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Nathan Davis (saxophonist)

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Years active  1960s–present
Name  Nathan Davis

Role  Instrumentalist
Genres  Jazz
Nathan Davis (saxophonist) Pitt Jazz Studies Program Director Nathan Davis to Retire
Born  February 15, 1937 (age 78) (1937-02-15)
Origin  Kansas City, Kansas, U.S.
Instruments  Tenor saxophone Soprano saxophone Bass clarinet Flute
Associated acts  Nathan Davis Sextet, Nathan Davis Quartet
Website  Pitt faculty page for Nathan Davis
Albums  Suite for Dr. Martin Luther King, The Fall
Education  Wesleyan University, University of Kansas
Similar People  Santi Debriano, Arthur Blythe, Don Pullen, Chico Freeman, Ed Thigpen

Nathan Davis (born February 15, 1937) is an American hard bop jazz multi-instrumentalist who plays the tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone, bass clarinet and flute. Born in Kansas City, Kansas, Davis is probably best known for his work with Eric Dolphy, Kenny Clarke, Ray Charles, Slide Hampton and Art Blakey.


Nathan Davis (saxophonist) AJ Johnson39s Heros and Mentors

Nathan traveled extensively around Europe after the war and moved to Paris in 1962. He holds a Ph.D in Ethnomusicology from Wesleyan University and has been a professor of music and director of jazz studies at the University of Pittsburgh since 1969, an academic program that he helped to initiate. He is also founder and director of the University of Pittsburgh Annual Jazz Seminar and Concert, the first academic jazz event of its kind in the country. He also helped to found the university's William Robinson Recording Studio as well as establish the International Academy of Jazz Hall of Fame located in the school's William Pitt Union and the University of Pittsburgh-Sonny Rollins International Jazz Archives. Davis, who retired in 2013 as director of the Jazz Studies Program at Pitt, now has Professor Emeritus status at the university. Davis also served as the editor of the International Jazz Archives Journal.

Nathan Davis (saxophonist) After 44 years of running Pitt39s jazz studies program

One of Davis' best known musical associations was heading the Paris Reunion Band (1985-1989), which at different times included Nat Adderley, Kenny Drew, Johnny Griffin, Slide Hampton, Joe Henderson, Idris Muhammad, Dizzy Reece, Woody Shaw, and Jimmy Woode. Davis also toured and recorded with the post-bop ensemble leading Roots which he formed in 1991.

Davis has also composed various pieces, including a 2004 opera entitled "Just Above My Head".

On October 5, 2013 Davis was awarded the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation's BNY Mellon Jazz Living Legacy Award at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC.

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As leader

  • 1965: The Hip Walk (with Jimmy Woode, Kenny Clarke, Francy Boland, Carmell Jones)
  • 1965: Peace Treaty (with Woody Shaw, Jean-Louis Chautemps, Rene Urtreger, Jimmy Woode, Kenny Clarke)
  • 1965: Happy Girl (with Woody Shaw, Larry Young, Jimmy Woode, Billy Brooks)
  • 1967: The Rules of Freedom (with Hampton Hawes, Jimmy Garrison, Art Taylor)
  • 1969: Jazz Concert in a Benedictine monastery
  • 1971: Makatuka (with Mike Taylor, Virgil Walters, Joe Kennedy, Don Depaotis, Nelson Harrison, Wheeler Winstead)
  • 1972: 6th Sense In The 11th House (with Richard Davis, Alan Dawson, Roland Hanna)
  • 1976: Suite for Dr. Martin Luther King
  • 1976: If (with Abraham Laboriel, George Caldwell, Dave Palmar, Willie Amoaku)
  • 1982: Faces of Love
  • 1987: London by Night
  • 1996: Nathan Davis
  • 1998: Two Originals: Happy Girl & Hip Walk
  • 1999: I'm A Fool To Want You
  • 2003: Rules of Freedom
  • 2006: Happy Girl
  • 2009: The Best of 1965-76
  • Songs

    Happy Girl
    Carolina Sky
    Stick Buddy
    Like sweet bells jangled
    Kansas City Special
    The Hip Walk
    The Bright and Hollow Sky
    The Mechanics of Escapement
    Revolution Lane
    Still Rock And Roll
    Tragic Magic
    Jesus Saves Us
    Decatur And Rome
    The Flute in the Blues
    Theme From Zoltan
    Streets of Anchortowne
    John Coltrane
    Fool Like Me
    Death of a Man
    Parisian Hoedown
    A Thought for Cannon
    Peace Treaty
    The Shadow of Your Smile
    African Boogie
    Atlanta Walk
    Mr Jive by Five
    B's Blues
    While Children Sleep


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