JPQ is led by Led by co-founder and former Empirical trumpeter Jay Phelps. Phelps’ music is a journey through an array of many styles and temperaments, with a strong sense of what is contemporary in Jazz today. Jay 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.
“Assured, clever, fluent with a lovely soft-edged tone, he is already a player you could easily recognise after hearing him just once.” – Dave Gelly: The Observer
“Trumpeter Jay Phelps is an acrobatic solo displayer, cutting and fiery, and certainly not afraid of extended bouts of self-expression”- Martin Longley: BBC
Jay Phelps: Trumpet
Rick Simpson: Piano
Mark Lewandowski: Bass
John Scott: Drums