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Art Davis Salutes Jimi Hendrix

Renowned bassist Dr. Art Davis saw a young Jimi Hendrix (pictured left) in the audience at a number of gigs he played with John Coltrane during the 1960s. Evidently, the interest went both ways. Davis and an all-star combo, the Circle of Five, will present their take on Hendrix’s music at the Knitting Factory on Sept. 17 and 18—the 31st anniversary of Hendrix’s untimely death. The concert will also mark Davis’ return to New York stages after fifteen years spent in Southern California.

Davis comes by his “Dr.” honestly, as he received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from New York University in 1982. Though he has pursued his professional practice and taught courses at various universities, he has always remained active in jazz. Accompanying him at the Knitting Factory are multi-instrumentalist James Carter and percussionist Candido (Camero), who received a Smithsonian Institute award in 1999 for his invaluable contributions to Afro-Cuban jazz.

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