Yolanda Charles' Project pH

Yolanda Charles' Project pH
Project pH is a group of musicians brought together by session bassist Yolanda Charles. 

Yolanda is well-known to music fans and industry professionals worldwide. In 2020, she was awarded an MBE for her services to music. She has spent her career performing live with artists such as Hans Zimmer, Squeeze, Robbie Williams, and Paul Weller, as well as recording with BB King, Mick Jagger, Dave Stewart, and Queen, to mention a few.

Project pH presents its music through intricately planned elements that are frequently unanticipated, with a wink or glance signaling accents or arrangement changes. The interplay and connecting possibilities are numerous, which allows the musicians to 'breathe'. Whether you see the band in instrumental or vocal form, no two gigs are ever the same. Project pH features a diverse range of musical styles, including beautiful ballads, heavy funk-fusion instrumentals, and modern R&B-influenced soulful tunes. Their musical variety has drawn comparisons to Parliament/Funkadelic, Herbie Hancock's Headhunters, Prince, Yes, and Return to Forever, as well as Don Blackman, John Scofield, and even the Mahavishnu Orchestra.

Project pH features the skills of Australian Kim Murray, who offers a display of vibrant sound-crafting and compelling soloing as lead guitarist. The dynamic and versatile Laurie Lowe on drums, is known for his work as part of the Preston, Glasgow & Lowe trio as well as a myriad of names in the UK jazz scene, Laurie's presence in Project pH brings the full range of the compositions to life. Pianist Hamish Balfour brings a wide range of experience as a composer and arranger. His training in both classical & jazz and as a dance music producer, gives him the perfect mix of skills for the band. The voices of the band are provided by superb International vocalists Paris Ruel and Adeola Shyllon and Roberto Manzin guests regularly on Tenor Saxophone.

As a frequent performer for guitar, bass and amps leader Fender and other leading manufacturers at major international music conventions and trade shows, Yolanda is also available for Masterclasses sessions in conjunction with the band's live events.

Funkgurus is proud to offer Project pH for international festival & club gigs and tours.

Main band photographs courtesy of Tina KorhonenZhytnikova

Main Yolanda Charles photograph courtesy of Maria Zhytnikova

Recent Engagements

  • Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club
  • Spice of Life, Soho London
  • UK Bass Guitar Show
  • Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle
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