Phelps steps in after jazz tragedy

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* Jazz musician Abram Wilson, who was to headline the 10th Scarborough Jazz Festival, has died suddenly at the age of thirty-eight.

Trumpeter Jay Phelps and his quartet will replace Wilson and their performance will be in remembrance of him.

“This is a huge loss to jazz music,” festival director Mike Gordon. “Abram had won numerous awards as a trumpeter, vocalist and composer,”

“He was one of the UK’s most prominent contemporary jazz musicians, composers and educators. He was a musician with a world of talent, feeling and soul.”

Trumpeter Phelps created and co-led Empirical which was a hit at the 2008 Scarborough Jazz Festival. Jay has performed and recorded with Courtney Pine, Wynton Marsalis, George Benson, Jamie Cullum, Sir John Dankworth and Dennis Rollins

Phelps met Wilson at Wynton Marsalis concert. “He was hanging around the band, suited and booted with his horn on his back. I admired his fiery nature, I told him to get his stuff and come stay with me,” he said.

The jazz festival, based at the Spa, runs from Friday September 28 to Sunday September 30. Phelps plays on the Saturday at 4pm.