Kevin Davy is a London-based trumpeter, composer, arranger and bandleader. In a career spanning three decades, he has amassed an extensive recorded discography, which includes work ranging from musical theatre to modern jazz and contemporary music. He has toured extensively with groups such as: Lamb, Adam F, Lemn Sissay’s Secret Society, and Finley Quaye.
Born in Nottingham in 1961 and relocating to Manchester in 1986 to study at Manchester Metropolitan University, Kevin attained a Bachelors of Arts degree in General Arts and remained in Manchester until 1994, becoming a well-known figure in the city’s vibrant arts and music scene and building strong affiliations with venues Band On The Wall and PJ Bells where he held long residencies.
In 1994 Kevin relocated to London to work as an actor-musician at the Donmar Warehouse on their production of the Three Penny Opera, directed by Phyllida Lloyd. Collaborations with the writer SuAndi and others followed, participation in many community-driven projects and more recently a longstanding international tour with the acclaimed show Afrika Afrika, conceived by Andre Heller and choreographed by Georges Mamboye.
In the last few years, Kevin has returned to small jazz, notably his own quartet, while still making occasional appearances with larger groups.
Kevin cites his main influences as: Miles Davis, Freddie Hubbard, Hannibal Lokumbe, Lester Bowie, Don Cherry, Tomasz Stanko, Nils Molvaer Pederson and John Hassel, amongst others.
General photos from here and there over the years. Many thanks to the various photographers, including Toni Kofi, Jamal El Kadouri, Cath Johnson, and Julia Stranistor.
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