OSWEGO — Internationally known trombonist and composer Michael Davis, who has toured with the Rolling Stones, Frank Sinatra and other famous musicians, will appear in concert on May 1 at SUNY Oswego.
Davis will perform with the Oswego Jazz Project at 7:30 p.m. in the Sheldon Hall ballroom in the season finale for the college’s Ke-nekt Chamber Music Series.
A native of San Jose, Davis attended the University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music. He performed with legendary jazz drummer Buddy Rich for two years, recorded and toured with Sinatra from 1988-94, and has been the touring trombonist for the Stones since 1994. Davis has released nine solo albums, composed over 150 pieces, written 10 books and appeared on more thanr 500 CDs and movie soundtracks.
Concert host Eric Schmitz, a member of the SUNY Oswego music faculty and the college’s Oswego Jazz Project, said part of the reason he invited Davis is to appeal to student trombone players.
“I try to bring people in for students who play the same instrument,” Schmitz said. “We’ve had saxophonists, bassists, drummers — this is maybe the first time we’ve had a trombone player.”
Besides Schmitz on drums, the Oswego Jazz Project includes music faculty members Robert Auler (piano) and Trevor Jorgensen (saxophone) as well as SUNY Oswego alumnus Max McKee (bass). Davis will make five for the evening.
“It’s not very often you get to see a trombonist of this caliber perform,” Schmitz said. “This is one of the world’s best trombonists.”
Davis is the founder, creator and president of Hip-Bone Music, and collaborated with the S.E. Shires Co. to manufacture a Michael Davis trombone in 2011. Among other musicians, Davis performed with Michael Jackson, Bob Dylan, Aerosmith, Tony Bennett, Jay Z, Sarah Vaughan, Sting, Beck, Branford Marsalis, Peter Gabriel, Sheryl Crow, Lyle Lovett and Paul Simon.
Tickets for the concert cost $15 ($12 for seniors ages 62 and over and SUNY Oswego faculty and staff; $6 for SUNY Oswego students). They are available at all SUNY Oswego box offices, online at tickets.oswego.edu and by phone at 312-2141.
Parking is included in the cost of the ticket, and is available in the employee lots adjacent to and across Washington Boulevard from Sheldon Hall.
Davis will remain in Oswego as a special guest of student members of the college’s Large and Small Jazz Ensembles in a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 2, in Tyler Hall’s Waterman Theatre. Parking for those without a campus parking sticker is $1 for this performance; see oswego.edu/administration/parking for more information.
“We haven’t had students performing with the Ke-Nekt performers in a while,” Schmitz said. “We’ve been working all semester preparing pieces for this concert, and Davis will come in for one rehearsal with us before Thursday.”