James Davis is an active Chicago trumpet player, composer and music educator. James has toured and recorded with many musically diverse projects including his own Quintet, Beveled, Zing!, Matt Ulery, Grazyna Auguscik, Julie Meckler, Karl Schwonik and others. Along with leading his own ensembles he also regularly plays with other groups including Balkano, the Ian Torres Big Band, The Chicago Skyliners Big Band, The Great Postmodern Nightmare Big Band, The Gentle Giant Quintet, and the Jason Steele Quartet. Davis has toured with the Glenn Miller Orchestra and the Grammy nominated One O’Clock Lab Band, where he was frequently featured as a soloist.
...enjoyable music filled with dreamy atmospheric, lovely tones and
stimulating solo forays played by an ensemble of young musicians who are
making a name for themselves in the exciting Chicago jazz arena
...another fine testament to the talent and creativity of the players involved
and the vitality of the young Chicago scene. - Brad Walseth, JazzChicago.net
In addition is his palatable approach and well-filleted rhythm contained
within his music, Davis connotes a certain 'world music with a philosophy,'
plus his improvisational directness is well placed to bring out the hopefully
cogent ties to his (I'm sure) well-suited audiences