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Tony Davis

The son and first child of internationally renowned trombonist, composer and educator Steve Davis and critically acclaimed pianist, composer and educator Mary DiPaola, Tony was presented with the recipe for artistic success from day one. A native of West Hartford, Connecticut, Tony played piano, several brass instruments and bass until the age of 14 when he first picked up the guitar. After coming upon the music of such iconic bluesmen as Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy and Jimi Hendrix, Davis knew he had officially begun the journey to finding his own musical identity.

Davis initially attended Roger Williams University with aspirations of pursuing a degree in psychology, but quickly realized that music was his calling. He then transferred to The Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz (Hartford, CT) where he had the opportunity to study with Nat Reeves, Eric McPherson, Abraham Burton, Rene McLean, Javon Jackson, his father and many other world-class musicians. He earned his Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies (Summa Cum Laude) and then relocated to New York City, where he currently resides. Davis received a Master of Music Degree on scholarship at The City College of New York, where he studied with such contemporary masters as guitarists Peter Bernstein and Paul Bollenback, and saxophonist Steve Wilson. In addition to Bernstein & Bollenback, Tony has been mentored by a variety of prominent guitarists, including Russell Malone, Bobby Broom, Dave Stryker and Rich Goldstein.

Tony Davis continues to perform at NYC’s most notable venues such as SMOKE, Ginny’s Supper Club, Smalls Jazz Club, Fat Cat, Minton’s Playhouse and Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola/Jazz at Lincoln Center. Appearances outside of NYC include The Side Door Jazz Club (CT), The Jazz Kitchen (IN) and Infinity Hall (CT), as well as The Wes Montgomery Tribute Festival (IN), The Tri-C Jazz Festival (OH), The Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz (CT), The Newport Jazz Festival (RI) and The Center City Jazz Festival of Philadelphia (PA). He has shared the bandstand with heavyweights, including Harold Mabern, Larry Willis, Antoine Roney, Mike LeDonne, John Lee, Eric Alexander, JD Allen, Joe Farnsworth, Ugonna Okegwo, Anthony Wonsey and Dezron Douglas.

As as an educator, Davis’ experience includes work at the Artist’s Collective (Hartford), private lessons and concerts/master classes with The Newport Jazz Assembly. His musical influences run the gamut of nearly every musical genre, as evidenced by his compositions, arrangements and unique playing style.


Album Review

Alex Tremblay: Thoughts & Images

Read "Thoughts & Images" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The Thoughts & Images on bassist Alex Tremblay's album of that name are essentially his own (he composed and arranged every number), so the outcome must be appraised for the most part using those ingredients as a touchstone. Not that the musicianship is unimportant; on the contrary, the way in which Tremblay's quintet assesses and performs his generally agreeable themes is another notable element in the equation. While Tremblay's ideas are mainly well-defined and accessible, he has ...

Radio & Podcasts

Tony Davis, No Base Trio, Camila Nebbia and More

Read "Tony Davis, No Base Trio, Camila Nebbia and More" reviewed by Bob Osborne

On this show the debut album from guitarist Tony Davis who combines creative compositions and skilful adaptations for a great sound. Further exploration of the back catalogue of Italian saxophonist Felice Clemente. Innovative explorations from the Puerto Rican trio of alto saxophonist Jonathan Suazo, drummer Leonardo Osuna, and Gabriel Vicéns on electric guitar. Chilean trumpeter Benjamín Vergara and Philadelphia percussionist Ben Bennett creating a new sound scape incorporating textures, melodies and silence. From Buenos Aires highly regarded saxophonist, improviser and ...

Album Review

Tony Davis: Golden Year

Read "Golden Year" reviewed by Kyle Simpler

Tony Davis definitely knows how to get things done. At 25, he has already earned a Master's Degree and is involved in musical education. He has played and recorded with some of the most notable jazz musicians around, including the group, Works for Me. With Golden Year, his first solo album, Davis captures the energy of his recent experiences and transforms it into an exciting musical offering. This record not only showcases Davis' talent as a guitarist and composer, but ...

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Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Thoughts & Images

La Reserve Records


Golden Year

Posi-Tone Records



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