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.
Kevin Davy is now one of the presenters on: Jazz London Radio, and his show entitled:
Kevin Davy’s D’semble is broadcast at 9pm on friday and 10pm on Sunday evenings, on a weekly basis.
Jazz London Radio Presenters
Look out for:
Kevin Davy’s D’semble in the latter half of 2015 into 2016. New compositions and new lineup.
Kevin Davy’s Monster Jam, next edition is a few months away on the 10th of April 2016 at Rich Mix Cultural Centre, where it has been based for the last three years. Any more news on this or possibility of an earlier jam hosting will be posted here and on general social media. Thanks to the faithful audience and musicians, the jam endures. Thank you.
Some notes on the next Jam, Scheduled for April 10th 2016, which will appear in the Rich Mix brochure and also on the Rich Mix website.
The jam session is hosted by trumpeter Kevin Davy (ex-Lamb, Adam F, Finley Quaye, Lemn Sissay) who also acts as MD and MC. The event commences with a short set by the core band, followed by the participation of guests. Projected visual artwork is by artist Cath Johnson, plus Deejay.
Kevin Davy’s Monster Jam has gone from strength to strength in its current home in the vibrant Bethnal Green venue, Rich Mix. The venue offers a vibrant shared space, welcoming a broad cross-section of the community. This venue has proven very suitable for the Monster Jam. The audiences have gradually built up over the last three years. Previously Kevin Davy has run similar jam sessions in various Manchester, and London venues, also at the jazz world backstage jams at Glastonbury Festival. His trumpet playing has featured on various live tours in the improvised music, jazz, hip hop /spoken word and drum ‘n’ bass genres, as well as rock music and funk. He has toured extensively with trip-hop duo, Lamb, as well as Adam F, during the first wave of drum ‘n’ bass. He has also been a long-time collaborator with improvisers, Dreamtime, which features U.S. trumpeter Jim Dvorak. Over the last few years, Kevin Davy has experimented with sound-scaping, and effects-pedals with the trumpet to extend the sonic possibilities of the instrument in live settings. In the 90s he was heavily involved in collaborative projects around Brixton, with spoken word and jazz / world artists, and has recorded extensively. His main focus and interest over the years has been improvisation and the spontaneity which it can bring. His trumpet style is informed by Freddie Hubbard, Miles Davis and Lester Bowie, and has been compared with the playing of Charles Tolliver. “Such is their impact on the instrument; it is difficult to play the instrument without owing something of your style to these influential artists.”
“One could say that I am very influenced by American trumpeters, but most of us are!”
During his time in Manchester, Kevin Davy attended Manchester polytechnic and received a BA General Arts (Humanities). His time there continues to inform his work.
With a background formely in print, and also arts and aesthetics, he was able to apply aspects of these theories, some derived from workshops to the jams scenario.
The jam goes ahead from an improvisational perspective, but can incorporate themes and “heads”, but also working with groove and the swing, because this brings more possibility and flexibility.
Please also feel free to listen to a recent radio appearance of Kevin Davy in conversation with DJ Freestyle on Galaxy Radio 102.5
Soon Kevin Davy will be making a guest appearance at Manchester’s Roots Jam.
which is curated by Gerald Nguijoel, and features master drummer, Myke Wilson.
Dates to be confirmed.
Kevin Davy will also be touring Pembrokeshire, South Wales, in the new year with,
the group led by Alan Argent called: The Sixth Element iQ, which will include Kevin’s long-time friend and musical collaborator, Bouzid “Zad” Adda, on bass.
This is occur during early Feb. of 2016.
“The Sixth Element iQ” are a fresh new unit formed by Alan Argent to play standards, original compositions and live improvisations with star trumpeter Kevin Davy and some of the best musicians in Pembrokeshire.
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. Kevin has toured extensively with groups such as: Lamb, Adam F, Lemn Sissay’s Secret Society, and Finley Quaye and cites his main influences as: Miles Davis, Freddie Hubbard, Hannibal Lokumbe, Lester Bowie, Don Cherry, Tomasz Stanko, Nils Molvaer Pederson and John Hassel and others. Alan plays tenor and soprano saxophones who’s influences include John Coltrane, Joe Henderson, Wayne Shorter, Pharoah Sanders, Chris Potter, Anouar Brahem and others at the intersection where jazz and world music meet.
The Sixth Element iQ are Alan Argent- reeds & flute, Kevin G Davy- Trumpet, George Whitfield-Keyboards, and Charlie Scarr -Drums
More project ongoing. . .
More Media. . . including . .
My recent opinion on the film: Miles Ahead:
Ronnie Lynn Patterson (Piano)
John Betch (Drums)
Joe Sanders (Double Bass)
Kevin Davy (Trumpet)
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.
Photograph by Tony Kofi. at The Premises Rehearsal Studios, Hackney.