Keith Davis



 

Keith Davis has established a distinguished reputation as a jazz pianist, composer, and educator during his more than 30 years as a professional musician. He has toured with the Glenn Miller Orchestra, the Artie Shaw Orchestra, and Matt “Guitar” Murphy ( Blues Brothers).

Keith has also performed with such great musicians as David “Fathead” Newman, Ben Riley, Donald Byrd, Mike Mainieri, Pat LaBarbera, Jeff Hershfield, Jamie Baum, Joel Spencer and Rakalam Bob Moses.


Keith regularly performs throughout the Southeast. This September, he was inducted into the Coastal Jazz Hall of Fame at the Savannah Jazz Festival, where he also performed with renowned saxophonist Javon Jackson, along with Delbert Felix and Quentin Baxter.

He served on the faculty of the Brevard College Summer Jazz Workshop from 1998 through 2000, with guest artists including Conrad Herwig, Byron Stripling, Ronnie Cuber, and Wycliffe Gordon.

Keith has studied with respected Atlanta jazz instructor Ted Howe. He attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston, during which time he also studied with renowned saxophonist Jerry Bergonzi.

Keith’s participation in the 1985 Banff Summer Jazz Workshop in Banff, Alberta, Canada included intensive study with such faculty members as Dave Liebman, Dave Holland, John Abercrombie, Don Thompson, Kenny Wheeler and Cecil Taylor.

Currently, Keith lives in Greenville, SC, where he serves as Adjunct Instructor of Jazz Piano at Furman University. He performs regularly with his trio, Ron Brendle, bass, and Justin Watt, drums. He is also involved with the Greenville Jazz Collective, which presents performances and educational programs.
Keith also teaches privately.

Keith has released two CDs of original music, "Still", by the Keith Davis Trio, with Ron Brendle and Justin Watt, and "Presence", solo piano.

Keith also practices and teaches Hunyuan Chen style Taiji, created by Grandmaster Feng Zhiqiang. Keith's teachers are Wang Fengming and Yang Yang.