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JEFF DAVIS Holyoke

featuring Tony Malaby (tenor sax), Russ Lossing(piano/clavinet), Eivind Opsvik(bass), JD(drums/compositions)

Jeff Davis Authorities Band

featuring Kirk Knuffke(cornet), Jason Ribgy (tenor sax), Jon Goldberger(guitar), Drew Gress(bass), JD(drums/compositions)

Jeff Davis Catchfoot

featuring Anna Webber(tenor sax), Oscar Noriega(alto sax/bass clarinet), Eivind Opsvik(bass), and JD(drums/compositions)

Tone Collector

featuring Tony Malaby (tenor sax), Eivind Opsvik(bass), and JD(drums)

Heavy Merge

featuring Jason Rigby(tenor sax), Russ Lossing(piano/electronics), JD(drums)

JEFF DAVIS DRAGON FATHER

Recorded live Friday, March 29th 2013 at the Cornelia Street Cafe
by Joe Branciforte

Check out this clip.

Dragon Father Band: Kirk Knuffke (cornet), Oscar Noriega (alto saxophone and clarinet), Russ Lossing (piano), Eivind Opsvik (bass), Jeff Davis (drums and compositions)

Jeff DAvis trio

Please check out my trio recording on Fresh Sound /New Talent Records. I love this trio.  Russ and Eivind are masters at their craft.  It is always amazing working with these guys.

Leaf House

Russ Lossing (piano), Eivind Opsvik (bass), Jeff Davis (drums/compositions)

Check out this preview track: Leaf House

Jeff Davis We Sleep Outside

The opening track of We Sleep Outside, the “Bruce and Brunost Suite” grabs your attention with a strong anthem-like theme, and then sends the listener through waves of texture and sound, building layers of themes and improvisations, finally allowing the final statement to pop through. “Talk To Me” starts with a delicate melody but gradually builds to a fiery peak that allows Tony Barba to shine. The piece builds in intensity only to end with a brief repose. “Black Beard” brings many of Davis’ rock influences together, and is a natural vehicle for Jon Goldberger, while also showcasing the drummer’s power. “Fred Ullmann” is dedicated to the memory of Davis’ grandfather. A haunting, emotional composition, the piece is almost transparent, unfolding with a layering of trios, breaking up the group into opposing sections while remaining tranquil. “Slipper Hero” was composed as a series of musical interruptions, starting with piano trio, building through a bass solo, which is immediately interrupted by a series of trumpet and saxophone solos that add to a soaring theme that brings the composition abruptly to a close. “We Sleep Outside,” the title track, is coda to the album, invoking an air of open space, mysterious and dark, yet resolving the tension with a brightness that lingers.

We Sleep Outside (click here to order)
Jeff Davis | Loyal Label (2010)

Tony Barba (tenor sax/clarinet), Kirk Knuffke (trumpet), Kris Davis (piano, fender rhodes), Jon Goldberger(guitar), Eivind Opsvik (bass), Jeff Davis (drums/compositions)

 

 

 

News & Updates

Coming up in 2018:

June 2018:

Jeff Davis Catchfoot at Korzo Monday, June 19th @ 9pm  

Anna Webber (tenor sax), Oscar Noriega (alto sax/bass clarinet), Russ Lossing (piano), Adam Hopkins (bass) and JD

Konception Music Series at Korzo
667 5th Ave (btwn 19th & 20th St)              
Brooklyn, NY

May 2018:

Jeff Davis Dragon Father Trio return to Cornelia St Cafe on Saturday, May 19th sets 8:30pm & 10pm

Ben Monder (guitar), Eivind Opsvik (bass), Jeff Davis (drums)

 

- - - Tone Collector Midwest Tour! MARCH 2018 - - -

Tony Malaby (tenor sax), Eivind Opsvik (bass), Jeff Davis (drums)

Saturday, 3/10 The Jazz Estate - 9pm

Sunday, 3/11 The Hungry Brain - 8:30pm

Monday, 3/12 UW Parkside clinis - TBA

 

 

2017 Performances

 

Bio

 Photo by  Bart Babinski

Photo by  Bart Babinski

 
 

