Calendar of Events

July 2023
July 26, 2023
Yussef Dayes
Show Starts:
8:00 pm
Show End:
12:00 am
Doors will open approximately 30minutes prior to show start time.
Entry Fee:
and up allowed
About the Show and the Artist:


Doors 7pm/ Show 8pm

  1. One of the UK’s most exciting and innovative young drummers and producers, Yussef Dayes has been deeply involved in jazz as long as he can remember. Best known for workwith his brothers in United Vibrations, and also as one half of electrifying duo Yussef Kamaal, he’s been developing his sound since age four when his dad bought him his first drum kit.
  2. Born and raised in South East London, as a kid Yussef was practicing non-stop: “My parentswere strict–if I was gonna do this, I had to take it seriously.”His father was a bass player inNew York in the 70s, and brought home an education’s worth of jazz vinyl that the Dayesbrothers all grew-up on–Yussef and his bassist brother Kareem would play along to theirdad’s records for hours at a time. This was the closest he got to formal jazz lessons until,when he was ten, he studied under Billy Cobham (Miles Davis’ drummer). Yussef considers this to have been the most impactful thing for his progression.
  3. At school, many of Yussef’s peers were aspiring MCs, and he considers grime and hip-hopheavily influential to his output: “That same energy and those different flows, I put into mydrums.”Add to this his Jamaican father’s reggae collection, his late mother’s love of theBeatles and country, and his brother Ahmad producing jungle tracks, Yussef says: “there was good music in every room”–and this breadth of taste, blended with sounds found while travelling (notably time spent in Senegal) is audible in his exhilarating combination of sounds.
  4. These varied influences would be put into a live setting from a young age–from ten years old he was playing shows with his brothers and their friend Wayne Francis II in anafro beat and rock-influenced spiritual jazz group.Then, cementing him as one of the need-to-knowartists in the UK scene, it was in 2015 that Yussef Kamaal was born. A duo with fellowLondoner Kamaal Williams, their 2016 albumBlack Focus, with its dancefloor sensibilities and funk-infused break beats, would become one of the most heralded jazz records of recent times, melding UK sounds with those of the US scene. Certified silver, the album won the duo the 2017 Jazz FM award for Best Breakthrough Act. With their rapturous shows, both groups have helped hone Yussef’s thrilling, rapid-fire live presence (he refers to it as analter-ego, “the beast” that takes over when he’s playing).
  5. 2018 saw the release of ‘Love Is The Message’-Yussef’s transcendental first solo track,self-released on Cashmere Thoughts. Following this in 2019, Yussef’s solo journey continued to flourish releasing an AA single entitled DUALITY, consisting of ‘For My Ladies’and ‘Othello’.
  6. A testament to the breadth and scope of his work in 2019, Yussef sound tracked and curated the Louis Vuitton dinner show for Paris Men’s Fashion Week in January 2019, collaborating with none other than Virgil Abloh and Benji B.
  7. Currently, in 2020, Yussef and fellow South East London musician Tom Misch havereleased their joint album entitledWhat Kinda Music, distributed on legendary jazz label, Blue Note. The album curated by drummer and singer-songwriter expresses music’s ability to tick the boxes of all-genres and to appeal to an incredibly vast audience. The album has gained much global success including reaching #4 in the UK Official Charts, #1 Current Contemporary Jazz Album in the US Billboard Charts and #52 Album in the US BillboardCharts.
  8. With a solo album in the pipeline, Yussef says working solo allows him to be free: uncompromising in choices of sounds and collaborators. He’s running with that freedom, working on multiple projects as a producer and player with some of the key names in the UK jazz scene and beyond.
  9. It’s an exciting time ahead, with more of those soaring, epic, and intricate soundscapes that don’t sound quite like anything else to come. “Drumming is a way of communicating and expressing yourself”, he says–and in 2020, there’s no doubt Yussef Dayes is going to be the one leading the conversation.