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 and 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 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.
Whether you see the band in instrumental or vocal form, no two gigs are ever the same.

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".

Project pH features the skills of London-based guitarist Nick Linnik, who provides a stunning display of highly compelling soloing as the newest member of the band. 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. Pianist Hamish Balfour brings a wide range of experience as a composer and arranger. His training in both classical and jazz as well as as a dance music producer, gives him the perfect mix of skills for the band sound. The voices of the band are provided by the superb soulful delivery of vocalists Paris Ruel and Adeola Shyllon. 

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 masterclass sessions in conjunction with the band's live events.

Funkgurus is pleased to represent Project pH for international festivals, clubs, and tours.

Main band photographs courtesy of Tina KorhonenZhytnikova
Download Yolanda Charles' Press Kit here
Main Yolanda Charles photograph courtesy of Maria Zhytnikova
Check out Yolanda's recent interview on The Paul Weller Fan Podcast here



Recent Engagements


  • Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club
  • Spice of Life, Soho London
  • UK Bass Guitar Show
  • Coolham Live Music Club
  • Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle
  • The Marrs Bar
  • Verdict Jazz Club
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