GIL "XL" DEFAY
Gil Defay is a Teacher, Music Producer, Composer and Arranger. To say that the trumpeter, flugelhornist, and multi-instrumentalist is dynamic is truth in pure form. His musical expressions are sure to satisfy whatever today’s musical palette may need. His styles range from Jazz, Funk, Soul, R&B, Hip-Hop, Gospel, to the world music styles of Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Brazil, The Afro Caribbean, Latin America, Africa and more.
INDIVIDUALLY OR AS A PART OF A UNIT, HE’S TOURED, SHARED THE STAGE AND OR RECORDED WITH THE FOLLOWING:
Wynton Marsalis, Tito Puente, Jimmy Heath, Jimmy Cobb, George Cables, Kenny Barron, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Joey DeFrancesco, Denise Rich, John Patitucci, Randy Brecker, Arturo O’Farrill, Mariah Carey, Wyclef Jean...
Lauryn Hill, Freddie Jackson, Eric Benet, Luke James, Melanie Fiona, Al B. Sure, Ariana Grande, Jennifer Lopez, Jason Derulo, Peter Gunz, Magic, R5, Fifth Harmony, A Great Big World, Maren Morris, Fred Hammond, Mike Phillips, Donnie Mcklurkin, Tichina Arnold, Tye Tribbett, Rev.Timothy Wright, Cece Winans, Bebe Winans, Youthful Praise, Hezekiah Walker, John P. Kee, Kim Burrell, ABIAH and much more.
Knowledge and Experience
With an education from the Harlem School of the Arts, New School University, Long Island University and with private studies with professors such as Brian Lynch, Cecil Bridgewater, Valery Ponomarev, Earl McIntyre, Eddie Allen, Sam Newsome, Arturo O’Farrill, Richard Vitale, Pete Yellin, Enos Payne, Eric Lemon and more he is well equipped and ready for service.