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Alvin Davis is a superb saxophonist who has worked with some of the greats – Edwin Starr, Neville Staples, Alton Ellis, Steel Pulse, classical star Nigel Kennedy and R&B artists like Jackie Graham.

He is a professional and highly regarded saxophonist who performs not just as part of great line-ups in bands but also as solo sax with backing tracks for corporate events and parties.

 

About Alvin

Dub The Jazz is the latest chapter in an evolving story that began when Alvin Davis first started playing Cornet in secondary school, before moving on to the saxophone which quickly became a primary instrument.

Ever since he first picked up a cornet as a 13-year-old schoolboy, in Handsworth, Birmingham. The cornet soon became a trumpet and Alvin found himself at the Euphonius School of Music (ESM), under the tutelage of veteran player Jonathan Johnson.

Graduating from the ESM with distinction, Alvin soon discovered what he had been looking for – the expressive sound of the alto saxophone, that has become his voice.

‘Payin his dues’ working with such Giants like Edwin Starr, Neville Staples, Alton Ellis, Steel Pulse, classical star Nigel Kennedy,and R&B artists like Jackie Graham proved an excellent training ground.

Following several years of touring, the turning point in Alvin Davis’s career came after working with ’80s pop chart toppers Fun Boy Three: “I started to get frustrated as a sideman, and I felt I had something to contribute so I started writing,” he recalls.

An initial record deal with an independent label resulted in his 1992 solo debut “Let it Blow” A year later, Alvin Davis was licensed to Sony Records in the U.S and released the second album “Let the vibes decide”. The following album, 1995′s “Take Flight” was a best-seller and added more lustre to his ever-growing reputation as a masterful musician, with an identifiable style that fused funk, Reggae, R&B and jazz.

His albums reached chart heights, both getting top 10 places in R&R and Gavin , this further expanded Alvin Davis’s popularity. and he soon began achieving international success, resulting in a first visit to the US.

The multi-talented saxophonist, vocalist, producer and songwriter (who wrote or co-wrote eleven tunes on the album) enthusiastically agrees that COMMOTION “is my most fully realized album. I feel I’ve succeeded in incorporating more of an urban flavour, ’cause musically my roots are firmly in R&B and reggae. I grew up listening to Stevie (Wonder), Earth, Wind & Fire, Grover Washington Jr., Ronnie Laws, and these days you’ll find me listening to Jill Scott, D’Angelo and other neo soul artists.

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Indeed, COMMOTION boasted a stellar cast of current musical stars, including songbird Lupa who provides guest vocals on the memorable cut ‘Love for sale’; Bassist and solo artist Peter Reid, who can be heard on “Ghetto Child,” a tune co-written by the late great Curtis Mayfield; and industry favourite Lester Davis, featured on the soulful opening cut “Try my love” and “Big time brother”. Other notable contributors to Alvin davis’s latest artistic triumph include pianist Steve Sheriff of the innovative Jazz team Ty’s and musician/producer Gary Graham who co-wrote two tunes on the album. Alvin adds that working with renowned bassist Peter Reid on the groove-flavoured “Ghetto Child” was very special.

“I didn’t try to make this record different, but it’s true that it has a more intense, funkier feel to it than my previous albums. It has more of an edge, which is interesting, because I didn’t plan it that way – I think that’s just the way my music’s evolving.” Alvin davis, one of the most interesting instrumentalists to emerge on the contemporary music scene in the past decade, is waxing lyrical about COMMOTION, his latest tour-de-force, and fourth overall album.

Alvin Davis says, “All I’ve ever tried to do was make records that I loved personally and hope that my audiences will love them too.” Here’s Alvins Spotify track list for Commotion:

 

Alvins Lunchtime Gig at the Custard Factory!

 

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Alvin Davis Produces New Album Dub The Jazz

2014-08-22 07:37:25 accesshost

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DUB THE JAZZ the New Album OUT this summer, features twelve cool tracks to rock your soul.

Alvin Davis brings to you a blend of music that fuses Jazz reggae soul, and many other genres of cool.

Produced and arranged by Alvin, Dub The Jazz provides a great platform for the multi-instrumentalist to show you his skills. He Plays Soprano alto and Tenor saxophones, Trumpet, Flute Keyboards and drum programming and also exhibits some tasty vocal skills.

Pre Order the album here now!!!

Alvin Davis is a superb saxophonist who has worked with some of the greats – Edwin Starr, Neville Staples, Alton Ellis, Steel Pulse, classical star Nigel Kennedy and R&B artists like Jackie Graham.

He is a professional and highly regarded saxophonist who performs not just as part of great line-ups in bands but also as solo sax with many backing tracks with many different artists.

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Alvin Davis Album and Tour Funding

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"Children Of The Ghetto" Alvin Davis Video Shoot

2013-10-13 08:50:16 accesshost

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Alvin Davis and his daughter Paige spent yesterday filming the video for Children Of The Ghetto. The single is taken from his new album Dub The Jazz which is being released by Access All Music.

The shoot took place around the Custard Factory in Digbeth, Birmingham. The location shoot was ideal for Children Of The Ghetto. Shot in black and white, it is hoped that the distinctive victorian ambience will give the video a dark urban flavour.

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In addition to outdoor filming, a good amount of the shoot took place inside the Custard Factory. Photographer Anthony McFarlane, who is currently hosting the Soulheaven Revisited – Bass Festival (running from 17th and 29th June 2013 | 11am – 5pm) kindly gave permission to film in his exhibition. Anthony also took some photos of the filming and has kindly gave permission to show some here.

 

 

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His daughter Paige, a very talented soul singer also sang on the track.

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Custard Jazz with Alvin Davis on 8th of August

2013-07-29 12:50:17 accesshost

Access All Music in conjuction with the Custard Factory is pleased to announce a series of summer lunch time concerts in the main Custard Factory facility. Birmingham Jazz artist Alvin Davis, who is currently launching his new Album “Dub The Jazz” will be profiling his new smooth jazz grooves. Anyone is welcolme and entry is free. Just bring some food and chill out by the pool.

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Other artists will be appearing later in the summer, including “Under The Banner” and others to be announced later.

 

 

 

 

 

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Bill Clinton is Alvins biggest fan!

2013-07-07 18:01:25 accesshost

billthumbAlvin Davis had chart breaking success in the 90′s over in the states. They topped the R&B genre charts for months and gained the attention of then President Clinton. In recognition of the pleasure he took in listening to Alvin’s smooth Sax riffs, sent a letter from the White House thanking him.

It has been some time since those heady days stateside. Alvin is still producing great albums. He will be bringing out his new album “Dub The Jazz” with Access All Music this August. Search through some of his tracks on this site. Subscribe to us to hear more of Alvins news.

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