Round — Matt Bianco (JVC)
  • 1998: Stupid Stupid Stupid — Black Grape (MCA)
  • 1998: A/C Collection — Matt Bianco (JVC)
  • 1997: In It For The MoneySupergrass (Parlophone)
  • 1996: Cottoning On — National Youth Jazz Orchestra (NYJO)
  • 1996: Two Step To Heaven — Edward II (Cooking Vinyl)
  • 1996: Zest — Edward II (Ock Records)
  • 1995: In Control — National Youth Jazz Orchestra (NYJO)
  • 1995: Close to YouThe Brand New Heavies (FFRR)
  • 1995: Gran Via — Matt Bianco (JVC)
  • 1995: Prawns — Big Cheese All-Stars (Big Cheese)
  • 1995: Pushing Against The Flow — Raw Stylus (Geffen)
  • 1994: Hallmark — National Youth Jazz Orchestra (NYJO)
  • 1994: Car Sex — Annabella Lwin (Sony)
  • 1992: Dashing Away — Edward II (Pure Bliss)
  • 1991: Wicked Men — Edward II (Pure Bliss)
  • 1990: Freedom and RainOyster Band & June Tabor (Cooking Vinyl)[6]


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