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Stanton Davis, a New Orleans-born jazz trumpeter, who has a wide range and impressive technique, has had an active musical career spanning over 30 years.
Even before graduating from the prestigious New England Conservatory of Music in 1972 with a degree in Composition/Performance and a Masters Degree in Ethno- Musicology from Wesleyan University. Davis had been steeped in the fluid sounds of jazz, blues, soul and R&B from his early life in the Crescent City.
Since then, Davis has performed, toured, and/or recorded with a plethora of jazz groups: The Mercer Ellington Orchestra, The Lionel Hampton Orchestra, George Russell's Living Time Orchestra, Mongo Santamaria's Orchestra, Mario Bauza & His Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra, Lester Bowie's Brass Fantasy and bassist Charlie Haden's group. Davis also appeared as a soloist on David Sanborn's Night Music on NBC TV and has performed in concerts with jazz artists such as George Gruntz, Jim Pepper, Bob Stewart, David Murray, Richard Abrams, Sam Rivers, Gil Evans, Webster Lewis, Jaki Byard, and Max Roach.
As a free-lance musician, Davis has been a key player in the orchestra pit and onstage for numerous shows such as The Diana Ross' TV Special, and Broadway and touring shows such as Jelly's Last Jam, Black and Blue, Ain't Misbehavin', Sophisticated Ladies, Play On, Dinah Was and Bring In 'da Noise, Bring In 'da Funk as well as The Apollo Theatre's Harlem Song in New York and is proud to with â€œAmbassador Satchâ€
Davis's soulful trumpet voice also graced the soundtracks for television documentaries such as PBS' An American Dream and The Virgin Island Adventure. He also appeared in George Russell's Living Time on TV in Stockholm and on MZIZI ROOTS, on WBZ-TV in Boston.
He most recent performance was in the film â€œHalf Nelsonâ€ (2006) starring Ryan Gosling.