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J. (Jay) Sylvester

About J Sylvester Joseph Sylvester Davis III was born in Danville, Illinois. Having grown up in a ministers household, Joseph started playing drums and saxophone in the church band at the age of 11. As saxophone began to gain more of his interest, he pursued the learning of that instrument throughout junior high school into high school. In 1985 he made the decision to move to Memphis, TN with his mother. This was the beginning of his journey to learning what playing the saxophone truly meant. Joseph soon learned music theory from his high school band director Mr. Walter Banks. Although being offered several different musical scholarships from various schools, Joseph made the decision to join the US Marine Corps. During his 4 ½ year enlistment, he relentlessly continued to play the sax. After being honorably discharged from the Marines, Joseph returned back to Memphis in 1994. He was still very determined to learn all he could about music. Joseph began to go from venue to venue in Memphis, learning a lot from his music peers while gaining exposure and respect as a serious musician.

He learned from such saxophonists as the legendary Fred Ford (Founder of PobamMusic), Dr. Bill Heard, Donald Hayes, and Pat Register. In 1995 Joseph was asked to tour as a saxophonist for Reba Rambo and Donny McGuire (Rambo-McGuire Ministries). This afforded him the opportunity to perform on his largest platform to date… The Trinity Broadcasting Network. Joseph had to move from Memphis to Nashville to continue to perform with the ministry team. He returned back to Memphis, TN in 2002. His playing was more vibrant and his musicality had become seasoned when he returned back to Memphis. Returning to Memphis gained Joseph a loyal following at premier venues such as Isaac Hayes' Restaurant, BB Kings Restaurant, the infamous Beale Street, GoldStrike Casino (Tunica, MS) and Sam's Town Casino (Shreveport, LA).

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