BIOGRAPHY: Revered drummer/composer Associate Professor Quincy Davis

Currently, Associate Professor of Jazz Drum Set at the University of North Texas, QUINCY DAVIS was born in Grand Rapids, MI, and comes from a very musical family.  He began taking piano and drum lessons at age 6. In his elementary and middle school bands, he also played trumpet and tuba. Both of his parents are musicians who exposed him to all different styles of music including instrumental jazz, European classical, gospel, opera, R&B, and jazz fusion.

His formal music studies began during his 11th-grade year at Interlochen Arts Academy. There he studied classical percussion and began playing drum sets in jazz bands with peers for the first time.

After graduating from Interlochen Arts Academy in 1995, Davis began studying at Western Michigan University. There he studied with the drum legend, Billy Hart. During his collegiate years, Davis gained a plethora of experience playing in big bands and small groups that played at various collegiate jazz festivals. Davis’ talents would be recognized at these festivals through awards and written accolades by notable musicians like Benny Green, Bunky Green, Jon Faddis, Rufus Reid, Roy Haynes, Carl Allen, Louis Hayes, and Wallace Roney.

After graduating from WMU in 1999, Davis taught elementary and middle school instrumental music in the Grand Rapids area for one year where he taught beginner, intermediate and advanced concert bands before moving to New York City.

In the summer of 2000, Davis moved to New York City where he quickly became one of the highly sought after “young cats” on the New York jazz scene. In New York, Davis frequently played at all the famous jazz venues including the Village Vanguard, the Blue Note, Smalls, Jazz Standard, Birdland, the Iridium, Dizzy’s Coca-Cola Club, and Smoke. ~Read more

Curious, I’m sure listen to the infectious “Q VISION” by Qunicy Davis

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