Jay Phelps Quartet
Jay Phelps will be performing original music taken from his latest album ‘Live at the Cockpit’ with his Quartet. This will be followed by a DJ/trumpet set where he will play an array of music from around the world.
Trumpeter, composer, band leader, educator and writer – Jay Phelps has performed with some of the world’s top names. With an instantly recognisable warm and projecting tone, Canadian born Phelps is a household name on the Jazz scene in the UK and growing international presence. From his own quartet to his other projects NBOC and SoulEndvr, Phelps remains fresh and full of new ideas and concepts. While living in Vancouver, Phelps was tutored by the city’s top jazz and classical trumpeters. He distinguished himself early on as the youngest band-leader in the Vancouver International Jazz Festival’s history at age 15. In 1999, aged 17, Jay moved to London and immersed himself in the jazz scene immediately.
Jay went on to study at Trinity College of Music, gaining an honours in Jazz Theory and Performance. During this time at college, Phelps created and co-led UK jazz sensation, EMPIRICAL. They spent years touring major festivals with their self-titled debut album, produced by Courtney Pine, while garnering worldwide media attention. Empirical is recognised as one of the major influences that kick-started the current young British jazz movement and Jay played a big part in his role as a band leader and an enabler for many of the scene’s top artists and groups. The list includes Shabaka Hutchings, Moses Boyd, Femi Koleoso (Ezra Collective), Nubya Garcia, and many more.
Jay has performed and recorded with a veritable Who’s Who of international artists such as Courtney Pine, Andrew Hill, Wynton Marsalis, Ray Brown, John Hendricks, Nasheet Waits, George Benson, Jamie Cullum, Sir John Dankworth, Jean Toussaint, Amy Winehouse, Charlotte Church, Hugh Masakela, Jazz Jamaica, Mighty Sparrow, Soweto Kinch, Skatroniks, Ska Cubano, Chineke Orchestra and Liv Warfield.
Quartet includes: Rick Simpson (piano), Mikele Montolli (bass) and Luca Caruso (drums).
“I’m very excited to have a chance to play with my music again with such amazing musicians; in the flesh.” - Jay Phelps
This is a free online event organised by Collage Arts, leading arts development charity in Haringey's Cultural Quarter providing artist studios, live events and young people's training programmes.
Donations are welcomed and appreciated by the band during the festival