Steve Davis

Steve Davis is widely regarded as one of today's leading improvisors on the trombone. Born in Worcester, MA in 1967, Steve was raised in Binghamton, NY, and graduated in 1989 from The Hartt School's Jackie McLean Institute (University of Hartford, CT). It was McLean's guidance and recommendation that helped Davis land his first major gig with Art Blakey in NYC in December 1989. Steve returned to Hartford in 1992 to join McLean's sextet and begin teaching alongside his mentor at both the Hartt School and Artist's Collective. Davis has resided in Hartford ever since.

Davis’ latest record as a leader, his 17th, is titled For Real (2014, Posi-Tone), and features legendary Larry Willis on piano, veterans Nat Reeves on bass and Abraham Burton on tenor sax, and Billy Williams on drums. This record includes all original compositions. Davis has three previous releases with Posi-Tone - Outlook (2008), Images (2010), and Gettin’ It Done (2012).

Ever in-demand as a sideman, Davis is featured on over 100 recordings, and is a member of the supergroup One For All (16 records to date). In recent years, "Stevie-D" (a nickname given to him by the late Jackie McLean) has worked regularly with a broad range of jazz icons including the legends Benny Golson and Hank Jones, Larry Willis, Slide Hampton and The Dizzy Gillespie Alumni All-Star Big Band (feat. James Moody, Jimmy Heath and Roy Hargrove), The Jimmy Heath Big Band, Cecil Payne, and Wynton Marsalis' Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra.

Steve also continues his long-time affiliation with the Artist’s Collective (founded by Jackie and Dollie McLean) in Hartford, CT. Davis continues to lead an active teaching career at the Hartt School's Jackie McLean Institute (University of Hartford), where he has been on faculty since 1991.

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For Real

It Done



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