Jay Phelps was a founding member and co-lead in the hip jazz sensation Empirical. In Jay Walkin' - his solo-debut - Jay departs from the current trend of experimental modernism, occasionally evoking the spirit of the 1940's New York Birdland scene with playful vocals by showman-vocalist Michael Mwenso. Jay 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, Jon Hendricks, Nasheet Waits, George Benson, Jamie Cullum, Sir John Dankworth, Dennis Rollins, Guy Barker, Amy Winehouse, Charlotte Church, Hugh Masekela and Jazz Jamaica. Still only 28, Jay is determined to educate the next generation of jazz musicians with a local project entitled Jazz Youth. On Jay Walkin' he sets out to honour the integrity and capture what is the traditional spirit of jazz music, Phelps has composed and arranged songs with this in his vision. Phelps has chosen a stellar line-up consisting of a generational mix of London's top Jazz musicians.