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Jamie Davis

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”One of my favourite singers of old fashioned blues is Jamie Davis. He not only has a great voice but is a lovely guy as well. I first really became a fan when I worked with him at the 2007 Cheltenham Jazz Festival. Since then I had him on my talk show and interviewed him on the radio. He is an extremely nice bloke and a pleasure to work with. If you see his albums buy them.” Sir Michael Parkinson

“Jamie Davis another of those extremely polished singers who are beginning to appear again” Stanley Crouch

“Davis' dark, dense “Round Midnight” rivals Eckstine's silken splendor.

“Most impressively, he manages to elevate Lionel Richie's 'Hello' to the same lofty plateau.” Jazz Times - Christopher Loudon

Jamie Davis holds a position amongst the pantheon of great male vocalists with a full deep baritone voice that has been paired with some of the world's most famous talent. Davis was named the “chocolate baritone” by Sir Michael Parkinson, the BBC's arbiter of important international jazz, after Jamie's performance in London with the BBC's sixty-four piece Orchestra and Big Band. Clint Eastwood enthused by Jamie's performance at the Monterey Jazz Festival said “...Jamie Davis is one of my favorite singers.”

In the past five years, Jamie has produced three solo CD's, performed at Monterey, Dubai, Sacramento, Aspen, Cheltenham, Edinburgh jazz festivals and the closing ceremony at this years Shakespeare Music Festival in Lake Tahoe. Jazz clubs include Yoshi's and The Rrazz Room in San Francisco, Dizzy's and Blue Note in New York and aboard Holland America jazz cruises.

Television highlights include performances on: “Parkinson” in UK, Sweden and Australia, The Jerry Lewis Telethon in Las Vegas and “60th Anniversary Show” with The HRTa Big Band in Zagreb, Croatia. Concerts for BBC Radio's 2 “Friday Night Is Music Night” and ”Big Band Special” were broadcast live and on digital.

The Count Basie Orchestra gave Jamie the opportunity be “on the road” with one of the greatest big bands as their lead vocalist for three years. Davis reflects, “Having all that sound behind you is just amazing. You've got to ride that current.” Jamie's full rich, deep baritone voice was tapped to narrate “A Time to Remember,” a docudrama which won the “Black American Independent Filmmakers Award” in 1999.

Davis' solo CDs, “It's All About Love”, “It's A Good Thing” and the newly released ”Vibe Over Perfection” are receiving critical acclaim. The last two recordings on the Unity Music label reunited Jamie with members of the Count Basie Orchestra and some of Los Angeles' finest instrumentalists. “It's A Good Thin” was chosen as “Album of the Week” on the digital radio station Thejazz.com in December 2007 and is currently on the in-flight audio programs of British Airways, Scandinavian, Aer Lingus and British Midland. “Vibe Over Perfection” entered the US Jazz Charts at No. 26 and is played on radio stations in the US, Canada, UK, Russia, Europe, Scandinavia and Asia.


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