He has firmly established himself as an innovative force within the world of jazz. - National Post
One of Canada's A-List pianists! - CFRB
Reminiscent of Oscar Peterson or that of Jamie Cullum. A brilliant virtuoso. - CBC
astonishing technique, authentic heir of the greatest pianists of Toronto - "classic" Glenn Gould and jazz musician Oscar Peterson... breathtaking! Trud (Russia)
Moving effortlessly between musical genres, projects, and influences, highly acclaimed pianist-composer Ron Davis has established himself as one of the most original, enjoyable voices in jazz today.
Ron is active on the worldwide jazz scene and has built a dynamic career including several successful international tours. He cites piano giants Oscar Peterson, Art Tatum and Thelonious Monk as inspirations, but his clean, energetic, joyous playing style is uniquely his own.
Ron is the unusual combination of a virtuoso pianist and an entertainer. He reads audiences and connects, creating a multi-textured musical mix that keeps listeners on the edge of their seats.
On any given night, Ron's set list might include Coldplay, Beatles, Jimi Hendrix or classic Tatum. The result is a magnificent mix of instrumental and experimental, and as importantly, an unforgettable evening out.
Ron has released nine full-length recordings to international critical praise. In early 2013, he released his eighth title, Blue Modules, an experimental project exploring pop and post-modern jazz. In autumn 2013, he released Symphronica, an innovative jazz-symphony fusion album, made with famed conductor John Morris Russell. His 10th recording, Pocket Symphronica, which blends his electric/acoustic jazz quartet with string quartet playing electrifying new pieces is now in production, and due for release in late 2015 on eOne Music.
After early studies at The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Ron studied with Darwyn Aitken, himself a student of jazz legend Peterson, and classical great (and George Gershwin's brother-in-law) David Saperton. In 2005, Ron was awarded the Japan Foundation's prestigious Uchida Fellowship for the Performing Arts, as well as the position of Visiting Scholar at Tokyo's Hosei University.
When he isn't wowing audiences around the world, Ron sits on the boards of numerous charities (he is Past Secretary of The Glenn Gould Foundation,) publishes articles on music, law and linguistics, and practices yoga. He is married to the beautiful and highly-hyphenated Daniela Nardi, the award-winning, Italian-Canadian, singer-songwriter of jazz-pop, with whom Ron co-produced her acclaimed Espresso Manifesto recording. The couple call Toronto home.
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"Symphronica" (October 2013- Acronym/Universal Music 41816765)
"Wow!!! That is one amazing CD [Symphronica] you just made." - Jazz.FM91
“Four stars! …thrilling …very beautiful … A beautiful piano touch, muscular swing with a classical frame that will make many music lovers happy.” - Journal de Montréal
“Quatre étoiles ! Une belle << patte >> au piano, du swing muscle avec un écrin classique qui fera le bonheur de biens des mélomanes.» - Journal de Montréal
“His playing is reminiscent of Oscar Peterson or that of Jamie Cullum… A brilliant virtuoso… [Symphronica] is a musical journey, in a country without borders, where jazz and classical blend brilliantly in all their splendor.” – CBC
Ron Davis with the Windsor Symphony Orchestra, and Conductor John Morris Russell (Cincinnati Pops Orchestra) in an original jazz/classical mashup.
Original. Rich. Multi-layered. Symphronica is tuneful. It’s groovy. Musical worlds collide. It's the jazz trio integrated into the orchestral palette. Jazzfused new symphonic music.
Symphronica is made up of nine tunes. Six are originals by internationally celebrated pianist-composer Davis. One is a rollicking Québec fiddle tune. Another is a haunting Sephardic melody. Plus a gorgeous arrangement of some Bach.
For Ron Davis, Symphronica is a dream come true -, returning to his classical roots, having built his renown as a jazz pianist and composer. Symphronica is different and it’s familiar. Concert music. Crossover. Rich. Entertaining. Innovative tunes, hummable tunes. Tomorrow's standards.
"Blue Modules" (2013- Minerva Road / Davinor Records 741360354784)
Ron Davis plus top-flight musicians move beyond standards. Blue Modules takes jazz onward. Jazz: the pop music of its day. The dance music. Blue Modules. A giant step forward.
"It's fun. It possesses an energy, it's innovative. Davis puts some life into some unique already well established songs and adds an original or two to make it even more personal. [...] Ron Davis, the new album belongs on the JAZZ.FM91
First Listen list, its called Blue Modules." - JAZZ.FM91
“A fine fine musical trek. I like Blue Modules very much.” - Terry McElligott, JAZZ-FM
"Adventurous and unconventional, he’s all about taking giant steps every time he enters a recording studio."? - Toronto Sun
“Audacious!” - Toronto Star
“Known as one of Canada's most fluent jazz pianist/composers, Ron Davis steps outside the box with this eclectic and very entertaining new album. He and his ace band of A-list locals put a refreshing spin on tunes from the diverse likes of Hendrix, Elvis, the Beatles and Sesame Street ("Mahna Mahna"). Yours truly especially loves the offbeat yet tuneful take on XTC classic "Making Plans For Nigel", while the funky original "Pawpwalk" is another highlight.” - newcanadianmusic.ca
"My Mother’s Father’s Song" (2010- Minerva Road / Davinor Records 600977)
"A goldmine of inspirational nuggets!" (All About Jazz)
Critics' Pick- Toronto Star (CD release concert)
"The Bestseller" (2008 - Davinor 233377/Minerva Road Entertainment)
Ron Davis - piano
Sasha Boychouk - clarinet
"Ron Davis' "The Bestseller" CD with Sasha Boychuk is a true work of art." (Ralph Benmergui- Jazz.FM)
"Splendid new recording... killer playing" (Toronto Sun)
Best of 2008 (JAZZ.FM, SoundProof)
#1 on the Earshot and ChartAttack Radio charts!
Real bestsellers are always love stories. Ron Davis' The Bestseller (Minerva Road / Davinor Records 233377) is no different. It's a musical story. The story of the romance between a Canadian piano (played by composer Ron Davis,) that meets a Ukrainian clarinet (played by Sasha Boychouk.) In 12 songs and 9 unique Interludes, Ron and Sasha display the sizzling chemistry of their music-making partnership.
"Subarashii Live" (2007- Davinor 89144/Minerva Road Entertainment)
#1 on the charts (ChartAttack Dec 07)!
"[Subarashii Live] provides an emotional salve for what ails you... . Overall rating: awesome!" WholeNote Magazine
"Pianist Ron Davis ... brings it all together, working in close harmony with his band to create an impressive musical palette.... lyrical... stunning... compelling listening." AllAboutJazz.com
A collection of mostly original compositions that lives up to the critical acclaim of his previous albums. Subarashii Live captures two sell-out concerts at the historic Paul Hahn Pianos, in midtown Toronto, with his quintet.
'Shimmering Rhythm' (2005- Davinor 3455/Minerva Road Entertainment)
Top 10 2005: JAZZ.FM, CODA Magazine, Zeitgeist, l'Express
"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 (Scotland)