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Alto saxophonist Jesse Davis is one of the new, young lions of jazz coming out of New Orleans, where he was born 1965. He follows in the tradition of the Marsalis family and other Jazz musicians from the Crescent City currently attracting so much attention. Not surprisingly, he studied with Ellis Marsalis at the New Orleans Centre for Creative Arts. Jesse showed signs of musical talent at an early age: when he was eleven, his brother Roger (an accomplished tuba player) bought Jesse a saxophone and taught him how to play it. He went on to study with Ellis Marsalis, whose teachings inspired him to become a music student at North-Eastern Illinois University on a full scholarship. Eventually, he transferred to William Patterson College in New Jersey and then to the New School in New York City, enrolling in their Jazz and Contemporary Music Program. There he was a student of noted Jazz historian Ira Gitler, who says that "...Jesse stood out in the crowd"


Live at Smalls Jazz Club

Label: Cellar Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: Gingerbread Boy; Ceora; Cup Bearers; These Foolish Things; Juicy Lucy; Rhythm-a-Ning; Street of Dreams; Love for Sale.


Article: Year in Review

Jack Bowers' Best Jazz Albums Of 2023

Read "Jack Bowers' Best Jazz Albums Of 2023" reviewed by Jack Bowers

2023 was another banner year for jazz of all shapes and sizes. It has been a pleasure to review so many splendid big-band albums along with wonderful enterprises by smaller groups, some of which were recording for the first time (hopefully, not the last). If this was a preview of things to come, we look forward ...


Article: Album Review

Jesse Davis: Live at Smalls Jazz Club

Read "Live at Smalls Jazz Club" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Alto saxophone master Sonny Stitt always chafed when he was called “little Bird," a reference to the greatest alto of them all, Charlie Parker. “I'm not a little Bird," he would say, “I'm me; Sonny Stitt." In similar fashion, Jesse Davis would probably shrug off any comparison to another of the instrument's esteemed patriarchs, the late ...



Label: Gearbox Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Blue Soul; Emperor March; Copasetic; Suspicion.


Article: In Pictures

Cafiso Cigalini Davis "Parker 100" Piacenza Jazz Fest 2020

Read "Cafiso Cigalini Davis "Parker 100" Piacenza Jazz Fest 2020" reviewed by Danilo Codazzi


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Theo Croker, Annie Ross & Jesse Davis

Read "Theo Croker, Annie Ross & Jesse Davis" reviewed by Joe Dimino

This week we play new music, honor those that left us and look into the music world surviving the COVID-19 shutdown. The hour kicks off with talented musician Theo Croker. We pay our respects to the great Annie Ross and long-time politician John Lewis. We also profile Omer Avital, Mike Bond and Gregg August. Enjoy.


News: Recording

Charles Tolliver's 'Connect' Featuring Buster Williams, Lenny White And More! First Release In 13 Years!

Charles Tolliver's 'Connect' Featuring Buster Williams, Lenny White And More!  First Release In 13 Years!

New York-based trumpeter, composer and educator Charles Tolliver presents Connect, his first studio album in 13 years. There's no title track on the new album from Charles Tolliver, but the name—Connect—isn't some ethereal abstraction: it's an invitation. Release date: July 31st. “I wanted the music to connect in these times," explains the trumpeter-composer, a 50-plus-year music ...


Article: Album Review

Charles Tolliver: Connect

Read "Connect" reviewed by Chris May

Put out more flags. Connect, the first release from trumpeter Charles Tolliver in over a decade, is a monster. From the Saturday-night goodtime opener “Blue Soul" through to the intense, Spanish tinged, serpentine closer “Suspicion," the album finds Tolliver still at the top of his game in a recording career which began in the mid 1960s. ...


Article: In Pictures

Jesse Davis Quartet at Tracce di Jazz Festival 2020

Read "Jesse Davis Quartet at Tracce di Jazz Festival 2020" reviewed by Danilo Codazzi


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