Bates Carly 1200p
Neo-Soul Ensemble with Carly Bates
Returning Spring, 2023
Neo-soul is a genre of Black American Music that artists such as Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, D’Angelo, Lauryn Hill, and Maxwell shaped in the 1980s and 90s. Referring to a revival of the soul and R&B music tradition that came before it, neo-soul feeds the soul with its pocket grooves, thick harmonic textures, and poetry.

Participants will learn and study the rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic functions of their respective instrument and the stylings appropriate to the genre. Participants must have some experience reading sheet music/chord charts and/or demonstrate an intermediate-level facility of their instrument. Participants of all ages are welcome.

Carly Bates is pianist, educator, and artistic collaborator in Phoenix, AZ, who creates with all kinds of storytellers: musicians, movers, poets, and theatre artists. She currently plays in a local band called Hyperbella (@hyperbellaband) and in a local theatre company called Playback Arizona. She teaches private piano lessons and instructs piano classes with ASU’s Popular Music Program.

If you are interested in participating or if you have any questions, please email Carly at

Contact info

The Nash Jazz Club
110 E Roosevelt St.
Phoenix, AZ 85004
(602) 795-0464


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