roger davis trio

roger davis trio

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Biography

Roger Davis is a guitarist, composer, producer, music educator and recording artist.

With Seven American Artists, Roger Davis describes with his music how the artist makes him feel—the large space between gestures of Georgia O’Keeffe, the surprise swing section in a Romare Bearden, the dreamy chords in Mary Cassatt’s work, the ultra cool of a Leon Shenker, the alternating symmetries in a Minnie Evans, or the breezy balance of an Alexander Calder.

“I love art and artists of all disciplines. When the work of a visual artist speaks to me it heightens my consciousness and mental pathways open up that are unique to viewing art. At times when I feel lost and unable to create, I go to a museum or art gallery and almost always find my moorings and get back to the music.”

Roger Davis, a native of Wilmington, North Carolina, where he still resides, began his musical career with piano lessons at age six. As a teenager, he played keyboards with rock bands. Then at 17, he discovered a love for the guitar and never looked back. He studied music composition with Pulitzer Prize winning composer, Robert Ward. Roger now performs regularly with his trio in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. He has composed and produced a number of jazz flavored albums.

Seven American Artists was first performed before a standing room only audience at the Louise Wells Cameron Museum of Art, Wilmington, NC, on November 7, 2004. A number of the tracks on the album were inspired by works of art held in the permanent collection of the museum.

Seven American Artists is Roger’s fourth full length recording released on CD.