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Peter Apfelbaum Sextet
Kenny Barron / Terrell Stafford / Dayna Stephens / Matt Wilson
Alan Broadbent Trio
Jimmy Cobb Quartet featuring Kenny Barron
Ruth Davies Blues Night featuring Barbara Morrison
Basie and Beyond: Jamie Davis and the Fred Barry Jazz Orchestra
Sasha Dobson Trio
Lou Donaldson Quartet
Madeline Eastman / Dena DeRose
Taylor Eigsti / Julian Lage Group
Eddie Gomez Trio / Frank Wess Quartet
Wycliffe Gordon Presents the Jazz Mentors
Wycliffe Gordon Quartet featuring Matt Wilson
Albert "Tootie" Heath
Jimmy Heath
Bobby Hutcherson
Nancy King
Lee Konitz
Maria Marquez Quintet
Jeb Patton Trio featuring Tootie Heath
Nicholas Payton Quintet
Kurt Rosenwinkel Group
John Santos Quintet
The Latin Side of the Great American Songbook with Peggy Stern
(New) Standards Night wtih Peter Stoltzman
Patrick Wolff Trio

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Basie 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 musician?
Structural Engineer.

What is your favorite food?

What is your favorite tune?
If I had to choose one, “I’ve Got the World on a String."

What’s your 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 bandstand.

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