Leader: Michael Bates
Years Active: 2011-2014
- Michael Bates: bass, compositions
- Russ Johnson: trumpet
- Chris Speed: alto saxophone
- Russ Lossing: piano
- Tom Rainey: drums
- Acrobat: Music for, and by, Dmitri Shostakovich (Sunnyside Records, 2011)
|Jan 18||Cornelia Street Café|
|May 5||Cornelia Street Café|
|Nov 12||Cornelia Street Café|
|Apr 14||Cornelia Street Café|
 Dan Weiss replaced Tom Rainey on drums.
 Greg Tardy replaced Chris Speed on alto saxophone; Michael Sarin replaced Tom Rainey on drums.
 Jeff Davis replaced Tom Rainey on drums; included special guest Samuel Blaser on trombone.
 Record release: Acrobat: Music for, and by, Dmitri Shostakovich.
 On this date and for the 10 February 2011 performance, billed as “Michael Bates’ October Quintet.”