RON DAVIS is a pianist in the great virtuoso tradition. His music is rooted in the swing and post-bop idioms. Active and popular on the jazz scene, Ron has played across the world. In Canada, Ron's home base, he is known as both a dazzling musician, and an entertaining performer.
Ron's 6th recording, 2008's The Bestseller (Minerva Road / Davinor Records 233377), has been generating lots of buzz. "Splendid new recording... killer playing!" - The Toronto Sun. Best of 2008: JAZZ.FM, Soundproofmagazine.com.
Ron's other recordings have been internationally acclaimed. His 2007 concert recording Subarashii Live is a nod to Japan, where Ron spent several months as a Visiting Scholar and an Arts Fellow. It stood at Number 1 on ChartAttack's national jazz radio charts. "Overall rating: awesome!" (WholeNote Magazine.)
Shimmering Rhythm (2005), a brilliant blend of jazz, classical, klezmer and world music, is "A tour de force ten times over!" (All About Jazz,) "An outstanding, fresh and life affirming piece of work, and one of the most enjoyable jazz releases of 2005" (Zeitgeist.) Top 10 of 2005 - CBC Radio, JAZZ.FM, and CODA Magazine.
Mungle Music (2004): "A brilliant album!" (The Live Music Report). Best of 2004 - CBC Radio and CODA Magazine. So Much (2003) with singer Lori Cullen: nominated Jazz Recording of the Year for the Canadian Independent Music Awards. Cdbaby.com chose it as a "jaw dropping" front page choice.
Ron played in, and played host to, the Ron Davis and Friends series at Toronto's historic Old Mill Inn. Ron blogs and writes the keyboard column for Canadian Musician magazine. He is also busy with Playing Along to Surpass, workshops he offers the business world (www.PlayingAlongToSurpass.com). Ron has begun SymphRonica, new collaborations with symphony orchestras that bring a new dimension to his unique sound.
Ron studied music in his teens with the late Darwyn Aitken, a pupil of classical great David Saperton and jazz legend Oscar Peterson. Ron also studied at the Royal Conservatory of Music. Ron has had other lives: as a lawyer, and as an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto, where he earned a PhD in French linguistics.
Ron's community work includes serving on the Executive of the Glenn Gould Foundation. He is involved in many charities, including Peacebuilders International, and Feed the Hungry, and as co-Producer of Jazz for Herbie, an annual benefit the SickKids Hospital Foundation, helping for
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