Learn How

Help improve All About Jazz

Support All About Jazz All About Jazz needs your help and we have a deal. For $20, we'll hide those pesky Google ads and present exclusive content for a full year!

Wild Bill Davis

Wild Bill Davis was the top cat among organists prior to the rise of Jimmy Smith in 1956. He could be credited for taking the instrument from the swing era into the R&B infected jazz of the early ‘50’s, and was a pioneer in the organ trio format. He could swing like crazy, grind out dirty blues, or could play in a laid back easy listening style.

He originally played guitar and wrote arrangements for Milt Larkin's legendary band during 1939-42. Davis also played piano with Louis Jordan's Tympany Five (1945- 49) before switching to organ in 1950 and heading his own influential organ/guitar/drums trios. Together with guitarist Floyd Smith and drummer Chris Columbus, Davis set the framework for the jazz organ combo sound.

Read more
CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles

2 Photos

Discography

70th / 30th...
Sound Triangle Records
1987
buy
Up Top
Sound Triangle Records
1979
buy
Con Soul And Sax
Sound Triangle Records
1972
buy
Doin' His Thing
Sound Triangle Records
1969
buy

Similar

Kenny Burrell Kenny Burrell
guitar
Jimmy Smith Jimmy Smith
organ, Hammond B3
Dr. Lonnie Smith Dr. Lonnie Smith
organ, Hammond B3
Charles Earland Charles Earland
organ, Hammond B3
Joey DeFrancesco Joey DeFrancesco
organ, Hammond B3
Johnny "Hammond" Smith Johnny "Hammond" Smith
organ, Hammond B3
Richard "Groove" Holmes Richard "Groove" Holmes
organ, Hammond B3
organissimo organissimo
organ, Hammond B3
Larry Goldings Larry Goldings
keyboard
Shirley Scott Shirley Scott
organ, Hammond B3
Eddie Lang Eddie Lang
guitar

Premium Profiles

Kayle Brecher Kayle Brecher
vocalist
Brad Myers Brad Myers
guitar
Jon Dreyer Jon Dreyer
bass, acoustic
Phil Allen Phil Allen
trombone
Jen de Ness Jen de Ness
vocalist
Dan Moretti Dan Moretti
saxophone
Synia Carroll Synia Carroll
vocalist
Andrea Claburn Andrea Claburn
vocalist
Pat Metheny Pat Metheny
guitar
La Tanya Hall La Tanya Hall
vocalist
Erin Dickins Erin Dickins
vocalist
David Longoria David Longoria
trumpet
Behn Gillece Behn Gillece
vibraphone
Danny Freyer Danny Freyer
vocalist

Get Jazz Near You via email!

Enjoy the convenience of receiving a comprehensive listing of jazz events in your area every Thursday. It's free!