Drew Davidsen, jazz guitarist who recently burst onto the contemporary jazz scene on the east coast, is now expanding his horizons and joining the jazz scene on the west coast. Invited by none other than Art Good to grace the stage at the Catalina Jazz Trax Festival, it's a great opportunity for Davidsen to showcase both his raw talent and his passion for music.
Davidsen's band will include his regular saxophonist Dave Krug, who in his 22 years has already evolved into an outstanding player, along with the dynamic Jesse Powers, bass player, and well-established players Bill Steinway on keyboards and Moyes Lucas on drums. During the Catalina show, Davidsen will focus on his latest CD, Around (Again), which features his hit single, �Astro.� Astro has been receiving a good amount of airplay and has climbed the XM Radio Watercolors Channel 71 chart to #4.
Although Davidsen�s musical career spans a number of years, he�s a relative newcomer as a smooth jazz musician. Yet in the span of just two years, he�s already got two top-notch CD�s under his belt with more music floating around in his head for a third CD.
A Balimore native,Davidsen followed an interesting path to the music he loves to play these days. His father had a passion for music as well as science, and eventually chose science for himself, but cultivated a love of music in his son by taking him to concerts featuring artists like Ella Fitzgerald, Joe Pass and Ray Charles. His dad�s love of science led him to become an astrophysicist, instrumental in discovering technology that was used in the Hubble telescope. Hence, Davidsen chose the name �Astro� for this irresistible high energy tune that serves as a tribute to the talent of his late father.
Both Around (Again) and Davidsen�s first CD, entitled Journey, contain a number of tracks that could easily be hit singles. Already a master composer, Davidsen�s talent in putting together memorable tunes is truly amazing and something fans of this genre won�t want to miss.
If you�re already on Catalina Island, come on over to hear Davidsen on Sunday, October 18th, at 7 PM, immediately preceding George Duke. If you�re not able to attend this impressive festival this weekend and you�re stuck on mainland USA or elsewhere in the world, you can still enjoy Davidsen�s music. Simply visit drewdavidsen.com to hear some clips and then order some of his music for yourself. You'll be glad you did!
Beverly J. Packard
Jazz circle Member of the Berks Arts Council