Drummer/composer Jeff Davis is known as the “propulsive force behind a host New York mainstays” (Matthew Miller - All About Jazz), including Kirk Knuffke, Robin Verheyen, Anna Webber, Jesse Stacken, and Michael Bates.  A mainstay and in-demand drummer on the creative NYC music scene for nearly two decades, Jeff Davis is a passionate poet at the drum set.  A powerful improviser and compelling composer, Davis has contributed as a sideman to a great number of important music projects, in addition to successfully leading his own bandsOn his most recent trio album, Leaf House, Jeff Davis showcases his command of a deeply focused and distinctly improvisational style.  Troy Collins (All About Jazz) says that “like many of his generation, his writing encompasses a number of genres, yet Davis understands the importance of creating a context for such diversity. Sequencing individual tunes into a suite-like program, the set unfolds episodically, seamlessly blending divergent moods.”  And Bruce Lee Gallanter, of the Downtown Music Gallery, described Jeff Davis’ first disc as a leader as “a powerful debut from one of Downtown’s best drummers.” Davis has performed with such artists as Tony Malaby, Chris Speed, Ralph Alessi, Ben Monder, Marc Ducret, Mark Helias, and Cameron Brown.  Jeff Davis has performed at several prominent jazz festivals, including the North Sea Jazz Festival, Oslo Jazz Festival, the Gent Jazz Festival, the Vancouver Jazz Festival, and the Ear Shot Jazz Festival.  Jeff leads several ensembles, including the Jeff Davis Trio (featuring Russ Lossing and Eivind Opsvik), Tone Collector (Tony Malaby and Eivind Opsvik), and the Jeff Davis Band (featuring Jason Rigby, Jon Goldberger, Russ Lossing and Eivind Opsvik). Davis also recently released a Live Album on Fresh Sound New Talent Records, Dragon Father, featuring Kirk Knuffke, Oscar Noriega, Russ Lossing and Eivind Opsvik. 

“Mr. Davis, a drummer and composer of sure footing but adventurous inclination.” (Nate Chinen, The New York Times)

 

 
 

Performances

2018 Performances:

June 2018:

Jeff Davis Catchfoot at Korzo Monday, June 19th @ 9pm  

Anna Webber (tenor sax), Oscar Noriega (alto sax/bass clarinet), Russ Lossing (piano), Adam Hopkins (bass) and JD

Konception Music Series at Korzo
667 5th Ave (btwn 19th & 20th St)              
Brooklyn, NY

May 2018:

Jeff Davis Dragon Father Trio return to Cornelia St Cafe on Saturday, May 19th sets 8:30pm & 10pm

Ben Monder (guitar), Eivind Opsvik (bass), Jeff Davis (drums)

 

 

 

- - - Tone Collector Midwest Tour! MARCH 2018 - - -

Tony Malaby (tenor sax), Eivind Opsvik (bass), Jeff Davis (drums)

Saturday, March 10 - Milwaukee, WI the Jazz Estate w/special guest Russ Johnson

Sunday, March 11 - Chicago, IL at the Hungry Brain

Monday, March 12 - Kenosha, WI Clinic/Performance at UW Parkside

 

February 2018:

Jeff Davis Trio at Korzo on Tuesday, Feb 13th @ 9pm. Please join Russ Lossing, Eivind Opsvik and me for a little pre-Valentine's Day trio magic.

Jeff Davis Catchfoot at Bushwick Public House on Monday, Feb 26th @ 9:30pm. Part of Stephen Gauci's Bushwick Improvised Music Series. Anna Webber, Oscar Noriega, Jon Goldberger, Adam Hopkins and JD

March gig at Cornelia Street Cafe:

Jeff Davis Dragon Father Trio debut at Cornelia St Cafe on Wednesday, 3/14 8pm

Ben Monder (guitar), Eivind Opsvik (bass), Jeff Davis (drums)

 

 

2017 Performances:

January 2017

Tuesday, January 24th @ The Rosemont

63 Montrose Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

Denver General - 10pm set
Kirk Knuffke - cornet
Jonathan Goldberger - guitar
Jeff Davis - drums

 

Friday, January 27th @ Brooklyn Conservatory of Music - 8pm

Anna Webber/Angela Morris Big Band

Anna WebberAngela Morris – Conductor, woodwinds
Jay RattmanCharlotte GreveAdam SchneitEric Trudel – Woodwinds
Tim VaughnCurtis HasselbringJen BakerNick Grinder – Trombones
John LakeKenny WarrenDanny GoukerJake Henry – Trumpets
Patricia Brennan– Vibraphone
Marc Hannaford – Piano
Adam Hopkins – Bass
Jeff Davis – Drums

 

February 2017 - tba

March 2017

Friday, March 3rd @ Cornelia Street Cafe - 9pm and 10:30pm sets

Jeff Davis Authorities Band

Russ Johnson - trumpet

Jon Irabagon - tenor/soprano saxophones

Jon Goldberger - guitar

Drew Gress - bass

Jeff Davis - drums/compositions

 

August 2017

Monday, August 28th                                                                                          Bushwick Improvised Music Series hosted by Stephen Gauci                                                     Bushwick Public House                                                                                         Denver General - 9:30pm

