I am Cole Davis, a bass player and composer living in NYC.
I started as a vocalist and pianist. when I was 10 years old I had the opportunity to sing in the metropolitan opera youth choir in NYC. a year later, I sang on Bobby McFerrin's album "Vocabularies."
I became a jazz musician when I was 14 years old. When I was 18, I was given the opportunity to perform in a jazz ensemble at the 56th Grammy Awards, where I was awarded a full scholarship to the Manhattan School of Music. I'm currently a junior at the Manhattan School.
I won the 2016 Ron Carter Bass Competition and headlined at the Detroit Jazz Festival with my own band. This April, I was invited to the NEA Jazz Masters Ceremony as the winner of BMI's annual Future Jazz Master Scholarship. Over the past several years, I've won several Downbeat Student Music awards, in both high school and college categories. As a sideman, I've played at the The Appel Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center, Dizzy's Club Coca Cola, Carnegie Hall, City Winery, and venues in Vancouver, London and Trinidad & Tobago.
I was recently featured on BMI's website as the recipient of this award:
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In 2014, I went to Berklee College of Music, where I studied performance and composition. While at Berklee, I had the opportunity to study with Terence Blanchard, Ralph Peterson, and Tia Fuller. In my second semester, I was invited to perform at the Cleveland Jazz Festival with Terri Lyne Carrington and Gerald Clayton.
In 2015, I studied briefly in the music department of Harvard University, in various ensembles and classes under the direction of Vijay Iyer. Under his leadership, an ensemble called JumpPhonics formed. Music from our recordings and shows can be found on my soundcloud page.
This summer, I performed around Boston with trumpet players Darren Barrett and Jason Palmer. I also joined singer Macy Gray's band for the month of July.
In addition to performing and writing, I also love teaching. in 2014, I was appointed director of the Jazz Standard Youth Orchestra program, a program that gave opportunity for young jazz students to perform at NYC's Jazz Standard. Currently, I lead the band program at Mott Hall II, a public school in the Upper West Side of Manhattan.
February 5th at Minton's