Jazz with Jay in the Darwin Suite

TRUMPETER Jay Phelps is a founder member of the award-winning Empirical group and is at the forefront of a new generation of jazz musicians.

He will be bringing the Jay Phelps Sextet to the Darwin Suite at Derby’s Assembly Rooms for a concert on Friday, March 18.

Playing music from their debut CD Jay Walkin’, his band evokes the New York 1940s Birdland scene, with playful vocals from showman vocalist Michael Mwenso.

Among those featured in the sextet are Monk-influenced pianist Jonathan Gee, Karl Rasheed-Abel on bass and Gene Calderazzo on drums.

The Derby Jazz gig gets under way at 8pm although there will also be musical entertainment in the jazz foyer from 7pm.

For ticket details, call the box office on 01332 255800.