No one can deny the irrepressible force of British jazz music right now, as an abundance of artists are bursting out of London and elsewhere, bringing a once slept-on genre to the masses at festivals and shows.
And our own city of Brighton is getting a piece it over the next few months, with the likes of Joe-Armon Jones, Yussef Dayes, Yazmin Lacey and Ezra Collective passing through our seagull-heavy town. We’re looking to do our best to cover it on the magazine front, but you’d all be wise to get yourself down to shows arranged by the likes of One Inch Badge, Mr Bongo and Patterns.
This time we focus on the aforementioned Yussef Dayes, a mesmerising drummer who is set to light up The Haunt this week.
Famously one half of the scene-shaping Yussef Kamaal, Yussef Dayes embodies the recent clamouring for British jazz with his ability to exist and be remarkably successful as a solo artist, too.
Dayes has to be in the top bracket of drummers worldwide and the London local had the deserved honour of making his debut live solo performance at none other than Abbey Road Studios in August (see above). But his live experience is one that is well practised and enthralling, often taking the lead ahead of his talented counterparts for intense solos that leave the audience short of breath. Just ask Offie Mag Resident DJ, Brickcellphone, who caught him live in the summer:
Yussef Dayes was f*cking WILD. – Brickcellphone
Years touring as the funky duo of Yussef Kamaal have refined his performance, showcasing his extraordinary talent on stages as far and wide as Dimensions Festival and as local as the Brighton Dome. Black Focus was the game-changing record left by Dayes and Williams but there’s a feeling that more timeless work is still to come from Yussef, most recently giving us a taste of studio sessions with celebrated pianist, Alfa Mist.
Whoever Dayes brings with him to The Haunt, expect a real spectacle of musicianship and a visual and audible experience to remember. Tickets are available here for the show on September 26th.
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