NMU Jazz Festival

Friday, April 8, 2016


Michael Davis - 2016 NMU Jazz Festival Guest Artist

General Information

The NMU Jazz Festival will be held on the beautiful campus of Northern Michigan University on Friday, April 8, 2016.  High school and middle school jazz bands and combos in the region are invited to participate. There is a $250 entry fee for each participating ensemble (additional ensembles from the same school can register for $100).  Space is limited.  The registration deadline is February 26, 2016.  Click HERE for printable (PDF) registration materials.

This year's event will feature trombonist/composer Michael Davis, who has enjoyed a diverse and acclaimed career over the past three decades. Widely known as the trombonist for the Rolling Stones since 1994, he also toured and recorded with Frank Sinatra from 1988 to 1994, and he has released 9 solo CDs, composed over 150 works, authored 10 books, and appeared on over 500 CDs and motion picture soundtracks. In addition, he is the founder, creator, and president of Hip-Bone Music, Inc., and in 2011, the S.E. Shires Company released the Michael Davis Trombone.

Born to a musical family in San Francisco, Michael’s early musical studies included the piano, drums, tuba, baritone horn and electric bass. Settling on the trombone in high school, he quickly found his stride and received principal chairs in many all-state honor groups. His collegiate career commenced at the prestigious Eastman School of Music in the fall of 1979.  In the spring of 1983, Davis received the break he had hoped for when the Buddy Rich Band called and asked him to sign on. His two-year stint with the band forged musical and personal friendships that continue to this day and presented him with “the best graduate degree anyone could possibly hope for.”

Michael’s freelance career in New York City began in earnest in 1986 and before long he was one of the top trombonists around. As testimony to his versatility and wide regard, the list of jazz and pop luminaries he has worked with includes: Michael Jackson, Bob Dylan, Aerosmith, Tony Bennett, Jay Z, Sarah Vaughan, Sting, Beck, Branford Marsalis, Peter Gabriel, Sheryl Crow, Lyle Lovett, Bob Mintzer, Paul Simon, David Sanborn, Terence Blanchard and scores of others.  In the field of music education, Davis has served as a clinician around the world, while also authoring a number of highly esteemed instructional books and arrangements for musicians of all ages and abilities. A multiple recipient of awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, he maintains his own jazz groups and projects through Hip-Bone Music. He has documented his efforts on nine solo CDs, including Absolute Trombone II, a dynamic release featuring the finest sackbut ability from New York, Los Angeles and London; Trumpets Eleven, a showcase for eleven virtuosic trumpet masters; Brass Nation, a gathering together of fifty-five of the world’s greatest brass players; Bonetown, a pairing of Davis with LA bass trombone maestro Bill Reichenbach and the original Absolute Trombone, another musical enclave featuring eighteen of New York’s finest trombonists.  Acknowledged by popular musicians, fellow educators and audiences around the world as an immensely talented musical artist who is committed to setting the highest standards for both jazz and his instrument, it is no wonder that legendary Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts was moved to comment, “In this ‘bone dry era, it is essential to have Michael Davis around.”

For additional information about Michael Davis, please visit his website: www.hip-bonemusic.com.  We are very pleased that he will be joining us for the NMU Jazz Festival this year in Marquette!