Steve Davis (American drummer)

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Steve Davis
Background information
Santa Barbara, California, U.S.
Years active1980–present
LabelsDMP, Double-Time
Associated actsLynne Arriale

Steve Davis (born in 1958) is an American jazz drummer.


With Shelly Manne as his godfather, he became interested in the drums at a young age.

Following the advice of drum teacher Alan Dawson, Davis moved to New York City in the early 1980s to begin his career as a jazz drummer. Soon after he met the jazz educator Jamey Aebersold, and in 1982 joined the Aebersold clinic faculty. Throughout the 1980s he worked in New York City and studied privately with Joe Morello. He met pianist Lynne Arriale met at a jam session soon after she moved to New York in 1991.

Davis is a faculty member of the Jamey Aebersold Jazz Summer Schools in the US and the Jazzwise Summer Schools in the UK. He lists Ted Reed's Syncopation and G.L. Stone's Stick Control as useful books for drummers. He has played on many Aebersold play-along records and has written transcription books of his playing on these records. He has taught at Triton College in Chicago, Webster University in St. Louis, Washington University in St. Louis, Berlin Conservatory of Music, Indiana University, and the University of South Florida.

Davis is a recording engineer to set up a home studio in New York in the 1990s. He has engineered hundreds of recording sessions.


As leader[edit]

  • Songs We Know (DMP, 1996)
  • Explorations and Impressions with Richie Beirach, Francois Moutin (Double-Time, 1997)
  • Modern Days and Nights: Music of Cole Porter (Double-Time, 1997)
  • Quality of Silence (DMP, 1999)
  • Light with Jeanfrançois Prins (GAM, 2001)

With Lynne Arriale

  • The Eyes Have It (DMP, 1994)
  • When You Listen (DMP, 1995)
  • With Words Unspoken (DMP, 1996)
  • A Long Road Home (TCB, 1997)
  • Melody (TCB, 1999)
  • Live at Montreux (TCB, 2000)
  • Inspiration (TCB, 2002)
  • Come Together (In+Out, 2004)
  • Arise (In+Out, 2004)
  • Live (Motema, 2005)

As sideman[edit]


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