Steve Davis “Stevie-D” nickname given to him by the late Jackie McLean

Born in Worcester, MA in 1967, Davis was raised in Binghamton, NY and graduated in 1989 from  Hartt School’s Jackie McLean Institute. It was with McLean’s guidance and recommendation that Davis landed his first major performance with Art Blakey in NYC. In 98’ Steve winning the TDWR (Rising Star) Trombone Category and later named consecutively as Trombonist of the Year by The JJA – (2010-2013). 
Widely regarded as one of today’s leading voices on the trombone. His lyrical, hard-swinging style first gained him broad recognition. Steve has released 20 albums including: Think Ahead (2017), Say When (2015), For Real & Gettin’ It Done (2014) featuring 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), in addition to over 100 recordings with names including: Chick Corea, Freddie Hubbard, Horace Silver, Cedar Walton, Hank Jones. In 2018 his original composition “Optimism” was included in Christian McBride’s Grammy Award winning album “Bringin’ it”. Steve Davis’ latest release with his sextet “Correlations” (label: Smoke Sessions Records) Steve features Joshua Bruneau, trumpet; Wayne Escoffery, tenor saxophone; Xavier Davis, piano; Dexron Dougles, bass; Johnathan Barber, drums; Caro Baptista, percussion on “Batista Revenge”.

He leads his groups All-Star quartet Larry Willis (Alone Together/Mapleshade 2006) and his exciting, Outlook Quintet featuring rising stars Mike DiRubbo (alto sax), David Bryant (piano), Dezron Douglas (bass) and Eric McPherson (drums) regularly performing at Smoke and Smalls Jazz Club (NYC); The Greater Hartford Jazz Festival, Baltimore’s Eubie Blake Center, The Richmond Jazz Society, Hartford Jazz Society.

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June 24, 2024
Rob Crocker Memorial Tribute
Smoke Jazz & Supper Club, New York, NY

June 28, 2024
Albert “Tootie” Heath Memorial Tribute w/ Jimmy Heath Big Band
Flushing Town Hall, Queens, NY

June 29, 2024
One For All
Innovation Square CGI Rochester Int'l Jazz Festival, Rochester, NY

June 30, 2024
Skidmore Skidmore Jazz Institute Faculty All-Stars
Freihofers Saratoga Jazz Festival, Saratoga Springs, NY

July 1 - 4, 2024
Skidmore Jazz Workshop
Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY

July 5, 2024
Ed Fast & Conga Bop with Hartford Symphony Orchestra
Simsbury Meadows Performing Arts Center, Simsbury, CT


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