Trombonist Steve Davis will be featured in the next concert in the Richmond Jazz Society Guest Educators Series Tuesday evening, April 1 at 7:00 p.m. at Capitol Ale House at 623 East Main Street. Davis was the last musician to join Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers and discusses the lessons he learned with Blakey's band and from two of his other important musical mentors - Jackie Mclean and Chic Corea.
Stylistically, Davis' playing is very close to trombonist Curtis Fuller who preceeded him in the Jazz Messengers. He also owes a debt to J.J. Johnson and Slide Hampton. Like those artists, he plays with a dark, full sound and has a great deal of finesse. He never succumbs to the temptation that so many brass players are guilty of to show off - in a matter of speaking, its always about what the music dictates.
Davis is also a talented composer and bandleader and has recently released a new recording on Positone records called "For Real." The lineup is the same that he'll be appearing with with in Richmond Tuesday evening: Abraham Burton on tenor sax, Nat Reeves on bass, Larry Willis on piano and Billy Williams on drums. Abraham Burton and Nat Reeves are also proteges of saxophonist Jackie McLean and are fellow faculty members at the Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz at the Hartt School at the University of Connecticut. Larry Willis, a legend in his own right, played with McLean on some of his famous 1960's Blue Note recordings and was previously featured as one of the performing artists in the Guest Educators series.
The interview starts with the opening track from Davis' new recording. There's also snippets of his work with Chic Corea, Art Blakey's Jazz messengers and Jackie McLean.
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