Blast from the Past 2

Trumpeter Brian McCune posted this recording from 1988 with me, him, Scott Sawyer, and the late David Via. He found it on a cassette tape.

and here’s another one – Dolphin Dance

Round Midnight

Dan Davis – percussion

Dan DavisDan Davis – B.M. 1989 – Music Education/Percussion – East Carolina University; M.M. 2012 – Jazz Studies/Performance – North Carolina Central University.  Drumset studies with David Via, Keith Copeland, and Thomas Taylor.  Percussion studies with Massie Johnson (UNC – School of the Arts), Harold Jones, and Mark Ford (ECU).

In 1984, Dan received the A.J. Fletcher music scholarship to study percussion at East Carolina University.  He was the 1987 M.T.N.A.-Wurlitzer competition national winner in percussion and in 1988, won the E.C.U. concerto competition performing Paul Creston’s, Concertino for Marimba (3rd mvt.) with the E.C.U. symphony Orchestra.  In 1989, Dan received the Farmville Friends scholarship.   

Dan moved to the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill area in 1990 and began a long association with many of the finest musicians in the region.  He is an active educator and clinician. From 2002-2005, Dan was a band director at the Durham School of the Arts in Durham, N.C., receiving the Claus Nobel educator of distinction award in 2005.           

Currently, he maintains a full schedule of students and performs in many different styles of music.  He is an adjunct professor of Jazz drumset, Jazz history, and directs Jazz combo/Jazz ensemble at UNC-Chapel Hill and East Carolina University.  Dan has performed with artists Joe Chambers, John Abercrombie, Paul Jeffrey, Claudio Roditi, Conrad Herwig, Walter Smith 3rd, Corey Wilcox, Eric Alexander, Ben Allison, Gary Smulyan, Lynn Seaton, Jeb Patton, Will McFarland, and many other local and regional musicians.    

The JazzTones

The JazzTonesThe JazzTones sextet plays mainstream jazz in the styles of the 50’s and 60’s. Behind the sultry vocals of Alice Brower, the Jazztones cover tunes ranging from standards, to swing, blues, latin and bebop. Its members come from the greater Hillsborough, North Carolina area. The JazzTones will be performing jazz standards, blues and bossas with vocals as a quintet on Saturday Nov. 26. Personnel include:

Alice Brower – keyboards and vocals
Bob Brower – bass
Mike Curren – drums
Ed Hauser – guitar
Stan Levy – tenor sax

James “Bubba” Norwood – Drums

James “Bubba” Norwood, was drummer for the Ike and Tina Turner band for many years before returning to NC.   A talented musician, his jazz drumming hits all the right beats.

John Simonetti – Bass

Multi-talented, multi-instrumentalist John Simonetti performs regularly with the NC Theater, DPAC’s touring Broadway shows, and many local groups.  He has performed with many of the jazz greats in NY and abroad.  

Prince Taylor – Vocalist

Prince TaylorFormer lead singer of Doug Clark and the Hot Nuts, Prince Taylor is a masterful jazz stylist.  A Chapel Hill native, Prince’s lush baritone is music to the ears of all his followers.

Jim Crisp – Piano

Jim CrispKnown for his wit as well as his musical talent, Jim Crisp has been a part of the NC jazz scene for many years.  Having studied classical piano at Oberlin and UNC-CH, Jim brings a master’s touch to the keyboard.  Although his tender ballads are haunting, his love of fast, straight-ahead and latin jazz will keep you moving to the groove.

John Westmoreland – guitar

John WestmorelandA native North Carolinian with deep roots in the blues, John Westmoreland is a multidimensional musician. He studied jazz and classical composition at Berklee College of Music where he was also a recipient of the BEST scholarship. In 2011 John became a founding member and lead guitarist of the West-African fusion band Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba which performs in the triangle as well as across the nation. As a solo artist he plays his own dynamic, and sensitive interpretations— interweaving jazz, World Music, Blues, Bach, the American Songbook, and also his own original compositions.


E. Scott Warren – bass

E. Scott WarrenActive in the Triangle, Scott Warren has performed with Shirlette Ammons and Mosadi Music, Mike Babyak’s Triple Fret, Scott Sawyer, Adrian Duke, Danny Gotham, Ghezzi, the MPS Project, Jo Gore & the Alternative, Todd Jones and Money vs. People, and Jeanne Jolly. Scott maintains a well-equipped home studio, known for his extensive collection of quality vintage and boutique instruments, amplifiers, effects, and recording gear, and values providing the ideal low-end soundscape for any project. He currently divides his time between performing, recording, and teaching music, a private psychotherapy practice, teaching as an adjunct clinical professor of counseling at North Carolina State University, and coaching with the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School’s Executive Development programs. As a student, he attended the famed North Texas State Jazz Program.