Deon Yates
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Deon Yates

Detroit, Michigan, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2015

Detroit, Michigan, United States
Established on Jan, 2015
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"Lasting Impression"

Deon Yates, a Detroit native, definitely showed his chops in the grand jam session, and I will say this: if you want to see the mettle of a new artist, throw him on a jam session stage and watch. And Deon Yates is proof like no other that the Motor City is where you go for music. Mister Magic by Grover Washington Jr. is a favorite for most jam sessions, and with all the saxes on stage to take their turn at it for the first jam of the cruise, Yates showed exactly what he could do. While all of the saxophonists on the stage brought their own to the table, to my ears, Yates was the one who left a lasting impression
Katherine Gilraine ~ Detroit International Jazz Magazine - Detroit International Jazz Magazine

"That Certain Col Swagger"

Saxophonist Deon Yates’ latest project entitled Spotlight has that certain cool swagger to it. Even the parts where he addresses his listening audience in a swift monologue have personality.

With guest appearances by the big windy Chicago cat, guitarist Nick Colionne, the renowned nightingale Maysa, and the sweet trumpet of Lin Rountree, Yates aims for the stars with this one.

Writing the vast majority of tunes here, Yates chooses well in terms of whom to invite to enhance his work. For example, the sweet sway and Brazilian leanings of the track featuring Maysa, “Look How Far We’ve Come,” match the catchy and gentle hook with the light and airy breathiness of the songstress. Oh yes, it fits her perfectly.

Nick Colionne’s presence on track 2’s “Use to Be” gives this bright, upbeat piece a brilliant hue. His fluid chops are, as usual, sparkling with breeziness.

Rountree’s sedating trumpet and the delicious melody and rhythm of “Resaxation” certainly will take the edge off anyone’s stressful day.

The disco flavor of the title track proves to be a very nice diversion and displays some of mix of ideas with which Yates came to this project.

One track that stands out is “In the Cut,” not because it’s musically superior to the other tracks but because there is an uncanny oneness with the style and nuances of R&B crooner KEM that sets it apart in a cool way.

The romanticism of “Serenade” will put almost anyone in that special mood. Even the most cynical brokenhearted can find some solace in such a beautiful piece, enough to even perhaps believe again. The teasing piano work here is exquisite.

All in all, Yates makes his presence felt and delivers well on this project. – Ronald Jackson - The Smooth Jazz Ride


Let me introduce you to an outstanding new project from World-class Detroit saxophonist Deon Yates that’ll keep you coming back for more. SPOTLIGHT delivers big-time on talent and performance, as Deon’s playing sparkles like a new diamond on ten compelling songs. He brings in guests Nick Colionne, Maysa, and fellow Detroiter Lin Rountree to complement his own impressive jazz chops on a well-rounded selection of mostly original tracks that range from soothing and romantic to lively and exhilarating. When you listen to Colionne’s work on the energetic new single, “Use to Be,” Maysa’s alluring vocals on “Look How Far We’ve Come,” and Rountree’s delicious trumpet work on “Resaxation,” you’ll hear why Emmy-nominated Deon Yates is fast becoming one of the most sought-after emerging talents in jazz today, both as a performer and a composer/producer. As for your personal jazz library, you’ll definitely want to brighten it up by owning SPOTLIGHT!

"Q&A with Detroit Jazz Musician Deon Yates"

Detroiter Deon Yates is known as a saxophone player.

But the first time he got on stage as a kid, it was a flute that he played. And the experience? Well, that hooked him.

Fast forward years later and his music is climbing jazz charts, he’s gracing stages at keystone places such as Baker’s Keyboard Lounge and hosting musical events that feature other musical masterminds.

Please visit site to read full interview... - BLAC Magazine


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