Steve Davis

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Steve Davis is widely regarded as one of today's leading voices on the trombone. Davis has worked with jazz luminaries such as Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers (he penned the title track of Blakey’s final album, One For All), Jackie McLean, Chick Corea, Benny Golson, Freddie Hubbard, Ron Carter, Hank Jones, Harold Mabern, Larry Willis, and Roy Hargrove. Raised in Binghamton, NY, Davis’s many notable performances include The Jimmy Fallon Show with Stevie Wonder and The White House Tribute to Ray Charles (PBS). Davis appears on nearly 200 recordings (20 as a leader), including his latest acclaimed release, Bluesthetic (Smoke Sessions). Davis appears on multiple Grammy-winning recordings including Chick Corea and Spanish Heart Band's Antidote and Christian McBride Big Band's Bringin’ It.

In addition to leading his own bands, Davis continues to work regularly with Nat Reeves, One For All, and Dizzy Gillespie & His All Stars. He also collaborates regularly both with his son, guitarist Tony Davis, and his wife, vocalist Abena Koomson-Davis. Abena and Davis each appear on Natalie Merchant’s latest release, Keep Your Courage. As a faculty member at the Hartt School’s Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz at the University of Hartford, Davis was recently honored for over 30 years of service. Davis’s other notable academic affiliations include San Francisco Conservatory of Music's Roots Jazz & American Music Program, New England Conservatory, University of Massachusetts's Jazz in July, Skidmore Summer Jazz Institute, Jamey Aebersold's Summer Jazz Workshop, and Stanford Summer Jazz Workshop. In Fall 2022, Davis joined Berklee College of Music's Brass Department as professor of trombone.

Career Highlights
  • A part of Steve Davis Quintet (Say When, Correlations, and Bluesthetic), Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers (1989-90)Jackie McLean Sextet (1992-97)Chick Corea & Origin (1997-2001), Chick Corea, Spanish Heart Band (2019)Freddie Hubbard & The New Jazz Composers Octet (2001-08), Horace Silver Octet (2004)One For All (feat. Joe Farnsworth & Eric Alexander, 1996-present)Dizzy Gillespie All-Stars (Big Band, Small Group, 2001-present)Jimmy Heath Big Band & Quintet (2006-19), and Christian McBride Big Band (2009-present)
  • Grammy Awards with Chick Corea & Spanish Heart Band for Antidote (2019) and Christian McBride Big Band for The Good Feeling (2012), Bringin' It (2018), and For Jimmy, Wes & Oliver (2022)
  • Grammy Nominations with Chick Corea & Origin for Change (1999), Freddy Cole for Merry-Go-Round (2000), and Andy Bey for American Song (2003)
In Their Own Words

"My hope for each student is that upon graduation they are equipped for any professional musical situation...and that they ultimately find their own unique, creative voice through diligent study, practice, and life experience.

"I have always enjoyed sharing my professional performing experience with my students. Ideally, it's a perfect balance or cycle—you go out on the road and play, bring that creative energy and practical perspective back to the classroom, and hopefully inspire your students to do the same one day."