Lem Davis

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Lem Davis (22 June 1914 – 16 January 1970), born Lemuel A. Davis, was an American swing music and jazz alto saxophonist born in Tampa, Florida. His career began in the 1940s with pianist Nat Jaffe. Davis is best known for playing with the Coleman Hawkins septet in 1943 as well as Eddie Heywood's group. Throughout the 1940s, he played in a variety of jazz groups. In 1953, he appeared on Buck Clayton's "Hucklebuck" recording. He continued to play in New York City throughout the 1950s, but as bebop surpassed swing in popularity, he recorded little thereafter.[1]


Some of Davis's best work can be heard on the CBS Buck Clayton Jam Sessions (available through Mosaic Records). He soloed extensively in all the 1953 and 1954 recordings from this series.

With Buck Clayton


  1. ^ Carr, Ian; Digby Fairweather; Brian Priestley (2004). The Rough Guide to Jazz. The Rough Guides. p. 197. ISBN 1843532565.

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