Born: October 17, 1974 Primary Instrument: Trumpet
Bryan Davis grew up in the resort town of Cleethorpes, NE Lincolnshire. He started to play the Trumpet at the age of 8. He received his initial musical training at school and in local youth bands and orchestras. He received his first exposure to Jazz and Big Bands at age 15 and began to attend rehearsals for the UK’s National Youth Jazz Orchestra at age 17.
In 1993, Bryan moved to Leeds to take up a place at the city’s College of Music on the Jazz Studies degree course. Upon his arrival he also joined nightclub band Jazz Amiga with whom he gained professional experience touring the UK while continuing his studies by day. At Leeds he studied Trumpet with Richard Iles and Dick Hawdon. In 1996 Bryan rejoined the NYJO and played with them regularly until 2002. During this time he toured with the band in Portugal and performed at Ronnie Scott’s Club, at the BBC Proms and recorded on 5 of NYJO’s CDs and one DVD.
Following graduation in 1997, Bryan continued to live in Leeds and firmly established himself in the City’s thriving Music scene. He became a founder member of the well-known Leeds salsa group Casa Latina Allstars with whom he played support to Tito Puente, Isaac Delgado and Tania Maria. He has worked in a wide spectrum of commercial music including Big Bands, small group jazz, latin bands and pop horn Sections both in live performance and in the studio. Early freelance work included appearances with the BBC Big Band, Phil Woods, Bill Watrous, Rob McConnell, Andy Prior Big Band, Roberto Pla, Jesus Alemany, the Three Degrees, the Supremes, the Brasshoppers, the Glenn Miller Tribute Orchestra and the Squadronnaires, amongst many others.
Since 1999, Bryan has spent much of his time touring with musical theatre shows. He has completed European tours of shows including 42nd Street, Cabaret and The Official Tribute to… The Blues Brothers, with which he also performed on the UK Tour and in London’s West End. In 2004, he joined The Rat Pack � Live from Las Vegas as 2nd Trumpet. He was promoted to Lead Trumpet in early 2006 and still continues to tour with the show.
More recently, Bryan’s travels with The Rat Pack have taken him on tour in the USA. Since October 2006, Bryan has travelled with The Rat Pack � Live At The Sands US National Tour as one of just 4 travelling musicians with the show. He is delighted to have met and worked with so many wonderful musicians during the course of visiting so many US cities. This has also given him the opportunity to continue his studies.He has benefitted enormously from the tutelage of Jazz Trumpeter extraordinaire Brian Lynch and another of his heroes; legendary Lead trumpeter Roger Ingram.
In gaps between tours, Bryan has still maintained a busy schedule of freelance work in the UK and Europe. During 2007/08 he has played in a wide of array of musical situations ranging from commercial production shows such as One Night with Elvis, The Motown Show and Dancing In The Streets, to jazz tours with Austria’s premiere jazz trumpeter Thomas Gansch and his band; Gansch & Roses, and gigs with explosive Latin-Jazz Big Band La Gran Descarga, the fabulous Syd Lawrence Orchestra and the Glenn Miller Orchestra UK. In August 2008 he was appointed as Lead Trumpet to the state-funded Lower Austria Concert Jazz Orchestra.
Bryan Davis is currently in the process of emigrating to the USA. From his new base in New York, he hopes to continue to bring his music to audiences all over the world, while finally being able to spend time with his wife Cynthia!
Willing to teach:
Intermediate to advanced students
- Jupiter XO1600i Trumpet
- Yamaha 8335LA Trumpet
- B&S Challenger II Fluegelhorn
- Karl Hammond Design mouthpieces