Artist Bios

Eddy Davis, banjo player, composer, producer

Grammy-winning artist Eddy Davis is a masterful musician, singer and composer. He received his formal training at Purdue University, Chicago University and both the Cosmopolitan and Chicago Conservatories of Music. Mr. Davis has appeared on stage at most major concert venues throughout the world including: Paris' Olympia Theatre, London's Royal Festival Hall and New York's famed Carnegie Hall.

He has performed with a diverse roster of talents that include: Jabbo Smith, Turk Murphy, George Brunis, the original Dukes of Dixieland, Tom Waits, Leon Redbone, George Segal, Gene Krupa, Freddie Hubbard and Benny Goodman.

He can be seen in Mike Figgis' film One Night Stand and heard on many soundtracks including Fried Green Tomatoes where he is accompanying Patti LaBelle.

In his association with filmmaker Woody Allen, Mr. Davis has acted in and written original music for his productions and is musical director for The New Orleans Jazz Band (Allen featured on clarinet) that appears Monday evenings at New York City's Upper East Side supper club The Cafe Carlyle.

The New Orleans Jazz Band played a highly successful tour of Europe that spawned a film entitled Wild Man Blues. This film won honors at the Sundance and Venice film festivals. This band can be heard on a Music Masters CD entitled The Bunk Project and on a CD featuring selections from Wild Man Blues.

Whether as a creator, conductor, producer and/or director, Mr. Davis has been the innovative force behind such projects as: The New York Banjo Ensemble; the Jazz Leggs revue at Berlin, Germany's famed vaudeville house The Friedrichstadt Palast; Ill Music (The New York Society for the Preservation of Illegitimate Music), most known for their show The ·Best of Spike Jones; The Early Tin Pan Alley Orchestra, a seven piece salon orchestra performing The Roots and Branches of American Jazz; two ·seasons of the New York in Messina festival of Messina, Sicily; and the revival of the 1920's musical Whoopee.

As of the last several years Eddy has settled into his writing. He composes book, music and lyrics for theater, string quartets and orchestral works. On occasion he sings his original songs in live performance.

Mr. Davis has resurrected the old New York Jazz label where you will find young greats along side of the old masters of classic jazz. Including a CD titled Eddy Davis, Woody Allen & Conal Fowkes with Strings performing early jazz tunes with a string quartet.