Fresh from his role in the current BBC 2 drama Dancing on the Edge, ArtERY Live brings young trumpeter Jay Phelps and his quartet to East Yorkshire for three village hall gigs in March. Musician Jay recently won his first acting role as a trumpeter in the Loius Lester band in Stephen Poliakoff’s popular new TV drama about a black jazz band in 1930s London. Filming lasted four months and Jay is enthusiastic about his first acting experience.

“Rubbing shoulders with celebrities on set, early wake-up calls, hair and make-up. It was a different life” he said.

However, Jay is certainly no stranger to celebrity life having just completed a late night residency at Ronnie Scott’s. Jay is at the forefront of the young and creative generation of jazz musicians in the UK. A Vancouver-born Canadian, he was tutored by the city’s top jazz and classical trumpeters and distinguished himself early on as the youngest band-leader in the Vancouver International Jazz Festival's history. After moving to London, Jay created and co-led the young and hip jazz sensation Empirical and spent two years touring major festivals while garnering worldwide media attention that UK jazz musicians haven't enjoyed for years.

Jay cites Louis Armstrong, Fats Navarro, Clifford Brown and Miles Davis as his main influences. Still on 28, he has performed and recorded with a veritable who's who of both UK and international jazz artists including Courtney Pine, George Benson, Jamie Cullum, Sir John Dankworth, Amy Winehouse, Charlotte Church, Hugh Masakela and Jazz Jamaica. In Jay Walkin', his solo-debut, Jay departs from the current trend of experimental modernism, occasionally evoking the spirit of the 1940's New York Birdland scene with playful vocals by showman-vocalist Michael Mwenso. Setting out to honour the integrity and capture what is the traditional spirit of Jazz music, Phelps has composed and arranged songs with this as his inspiration.

For his East Yorkshire shows, Phelps has chosen a stellar line-up consisting of a generational mix of London’s top Jazz musicians.

Ellen Thorpe, Manager of ArtERY Live said “Jay’s show is something really quite different and it’s a chance to catch this cutting edge young jazz musician on our doorstep.”

The Jay Phelps Quartet: Gig dates and booking

Friday 1 March, 8.00pm Bishop Burton Village Hall HU17 8QJ
Advance booking: 01964 551543
All tickets £8

Saturday 2 March 7.30pm Swanland Village Hall HU14 3QR
Advance booking: 01482 634863
£8 adults (£7.00 SVA members paid in advance), £4 schoolchildren

Sunday 3 March 7.30 North Newbald Village Hall YO43 4SJ
Advance booking: 01430 827493 / 07794 734962
All tickets £6




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