Born: July 7, 1981 Primary Instrument: Sax, alto
With a background like hers, it makes sense that Caroline Davis turned out to be such an intriguing artist. She was born in Singapore in 1981 to European parents—her father was a British engineer, her mother a Swedish actor. She was raised in a primarily African-American section of Atlanta, where she fell in love with gospel and R&B. And she spent her teens in the very different setting of a middle-class Dallas suburb, where she played saxophone in her junior high band, influenced by her parents’ love of Michael Jackson, Steely Dan, Stevie Wonder, Blood, Sweat & Tears, and other rock and soul bands with horn sections....
Awards:Sisters in Jazz (2006) Downbeat outstanding soloist (2007) Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Program (2011)
“All in all, proof that there is superb jazz still emerging from America's Second City.” - Jon Turney, Londonjazz.blogspot.co.uk, 2012
But if you've heard Davis in the past year, you already know that her own playing provides all the validation she needs. - Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader, 2012