A rebellious cadre of Twin Cities jazz and hip hop luminaries, Coloring Time is a musical accident waiting to happen, so to speak. Instrumentalists Casey O’Brien (bass), Graham O’Brien (drums), John Keston (keys), Robert Mulrennen(guitar), Jon Davis (reeds) and Zach Bagaason (sampler & keys) pave nebulous jazzways on which vocalist/MCs Joe Horton, Kristoff Krane and Adam Svec race headlong to rapture and epiphany. The group often reinforces its numbers with notable vocal and instrumental guests. Never the same show. Always an adventure!
with special guest:
Steve Davis is widely regarded as one of today’s leading improvisors on the trombone. His lyrical, hardswinging style first gained him broad recognition during the 1990’s while working with the bands of jazz legends Art Blakey, Jackie McLean, Chick Corea’s acclaimed sextet Origin and
the cooperative sextet, One For All.
In fall 2008, Davis released a brand new CD, OUTLOOK (Positone Records) featuring his exciting, new quintet. He also followed in his mentor Curtis Fuller’s footsteps by joining saxophone legend Benny Golson and The New Jazztet. In addition, Steve collaborated with all-time great pianist Hank Jones on a brand new CD, ELOQUENCE set for release Fall 2009 (Jazz Legacy Productions). Along with Davis and Jones, the stellar lineup includes Nat Reeves (bass), Joe Farnsworth (drums) and special guests Steve Nelson (vibes), Roy Hargrove(trumpet) and John Lee (elec bass).
Born in Worcester, MA in 1967, Steve was raised in Binghamton, NY and graduated in 1989 from The Hartt School’s Jackie McLean Institute (University of Hartford, CT). It was McLean’s guidance and recommendation that helped Davis land his first major gig with Art Blakey in NYC in Dec 1989. Steve returned to Hartford in 1992 to join Mc Lean’s sextet and begin teaching alongside his mentor at both the Hartt School and Artist’s Collective. Davis has resided in
Hartford ever since.
Lately, Steve has been leading his own bands with more frequency including an all-star quartet featuring renowned pianist Larry Willis (Alone Together/Mapleshade 2006) and an exciting, new quintet featuring rising stars Mike DiRubbo (alto sax), David Bryant (piano), Dezron Douglas (bass) and Eric McPherson (drums). The band is featured on Davis’ new OUTLOOK CD.
Steve also continues to perform and record with the well known
collective unit One For All (feat. Eric Alexander, Jim Rotondi, David Hazeltine, John Webber and Joe Farnsworth). The band has recorded 12 CD’s since 1997 for Sharp Nine, Criss Cross and Venus/Japan. Both their recordings and live performances have garnered rave reviews. In 2007, Second Floor Music began publishing One For All sextet charts in two sets, as recorded on the group’s first two CD’s, “Too Soon To Tell” (1997) and “Optimism” (1998) for Sharp Nine Records.
Ever in demand as a sideman, Davis is featured on over 100 recordings. In recent years, “Stevie D” (a nickname given to him by the late Jackie McLean) has worked regularly with a broad range of jazz icons including Larry Willis’ Quintet, Freddie Hubbard and The New Jazz Composers Octet, Slide Hampton and The Dizzy Gillespie Alumni All-Star Big Band (feat. James Moody, Jimmy Heath and Roy Hargrove), The Jimmy Heath Big Band, Cecil Payne, Horace Silver and Wynton Marsalis’ Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. Davis continues to lead an active teaching career at the Hartt School’s Jackie McLean Institute (University of Hartford) where he has been on faculty since 1991 and now teaches alongside Nat Reeves, Rene McLean, Jimmy Greene, Shawnn Montiero and others.