Tenor Saxophone / Alto Saxophone
Jazz saxophonist, composer and educator Dean Masser graduated from Leeds College of Music in 1987 and became a member of the Jack Parnell Quartet, which recorded a live album during a week-long stint at Ronnie Scott's in London. Since then, Dean has played alongside many of the leading names in British jazz at numerous venues and festivals. He currently works with the Ronnie Scotts Big Band, The Echoes of Ellington Orchestra and his own quartet with which he released a solo album in 2010.
Dean plays a Conn 10M tenor, and a Buescher Aristocrat alto, when he remembers to bring it.
Trumpet / Flugelhorn
As a London-based jazz and session trumpeter Neil Yates worked most notably for the BBC Big Band, Lighthouse Family, The Brand New Heavies and The Johnny Dankworth Orchestra featuring Cleo Laine. Since moving to North Wales in 1999 he has released two solo albums, completed a four year PHD in Musical Artistry, lectured in music at Salford University, Leeds College of Music, Birmingham Conservatoire, Royal Northern College of Music and Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. As a composer he has been commissioned to write five large scale works for jazz orchestra, and was the winner of an Arts Council Wales "Creative Wales Award" in 2012.
Neil plays a Geneva 'Signature' trumpet and a pretty battered Getzen 'Eterna' Flugelhorn, really hoping for a nice new Geneva flugel hint hint...
Unfortunately Dean Masser does not look anything like the late actor Walter Matthau...
Any similarity to Kings of England living or dead is entirely coincidental...