Steve Davis (trombonist)

Steve Davis (born April 14, 1967) is an American jazz trombonist.

Steve Davis
Davis at the Hartford Jazz Festival, 2007
Davis at the Hartford Jazz Festival, 2007
Background information
Born (1967-04-14) April 14, 1967 (age 53)
Worcester, Massachusetts, U.S.
Years active1980s–present
LabelsBrownstone, Criss Cross, Mapleshade, Posi-Tone, Smoke Sessions
Associated actsOne for All, Origin

Music careerEdit

Davis was raised in Binghamton, New York, where he grew up with jazz music being played in the household.[1] He studied jazz under Jackie McLean at The Hartt School of the University of Hartford in Connecticut.[1] McLean recommended Davis to Art Blakey, whose Jazz Messengers he joined in 1989.[1] After Blakey's death, Davis joined the Hartt faculty in the early 1990s.[1]

Davis played in Chick Corea's Origin, and recorded with them in the late 1990s and early 2000s.[1] Davis has been a member of the sextet One for All since its inception around 1996.[2] Along with Davis, the band features Eric Alexander, Jim Rotondi, David Hazeltine, John Webber and Joe Farnsworth.[2] Davis led his own bands in New York City in the mid-2000s.[3]


As leaderEdit

  • The Moon Knows (Brownstone, 1995)
  • The Jaunt (Criss Cross, 1996)
  • Crossfire (Criss Cross, 1997)
  • Dig Deep (Criss Cross, 1997)
  • Vibe Up (Criss Cross, 1998)
  • Portrait in Sound (Stretch, 2000)
  • Meant to Be (Criss Cross, 2003)
  • Update (Criss Cross, 2006)
  • Outlook (Posi-Tone, 2008)
  • Live at Small's (Smalls Live, 2009)
  • Gettin' It Done (Posi-Tone, 2012)
  • For Real (Posi-Tone, 2014)
  • Say When (Smoke Sessions, 2015)
  • Think Ahead (Smoke Sessions, 2017)
  • Correlations (Smoke Sessions, 2019)

As sidemanEdit

With Art Blakey

With Jackie McLean

  • Rhythm of the Earth (1992, Birdology)
  • Fire & Love (1997, Toshiba EMI/Blue Note)

With Larry Willis

With Others

  • Mode for Mabes w/ Eric Alexander (1997, Delmark)
  • Beautiful Friendship w/ Joe Farnsworth (1998, Criss Cross)
  • Osteology w/ Conrad Herwig (1998, Criss Cross)
  • Adama w/ Avishai Cohen (1998, Stretch/Concord)
  • Payne's Window w/ Cecil Payne (Delmark, 1999)
  • Change w/ Chick Corea & Origin (1999, Stretch/Concord)
  • Brand New world w/ Jimmy Greene (1999, BMG)
  • Soul Journey w/ Michael Weiss (2003, Sinatra)
  • Good-Hearted People w/ David Hazeltine (2002, Criss Cross)
  • One 4-J w/ Steve Turre (2002, Telarc)
  • Spirit of the Horn w/ Slide Hampton's World of Trombones (2002, MCG Jazz)
  • American Song w/ Andy Bey (2004, Savoy)
  • Dizzy's Business w/ Dizzy Gillespie Alumni All-Star Big Band (2005, MCG)
  • Turn Up the Heath w/ Jimmy Heath Big Band (2006, Planet Arts)
  • On the Real Side w/ Freddie Hubbard & New Jazz Composers Octet (2008, Hip Bop)
  • New Time, New 'Tet w/ Benny Golson (2008, Concord Jazz)
  • Return of the Lineup w/ One for All (2009, Sharp Nine)
  • I'm BeBoppin' Too w/ Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Big Band, (2009, Half Note)
  • Bringin' It w/ Christian McBride Big Band (2017, Mac Avenue Records)
  • Mabern Plays Mabern w/ Harold Mabern (2018, Smoke Sessions)


  1. ^ a b c d e Harris, Craig. "Steve Davis: Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-07-10.
  2. ^ a b Collar, Matt. "One for All | Biography & History | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 15 November 2016.
  3. ^ Orthman, David (2007-08-03). "Steve Davis Quintet at Cecil's Jazz Club". All About Jazz. Retrieved 2010-07-10.

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