January 2009, Volume 13, Number 1

Cultural Spotlight

Famed trombonist visits MDC

Steve Davis
Davis

Steve Davis is widely regarded as one of today’s leading improvisers on the trombone. His lyrical, hard-swinging style first gained him broad recognition during the 1990s while working with the bands of jazz legends like Art Blakey, Jackie McLean and Chick Corea. Davis will visit Miami Dade College on January 21 as part of the Jazz at Wolfson Presents series.

“Steve Davis is a respected musician and one of the strongest trombonists on the scene today. He plays great and writes very well also,” said Dr. Michael Di Liddo, jazz professor.

Davis has recorded eight CDs as a leader. And, ever in demand as a sideman, Davis is featured on an astounding 47 CDs and has worked with a broad range of jazz musicians, including Horace Silver, Avishai Cohen, Cecil Payne and Wynton Marsalis.

David A. Orthmann from allaboutjazz.com calls him, “a fluid, melodic soloist.” Orthmann adds that Davis “commands attention” and “creates a great deal of rhythmic tension without wasting a note.”

He has toured North America, Europe, Japan, South America, the Caribbean and Southern Africa, and has made appearances at the North Sea, Vienna, Nice, Pori, Molde, San Sebastian and Glasgow festivals. Davis is an assistant professor of jazz at the Hartt/McLean Institute of Jazz at the University of Hartford. He also continues his long-time affiliation with the Artist’s Collective (founded by Jackie and Dollie McLean) in Hartford where he also makes his home.

With a nice combination of creative compositions and clever adaptations Steve Davis’ new CD, Outlook, is insightfully straight ahead, steadily swinging and refreshingly melodic enough to provide a wide assortment of bright moments to discerning jazz fans everywhere.

— Katherine Joss


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