One of Chicago's leading jazz trumpet artists, Davis has had a varied career. He has toured with Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra and Rosemary Clooney. As a charter member of the Chicago Jazz Orchestra, he has appeared with Joe Williams, Dizzy Gillespie, Clark Terry, Nancy Wilson, Kurt Elling and Jimmy Heath, among others. He also performed and recorded with such notables as Maynard Ferguson, the Woody Herman Orchestra, Natalie Cole, Diane Schuur, Sammy Davis, Jr. and Tony Bennett. As a long-time member of the Janice Borla Group, Art is featured on all of her CDs, as he is on two of colleague Jack Mouse's recordings. A highly respected jazz educator, Art has degrees in Music Education and Musicology from the University of Illinois. As a graduate student, he specialized in ethnomusicology with an emphasis in African music. For over twenty years, he has been mentored by such master drummers as Gideon Foli Alorwoyle and Abubakari Luna. Joining Art for this concert will be fellow members of the College's highly-esteemed jazz studies program. This season's series is co-presented by Flashpoint Creative Arts, whose goal is to promote greater understanding of and participation in the art of improvisation with innovative artistic and educational experiences that draw people more deeply into the improvisatory process.
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