Project PH

FUNK in the spirit of JAZZ

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Project PH is a group of musicians brought together by former session bassist Yolanda Charles. Awarded an MBE for services to music in 2020, she has had a long career backing artists such as Hans Zimmer, Squeeze, Dave Stewart, Robbie Williams and Paul Weller.

The Musicians

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. Laurie’s presence in Project pH brings the full range of the compositions to life.

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.

With extensive training in Classical, Jazz and contemporary music including composing and production skills, Hamish Balfour brings his prodigious talents to the band and superb soloing style to Project PH’s live performances.

Paris Ruel is known for his extensive vocal range with a sound influenced by artists such as Prince, D’Angelo, Maxwell and Terence Trent D’arby. His strong performance style caught Yolanda’s attention at another London jam session and he has been a band member since the early days.

North London vocalist Adeola Shyllon was invited to complete the Project pH line-up just before Lockdowns. She brings her warm powerful tones influenced by years of singing London-based Nigerian Yoruba music in church and having an eclectic career supporting various artists such as Emeli Sandé & Vanessa Haynes with her versatile voice.

Our instrumental line up featuring Roberto Manzin on saxophone

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With both our vocal line-up and performing as the INSTRA-MENTALS PROJECT PH expresses their music with tightly choreographed detail, often unpredictably performed, signalling accents or arrangement changes with a nod or glance. The scope for interplay and connection is wide and allows the musicians room to ‘breathe’. No two shows are ever the same. In Project pH there is to be found a mix of beautiful ballads, heavy funk-fusion instrumental tracks and modern RnB influenced soulful tunes.


Can we do it


Ronnie Scott’s Late Late Show August 19th & 20th


Yolanda Charles, NICK LINNIK, Laurie Lowe, GARY SANCTUARY, with Roberto Manzin

Got our newest band member Guitarist Nick Linnik making his 1st appearance at Ronnie Scott’s with Project pH additionally friend of the band Gary Sanctuary is standing in for Hamish while he moonlights away on a session.



Writtle Jazz Festival 7th August 2022

Yolanda Charles, NICK LINNIK, Laurie Lowe, Hamish Balfour, with Roberto Manzin

Ronnie Scott’s Thursday June 30th Late Late show

Our 6-piece line-up featuring Paris Ruel & Adeola Shyllon

The MARRS BAR – 23rd June Worcester

Our 6-piece line-up featuring Paris Ruel & Adeola Shyllon

Project pH Band Yolanda Charles, Kim Murray, Laurie Lowe, Hamish Balfour, Paris Ruel with Roberto Manzin
Ronnie Scott’s Late Late Show 27th & 28th May 2022

Project pH Band: Yolanda Charles, Kim Murray, Laurie Lowe, Hamish Balfour, with vocalist Paris Ruel
The Verdict Jazz Club Brighton 14th May 2022

UK Bass Guitar show Liverpool 3rd April 2022

Hoochie Coochie’s – Newcastle 1st April 2022