On the Ropeadope label Jay Phelps Shares a Platform with Contemporary Jazz Stars Such as Snarky Puppy, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, Terrace Martin, David Weiss and Maurice Brown...


“…he has been compared to Wynton Marsalis, but Phelps has much more of a playful side to his approach.” All About Jazz

"Suave trumpeter Jay Phelps has serious jazz chops – his technique is second to none and he’s a great entertainer too. Time Out, London"Assured, clever, fluent, with a lovely soft-edged tone, he is already a player you could easily recognise after hearing him just once." The Observer

“… Phelps exhibits much of Wynton Marsalis' fluency and vocalised tone”- John Fordam: The Guardian

Free As The Birds - THE ALBUM


"Since leaving Canada in 1999, I have met many amazing people from different backgrounds and cultures through music and travel. Free As The Birds is a musical diary of my most recent experiences."

Traveling the world for two years of inspiration, adventure and a bit of self-indulgence, trumpeter and latterly vocalist Jay Phelps has distilled his many exotic experiences into the creation of Free As The Birds - released spring 2018 on Ropeadope Records. Melding influences from his Canadian roots READ FULL BIO HERE), his adopted home town of London; the hothouse of New York where he was warmly welcomed to Barcelona with it's epic architecture; Thailand's spicy sunshine; and the intensity of living the Brazilian reality. Phelps - who burst onto the international jazz scene as co-founder of the award-winning super group Empirical - has penned an album that caters to the listeners across the board. This 90-min album covers a wide spectrum of musical styles and rhythms, but also carries a unified theme. As well as featuring Phelps’ current touring band, this album also features some of the worlds top musicians from New York and Brazil. Music for our time! Read _ interview by Sebastian Scotney READ LondonJazz INTERVIEW_

"JAY Phelps is great believer in the possibility of good outcomes from bad situations." CONTINUE READING SCOTLAND HERALD ARTICLE HERE.

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Jay Phelps with Mark Lewendowski (personnel subject to change) photo © D. White

Jay Phelps Quartet (JPQ)

JPQ is a group of young musicians dedicated to contemporary jazz music. They are playing jazz today with a clear understanding of what is both modern and traditional. Frequently, this fresh and exciting band mixes their set with original compositions from the band leader and some arranged standard material. Shows preview new music from Phelps’ highly anticipated 2nd album Free As The Birds. Definitely one of hottest contemporary jazz bands in the UK today.



28 April - Sheffield Jazz
30 April - Hop Pole Music Festival, Retford
30 April - Ribble Valley Jazz Festival
12 May - Wakefield Jazz
21 May - The Stables, Wavenden
24 May - Jazzbar, Edinburgh
25 May - The Blue Lamp, Aberdeen,
2 June - Doncaster CAST
3 June - Turner Sims, Southampton
4 June - Colston Hall, Bristol
14 June Pizza Express Dean St London
16 June, Dorchester Arts Cenntre
21 June, Glasgow Int'l Jazz Festival
22 June, Tolbooth, Stirling
24 June - Cleethorpes Jazz Festival
28 June Stratford Jazz Club, Stratford upon Avon
7 July - Harrow Arts Centre
9 July - Mostly Jazz Festival, Mosley, Birmingham
31 August - My Chelsea, London (see details below)
14 Sept - My Chelsea, London (see details below)

22 Sept - Riverhouse Arts Centre, Walton on Thames
5 Oct - My Chelsea, London (see details below)*
14 Oct - Herts Jazz Festival
7 December- Jazz Steps, Notts

* Jay Phelps Trio special event

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