Quint Davis

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Quint Davis
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Quint Davis at New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, 2008
Background information
Birth name Arthur Quentin Davis, Jr.
Born (1947-11-05) November 5, 1947 (age 67)
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Occupation(s) Festival producer, music producer, manager
Years active 1970 - present
Associated acts George Wein, Allison Miner
Website Festival Productions Inc. - New Orleans

Quint Davis (born November 5, 1947 in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA) is an American festival producer and director based in New Orleans. He is best known as the producer of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (Jazz Fest) founded by George Wein. Davis has been involved in the production of the event from its start in 1970. He is the CEO of Festival Productions, Inc. - New Orleans, the company that produces the Jazz Fest.

Biography[edit]

Davis was born Arthur Quentin Davis, Jr. in New Orleans.[1] He was the first of three children of the family. His father was an architect whose firm designed notable buildings such as Louisiana Superdome and the New Orleans Arena.[2]

Davis majored in drama and ethnomusicology at Tulane University.[2] While still in college, Davis met Wein who was looking for local co-workers to produce the Jazz Fest.[2] He dropped out of college to be involved in the Festival production with Wein.

The first Festival took place at the Congo Square in Louis Armstrong Park. Davis also became a manager of Professor Longhair[2] and road manager for Duke Ellington, McCoy Tyner and B.B. King.[1]

In 1989, Professor Longhair's album Houseparty New Orleans Style which was produced by Davis won the Best Traditional Blues Recording category of the Grammy Awards.[1][3]

In 1993, Davis produced America’s Reunion on the Mall, a festival organized as a part of President Bill Clinton's inaugural events.[4]

Today, Davis still plays the leading role in producing the Jazz Fest. He also acts as the spokesperson of the event and emcees at the Festival.[2]

Apart from the Jazz Fest, Davis is also engaged in the production of Essence Music Festival, another big music event in New Orleans.[4]

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