Klay D-C (Klay Dumas-Copas) was infected by the music-virus through his father Ronnie, who played in The Dedicated Men Jug band in the ’60s.
Klay started his career with the group The Jazz Steppers (further members were Pat Leacock, Dean Mark and Tony Smith) and released the albums Get Up! (1998) and The Next Step (2000). Both albums were published on Passion Music, UK’s premium label in contemporary jazz. Unfortunately this label discontinued its production like many others.
But Passion Music’s artists especially Chris Standring, Duncan Millar, Shakatak and more are still around. So nothing is lost. Klay spent some time in Roy Ayer’s Ubiquity Band, which he quit in 2005. Klay’s return in the contemporary jazz scene is entitled RITMO (2010), the Spanish word for rhythm.
Klay has assembled on his album UK’s prominent musicians Allan Simpson (guitars), Rene Melonez, Orefo Orakweu and Dean Mark (bass), Jason Short and Tony Smith (guitars), Andrew Milnes (sax), Mark Saunders and Bob Morales (drums/programming).