At our March Jive Party, Vancouver-born Trumpeter Jay Phelps fronts his Big Jive Band hand-picked from the best Jive and Swing musicians in the Capital hell-bent on a mission to pack the Rivoli floor with dancers throughout their two sets.
Jay will be aided and abetted by the sublime and powerful vocals of Lauren Dalrymple whom you may remember from when she fronted The Vince Dunn Orchestra at our Jive Party in September 2012.
More about Jay Phelps:
Now based in London, Jay is at the forefront of the young and creative generation of jazz musicians in the UK, with an instantly recognizable warm and projecting tone. Jay distinguished himself early on as the youngest band-leader in the Vancouver International Jazz Festival’s history. He has performed and recorded with a veritable who’s who of both UK and international jazz artists such as Courtney Pine, Andrew Hill, Wynton Marsalis, Ray Brown, John Hendricks, Nasheet Waits, George Benson, Jamie Cullum, Sir John Dankworth, Dennis Rollins, Guy Barker, Amy Winehouse, Charlotte Church, Hugh Masakela and Jazz Jamaica.
Jay Phelps currently tours with his eponymous quartet and is featured in a diverse range of bands such as Soweto Kinch The New Emancipation project, Skatroniks, Ska Cubano, Courtney Pine’s Jazz Warriors project, and leads his own big band project featuring BBC Radio 2’s Clare Teal.
About Lauren Dalrymple:
British born of Guyanese parentage, Lauren Dalrymple has been singing since the age 8. As a teenager she undertook intense vocal training and made a living as an in-demand backing vocalist before going solo in 1991 at the age of 19.
Since then she has lent her immense vocals to the likes of Tomorrow Warriors, Afro-Cuban Allstars, Zoe Rahman and Keith Waithe, but is perhaps best known for her 7 year writing and performing partnership with Latin-jazz pianist Alex Wilson.
Lauren features on three of Alex’s albums. She is also a featured vocalist on Gwyn Jay Allen’s highly aclaimed album, I Love Louis-A Creole Tribute. Lauren has also celebrated over 12 years of running a successful weekly jazz jam night at The Effra, Brixton.
About Jive Party:
As usual there will be a Jive lesson for beginners to kick off the evening, then you can practice your dance steps on one of the best sprung maple dance floors in the country at one of the most iconic and atmospheric venues in Britain – the Rivoli Ballroom.