Kenny Davis

Jazz Bass

Kenny Davis's career began with listening to R&B artists such as Earth Wind & Fire, Brothers Johnson, and The Temptations. Davis taught himself the guitar and then went on to study music theory with David Holder Sr. and earn a bachelor of arts degree in music education at Northeastern Illinois University.

At Northeastern University, he discovered jazz music and became part of the Chicago jazz scene, playing with Von Freedman, Ari Brown, and Fred Anderson. Later, he studied classical bass with Warren Benfield of the Chicago Symphony and had a number of lessons with Jeffrey Bradetich. Some of his jazz influences are Ray Brown, Paul Chambers, and Ron Carter. He is also influenced by the following electric bass musicians: Jaco Pastorius and Verdin White.

He moved to New York in 1986, where he played with Out of the Blue (OTB), and made a living by doing sessions and jingles. He began appearing with such artists as: Freddie Hubbard, Cassandra Wilson, Abbey Lincoln, Diane Reeves, and Art Farmer, while studying music with Ron Carter.

Davis was a music arranger for a song on the Grammy® Award-winning CD, Blue Light Till Dawn, by artist Cassandra Wilson,

Davis has toured with jazz artists such as Herbie Hancock, Dianne Reeves, and Art Farmer. Davis was the bassist of The Tonight Show Band from September 1999 thru March 2002.

Davis is touring, recording and teaching. In May 2006 he received his master of music from Rutgers University.

Davis was the bass teacher at the University of Connecticut from 2003 to 2009. In 2009, Davis released his first CD as a leader, Kenny Davis, on Daken Records.