Yussef Dayes


Present at the embryonic stage of the explosive South London jazz scene, Yussef Dayes is a talented drummer and composer whose expressive and characterful style was first heard by many as part of United Vibrations, an act fusing Afro-beat stylings with forward-looking jazz and rock.

Born in South East London, Dayes was given his first drum kit at the age of four. While his mother played country music and '60s pop around the house, his father listened to reggae and jazz vinyl. This eclectic mix of genres wove into his rhythmic sensibility, but it was the opportunity to study, at ten years old, under the tutelage of fusion icon Billy Cobham that secured his interest in chasing professional musicianship.

He collaborates with Kamaal Williams, Tom Misch, Shabaka Hutchings, Alfa Mist, Charlie Stacey and Rocco Palladino.