Primary Instrument: Bass
i’ve never been one for introductions, a good firm handshake is about as far as i ever get. I’m Christopher Davis-Shannon, although primarily a jazz bassist, i dabble in many other artistic fields, a writer, painter, and composer residing in the greater philadelphia area.
Music started as a love for me at about age three, but never really came to fruition until my late high school years. I have played in numerous rock bands, but found my true love in keeping a steady quarter note in the low end.
I am a strong lover of the 1940s swing era, as a bass player, there is a certain feeling that I obtain from the likes of glen miller, tommy dorsey, and woody herman, a certain emotion in the music that, although pop biased, contains an affect that can not be duplicated in today’s world
throughout my studies at rowan university i fell in love with the standards, that strong quarter note that drove the entire rhythm section.. The likes of ray brown and ron carter have helped to shape me into the the bass player that I am today. it’s not how many notes you play, but the sound that emanates from your bass, and the time that you instill upon the group that keeps me playing.
After graduating college I found a new love in the sound of Joao Gilberto and the floating melodies of bossa nova. This sound, pre the americanization of Stan getz, has a certain selflessness that I have never heard before. we all have a specific genre of music that speaks to us in a higher tone, and this is that parallel for me. the whispering vocals, the syncopated guitar, everything just feels correct.
simplicity is the key to music, and life, to me; I strive for this, in my music, art, writing, and photography.
There is a certain secret in the music that was before my time, and i seek to understand that feeling.