Steve Davis is widely regarded as one of today’s leading improvisers on the trombone. His lyrical, hard-swinging style first gained him broad recognition during the 1990’s while working with the bands of jazz legends Art Blakey, Jackie McLean, Chick Corea’s Origin and the cooperative sextet, One For All. Steve has appeared in Downbeat Magazine’s Reader’s and Critic’s Polls numerous times, winning the TDWR (Rising Star) Trombone Category in 1998. Steve has also been recently nominated by The JJA four years in a row 2010-13 as Trombonist of the Year.
Davis’ most recent recordings For Real and Gettin’ It Done (Positone) feature his longtime musical colleagues Larry Willis and Nat Reeves along with drummer Billy Williams, saxophonists Abraham Burton (For Real), Mike DiRubbo and trumpeter Josh Bruneau (Gettin’ It Done). Steve has led his own groups at such venues as Smoke and Smalls Jazz Clubs in NYC, The Greater Hartford Jazz Festival, Baltimore’s Eubie Blake Center, The Richmond Jazz Society and Hartford Jazz Society, to name a few recent gigs.
In June 2010, Davis released Images: The Hartford Suite (Positone) featuring his exciting, new OUTLOOK Quintet. The music, all Davis originals, is a tribute to his home-own the past 25 years. Steve also released Live At Small’s feat. Larry Willis in 2009 to rave reviews. Davis followed in his mentor Curtis Fuller’s footsteps by joining saxophone legend Benny Golson’s New Jazztet, appearaing on the group’s new CD, New Time, New ‘tet (Concord). In addition, Steve’s collaboration with the late, great pianist Hank Jones can be heard on the critically acclaimed CD, ELOQUENCE (Sept 2009 Jazz Legacy Productions). Along with Davis and Jones, the stellar line-up includes Nat Reeves (bass), Joe Farnsworth (drums) and special guests Steve Nelson (vibes), Roy Hargrove (trumpet) and John Lee (electric bass).