Xavier Davis and Rise Up Detroit featuring Regina Carter
Rise Up Detroit is a project that Xavier has wanted to do for a long time. After receiving a HARP grant from Michigan State University where he is the Associate Professor of Jazz Piano, he finally had the opportunity to make this dream a reality. For Davis, writing for strings has always been a joy. He chose to write about Detroit using a piano trio and string quartet because of the range that strings can have. He has utilized this beautiful range to portray a few very important historical aspects of this wonderful city.
Grammy winning artist, Xavier Davis began his career as pianist with the legendary vocalist Betty Carter for nearly two years. During that same period, Xavier started working with drummer, Carl Allen, who he considers one of his mentors. Xavier has appeared on over 70 albums and has three critically acclaimed recordings as a leader. His latest release, “Rise Up Detroit”, on Mack Avenue Records subsidiary Detroit Music Factory, has received critical acclaim. Xavier was the first person to receive the prestigious New Works Grant twice from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation under the auspices of Chamber Music America.
Xavier worked with trumpeter Tom Harrell regularly from 1997 to 2005, co-producing his 2002 release “Live at The Village Vanguard” and arranging and producing on his release, “Wise Children.” Most recently Xavier has been seen working with Regina Carter, Don Byron, Jeremy Pelt, Christian McBride, Steve Turre, Bobby Watson & Black Art Jazz Collective. He also worked with vibraphonist Stefon Harris regularly from 1999 to 2006. During their 1999-2000 season, Xavier was musical director for “The Boy’s Choir of Harlem.” In addition, Xavier has performed and/or recorded with Abbey Lincoln, Freddie Hubbard, Jimmy Heath, Usher, Yolanda Adams, Joe Lovano, John Faddis, Nat Adderley, Nicholas Payton, Vincent Herring, Vanessa Rubin, Al Foster, Russell Malone, The New York Voices and Billy Hart, among many others.
After six years of teaching at The Juilliard School in New York, Xavier joined the stellar faculty of the Michigan State University jazz program, in 2014.