Led by co-founder of Empirical Jay Phelps – JPQ is a group of young musicians dedicated to contemporary jazz music. Jay Phelps’ music is a journey through an array of many styles and temperaments, with a strong sense of what is contemporary in Jazz today. Trumpeter Phelps has spent the last 2 years travelling the world, writing, and has been on a spiritual journey that incorporates these influences along with the new addition of his vocals, into the music. ‘Free as the Birds’-Phelps’ new album (due for release, June 2017) uses this theme of travel as a main reference point.
Jay Phelps: Trumpet, Rick Simpson: Piano, Mark Lewandowski: Bass, Moses Boyd: Drums
“Phelps exhibits much of Wynton Marsalis’ fluency and vocalised tone”- John Fordam: The Guardian