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Craig Davis

Craig Davis is a highly gifted and formally trained pianist with over 30 years of professional experience as a performer, composer, arranger and educator.

Craig studied privately with Bobby Cardillo during his formative years and was mentored in prominent local bands led by Roger Humphries and Kenny Blake. He was a ‘lifer’ at Shady Side Academy, and received his B.M. in Jazz Studies from I.U. - Bloomington Jacobs School of Music and his M.M. in JazzArts from Manhattan School of Music.

Craig was a member of Sean Jones' quintet 'Mission Statement' and toured with Artie Shaw Orchestra. His NYC trio debuted at ‘The Kitano’ and headlined at Pittsburgh JazzLive International.

Craig was Music Director, Conductor and Pianist for Pittsburgh Playhouse Grand Opening Gala in Downtown Pittsburgh. Most recently, he presented a lecture recital at the Frick Art Museum in  collaboration with Frick exhibit 'Katharine Hepburn-Dressed For Stage and Screen.’ 


Album Review

Craig Davis: Tone Paintings

Read "Tone Paintings" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The subtitle of pianist Craig Davis' second album, Tone Paintings, is “The Music of Dodo Marmarosa." For those who may be inclined to ask, “Dodo who?" the album offers a mini-biography of Pittsburgh-born Michael (Dodo) Marmarosa, an exceptionally talented pianist whose promising early career was cut short by the crushing weight of mental and emotional problems that proved too unbearable for him to overcome. At his peak, in the decade from 1940-50, Marmarosa was a member of big bands led ...

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"This is the best jazz pianist I've ever heard."  —Tony Bennett, Jazz at Lincoln Center, 2010





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