Jamie Davis holds a position amongst the pantheon of great male vocalists with a full deep baritone voice that has been paired with some of the world’s most famous talent.
Davis was named the ‘chocolate baritone’ by Sir Michael Parkinson, the BBC’s arbiter of important international jazz, after Jamie’s performance in London with the BBC’s sixty-four piece Orchestra and Big Band. Clint Eastwood enthused by Jamie’s performance at the Monterey Jazz Festival said “...Jamie Davis is one of my favorite singers.”
In the past five years, Jamie has produced three solo CD’s, performed at Monterey, Dubai, Sacramento, Aspen, Cheltenham, Edinburgh jazz festivals and the closing ceremony at this years Shakespeare Music Festival in Lake Tahoe. Jazz clubs include Yoshi’s and The Rrazz Room in
San Francisco, Dizzy’s and Blue Note Jazz Club in New York and aboard Holland America jazz cruises.
Television highlights include performances on: ‘Parkinson’ in UK, Sweden and Australia, The Jerry Lewis Telethon in Las Vegas and ‘60th Anniversary Show’ with The HRTa Big Band in Zagreb, Croatia. Concerts for BBC Radio’s 2 ‘Friday Night Is Music Night’ and ‘Big Band Special’ were broadcast live and on digital.
The Count Basie Orchestra gave Jamie the opportunity be ‘on the road’ with one of the greatest big bands as their lead vocalist for three years. Davis reflects, “Having all that sound behind you is just amazing. You’ve got to ride that current.” Jamie’s full rich, deep baritone voice was tapped to narrate ‘A Time to Remember,’ a docudrama which won the ‘Black American Independent Filmmakers Award’ in 1999.
Davis’ solo CDs, ‘It’s All About Love’, ‘It’s A Good Thing’ and the newly released ‘Vibe Over Perfection’ are receiving critical acclaim. The last two recordings on the Unity Music label reunited Jamie with members of the Count Basie Orchestra and some of Los Angeles’ finest instrumentalists. ‘It’s A Good Thing’ was chosen as ‘Album of the Week’ on the digital radio station Thejazz.com in December 2007 and is currently on the in-flight audio programs of British Airways, Scandinavian, Aer Lingus and British Midland. ‘VIBE OVER PERFECTION’ is in Jazzweek's Top 100 & one of WBGO'S Top 3 CD'S for 2008.