Release Date: August 13, 2018
In 1994, Xavier Davis was playing with his college ensemble at the International Association of Jazz Educators in Boston when legendary vocalist Betty Carter spotted him. Carter was so impressed with the talented young artist that she invited him to New York, hiring him exclusively as the pianist for her working trio.
Nearly 25 years later, Davis has played on more than 50 albums, including the Grammy-winning recordings “Bringin’ It” and “The Good Feeling,” by the Christian McBride Big Band, with whom he still plays. He has shared the stage and recorded with some of the jazz world’s most celebrated musicians, including Wynton Marsalis, Freddie Hubbard, Abbey Lincoln, Steve Turre … the list goes on.
During his time in New York, he also played keyboard for the hit television series “Cosby,” worked as the Musical Director for the Boys Choir of Harlem, and taught in the Jazz Department of the Julliard School of Music for six years.
Release Date: August 06, 2018
One day, speaking to a woman at his church, Detroit-based guitarist and composer Ron English talked about the CD he was working on for Detroit Music Factory (DMF). The record, he told her, would be called Dance/Cry/Dance.
Without missing a beat, the woman answered, “Isn’t that the truth.”
Release Date: June 28, 2018
Although Mulgrew-ology is a deep-dive into the essence of Miller’s compositional skills, Gwinnell takes what Miller did in his compositions and uses that imprint in different ways throughout his arrangements. The 17-piece orchestral arrangements help provide Gwinnell a blank canvas with which to bring the album to life, and listeners who are not new to Miller will appreciate the uncharacteristic choice.
Release Date: May 25, 2018
Detroit Music Factory’s release of Gayelynn’s newest record, McKinFolk: The New Beginning, is an ode
to her father’s musical legacy.
Release Date: October 28, 2016
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.