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Associate Professor of Music Hart School of Music

Steve Davis is widely regarded as one of today’s leading voices on the trombone. Mentored by Jackie McLean and performing for his first time with Art Blakey and Jazz Messengers, Davis has since developed to be one of the most respected and requested trombone players by jazz luminaries such as Chick Corea, Cecil Payne, Freddie Hubbard, Horace Silver, Cedar Walton, Hank Jones & Benny Golson. Raised in Binghamton, New York, Steve has performed at major venues around the world including appearances on The Jimmy Fallon Show with Stevie Wonder and at The White House Tribute to Ray Charles (PBS). Davis has recorded 20 albums as an independent musician and appears on over 150 recordings. Steve’s album Think Ahead (Smoke Sessions, 2017) celebrates an exciting collection of original compositions and time-honored classics. Other notable releases include Say When: Celebrating J.J. Johnson (Smoke Sessions) For Real and Gettin’ It Done (Positone). Steve continues to work regularly with One For All (feat. Eric Alexander), Larry Willis, Harold Mabern, Dizzy Gillespie All-Stars, Jimmy Heath, Ron Carter and Christian McBride big bands. Steve’s original composition “Optimism” appears on the McBride Big Band’s Grammy Award-winning release Bringin It (2018). A long-time educator, Steve has guided a broad
range of emerging musicians at the Hartt School’s Jackie McLean Institute where he was recently honored for over 25 years of service. Other ongoing prestigious educational endeavors include Jamey Aebersold’s Summer Jazz Workshops, the Jazz in July program at UMASS Amherst, Stanford University Jazz Workshop, as well as his long-time affiliation with the Artist’s Collective, founded by Jackie and Dollie McLean. His highly anticipated forthcoming album, Correlations, is set to release on Smoke Sessions – 8 March 2019.

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