“De Souza has mastered the ability to develop a sound that is deep and interesting and together, this trio have joined forces to present as a much bigger, stronger entity than they appear to be on the surface.”- Lauren Bush (London Jazz News)
Mike De Souza – Guitar/ Compositions
Huw V Williams – Double Bass/ Electric Bass
Jay Davis – Drums
This Trio led by Guitarist Mike De Souza, perform all new original music, that seeks to take the typical ‘Guitar-led Jazz Trio’, and infuse innovative concepts of sound and structure, from rock bands such as Radiohead and Deerhoof, to name but a few influences. Having self-released their debut EP ‘Road Fork’ in December 2018, they have already had multiple plays on Jazz FM’s ‘Somethin’ Else’, being described as ‘Magnificent’ by Chris Philips, and Jez Nelson using ‘Fusionesque Pyrotechnics’ to sum up a live performance at Jazz In The Round.
This Trio also features two of the most exciting and distinctive rising stars from London’s vibrant jazz scene, drummer Jay Davis, and bassist Huw V Williams. Jay and Mike first met as students at Leeds College of Music in 2009, but their musical alliance only began to take shape when they took their studies further on the Masters course at the Royal Academy of Music in 2012. After graduating they helped co-found the band ‘Big Bad Wolf’, with whom they released the debut album ‘Pond Life’ to critical acclaim in 2017, ‘One of the best albums I’ve heard this year’ – Mike Flynn (Jazzwise).
Huw and Jay first played together as Yamaha Jazz Scholars in 2012, and since then have gone on to play together as a rhythm section in many different projects. This Trio plays extensive and intricate compositions, that are bolstered by energetic improvisations, empathic interactions and daring explorations.