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Davis, Nathan (Tate)

Davis, Nathan (Tate), saxophonist, educator, author; b. Kansas City, MO, 15 February 1937. He is married to Ursula Broschke Davis (author of Paris Without Regret), with whom he has two children, Joyce Davis and Pierre Marc Davis.

He received a B.M.E. from  University of Kansas in 1960. In 1967, he studied at Sorbonne (University of Paris) in Ethnomusicology. He studied Composition with Andre Hodeir in 1968. He earned his Ph.D., Wesleyan University (Conservatory) in Ethnomusicology in 1974. His dissertation was "The Life and Music of Charlie Parker and the Kansas City Environment."

He performed with the Charlie Mingus All-Star Band, Kool Jazz Festival, Saratoga, New York in 1982. In 1985, he performed with National Orchestra of Belgium. He went on the Paris Reunion Band Tour in 1985, touring Scandinavia, Greece, Italy, Spain, Germany, Holland, England, France and Switzerland. All performances from the tour were recorded for national radio and television. In 1995, he went on the Roots Band Tour, touring Scandinavia, Greece, Italy, Spain, Germany, Holland, England, France and Switzerland.

He has taught at the University of Pittsburgh since 1969. In 1980, he taught coruses in jazz history at the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. He taught saxophone at Oberlin Conservatory from 1984-85. In 1989, he taught at the Pro Arte de Musica, Rio De Janerio, Brazil. From 1984-89, he taught at  Oberlin Conservatory of Music. From 1996 to present, he has been Director, Thelonious Monk Institute Summer Program, Aspen Colorado. From 2002 to present, he has been Director & faculty member, Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Program, Kennedy Center.

I'm A Fool To Want You; London By Night; Faces of Love; Peace Treaty; From Sticksland With Love; Swinging Macedonia; Jazz Concert In A Benedictine Monastery; Rules of Freedom; Soul Eyes; Suite for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; Makatuka; Nathan Davis; The 6th Sense in the 11th House; The Hip Walk; If; Faces of Love

2001:    Writings in Jazz, sixth edition, Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall-Hunt Publishing Company
1995:    African-American Music In Society, first edition, Needham Heights, Massachusetts:  Ginn Press, Division of Simon & Schuster custom Publishing
1986:    Just Above My Head, Original opera based on the novel of the same name by James Baldwin
1985:    Klook's Theme, French Cooking, Sonet Records and Publisher, Stockholm Sweden
1985:    Paris Revisited, Video recording of the Paris Reunion Band,Television, Stockholm
1985:    A History of Jazz in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia: Pennsylvania Humanities Council
1985:    Live at Montreux, Original Compositions and Performance, LP Recording
1984:    Afro-American Music in Latin America and North America, broadcast and distributed by Belgian Radio and Television, Brussels
1984:    The history of Jazz in Pittsburgh, Recorded Series of Lectures for WDUQ
1984     Three Pieces for Classical Violin, Performed at Central State University, Kentucky State University, Ohio State University, and University of Pittsburgh
1983:    Faces of Love, Original Compositions, Produced by Tomorrow International, LP recording
1982:    IF, Original Compositions, Produced by Tomorrow International, LP recording   
1982:    Symphony #1 for Orchestra and Jazz Soloist

Honorary Dr. of Philosophy, Florida Memorial College (Miami, FL) Ford Foundation Grant for University of Pittsburgh Jazz Seminar Outreach in Ghana (2000), Bahia (1999 & 2001), Jordan (2001)
2003:   YWCA Racial Justice Award Recipient (November 13, 2003)
2003:    Ford Foundation Grant for University of Pittsburgh Jazz Seminar Outreach in Dubai
1995:    Recipient of the Robert M. Frankel Award by City Theatre, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (first year the Award was given outside the theatre).  This award is given to individuals who exemplify leadership in the arts.  Award recipients have a record of outstanding accomplishment; encouraging creativity by setting a standard by which excellence can be measured through individual accomplishment and fostering an environment in which art can flourish; and developing and expanding arts education by encouraging participation in community.
1995:    Recipient of the California University Award for outstanding promotion of jazz.
1995:    Certificate of Recognition for Contribution Towards the Unification of the African Community by the Black Action Society of the University of
1985:    Faculty Award for Commission of Symphony by Belgium National Orchestra, and also for Selection of Pennsylvania Council on the Arts,
Artist in Residence at the Pittsburgh Public Schools - - Honors Convocation, University of Pittsburgh
1985:    Commonwealth Fund Award for Jazz Seminar
1984:    Faculty Award for Composition Grant from Pennsylvania Council on the Arts - - Honors Convocation
1983:    Commonwealth Fund, Capital Campaign, for music studio
1983:    Outstanding Educator, Kansas City Alumni Association
1982:    Grant to record and publish works of Jazz Seminar

International recognition:
1985:    Invited by Belgium National Orchestra to compose symphony and to perform with orchestra
1985:    Subject of a feature article in The Wire, Jazz Monthly, London, England
1985:    Honored at Kongsberg Festival, Norway
1982:    International Music Workshop, Salzburg, Austria
1981:    Performer (One of two U.S. groups chosen) at The First International Record and Music Festival, Guadalupe
1981:    Official Judge (First American Chosen) at Steel Band Festival, Trinidad

National recognition:
Cover and Story in Jazz Hot, France (2001)
1985:    Paris Reunion Band Feature Article Jazz Times, Washington, D.C.
1985:    NO Exit, Original Composition, Published by Central State University
1985:    Invited Speaker, International Jazz Convention, New York City
1985:    Appointed member of Governing Board, Three Rivers Arts Festival
1985:    Recipient of grant from Pittsburgh Foundation to organize International Jazz exchange program
1984:    Appointment to Oberlin Conservatory of Music Faculty
1984:    New York Times, Interview with Nathan Davis
1984:    Invited speaker at International Jazz Convention, New York City
1983:    Appointed National Chairman of Woodwinds, National Association of Jazz Educators
1983:    Advertisement for Nathan Davis as one of jazz greats for H. Couf saxophone, a division of Armstrong Instrument Company with Grover Washington, Jr. and others
1983:    Textbook adopted as official textbook for Mid-America Universities and Colleges
1983:    Subject of documentary film, Nathan Davis: Professor-Performer, S.L. Marstan, 16mm, color, 24 min.
1982:    Recipient of National Endowment for the Arts grant for Symphony 1 for Orchestra and Jazz Soloists
1981:    Book, Improvisations for Flute, Selected as one of two top books on improvisation, National; Association of Jazz Educators
1981:    Commendation from Pennsylvania Governor1s Council for "Expressions of Excellence" Festival
1981:    Served on Advisory Bo9ard of Three Rivers Arts Festival
1981:    Invited to the White House by President to participate in a salute to Lionel Hampton - - Kennedy Center Concert
1981:    National Premiere of Suite to Dr. Martin Luther King - - Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C.
1981:    Subject of feature article, Pittsburgh Magazine
1980:    Subject of documentary, produced by WQED

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