One of Britains best kept Jazz secrets (Zeffirellis, Ambleside)
UK trio, The Neil C. Young trio (now Quartet) have been working together since 2005 with the release of their first recording, ‘Take a seat’ which Keith Ames of the Musicians Union, declared ‘Excellent feel good instrumental jazz!’.
The Neil C. Young Trio released ‘El Camino’ in the autumn of 2011, the follow up to the acclaimed ‘Where’s yours?’ and distributed through Canadian American Records (U.S.A) and WOA Records (India.) Both received initial entries into the Grammy awards by Canadian American Records in 2011, 2012 and 2014 in the Improvised Solo, Instrumental Jazz and Jazz Single categories respectively.
Incorporating aspects of bands led by John Scofield, Keith Jarrett, George Benson and Billy Cobham, the trio is ‘full of soul and energy’ and, ‘the arrangements are beautiful’, writes Eric Elias from the US magazine “Just Jazz Guitar Magazine”.
The Neil C Young Trio (Q’tet) are a tight, exciting and fresh live outfit, and performances are, as Ian Mann (The Jazz Mann) so eloquently put ‘…great fun to see live!’
Neil C. Young
Jazz Guitarist Neil C. Young is a gifted guitarist who is establishing his unique talent internationally through a raw combination of expression and technique.
Neil has performed both nationally and internationally, at festivals such as the Romerias de Mayo, Holguin, Cuba (2010), the Zihuatanejo International Guitar Festival, Mexico (2006), the Manchester Jazz Festival (2011) and the 2008 London Bossanova Festival. This is alongside regular performances in the UK and as well as numerous gigs in both Europe and the United States.
Canadian American Records nominated Neil and the trio in 2011, 2012 and 2014 for Grammy awards in the initial ballot stage , for best improvised solo (Driving to Montenegro), best instrumental jazz album (El Camino) and jazz single of the year (Kow Poo Bin Goo) respectively. Also, the trio were nominated for the UK Jazz Services promoters choice award in 2008.
One of his original compositions, ‘Next’, featured on the WOA Records’ popular Goa Chillout Zone Volume 2 which reached the heights of number 2 in the Indian Album Charts in October 2009 and since then has had regular airplay on Indian commercial radio with singles from his last 2 albums which were released by Canadian American Records (US)
Along with this performance recognition, Neil has also received acclaim for his work through the International Songwriting Competition (2006) with two pieces being shortlisted in the instrumental category, ‘Time will sing’ and ‘That Darned’, this recognition has also been given through a honorable mention at the Canary Islands International Songwriting Competition.
Neil has played and worked with many other artists across different genres through his career, Nathan Bray, Gary Boyle, Steve Tromans, Pat McCarthy, Pat Sprakes, Wendy Kirkland, Barnaby Dickinson, The Earlies, Sara Lowes, Denny Laine, King Creosote to name a few. This all add to the influences already within Neil’s playing and the influences continue to grow.
In a contemporary musical climate, which is often overcrowded with an eclectic range of guitar styles, Neil not only acknowledges these various influences, but also displays an in-depth knowledge of performance and composition, which were key to his studies with Gary Boyle and with Fred T Baker at renowned Birmingham Conservatoire.
Josef has worked as a performer, composer and music teacher. He has composed music in a variety of genres for short films and theatre and worked with bands and artists such as Mr Scruff, Aim, Fila Brazillia and Carmel as a trumpet and keyboard session player, both in recording studios and on tour in the UK, Europe, Venezuela and Japan.
His main achievements include performing at Glastonbury Festival, Radio 1’s John Peel show, Ronnie Scotts’ jazz club and playing trumpet on the “A Question of Sport” theme tune.
Richard Young (Drum Kit) has performed and recorded for a wide range of artists, which include both award winners and nominees.
He studied performance at the Birmingham Conservatoire where he studied under Malcolm Garrett where he worked with the legendary John Mayer as part of his Indo Jazz Fusions ensemble. This level of performance has led Richard to record, perform and tour with some of the UK’s finest. KT Tunstall, King Creosote, Plan B and The Earlies.
Not only UK artists are part of Richards CV, notably with the American musician Daniel Johnston back in 2010, which led to a memorable BBC Radio 6 session.
Richard has also toured extensively across Europe, North America, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka and has played at many festivals including main stages at Glastonbury and The Green Man Festival and also appearances at the US Festival, South by South-West in 0 Austin, Texas.
Richard is a founder member of The Neil C. Young Trio and is featured as performer and composer on all of the trio’s studio recordings since 2005.
Alan Whitham (Bass Guitar) began working with The Neil C Young Trio in 2005 and his work is heard on the 2010 Album ‘Where’s yours?’ and the following 2011 album ‘El Camino’.
Alan studied composition at UCE and has taken this work into his performance and recording career. In the early 2000’s, Alan enjoyed critical acclaim with the rock group Transelement (Creeping Bent Records), gaining top reviews in the NME and Guardian as well being championed by the legendary broadcaster John Peel.
Along with this performance and compositional work, Alan worked as an educationalist, being Head of Music at the renowned, Nelson and Colne College in Lancashire.
Alongside with his work in The Neil C Young Trio, Alan has recorded and toured with artists such as Sarah Lowes (The Earlies, Marina and The Diamonds) and Barney Williams (Milltown Brothers).