Kirk Knuffke - cornet
Jonathan Goldberger - guitar
Simon Jermyn - bass                                                                                             Jeff Davis - drums

 

September 2017

Thursday, September 28th @ 8pm

Greenwich House Music School

46 Barrow St, New York, New York 10014

Jeff Davis Holyoke: 

Tony Malaby - tenor saxophone

Russ Lossing - piano

Eivind Opsvik - bass

Jeff Davis - drum/compositions

 

 

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Tuesday, 10/4 KorzoTuesday, 10/4 - 10:30pm set

Konception Music Series at Korzo
667 5th Ave (btwn 19th & 20th St)
Brooklyn, NY
Brian Drye Trio CD Release
Brian Drye(trombone/compositions), Matt Pavolka(bass), JD(drums)

Saturday, 10/29 - 9pm
Heavy Merge CD Release at the Jazz Gallery

HEAVY MERGE

Jason Rigby(tenor saxophone & bass clarinet), Russ Lossing(piano & electronics), JD(drums)

Heavy Merge is a trio of metaphysical time travelers exploring the regions between reality and pure thought fueled by intellect and transported through intuition. Explosive and introspective, enigmatic and raw, Heavy Merge probes outer and inner space in real-time, taking listeners on an unforgettable improvisational journey. Three heavy weights vie for position on a one-lane country road. Horn does not work. Look for finger.

 

Sunday, 10/30 - 9pm set
Fire Music - Yoni/Cisco music series

Legion
790 Metropolitan Ave
Brooklyn, NY 112118pm  

8:00 - Yoni Kretzmer Quartet
Yoni Kretzmer - tenor sax
Jaimie Breezy Branch - trumpet
Adam Hopkins - double bass
Jeff Davis - drums

9:00 - Nate Wooley (amplified) trumpet solo

9:30 - Cone Quartet (G/W/J/D) 
Jonathan Goldberger - guitar
Anna Webber - tenor sax
Simon Jermyn - e. bass
Jeff Davis - drums

 

NOVEMBER 2016

Sunday, 11/27 - 9pm set
Fire Music - Yoni/Cisco music series
Legion
790 Metropolitan Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Jeff Davis Catchfoot
Anna Webber(tenor sax), Oscar Noriega(alto sax/bass clarinet), Eivind Opsvik(bass), JD(drums)

 

DECEMBER 2016

Robin Verheyen NY Quartet Winter Europe Tour 2016

Dec 1 @ Jazz Club Singen, Germany RV – tenor, soprano/ compositions; Russ Johnson - trumpet; Drew Gress – bass; Jeff Davis – drums

Dec 3 @ Hnita Jazz Club, Heist op den Berg, Belgium RV – tenor, soprano/ compositions; Russ Johnson - trumpet; Drew Gress – bass; Jeff Davis – drums

Dec 4 @ AMR, Geneve, Switzerland RV – tenor, soprano/ compositions; Russ Johnson - trumpet; Drew Gress – bass; Jeff Davis – drums

Dec 5 @ Tafelhalle, Nurnberg, Germany RV – tenor, soprano/ compositions; Russ Johnson - trumpet; Drew Gress – bass; Jeff Davis – drums

Dec 8 @ Sunset-Sunside, Paris, France RV – tenor, soprano/ compositions; Russ Johnson - trumpet; Drew Gress – bass; Jeff Davis – drums

Dec 9-10 @ Bird’s Eye, Basel, Switzerland RV – tenor, soprano/ compositions; Russ Johnson - trumpet; Drew Gress – bass; Jeff Davis – drums

Dec 11 @ Archiduc, Brussels, Belgium RV – tenor, soprano/ compositions; Russ Johnson - trumpet; Drew Gress – bass; Jeff Davis – drums

Dec 11 @ Parazzar, Bruges, Belgium RV – tenor, soprano/ compositions; Russ Johnson - trumpet; Drew Gress – bass; Jeff Davis – drums

Dec 13 @ Cultural Center Hasselt, Belgium RV – tenor, soprano/ compositions; Russ Johnson - trumpet; Drew Gress – bass; Jeff Davis – drums

 

Wednesday, 12/21 - 10:30pm set

Rye Bar - A.E. Randolph Presents

247 S.1st St, Brooklyn, NY

9:30pm - The Choir Invisible
Charlotte Greve / Chris Tordini / Vinnie Sperrazza

10:30pm - Anna Webber Quartet
Anna Webber / Jonathan Goldberger / Michael Bates / Jeff Davis

 

Selected Discography

 

 

Jeff Davis Dragon Father Band – Dragon Father (Fresh Sound New Talent 2014)

Kirk Knuffke (cornet), Oscar Noriega (alto saxophone/clarinet), Russ Lossing (piano), Eivind Opsvik (bass),     Jeff Davis (drums/compositions)

