and Beyond: Jamie Davis and the Fred Barry Jazz Orchestra
Baritone singer Jamie Davis is a member of the Count
Basie Orchestra, the big band that is carrying on the
legacy of the now deceased bandleader who defi ned
the Kansas City swing style of the 1940’s. Gifted
with a smooth and buttery tone, Jamie first found his
voice as a choir soloist, but soon immersed himself in
soul and R&B. After attending Ohio State University,
where he sang liturgical music, Jamie toured the
world with numerous ensembles before joining the
Basie Orchestra in 2000. He will be backed up by
Stanford’s own Fred Berry and his Jazz Orchestra,
who has performed with Dizzy Gillespie, McCoy Tyner
and Lionel Hampton and was Music Director for Louie
Bellson. The program will include favorites from the
Basie standard repertoire, as well as contemporary
material from Jamie’s new CD, “It’s a Good Thing.”
In order to get to know him better,
we asked Jamie to answer a few questions. Here’s
what he had to say:
What job would you have if you
weren’t a jazz
What is your favorite food?
What is your favorite tune?
If I had to choose one, “I’ve Got the World on
favorite jazz venue?
Monte Carlo. (Jamie played the Auditorium Parco della
Musica in Monte Carlo with the
Count Basie Orchestra in 2006, Ed.)
What hobbies do you have?
Cooking and collecting wine.
Who is your greatest musical infl uence?
Jimmy Smith. (famous Hammond B3 organ player from the
50’s and 60’s who combined
blues, gospel, R&B & bebop, Ed.)
When did you become
interested in music, and what circumstances or events led to your
becoming a professional musician?
(Music has been) a lifelong affair, all the way back as long
as I can remember. My father was
a preacher, and music was always around. The reason I became professional
is becauses I
always enjoyed the stage and the wonderful sounds coming from the
To find out more about Jamie, go to jamiedavis.com