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N. Glenn Davis

N. Glenn Davis is a recording artist, drummer,composer, and educator. Davis's debut CD, The N Glenn Davis Quartet A Different View was released by the Jazzed Media label in 2007 and features ten of his compositions. Davis's 2009 release on Jazzed Media, The N. Glenn Davis Quintet Come Right In, features the legendary Phil Woods on alto sax, Mark Soskin on piano, Dean Johnson on bass, Jack Schantz on trumpet and flugelhorn, and Dave Sterner on alto and soprano saxophones.The quintet performs eight Davis compositions and two jazz classics. Glenn's latest release What Could Be is a piano trio featuring Mark Soskin, Peter Dominguez and Glenn Davis titled, "What Could Be", on the Speak Jazz label.

Davis grew up in the Cleveland area studying drums with Bob McKee. Among his early influences were fellow Cleveland drummers Skip Hadden, Val Kent, and Jamey Haddad. He attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston, graduating with a Bachelor of Music Degree in 1979. In addition to drums, his studies included arranging, harmony, and percussion studies with Gary Chaffee, Joe Hunt, and Dean Anderson. A highlight of Davis's education was studying with master drummer Alan Dawson who had a strong influence on his musical style. Davis lived and played music in Boston for eleven years cutting his teeth on the vibrant Boston jazz scene of the 70s. Davis performed around the city regularly with notable musicians, Mike Stern, Jeff Richman, Grey Sargent, Tiger Okoshi, Santi Debriano, John Lockwood, Neil Stubanhaus, Cathy Segal, Bill Molenhoff and John Licata among others.

Spending a few years in NYC, Davis had a long term engagement with Rino Minetti, freelanced extensively, and performed with The Benny Salzano Quintet. As a writer, he has had his solo transcriptions of Max Roach and Philly Joe Jones published in The Modern Drummer magazine.

Since returning to the Cleveland area in the late 80s, Davis has kept busy playing on the local scene, teaching music, and raising a family. Davis currently leads his own jazz quartet and quintet. He also freelances with several other groups, including The Joe Hunter Trio, John Morton, and The Dave Sterner Quintet.

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"Glenn Davis lets his splendid compositional skills and purposeful timekeeping speak for themselves on A Different View... A sharp and synchronous quartet that makes listening a pleasure." --Jack Bowers, All About Jazz

"Glenn has not taken the easy path in just recording jazz classics, as on this Cd he wrote all but one if the compositions. What sets aside Davis' maiden effort is a maturity by it's leader in combining lyrical playing with classy arrangements." --Jeff Krow, Audiophile Audition

"The N. Glenn Davis Quartet... A wonderful jazz CD, well recorded with exceptional playing." --classicdrummer.com

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Bachelor of Music Berklee College of Music and Masters of Music Education University of Akron. Recording artist, composer, drummer, and educator. Available for master classes, clinics and private instruction.

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N. Glenn Davis holds a Bachelor of Music from The Berklee College of Music and a Masters of Music Education from The University of Akron. Glenn is a versitle drummer, recording artist, composer , and educator with a willingness to share his experience and knowledge with students of all levels

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Album Discography

Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

What Could Be

Speak Jazz Records


Come Right In

Jazzed Media


A Different View

Jazzed Media



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