Born: March 21, 1950 Primary Instrument: Bass, acoustic
John Davey has released the CD “You Are Here” with his world music-jazz trio GlobeTrotting, featuring bansuri flutist/multi-reedist Steve Gorn and percussionist Brian Melick. He released his first CD as a leader, entitled Sound Bites, in the Fall of 2005, featuring pianist Jeremy Wall, guitarist Chuck D'Aloia, percussionist Brian Melick, and vocalist Lorena Guillen. His chamber-jazz string trio From The Bridge, featuring classical guitarist Dennis Turechek and violist Amy Merrill, released their debut CD “9 views” in the Spring of 2001. He has studied with jazz bassists Gary Peacock, Dave Holland and Mark Helias. He performed for three years with his quartet The Bridge, appearing at The Syracuse JazzFest in 1995 and 1996. He has performed with The Catskill Symphony, jazz pianists Mike Holober and Francesca Tanksley, saxophonists Al Galodoro, Erica Lindsay, Brian Patneaude and J.R. Montrose, the late percussionist Collin Walcott, and jazz cellist Hank Roberts. He recorded and performed with the NJ based jazz trio Interweave for ten years, featuring pianist Frank Giasullo and drummer Pat Tamminen. They recorded their album “Expedition” at Rudy Van Gelder’s Englewood Cliffs, NJ studio in 1986. He is a member of BMI, and teaches jazz bass at SUNY Oneonta and Hartwick College in Oneonta, NY, where he also teaches Jazz Combo. He has recently released the CD “Let Them Tell Us”, a spoken word/poetry/original music project with his wife Alison Black, collectively known as THEY SAY.
John Davey has a special way with the upright bass. Anybody listening to him could tell that he's got the right touch...original and compelling music, reminding us what a wide open world jazz really is... successfully spanning many islands of jazz - Mark Bialczak, Syracuse Post-Standard
Very cool and soothing, This is a record (9 views from the bridge) that will take you away...one of the best I've ever heard. - Derek Sivers, President, cdbaby.com
Varied sounds and rhythms, creative musicians, intriguing compositions... “Sound Bites” is a special record - David Friesen, jazz bassist/composer, Portland, Oregon
Davey alternates between solo and foundation, and handles both with equal dexterity. His in-the-clear bowing on “Disembodied Souls” literally saws through everything, including pretension; conversely, he can grab your attention with a single, sonorous note,...One thing we learn from You Are Here is that Globetrotting’s music is a fully-functional, visceral experience that will fill you with joy and wonder. It also reminds us that applying jazz’ improvisatory aesthetic to non-Western musical structures can create something unique and beautiful. After all, that’s what happened Here.” - J Hunter, www.albanyjazz.com “This is an absolute gem of a recording, where the group moniker provides credence to the ethnocentric fusion of jazz and world music via the trio’s worldly permutations....it’s an organic brew consisting of mystical jazz-world music intonations and phrasings, largely sprinkled with whimsical melodies...these rather spiritualized performances enable the mind’s eye to wander towards a state of solstice, regardless of the various metrics or pulses. Overall, this multifaceted and endearingly appealing effort warrants repeated spins.” - Glenn Astarita, ejazznews.com
“GlobeTrotting is a unique and remarkable trio. Their new album, You Are Here, is an engaging adventure in organic interplay, dynamic grooves, and lyrical liquid melodic free-flights.” - Paul Winter, Recording Artist