Based in New York City since January 2010, Angela Davis was born in Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia. She started playing the saxophone at age nine, performed in her high school’s jazz band and toured Australia with The Jazz Ed Big Band which performed and recorded with saxophonist Don Burrows, one of Australia’s leading jazz artists. While still in high school Davis also earned an Associate of Music diploma in classical saxophone from the Australian Music Examinations Board. Davis received a Bachelor of Music with first class honors in 2006 from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music and while there toured Australia and recorded with The Con Artists, a big band led by trumpeter John Hoffman a veteran of big bands led by Glen Miller, Buddy Rich and Woody Herman. In July 2006 she attended the Manhattan School of Music Summer workshop in Amsterdam where she studied with Dick Oatts, Gary Dial and Michael Abene. In September 2008 she moved to Philadelphia to study at the University of the Arts from which she received her Masters of Music in 2009.
In May of 2013 Davis released her debut album, The Art Of the Melody, to rave reviews through the USA and Australia in publications such as the New York City Jazz Record and The Weekend Australian. The CD spent 4 weeks on the JazzWeek Top-50 Jazz Album Chart reaching a peak position of #37 and a total of 7 weeks in the JazzWeek Top-100. The CD spent four weeks on the CMJ charts, was the #2 jazz add during its add week and reached a peak position of #9. Read more
As a band leader, Davis has been featured in the Emerging Artists Series at the Bar Next Door in New York and has also performed at The Kitano, Tomi Jazz, Somethin’ Jazz Club and other venues in the city. She has appeared in Australia and the U.S. at the Melbourne Women’s International Jazz Festival, Noosa Jazz Festival, Villanova Jazz Festival, Mainline Jazz Festival, Sunshine Coast Jazz Festival, Valley Jazz Festival and Bangalow Jazz Festival among other events. Davis has also performed and recorded as a sideman with Kevin Hunt, Jim Pugh, James Morrison, Graeme Lyall, John Hoffman, Kristin Berardi, Steve Newcomb, Joe Chindamo, Chris Ziemba, the Cecilia Coleman Big Band, the Lars Halle Jazz Orchestra and the American Jazz Repertory Orchestra under the direction of Clem Derosa.
An instinctively melodic approach.
- The Age
This music is lean and trim, well conceived from beginning to end.
- All About Jazz
Davis has a beautifully elegant, honeyed alto tone, reminiscent of Paul Desmond.
- The Australian
She does her part to keep the cool school alive.
- The New York City Jazz Record
Her sweet tone, her dedication to melody over technical prowess and her interactions with the rhythm section deliver a strong message – for Ms. Davis, the ‘art’ is found in the ‘melody’.
- Step Tempest