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Steve Davis

Steve Davis

Trombonist Steve Davis comes from a musical family, but not in the traditional sense. His parents were not professional musicians, but music lovers, especially his father, who had a large record collection at their Binghamton, N.Y. home. “It was through him that I heard ‘The Sidewinder,’ Lee Morgan, for the first time when I was about 14 years old, and that had a very big impact on me.”

Ironically, around the same time, the then trumpet-playing Davis switched to the trombone. By the time he heard Horace Silver’s “Nutville,” with J.J. Johnson, and Art Blakey’s early 1960s Jazz Messengers with Curtis Fuller, “Man, forget it, you know?” he chuckles, “I was all the way in at that point.”

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