JAY PHELPS QUARTET
Stream Broadcast Dates + Times
Fri 8th Jan 9:00 PM
Sat 9th Jan 2:30 PM
Sat 9th Jan 9:00 PM
Sun 10th Jan 9:00 PM
A Musical Journey
The Jay Phelps Quartet will be performing a fresh and exciting mixed set of original compositions from the bandleader Jay Phelps and arrangements of jazz favourites. The band is dedicated to contemporary jazz with a clear understanding of what is both modern and traditional.
“Trumpeter Jay Phelps is an acrobatic solo displayer, cutting and fiery, and certainly not afraid of extended bouts of self-expression.
”Martin Longley, BBC
The Jay Phelps Quartet remains fresh and full of new ideas and concepts.
This performance will feature local Pianist from East London
Gordon impressed the judging panel (which included saxophonist Nubya Garcia; vibraphonist, multi-instrumentalist and music educator Orphy Robinson; and trumpeter and composer Guy Barker) with a performance ‘linking tradition to innovation, with hints to various musical genres’.
Jay Phelps has performed with some of the world’s top names. Canadian born Phelps is a household name on the Jazz scene in the UK and growing international presence, with an instantly recognisable warm and projecting tone to his music.
“Phelps exhibits much of Wynton Marsalis’ fluency and vocalised tone.”
John Fordham, The Guardian
“Fashioning a scintillating tone that sounds like a mixture of Freddie Hubbard, Booker Little and Terence Blanchard, Phelps cites his experience with Andrew Hill’s Anglo-American Jazz Orchestra as a significant guidepost for some of his compositions.”
John Murph, Jazz Times
Jay Phelps (Trumpet/vocals)
Mikele Montolli (bass)
Joel Waters (drums)
Deschanel Gordon (Piano) &
Winner of BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year 2020
Quartet members biographies
Trumpeter, composer, bandleader, educator and writer – Jay Phelps has performed with some of the world’s top names. Canadian born Phelps is a household name on the Jazz scene. From his own quartet to his other projects NBOC and SoulEndvr, Phelps, who is never idle. 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 honours in Jazz Theory and Performance. During this time at college, Phelps created and co-lead the 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 that UK jazz musicians hadn’t enjoyed for years. Empirical is looked upon as one of the major influences that kick-started the current young British jazz movement and Jay is a big part of that due to his role as a bandleader 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, Ashley Henry, Reuben James, and many more. In 2008, and the same year that Empirical were garnering awards such as the EBU and Parliamentary Jazz, as well as performing at the Newport Jazz Festival, Jay has performed and recorded with a veritable Who’s Who of international and famed jazz artists such as Courtney Pine, Andrew Hill, Wynton Marsalis, Ray Brown, John Hendricks, Nasheet Waits, George Benson, Jamie Cullum, Sir John Dankworth, Jean Toussaint, Dennis Rollins, Guy Barker, Amy Winehouse, Charlotte Church, Sam Moore, Hugh Masakela, Jazz Jamaica, Mighty Sparrow, Soweto Kinch, Skatroniks, Ska Cubano, Chineke Orchestra, David Murray and Liv Warfield.
Mikele Montolli (Verona, Italy ) studied violin from the age of seven switching later to electric bass. By the age of seventeen, he had taken up classical double bass in Verona’s Conservatory. Following this, he moved to Graz in Austria where he graduated in 2009 in Jazz Double Bass with the great Wayne Darling. Joining the London Jazz scene since 2010, Mikele has toured various Jazz and World music festivals all over Europe, New York, Detroit, Tokyo, Indonesia, Hong Kong and the Balkan Peninsula performing and recording with such great artists as ''Sun Ra Arkestra'' Knoel Scott quartet and Marshall Allen, top U.K. Jazz singer Julie Dexter and Heidi Vogel, L.A. saxophone legend Don Menza, wonderful piano trios of Charlie Stacey, Sorin Zlat and Federico De Vittor, Afro-blues band “Seeds of Creation”, Sudanese acclaimed singer Amira Kheir and more thus building an extensive music vocabulary based on Afro American tradition fused with years of classical training and experimental form-free music. Michele appears on various soundtracks for the London National Television School and as a live guest for the BBC television. In 2017 Mikele released his first album "SATELLITE HOUSE" and is currently working on his next release while touring extensively with De Sean Jones and his Detroit project KNMDK and Nita Aartsen from the Indonesian jazz scene.
Deschanel Gordon is a jazz pianist from East London who graduated from Trinity Laban in 2020 with first-class honours. He has a love for the traditional style of jazz but enjoys finding ways of applying it to a modern context. Musicians like Oscar Peterson, McCoy Tyner, Chick Corea & Mulgrew Miller are a big influence on his piano sound. He has played at various notable venues like Ronnie Scott’s, Jazz Cafe, Vortex, & the Elgar Room at the Royal Albert Hall and is Winner of BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year 2020 following in the footsteps of saxophonist Xhosa Cole, who won the Competition in 2018 and went on to win Breakthrough Act of the Year at the 2020 Jazz FM Awards and Jazz Newcomer of the Year in the 2019 Parliamentary Jazz Awards, with a performing schedule that has taken him to the most prestigious venues across the UK.
Deschanel Gordon already a steady presence on London’s jazz scene, thanks to collaborations with Mercury Prize-nominated SEED Ensemble and with Mark Kavuma’s The Banger Factory among others, as well as appearances with his own trio. Gordon said: “I had an amazing time playing and hearing the other musicians in the finals. Especially in a year where live music has been stifled, any opportunity to play is very special to me. Being able to share the stage with Nikki Yeoh's band Infinitum was definitely a highlight.” Of his performance at the Final, judge Orphy Robinson commented: "Deschanel displayed a wonderful mature sound and approach. He possesses an assured command of different styles, while at the same time adding his own individual touch, flair, and technical competence. He conveyed quiet confidence with some beautiful and fluent dialogue brought to the musical rapport between himself and the first-class rhythm section of Mark and Michael Mondesir. It will be interesting to watch Deschanel's progress as he builds what looks like a very promising future.”
Joel Waters is a Drummer, Guitarist and Educator originally He currently studies Jazz at Trinity Laban, and has studied under tutors Dave Wickins, Gene Calderazzo, James Maddren and Asaf Sirkis. Joel has played at venues including Ronnie Scott’s, Pizza Express and the 606 club, and is currently working with singers, Mathilda Homer and Olivia Dean.
Joel enjoys playing original compositions and standards and takes influence from Ahmad Jamal, Mulgrew Miller, Emmet Cohen and Jacky Terrasson. One of the missions for Joel Waters is to expand the Jazz audience, deriving back to all styles of dance music from bebop and ragtime to RnB and Funk. With the consistent shift of genre, rhythm and harmony, aiming for the audience’s experience to be exciting, insightful and educational.
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