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Richard Davis

Primary Instrument: Bass

Born: April 15, 1930    

Richard Davis is an international performing musician and Professor of Bass (European Classical and Jazz), Jazz History and combo improvisation at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Chicago born, he came to the UW-Madison in 1977 after spending 23 years in New York City establishing himself as one of the world's premier bass players. Downbeat International Critics Poll named him Best Bassist from 1967-74. He has recorded a dozen albums as a leader and 2000 recordings/jingles as a sideman. Some of his performance/recording credits include Sarah Vaughan, Eric Dolphy, Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Miles Davis Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Band, Dexter Gordon, Ahmad Jamal and a host of other notables....
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Awards

Wisconsin Arts Governor's award 2001
NAACP Madison, Wi Branch W.E.B. DuBois Advocates Award (Education)
International Society of Bassists Award for Board of Directors service
International Society of Bassists/Young Bassists award
Manfred E. Swarsensky Humanitarian Service Award (Rotary Club).
Urban League (Whitney B. Young) Award 2002
Madison Magazine/Madison's Best
Hilldale Award (Donna Shalala) 1989-90
ASCAP composers award/last 7 years
Down Beat International award from 1964-1977
International Peace award/Tokyo Japan 1987
Community Service award (WORT) 1990
NAACP Act-So Judges award 1999
National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Emmy Award 1999
Franklin-Randall MMSD PTO Award 1989 -1990
University of Wisconsin/Madison Mentor Program 1988
Certificate of Appreciation NAACP 2000-2001-2002
Blue Note Tokyo Musical Excellence award
Certificate of Appreciation (Plato) U of W/Madison 1997
Certification Mt. Zion Baptist Church 1999
Certificate of Associate Membership Nat.Jazz Service Organization 1995-99
Jazz and Pop Best Bassist Annual Readers Poll 1968
Endowed Chair University Club U of W/Madison
Kappa Kappa Psi Honorary Band Fraternity Life Membership
Arts Midwest Jazz masters award 1993
26. 3/2.00 Received 1st Hate Mail letter from unknown enemy to Campus Diversity
Honorary Doctorate of Musical Arts/Vandercook College of Music 1992
Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters/Edgewood College 1998
State of Wisconsin/City of Madison Madison Committee for the Arts 1990 / Mayor Paul Soglin
Mayoral Proclamation Award / Mayor Soglin 1993
Strathmore's Who's Who 1960-Present

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