Gary Davis | Playing  My  Dues

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Playing My Dues

by Gary Davis

Smooth jazz with an adult groove, a spice of r&b on a traditional jazz foundation.
Genre: Jazz: Smooth Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Playing My Dues
4:39 $0.99
2. Night Flight Back To You
4:31 $0.99
3. On Grover Side Of Town
4:26 $0.99
4. Don't Know Why
4:46 $0.99
5. One Night In Brazil
4:50 $0.99
6. Forever Mine
5:24 $0.99
7. Keep On Steppin
3:48 $0.99
8. Rock Steady
4:02 $0.99
9. Summer Hearts
4:43 $0.99
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Album Notes
From playing sold-out venues, private and corporate events in his hometown Milwaukee, to international concert dates abroad, Gary Davis, leader of the Gary Davis Band and Gary Davis jazz quartet, has received the long awaited and well deserved recognition on the national entertainment scene as an award winning contemporary jazz, R&B and traditional jazz, saxophone artist.

Gary started as a drummer at age nine and picked up the sax at age 16. He began developing his musical chops while attending the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music where he studied jazz under Berkeley Fudge and later additional training from Houston, Texas music professor, Conrad Johnson. He expanded his listening and studying to many jazz and R&B sax masters including Joe Henderson, Stan Getz, John Coltrane, Wilton Felder, Grover Washington, Jr., Stanley Turrentine, and King Curtis.

Although new to the smooth jazz ranks, Davis has more than 30 years of versatile musical experience behind him and a line of influences including related blues singer and guitarist Freddie King. Davis has formed a sound and style that he describes as contemporary jazz, with a soulful groove, on a traditional jazz foundation.

Davis’ 2002 release “Don’t Wait For Spring Remix” was self-produced and launched four songs into radio rotation. The CD has been well reviewed, has received both national and international sales and airplay with offers to sign on two jazz record labels.

In late 2005, on his own label, he released his second self produced CD again with the Gary Davis Band entitled “Playing My Dues.” That CD has been extremely well reviewed and quoted in 2006 as having a top ten and most favorite track of the year potential. The launching of this CD has opened more doors of recognition for him appearing in R&R magazine, Jazziz magazine, BET J, along with an internationally broadcast cable special “Tribute to Lou Rawls” and more.

With the backing and support of his jazz trio or five piece band and vocalist, he continue to be booked at select hometown venues, private and corporate events, regional and international jazz festivals. He has performed before sell-out crowds to audience and reviewer acclaim. He has played and collaborated with many well known artists in the music business such as: The Jazz Crusaders, Herbie Mann, Jeff Lorber, Ronnie Laws, Chris Botti, George Duke, Norman Brown and others.



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Nice saxaphone driven jazz funk from the Gary Davis Band. This is BBQ/Fish fry type of music, just in time for summer's arrival into my CD player.
Check out the songs 'On the Grover Side of Town', 'Keep on Steppin' and 'Rock Steady' (a remake of the Aretha Franklin classic) to get yo' funk on...


I really love our album it is the kind of smooth jazz I love listening to d I will be ordering again. AWESOME

Tom Kline

Just what I've come to expect from Gary Davis - thoughtful, soulful jazz that is both sophisticated and mesmerizing. This CD was worth the wait! Great job Gary and keep the music coming!

ron warren/wash., dc

Lot of Soul
This is a smooth, funky, and soulful jazz cd. It moves ya in everyway. You can be just laid back or doing some nice dance steps. One of the best jazz saxophone CDs I've heard this year. Now I have to get the cd before this one. Great musician with a fantastic supporting cast and I would think that he will be around for a very long time. Hope So!!!


Who is playing the guitar parts on the cd

leeza amaro

it hit my ear and went strait to my soul
being some what of a musian i find it innovative, encompassing,welcoming, it took me to brasil.esstupendo.


Wonderful CD!
Gary has touched on some beautiful melodies and the CD is captivating! I really enjoy his music!