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“Rise Up Detroit” is more than just a Detroit-inspired jazz record. Taken individually, any one of the suite’s movements can stand alone as an outstanding piece of music; it has all the elements: beautiful composition, skillful arrangement, excellent musicianship … But Davis’s approach to “Rise Up Detroit” is much more deliberate, much more intentional. It’s wholistic. It’s storytelling.Read More About Xavier Davis - Rise Up Detroit
The band’s repertoire is unmatched, in one set paying tribute to the music of Duke Ellington and Fletcher Henderson, and in another the proto-R&B sounds of Detroit artists such as Paul “Hucklebuck” Williams and King Porter. On some nights an audience might be treated to an entire evening devoted to the Afro-futuristic rhythms of Sun Ra—to whom the name Planet D Nonet is a deferential nod, if not a wink.
03 | Mar
As for me, I have enjoyed performing with many wonderful artists including Benny Golson, Roy Ayers, Tim Ries, (music director for Rolling Stones), Larry Coryell, Rick Margitza, Chaka Kahn, Roy Hargrove, Speech of Arrested Development, Randy Brecker, and many more. I am also honored to say that I was Aretha Franklin’s last drummer. I toured with her until her last performance at the Elton John AIDS Foundation in 2017
05 | Dec
Ron English gave the gift of music at WDIV on 12/3 with a special arrangement of musicians.