Bryan Davis is a trumpet and flügelhorn player and teacher, originally from the UK, now residing in New York City, USA. He has gained an international reputation as a Lead Trumpeter, and is also highly regarded as a Jazz soloist.
He received his formal musical training at Leeds College of Music but considers “the road” as his true education. With over 20 years of professional experience to his credit, Bryan continues to learn from the thousands of musicians he has performed with around the world. His trumpet teachers include J. Brian Brown, Richard Iles, Dick Hawdon, Gerard Presencer, Brian Lynch and Roger Ingram.
In his early career, Bryan Davis had long associations with a number of groups, ranging from the National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Great Britain, to nightclub band Jazz Amiga and salsa group Casa Latina All-Stars. The latter, in particular, afforded him a busy period in the late ‘90s where he performed with most of the greatest ‘Latin’ bands in the UK, as well as visiting groups from the USA and South America. These included Jesus Alemany, Cubanismo, Sierra Maestra, Jimmy Bosch, Isaac Delgado, Roberto Pla, Robin Jones and King Salsa, and Salsa Celtica. In addition, he played support gigs for Tito Puente and Tania Maria.
Bryan performed with a number of Theatre companies from 1999 onwards, including: 42nd Street (European Tour), Cabaret (European Tour), The Official Tribute to… The Blues Brothers (Europe & UK), The Rat Pack – Live from Las Vegas (West End, UK and Europe), The Rat Pack – Live From The Sands (US National). He is, perhaps, best known for his association with The Rat Pack, having toured regularly with them from mid 2004 to late 2009. This was an important developmental period for him as a Lead Trumpeter.