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Davis, Jr., Stanton

Davis, Jr., Stanton, trumpet, composer; b. New Orleans, LA, 10 Novemberr 1945. He studied at Berklee College of Music (Advanced Courses), Boston, MA, from 1967-1969. He studied Arranging and Linear Writing with Herb Pomeroy; Lydian Chromatic Concept with George Russell; Arranging and Orchestration with Jaki Byard; Electronic Music and Composition with Robert Ceeley; Embouchure Dynamics with Carmine Caruso; and Commercial and Recording techniques with Bob McCoy. He received a Bachelor of Music Degree from the New England Conservatory of Music in 1973. His major was Composition and Trumpet. He studied at Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut from 1980-1993. He was a candidate for Master of Music, 1983. His specialization was Ethnomusicology.

As a jazz musician, Davis has toured and otherwise performed with The Mercer Ellington Orchestra, Lionel Hampton, Mongo Santa Maria, Mario Bauza, Lester Bowie's Brass Fantasy, Charlie Haden, David Sanborn, George Gruntz, Jim Pepper, Bob Stewart, David Murray, Richard Abrams, Sam Rivers, Gil Evans, Webster Lewis, Jaki Byard, and Max Roach. He was also a soloist on David Sanborn's Night Music on NBC.

On Broadway, he performed in Jelly's Last Jam, Black and Blue, Aint Misbehavin, Sophisticated Ladies, Play On, Dinah Was, and Bring In da Noise, Bring In da Funk. He played on a Diana Ross TV Special and on television documentaries like An American Dream for PBS, Virgin Island Adventure, in Living Time for T.V. in Stockholm, Sweden, and MZIZI ROOTS, for WBZ-TV in Boston.

In concerts and festivals, he has appeared with such diverse Artists as: Jon Lucien, Al Cooper, The Four Tops, Lou Rawls, David Ruffin, The Dells, Gladys Knight, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Tavares, the Festival of Joy Tour for DIW Records in Tokyo, Japan, Berlin Jazz Festival with George Russell and others.

His composer credits include the composing of Brighter Days, the music for Third World WCVB-TV, Boston, soundtrack for Where's Boston? (featuring music composed and produced by Mr. Davis), and the soundtrack for Union Station, as well as solo album compositions.
At present, he is a Contract Administrator for the AFM. His responsibilities are negotiating, administering and enforcing contract agreements for musicians touring with theatrical musicals such as "Cats," "Les Miserables," "Beauty and the Beast" and "Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk". He negotiates contracts for the musicians who back up performers such as Sting, Tom Jones, and Harry Belafonte.

George Russell: Essence of (1969), Trip to Prillarguri (1970); George Gruntz: First Prize (1970); Lester Bowie: My Way (1970); Jim Pepper: Path (1970); Mimmy McGriff: You Ought To Think About Me (1970; George Russell: Listen to the Silence (1971); Bill Evans: Living Time (1972); George Russell: New York Big Band (1978); Lester Bowie: Works (1980); Clarence Gatemouth Brown: Alright Again! (1981); Errol Parker: Tentet (1982); George Russell: Live in an American Time Spiral (1982), New York Big Band (1982), Listen to the Silence (1983); Muhal Richard Abrams: View from Within (1984); Jimmy McGriff: You Ought To Think About Me; Lester Bowie: I Only Have Eyes For You (1985), Avant Pop (1986), Twilight Dreams (1987); Ray Anderson: It Just So Happens (1987); Clarence Gatemouth Brown: Texas Swing (1988); Jim Pepper: Path (1988); Bob Stewart: First Line (1988); George Gruntz: First Prize (1989); Lester Bowie: Serious Fun (1989); Black Rock Coalition: History of Ou (1989); Fred Wesley: New Friends (1990); Lester Bowie: My Way (1990); Jimmy McGriff: McGriff's Blues (1990); History of Our Future (1991); Nelson [Calypso]: Bring Back the Voodoo (1991); Fred Wesley: New Friends (1991); Mario Bauza: Tanga Suite (1992); Jelly's Last Jam [Original Broadway Cast] (1992); Diana Ross: Stolen Moments [CD & Video] (1993), The Lady Sings Jazz & Blues (1993); Lesette Wilson: Unmasked (1993); Michel Camilo: One More Once (1994); Latin Jazz: Latin Jazz [Nascente] (1995); Steve Turre: Rhythm Within (1995); Leslie Uggams: Painted Memories (1995); George Russell: It's About Time (1996); United Nation of Messidor (1996); Bob Stewart: Then & Now (1996); John Clark: I Will (1997); Texas Blues Guitar (1997); Texas Blues Party (1997); Cuba: I Am Time (1997); Play On [Original Broadway Cast] (1997); Blues T-Bone Style (1997); Messidor's Finest: Latin Jazz (1997); Mario Bauza: Messidors Finest (1997); Andrienne Wilson: She's Dangerous (1998); Strike a Deep Chord: Blues Guitars (1998)

Awards And Commendations:
Creative Artist Fellowship - for composition, Massachusetts Foundation for The Arts and Humanities
National Endowment for the Arts - fellowship for Jazz Composition
Whos Who in Entertainment - Voted winner in October 1989

Contact information:
212-869-1330 ext.230

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