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.

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 and educator. He has recorded and/or performed with many of the world’ stop performers in many genres of music such as; Chuck Loeb, Maysa, Kim Waters, Nick Colionne, Special EFX, Pieces of a Dream, McCoy Tyner, Gerald Levert, Teddy Pendergrass, Nnenna Freelon, Philip Bailey, the Dixie Hummingbirds, John Blake, Phil Perry, Will Downing and Pat Martino. His performance as a bassist has been top shelf, as his memorable work with the late, great Grover Washington Jr., Joe Zawinul, and the Jaco Pastorius Big Band attests.
When not collaborating with notable artists, Gerald tours and records with his band, which features some of the top musicians in the country. Gerald’s recordings as a bandleader are: Look Ahead, Signs, Soul Control, Love Letters, On The Fast Track, Velvet, Live at The Jazz Base, Your Move and The Electric Mingus Project.
Veasley teaches the history and fundamentals of the electric bass to musicians and educators, both privately and at the university level. He is on the faculty of the University of the Arts (Philadelphia) and is founder and artistic director of Gerald Veasley’s Bass BootCamp, nurturing a growing army of bassists from all skill levels.
Gerald is currently curator of the “Unscripted Jazz Series” with special guests such as Kirk Whalum, Raul Midón, Alex Bugnon, Maysa and Gerald Albright. He is in the process of producing two projects, “The Purple House” and songs from his musical ties to Philadelphia. Whether he is performing, recording, collaborating, or teaching, Gerald brings a joyous, polished professionalism to the process of making music.



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