Chris "Big Dog" Davis

Two-time Grammy nominated producer Chris 'Big Dog' Davis is a rare gem. His musical background is extensive and he has 10 #1 jazz hits to his credit.

Chris Davis, fondly known as ‘Big Dog’ and a humble, gentle giant, hails from the city of Waterbury, CT. The middle son in a musical family where both his parents were professional singers, Chris began playing the piano in church at a very early age. Recognizing that he was a gifted young boy, his church awarded him a grand piano as an appreciation for his extraordinary talent. He worked with his teacher and mentor, Mrs. Grossman from age 5 to age 14. Consequently, she enrolled him into Yale University where he studied with Professor Wesley and was classically trained. Later, Chris studied with world-renowned saxophonist, Jackie McClean from the Hart School of Music. Chris’ musical genius has been compared to the likes of George Duke, Herbie Hancock and many other jazz greats in the industry.

Chris’ collaborations and production credits span a wide spectrum of artists such as gospel giant Kim Burrell, George Clinton, Chuck Loeb, Nelson Rangel, Marion Meadows, Najee, Will Downing, Phil Perry, Chante’ Moore and the late Vesta Williams, just to name a few. Chris has 5 #1 smooth jazz records to his credit and has appeared on the Arsenio Hall, Jay Leno and Rosie O'Donnell. Chris got his first big break as music director with Brian McKnight who he later went on to produce and as the saying goes “the rest is history.” When asked how he feels about being nominated, Chris replied “it is a very humbling experience and I am grateful to have had the opportunity to work with such a fine artist as Maysa.” Also to his credit, the music score for “Neshoba” an award winning documentary film about the events and attitudes in Neshoba County.

Awards
Music score for “Neshoba” an award winning documentary film about the events and attitudes in Neshoba County.
Best Documentary:
Boston Film Festival
Indie Memphis Film Festival
Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival
Teaneck International Film Festival
Best Overall Film - Texas Black Film Festival
Best Mississippi Film - Oxford Film Festival

Gerald Veasley Live at South

Gerald Veasley’s musical odyssey has taken him to the top of the contemporary music world as a bassist, bandleader, composer, producer, educator, and curator. His performance as a six-string bassist has been top shelf, as his extensive body of work attests. Veasley has recorded or performed with many of the world’s top artists in Jazz, R&B and Gospel: Kirk Whalum, Will Downing, Chuck Loeb, Maysa, Nnenna Freelon, Special EFX, Pieces of a Dream, McCoy Tyner, The Jaco Pastorius Big Band, Gerald Levert, Teddy Pendergrass, Philip Bailey, the Dixie Hummingbirds, John Blake, Odean Pope and Pat Martino.
Veasley’s new recording, Live at SOUTH is the latest chapter of a multi-decade career of combining jazz, funk and soul genres into a tantalizing blend of earthy sophistication. Schooled by his mentors Joe Zawinul of Weather Report fame and saxophone giant Grover Washington Jr., the six-string bassist continues to blur musical boundaries with his latest project. As the title suggests, Live at SOUTH was captured live at South Jazz Parlor, a premier jazz venue, located in Veasley’s hometown of Philadelphia. The recording documents Veasley’s outstanding band in a 10 song set of music that is fresh, in-the-moment and crackling with intensity. The songstress Carol Riddick is featured in a breathtaking version of the Sound of Philly classic, “You are Everything”.
Live at SOUTH is also the natural outgrowth of Veasley’s role as a curator of the Unscripted Jazz Series at SOUTH Jazz Parlor. Launched in October 2015 (co- curated by Roxanne Veasley), the series has presented over 140 exciting nights of music to enthusiastic audiences in an intimate setting. The "Unscripted” format is perfectly suited for artists who, like Veasley, have broad musical tastes and experiences. Allowing them to showcase their versatility, the series has attracted many celebrated guest artists: Gerald Albright, David Benoit, Rick Braun, Randy Brecker, Alex Bugnon, Maysa, Raul Midón, Janis Siegel, Peter White, Kirk Whalum, and a growing roster of established and emerging artists.
Having a passion to educate and motivate other musicians, Veasley has served on the faculty of the University of the Arts (Philadelphia). Veasley is also the Artistic Director and Co-Founder of Gerald Veasley’s Bass BootCamp. Established in 2002, the annual event has informed and inspired hundreds of bass players of all levels and ages.
Veasley has more intriguing projects on the horizon: “I Got Life”, a studio album and tour in tribute to the life and music of Nina Simone, an all-star album celebrating the musical legacy of his hometown of Philadelphia, and a spinoff of the Unscripted Jazz Series, Pablo Batista’s Latin Jazz Series.
Musician. Educator. Curator. Veasley’s life as a creative professional is clearly multifaceted. Indeed, he wears various “hats” yet he is motivated by a singular purpose - to translate his joy of music to the world - music without boundaries.
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