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Meet The Musicians

Jazz for Babies albums are recorded by world-class artists who regularly perform and teach around the globe with some of the biggest names in music. Read on to find out more about each musician who appears on Jazz for Babies albums.

Paul Booth – Tenor & Soprano Saxophones

Paul Booth is one of the most in demand saxophonists on the international scene today. Although a very prominent figure on the jazz scene with five critically-acclaimed solo albums to date, his versatility has seen him play across many musical genres from Brazilian to funk to pop musics. A prodigious youngster, Paul studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London from the age of 16 and graduated with honors at the age 20. Currently, Paul performs in the Steve Winwood Band & Incognito to audiences around the world, and recent tours have included Carlos Santana & Eric Clapton. He is a regular at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in London and can be seen and heard touring with his own groups around Europe.

Steve Hamilton – Grand Piano

Steve Hamilton is one of Europe’s most creative and experienced contemporary pianists, performing a multitude of music from the improvised to pop to film and session work. Steve grew up in a musical family and won a full scholarship to study at Berklee College of Music in Boston. Steve then moved to London where he became the most in-demand pianist across the genres performing with legends such as Freddie Hubbard, Gary Burton and Pee Wee Ellis and becoming a long standing member of legendary drummer Bill Bruford’s internationally acclaimed group Earthworks. Hamilton now lives in Scotland and tours with Billy Cobham.

Jim Hart – Vibraphone

Jim Hart is one of Europe’s most respected and celebrated multi instrumentalists. Originally from Cornwall in England and now based in France, Jim began playing piano and drums at age four and soon extended this to include tuned and orchestral percussion. Jim performs with his solo acts (he has released five albums of his own) around Europe and at major festivals as well being the most in demand vibraphonist in the Europe having performed with, amongst many others Sir John Dankworth & Dame Cleo Laine and Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. He has appeared on Cbeebies ‘ZingZillas’ and won numerous awards as a vibraphonist.

Michael Janisch – Double Bass

Michael Janisch is an internationally acclaimed freelance bassist, bandleader, record label owner, producer, and composer who specializes in jazz, improvised and experimental music. An American who hails from Wisconsin, Janisch has a degree in History from Minnesota State University and Music Business & Double Bass Performance from the Berklee College of Music in Boston. He freelanced out of New York City before moving to London, UK. He’s performed with a ‘who’s who’ list of internationally renowned musicians such as Quincy Jones, Shirley Horn, Joe Lovano, Wynton Marsalis and Sir John Dankworth, while headlining major festivals with his own bands. To date, Michael has released five critically-acclaimed albums of original music, and as a freelance bassist has performed at The Hollywood Bowl, The Blue Note, MTV, Michael Parkinson Show, BBC Documentaries, The Brit Awards, Paramount Studios LA, & The O2. Michael is an adjunct Professor of Double & Electric Bass at the Royal Academy of Music and Trinity Laban in London.

Jay Phelps – Trumpet | Muted Trumpet

Trumpeter Jay Phelps is at the forefront of the young and creative generation of jazz musicians with an instantly recognizable warm and projecting tone. A Vancouver-born Canadian, Jay moved to London in 1999, and immediately made an impact on the scene. He has performed with Courtney Pine, Charlotte Church, Amy Winehouse, The Lincoln Jazz Center Orchestra, Ray Brown and Jamie Cullum and has released his own album ‘Jay Walkin’ recently to international acclaim. Jay runs an education project called ‘Jazz Youth’ and has appeared on BBC’s popular Cbeebies on ‘Zingzillas’ and ‘Show me, Show me’ as a guest trumpeter. Jay is currently based in New York City.

Phil Robson – Guitar

Guitarist Phil Robson is internationally regarded as a highly versatile and creative player and composer. Based in New York City after a few decades of living in London where he won ‘Best Jazz Musician of the Year’ at the Parliamentary Jazz Awards, Phil has released nine albums as a leader, and frequently performs with the world renowned singer Christine Tobin and saxophonist Mark Turner. When in the UK he teaches as an adjunct Professor of Jazz Guitar and Composition at The Royal Academy of Music, The Guildhall, & the Trinity Conservatoire of Music in London, and can be seen headlining festivals and major venues across the world throughout the year.

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