Latest Release:
Kenny Davis CD Cover
Preview All Songs:
  1. 1st Arrival
  2. Fearless
  3. Deliverance
  4. Too High
  5. Journey (interlude 1)
  6. Elviry
  7. Tenderly
  8. Wrapped in Love
  9. Journey (interlude 2)
  10. Altitude
  11. Before Sunrise
  12. What Lies Beyond
  13. Journey (interlude 3)
  14. Gone Too Soon
Personnel: Bass: Kenny Davis, Drums: Ralph Peterson, Jr., Billy Kilson, Piano: Geri Allen, Onaje Allan Gumbs, Tenor Sax: Javon Jackson, Ralph Bowen, Trumpet: Eddie Allen, Clarinet & Bass Clarinet: Don Byron, Guitar: David Gilmore

To all bass and music fans,
Believe me when I tell you, you'll want to hear this CD by Kenny Davis many, many times. I am now on my 7th listening experience... and I continue to discover something that I missed the first 6 times!!
Starting with track 14, GONE TOO SOON... what a gorgeous arco bass sound (classical bassists, eat your heart out)!!! This is a melody that any composer wishes they had composed. Then play track 1... the bass articulation is out of sight!
Then play track 7... now that is a slick arrangement of an often played song... check out Kenny's great choice of notes during the tenor solo... don't forget to give his solo some attention as I do. Then check out track hear how tasty Kenny plays on a ballad... good notes, in the right place, "fab" sound!
Yes, I know this CD has 14 tracks... and I've listened to them all, as I recommend you to do! But there is a limited amount of space here... so I've picked the ones that are most easily written about.
To all listeners of wonderful music: don't pass this CD by!!!
Ron Carter


Kenny is a native of Chicago, Illinois. Kenny's career began with listening to such great R&B artists such as: Earth Wind & Fire, Brothers Johnson and The Temptations, just to name a few. First being self taught, he then studied music theory with David Holder Sr. He then went on to Northeastern Illinois University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education.

Upon entering Northeastern University, he discovered jazz music and he quickly became part of the Chicago jazz scene, playing with Von Freedman, Ari Brown and Fred Anderson. Later, he went on to study classical bass with Warren Benfield of the

Davis was the bassist of The Tonight Show Band from September, 1999 thru March, 2002.
Chicago Symphony, and had a number of lessons with Jeffrey Bradetich. Some of his jazz influences are Ray Brown, Paul Chambers and Ron Carter. In addition, he also was influenced by the following electric bass musicians: Jaco Pastorius and Verdin White. arranger for a song on the Grammy Award winning CD by artist Cassandra Wilson, "Blue Light Till Dawn".

He moved to New York in 1986, where he played with Out of the Blue (OTB), and then quickly adapted to the New York scene. While there, he also made a living by doing sessions and jingles. In New York, he began appearing with such artists as: Freddie Hubbard, Cassandra Wilson, Abbey Lincoln, Diane Reeves and Art Farmer, while studying music with Ron Carter.

One of the highlights of his career was being a music arranger for a song on the Grammy Award winning CD by artist Cassandra Wilson, "Blue Light Till Dawn".

Throughout the 90's, Davis toured with such notable jazz artists as Herbie Hancock, Dianne Reeves and Art Farmer. In 1999, Kenny Davis got the call from Kevin Eubanks, then band leader/music director of The Tonight Show Band. Davis was the bassist of The Tonight Show Band from September, 1999 thru March, 2002.

In June, 2002, Kenny Davis moved back to New York and he is again touring, recording and teaching. In May 2006 he recieved his Masters in Music (MA) from Rutgers University.

Kenny was the bass teacher at the University of Connecticut (UCONN) from 2003 thru 2009. Also, in May 2006 Kenny received his Master of Music (MA) from Rutgers University. In 2009 Kenny released his first CD as a leader, Kenny Davis on Daken Records.



Selected Tours:
  • Herbie Hancock Japan 4/99, Japan, Australia, Korea, 10-11/96
  • Art Farmer USA, 4/98
  • Dianne Reeves Japan, 3/98 & Europe, 10-11/97
  • Gabrielle Goodman Europe, 1/95
  • Sathima Benjamin South Africa, 10/94
  • Ray Anderson Europe, 5/94
  • Abstract Truth Europe, 8-9/92
  • Art Farmer Japan, 5/91
  • Jimmy Owens Central Amercia, 5/87
  • Third Kind of Blue Europe 3-4/87
  • Michael Urbaniak Poland. 10/86
  • Panther 1995
  • Voice in the Street 1986
  • Stop Look and Listen: Will Downing & Gerald Albright Pleasures of the Night (CD)
  • METAL GEAR SOLID 2 - Sons of Liberty for PlayStation 2 2001
  • International Diet Coke w/ Elton John 10/1991


Selected Discography: Kenny Davis Has Performed With:

Carmen Lundy, Geri Allen, George Duke, Barry Manilow, Cyndi Lauper, Jose Feliciano, Out of the Blue (OTB), Third Kind of Blue, Dianne Reeves, Jimmy Owens, Michael Urbaniak, Herbie Hancock, Kevin Eubanks, Art Farmer, Harry "Sweets" Edison, Abbey Lincoln, Rachelle Ferrell, Lenny White, Steve Coleman, Vanessa Rubin, Cassandra Wilson, Al Grey, David Murry, Harold Vick, Ronnie Mathews, KD Lang, Reba McEntire, Berth Hurt, Al Green, Slide Hampton, Chico Freeman, Jimmy Health, Johnny Griffin, Dakota Staton, Stanley Turrentine, Freddie Hubbard, Eddie Harris, Onaje Allan Gumbs, Stanley Jordan, Roberta Flack, Don Byron, Will Downing, Bob James, Wallace Roney, Della Reese, Sonny Fortune, Woody Shaw, Lyle Lovett, Burt Bacharach, Alecia Elliott, Willie Nelson, Mark Knopfier, Jewel, Javon Jackson, Steve Turre, Akua Dixon




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