Accomplished trombonist and bandleader Steve Davis was raised in Binghamton, New York, where he was introduced to jazz through his father’s record collection and his grandparents’ playing. Attending The Hartt School at the University of Hartford, he studied under saxophonist Jackie McLean and gained valuable experience sitting-in and gigging with Nat Reeves and Don DePalma.
It was through McLean that Davis was introduced to Art Blakey, whose Jazz Messengers he joined at Sweet Basil in New York City in December 1989. Davis also played in his mentor McLean’s sextet and in Chick Corea’s Origin (1997 – 2001). Davis is currently a faculty member at the Hartt School, and plays in a number of ensembles including leading his acclaimed Quintet.