Primary Instrument: Vocalist
Multi award winning jazz duo Davis and Dow have chemistry. Soul mates that are two strong halves of one BIG sound. Davis and Dow tackle jazz and pop standards with a daring sense of abandon. Their style is deeply rooted in the classic jazz tradition but with a playfulness that keeps the music fresh and fun. Their arrangements are unique and inventive, always seeking a new approach to everything they do.
Recognized as one of the finest and most versatile jazz singers of her generation, Julie Davis is everything from scat-singer to balladeer. She grew up listening to the music of Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald and others on her parents extensive vinyl collection. Singing jazz came natural to Julie from a young age. “A confident singer with a compelling stage presence who possesses a wry kittenish voice with claws”. “She is a stylist that seeks an original twist on everything she performs; a risk-taker who’s scatting suggests she learned in her bassinet”. Now she feels it is her turn to expose newer generations to a young American art form called jazz.
Kelly Dow is a world-class guitarist who’s primary influences are Joe Pass, Jimmy Bruno, Django Reinhardt and the modern day European gypsy jazz virtuosos. He blends Be-Bop, Blues, Flamenco and Classical styles to create a strong individual sound delivered with sensitivity, power, and creativity. “Simply orchestral in support”, “Swinging”, “Fat” “Multi- hued” and “Unexpected” are a few words that critics have used to describe his performance.
They’ve toured Japan, London, and New York, composed and performed original music for the TV show FoodNation with Bobby Flay, and produced Great Jazz Divas: a multimedia show that celebrates women, music, and history. Their CD Naked won Best Jazz Album-Florida Music Awards, and was featured in JazzTimes Magazine’s 2002 year in review issue. D&D were voted Best Jazz Artists-New Times Magazine and Julie Davis was voted Best Jazz Vocalist-City Link Magazine. Recent performances include the 2007 Palm Beach Jazz Festival, a Penn State University tour, and they were awarded a juried showcase at the prestigious Performing Arts Exchange 2007 in Louisville, KY. Recently Davis and Dow won a two year touring grant by the Florida Cultural Arts Division to perform in underserved communities. “Davis and Dow are the real thing; exciting to hear and watch”. Loverly their new CD which features Federico Britos on violin with a full ensemble is now available.
Awards:Florida Division of Cultural Arts Touring Roster Grant.
Juried Showcase Awarded at the Performing Arts Exchange.
Association For Programming Campus Activities (APCA) National Top 4 finalist for Best Performing Artist 2004, 2005, 2006.
Best Jazz Album- Florida Music Awards.
Best Female Vocalist - XS Readers Poll
Best Jazz Group - City Link Readers Poll
“Brazen Excellence! Julie Davis has a lovely, supple, relaxedly come-hitherish voice, whcih responds on the instant to Kelly Dow's chordal guitar style wich, in turn, harkens back to the day when the Raneys and Farlows ruled the plectic roost. Ms. Davis plays with the melodic line and rhythmic pulse with daring but absolute confidence. This duo breathes and thinks as one. Dow’s guitar is positively orchestral in support while Davis’ scatting suggests she probably learned in her bassinet.” Cadence Magazine
Tracks: Wouldn't It Be Loverly; Dancing In The Sand; You're My Thrill; Honey Pie; Stairway To The Stars; Caravan; Underneath The Apple Tree; Reaching For The Moon; Azure; Dedicated To You; Mr. Sandman
Personnel: Julie Davis:Vocal. Kelly Dow:guitar. Federico Britos:Violin. Dave Hubbard:Saxophone. Pat Hackett:Rhythm Guitar. Don Coffman:Bass. Tony Morrello:Drums Paul Shuchuk:Bass. Lenny Steinberg:Drums
Tracks: That Old Black Magic; My Favorite Things; Django/I Love Paris; Fever; Take Five; West Coast Blues; Passion Flower; Caravan; What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life; Stella By Starlight; Miss Otis Regrets; Midnight Sun; On Green Dolphin Street; Deja Vu; It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing).
Personnel: Julie Davis:Vocal. Kelly Dow:guitar.
Don Miller:Bass. Lenny Steinberg:Drums. Dave Hubbard:Saxophone
Tracks: Honeysuckle Rose; All Blues; Thou Swell; My Foolish Heart; A Night In Tunisia; Go On Home; A Foggy Day; Lush Life; When You Wish Upon A Star; Right As Rain; Hit The Road Jack.
Personnel: Julie Davis: Vocal. Kelly Dow: guitar.
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