Born: June 23, 1985 Primary Instrument: Saxophone
An instinctively melodic approach —THE AGE.
Based in New York City since January 2010, Angela Davis was born on June 23, 1985 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 and is currently on the jazz faculty there.
As a band leader, Davis is currently being featured in the Emerging Artists Series at the Bar Next Door in New York and also performs at numerous 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/or 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 up-and-coming artist barely out of her teens. —THE AGE
New York, NY
Willing to teach:
Advanced students only.
A.Mus.A on Alto Saxophone. BMus (hons) in Advanced Performance. MMus from UArts in Philadelphia. 10 years teaching experience with all ages and all levels.