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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 acclaimed production of the Three Penny Opera, directed by Phyllida Lloyd and starring Tom Hollander, and under the musical directorship of Gary Yershon, and Kate Edgar. This was a new translation from the German and a re-interpretation of the acclaimed original opera by Kirt Weil and Bertoldt Brecht. Collaborations followed with the celebrated poet-writer; SuAndi OBE, and the theatre director of Black Mime and Streets Alive Theatre Companies; Denise Wong, as a musical collaborator and MD. This work was with young aspirant actors from the local community. Also between 2008 and 2009, Kevin was trumpeter on a longstanding international tour with the acclaimed circus show; Afrika Afrika, conceived by Andre Heller, choreographed by Georges Mamboye, and produced by Matthias Hoffman. In the last few years, Kevin has returned to small ensemble jazz settings, notably his own quartet, while still making occasional appearances with larger groups, such as the UK/Caribbean Funk pioneers; CYMANDE Kevin cites his main influences; Miles Davis; Freddie Hubbard; Hannibal Lokumbe; Lester Bowie; Don Cherry; Ahmed Abdullah; Musical Education and mentorship In Nottingham, Kevin received trumpet tuition from Harry Hill, Sarah Theobald, and Gerald Douglas during the early to mid 1980s. After relocation to Manchester, Kevin attended the Jazz workshop of Colin Stansfield at the then All Saints College which is now part of Manchester Metropolitan University (where there is a plaque honouring the 1945 Pan-African Congress in Manchester). Colin Stansfield’s philosophy and approach to, jazz and improvisation, we a big influence on Kevin and his own search for a personal musical direction.  Kevin attended the workshop for a few years, after which confidence was acquired to try out concepts and initiate music collaborative projects in Manchester Kevin has also had significant mentorship and private trumpet lessons from Jim Dvorak, and Bobby Shew.

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