Jeff Davis Trio – Leaf House (Fresh Sound New Talent 2012)

Russ Lossing (piano), Eivind Opsvik (bass), Jeff Davis (drums/compositions)

 

Jeff Davis – We Sleep Outside (Loyal Label)

Tony Barba, Kirk Knuffke, Jon Goldberger, Kris Davis, Eivind Opsvik, Jeff Davis

 

The RIDD Quartet: Fiction Avalanche (Clean Feed Records)

Jon Irabagon, Reuben Radding, Kris Davis, Jeff Davis

 

Michael Bates - Outside Sources on Greenleaf Records.

featuring: Russ Johnson, Quinsin Nachoff, Michael Bates, Jeff Davis

 

Kirk Knuffke Quartet - Big Wig (Clean Feed Records) 2008

Kirk Knuffke, Brian Drye, Reuben Radding, Jeff Davis

 

Eivind Opsvik - Overseas III (Loyal Label) 2008 LLCD003 

Kenny Wollesen, Jacob Sacks, Tony Malaby, Larry Campbell, Jeff Davis, Eivind Opsvik 

 

Kris Davis - Rye Eclipse (Fresh Sound Records) 2008 FSNT 310CD

Kris Davis, Tony Malaby, Jeff Davis, Eivind Opsvik

 

Jon Irabagon - OUTRIGHT! (innova Records) 2008 innova CD 699

Jon Irabagon, Russ Johnson, Kris Davis, Eivind Opsvik, Jeff Davis, Chris Cash, Jesse Lewis,

+ The Original Outright! Jass Band and The Outright! Mixed Choir

 

Jesse Stacken - That That (Fresh Sound Records) 2008 FSNT 308CD

Jesse Stacken, Eivind Opsvik, Jeff Davis

 

Rocket Engine - What is This That Stands Before Me?(Loyal Label) 2007 LLCD002 

Eric Biondo, Mike Pride, Jonathan Goldberger, Aaron Jennings, Ben Gerstein, Jeff Davis, Kris Davis, Eivind Opsvik

 

Jostein Gulbrandsen - Twelve (Fresh Sound Records) 2007 FSNT 291CD

Jostein Gulbrandsen, Jon Irabagon, Jeff Davis, Eivind Opsvik

 

Peter Van Huffel - Sylvester Battlefield (Fresh Sound Records) 2007 FSNT 290CD

Peter Van Huffel, Scott DuBois, Jesse Stacken, Michael Bates, Jeff Davis

 

Amanda Monaco 4 - Intention (innova Records) 2007 innova CD667

Amanda Monaco, Jason Gillenwater, Fraser Hollins, Jeff Davis

 

Kris Davis - The Slightest Shift (Fresh Sound Records) 2006 FSNT 256CD

Kris Davis, Tony Malaby, Jeff Davis, Eivind Opsvik

 

Pedro Giraudo - Desconsuelo (Pedro Giraudo) 2006 CD

Pedro Giraudo Jazz Orchestra: Will Vinson, Ramiro Flores, Luke Batson, Carl Maraghi, Jonathan Powell, Tatum Greenblatt, Ryan Keberle, Mike Fahie, Jess Jurkovic, Jeff Davis, Tony De Vivo, Sofía Tosello

 

Eivind Opsvik - Overseas II (Fresh Sound Records) 2005 FSNT 219CD

Kenny Wollesen, Jeff Davis, Craig Taborn, Jacob Sacks, Tony Malaby, Loren Stillman, Eivind Opsvik

 

Tone Collector - Tone Collector (Jazzaway) 2005 JARCD012

Tony Malaby, Jeff Davis, Eivind Opsvik

 

Kris Davis - Lifespan (Fresh Sound Records) 2004 FSNT178CD

Kris Davis, Russ Johnson, Jason Rigby, Tony Malaby, Jeff Davis, Eivind Opsvik

 

Amanda Monaco 4 - Amanda Monaco 4 (Genevieve Records) 2004 CD

Amanda Monaco, Jason Gillenwater, Fraser Hollins, Jeff Davis

 

Eivind Opsvik - Overseas (Fresh Sound Records) 2003 FSNT146CD

Craig Taborn, Jacob Sacks, Wells Hanley, Gerald Cleaver, Jeff Davis, Dan Weiss, Loren Stillman, Tony Malaby, Jason Rigby, Eivind Opsvik

 

Pedro Giraudo - Mr. Vivo (Pedro Giraudo) 2002 CD

Will Vinson, Tony Barba, Jonathan Powell, Ryan Keberle, Jess Jurkovic, Jeff Davis, Tony De Vivo, Pedro Giraudo