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Richard Davis

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Two major artists record under the name “Richard Davis.” 1. A jazz bassist. 2. A house producer.

1) Acoustic bass maestro equally at home in jazz, European classical, and American popular music, who was born in Chicago on April 15, 1930. Richard Davis is an international performing musician and Professor of Bass (European Classical and Jazz), Jazz History and combo improvisation at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Chicago born, he came to the UW-Madison in 1977 after spending 23 years in New York City establishing himself as one of the world’s premier bass players. Downbeat International Critics Poll named him Best Bassist from 1967-74. He has recorded a dozen albums as a leader and has appeared on over 2000 recordings/jingles as a sideman. Some of his performance/recording credits include Sarah Vaughan, Eric Dolphy, Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Miles Davis, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Elvin Jones, Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Band, Dexter Gordon, Ahmad Jamal and a host of other notables. In modern popular music, he has appeared on recordings by Judy Collins, Van Morrison (playing bass on the seminal Astral Weeks), and Loudon Wainright III.

Mr. Davis is equally at home in the world of European classical music, having played under the batons of George Szell, Leopold Stokowski, Igor Stravinsky, Pierre Boulez, Gunther Schuller, and Leonard Bernstein. His versatility as a bassist keeps him in demand for worldwide concert appearances.

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