December 12th, 2022 10pm Stage 3
Tony Davis is an internationally renowned guitarist and composer based in New York City.
He regularly performs in NYC’s top venues such as The Blue Note, Birdland, Smalls and Mezzrow. He has played the Newport Jazz Festival and currently leads several projects such as his trio, solo guitar and voice, and a co-led duo with Brazilian vocalist Jamile. He has most recently toured internationally, playing at Mexico City’s Zinco, Jazzatlan, Parker & Lenox and Casa Franca.
In 2019 Davis was signed by the Posi-Tone record label and released his debut album, “Golden Year” which features an all-star line up of some of modern day’s most acclaimed jazz musicians such as Dezron Douglas, Eric McPherson, and Steve Wilson. Since then, he signed with La Reserve Records, for his co-led album with vocalist, Jamile “Daring Two Be,” released in 2022.
Tony’s latest project accentuates his abilities as a songwriter and lyricist. His compositions communicate lessons learned from life’s vicissitudes, all the while maintaining a voice full of youthful optimism. His music, distinctly earnest and melodic, takes the listener through a kaleidoscope of unconventional blends of genres. From nostalgic ballads to electrifying grooves, he tells stories that share the common thread of healing, gratitude and transcending internal barriers.
His journey with the guitar began at the discovery of Jimi Hendrix and other blues artists like Blind Blake and Buddy Guy. Furthermore, being the son of two acclaimed jazz musicians, he inherited a deep love and connection to the jazz language of artists like John Coltrane and Bud Powell from a young age. Over time, he has developed his voice by weaving the sounds of his early influences with the lyricism of singer-songwriters & folk-rock artists such as The Beatles and Grizzly Bear, and the intricate harmony and rhythms of Cuban and Brazilian music.