The Keith Davis Jazz Trio will bring the month of May to an exciting close on the 31st with a performance at the newly opened Carolina Music Museum on Heritage Green in downtown Greenville. Tom Strange, the museum’s Artistic Director, said that he wanted South Carolinians to know that while the museum’s first exhibit, Facing South, features one of the finest arrays of historic harpsichords and pianos in the country, “That isn’t the only thing we are about! We are planning monthly concerts that touch on all the Southern musical voices, jazz, Appalachian music, African-American, Native American, Piedmont Blues–just a few of the cultural traditions that have great stories to tell us all about who we are, where we have come from and how music can bring us all together.”
The Trio, with Davis on the piano, features Justin Watt on the drums and Ron Brendle on the bass. All have deep ties to the jazz traditions that have made this form one of America’s great gifts to the world’s music. Davis toured with Artie Shaw and the Glenn Miller Orchestras’, has performed with Wycliffe Gordon, “Fathead” Newman, Pat LaBarbera, to list only a few, and studied at the Banff Summer Workshop where he worked closely with Dave Liebman, Kenny Wheeler, John Abercrombie, and Dave Holland. He performs regularly in the Upstate and is the Adjunct Instructor of Jazz Piano at Furman University.
Watt, from Asheville, is also the drummer for the Bill Gerhardt Trio and the Like Mind Trio. Local Jazz aficionados will recognize Justin as the drummer for the Greenville Jazz Collective, a quintet that features original compositions by members of the group. He co-curates the “Asheville Original Music Series”, a weekly session held at the Altamont Theatre, that features regional composers and their music. In addition, Justin teaches percussion at the Asheville Music School, and is adjunct percussion instructor at the University of North Carolina Asheville and also teaches drum-set at Furman University.
The freelance bassist, Ron Brendle, has been a fixture in the jazz scene in Charlotte since 1981 and was recently recognized by Charlotte Magazine as “Best Bassist.” His innovative compositions and improvisational style have also earned seven awards as “Jazz Artist of the Year” by Creative Loafing Magazine. Ron has performed and recorded with many notable jazz artists of international stature, including Nnenna Freelon, Clark Terry, Andrew Hill, Charlie Byrd, Charlie Rouse, and Mose Allison.
Tickets go on sale Monday, May 14 and, With only 80 seats available we urge everyone to make their reservations early. $10 for adults, $5 for students with ID’s. Call 520-8807 to make your reservations. The concert will begin at 7:30 pm.