Montreux Jazz Award nominees Brekky Boy are a piano-driven powerhouse ‘jazznotjazz’ trio hailing from the South Coast, NSW. Drawing on artists such as Tigran Hamasyan, GoGo Penguin, Robert Glasper & The Bad Plus, the instrumental outfit has carved out an invigorating original sound that incorporates elements of jazz, rock, minimalist & folk. This combined with a captivating live show has established Brekky Boy as one of the most exciting young acts to watch in the Australian jazz/instrumental scene.
In 2017 composer/pianist Taylor Davis formed the project which is completed by Rob Hamilton on double bass and Liam Hogan on drums. With three studio EP’s under their belt, the trio has been recognised internationally, featuring on ‘Best of The Listening Room’ Sofar Sounds (1.2M YouTube subs) in 2020. The project was hand-picked by Montreux Jazz Festival to compete in the 2019 Montreux Talent Awards, the only Australian act to be a part of this award. The artistic committee that made this decision was comprised of Carl Craig, Chilly Gonzales, Stanley Clark and Chucho Valdès. In addition to this, the Montreux Jazz Artists Foundation selected Brekky Boy to form the official Montreux Jazz Festival House Band 2019; facilitating one of the most prestigious jam sessions in the world for 16 nights, performing alongside artists such as Shania Twain, Jacob Collier, Tom Jones, Christian Scott, Lizzo and Quincy Jones. In 2020 and 2021 frontman Taylor Davis was invited back as Musical Director for the jam sessions with the responsibility of choosing world class musicians from around the globe to curate the house band. Unfortunately due to the Covid-19 pandemic the festival was cancelled in 2020 and severely reduced in 2021.
Brekky Boy also scored the support slot for Blue Note artist Ambrose Akinmusire at the Melbourne International Jazz Festival 2019 at 170 Russell, Melbourne. The renowned trumpeter/composer is known for his collaborations with Esperanza Spalding, Marcus Miller, Brad Mehldau, Yellowjackets and the late Roy Hargrove. Other notable festival appearances include Wellington Jazz Festival NZ, Woodford Folk Festival, Queenscliff Music Festival, Mullum Music Festival, Wide Open Space Festival, Queenstown Jazz Festival NZ & venues in Japan/South-East Asia.
Taylor has studied under some of Australia’s finest musicians at the Australian Institute of Music, notably under jazz legend Greg Coffin. He was accepted into Berklee College of Music in 2013 with a scholarship but made the decision to finish his studies at AIM and spend time composing and performing nationally and internationally. When not performing/composing under the pseudonym Brekky Boy, Taylor works with Otis Studios composing the music for advertisements, has featured as a pianist on The Voice Australia, SBS, Black Yak Korea and collaborates with artists/producers across the globe.
“Few greater joys exist than hearing something that surprises the hell out of you – like music did when you were 16. Brekky Boy does that.” - John Shand, Sydney Morning Herald
"With celebrity fans and a unique sound, this band doesn’t need labels." - Nick Galvin, Sydney Morning Herald
"A sublime Sydney jazz trio that remind me of Minneapolis’ The Bad Plus." - Dan Condon, Double J
"An invigorating original sound combining classic jazz with emotional contemporary flare." - Sofar Sounds International