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Anthony Davis

p, *1951 US
Musician / Composer of Jazz

Anthony Davis, better known as Tony Davis (born February 20, 1951 in Paterson, New Jersey), is an American composer, jazz pianist, and student of gamelan music. Davis composed an opera entitled X (about Malcolm X), taught at Yale University, and has played with Anthony Braxton and Leo Smith. In 1981, he formed an octet called Episteme. He also wrote the incidental music for the Broadway version of Tony Kushner's Angels in America. He incorporates several styles including jazz, rhythm 'n' blues, gospel, non-Western, African, European classical, Indonesian, and experimental music. Davis is with the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), and has received acclaim as a free-jazz pianist, a co-leader or sideman with various ensembles. Such ensembles include those which featured Smith as bandleader from 1974 to 1977. Davis is professor of music at the University of California San Diego. His opera, Wakonda's Dream, is a tale of a contemporary Native American family and the history that affects them. His latest opera, "Lilith" (libretto by Allan Havis) will have its world premiere at the Conrad Prebys Music Center in UCSD on December 4, 2009. The story is about Adam's first wife and will be set in a modern era.

  • Piano
  • Synthesizer
  • Jazz
  • Classical
  • Soundtrack
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Band Members

Title Artist Year Type
Past Piano Present Live at Western Front 1985 - 2015Anthony Davis, Paul Plimley, Al Neil, John Kameel Farah2016Album
Notes From The UndergroundAnthony Davis2014Album
Cerulean LandscapeJason Robinson And Anthony Davis2010Album
TaniaAnthony Davis - Michael John LaChiusa, Cynthia Aaronson-Davis, Avery Brooks, Thomas Young, Episteme, Rand Steiger2001Album
Interpretations Of Monk Vol. 2Anthony Davis, Mal Waldron1998Album
Ellington / Monk / Mingus / DavisString Trio Of New York With Anthony Davis1997Album
David Murray Quintet With Ray Anderson & Anthony DavisDavid Murray Quintet With Ray Anderson & Anthony Davis1996Album
X, The Life And Times Of Malcolm X, An Opera In Three ActsAnthony Davis1992Album
The Ghost FactoryAnthony Davis1988Album
UndineAnthony Davis1987Album
Return From Space (Wonder Nonfiction)Anthony Davis1985Album
Middle PassageAnthony Davis1984Album
HemispheresAnthony Davis1983Album
I've Known RiversAnthony Davis / James Newton / Abdul Wadud1982Album
Variations In Dream-TimeAnthony Davis1982Album
Under The Double MoonAnthony Davis & Jay Hoggard1981Album
EpistēmēAnthony Davis1981Album
Lady Of The MirrorsAnthony Davis1980Album
Of Blues And DreamsAnthony Davis1979Album
Past LivesAnthony Davis1978Album
Trio²Anthony Davis, James Newton, Abdul WadudAlbum
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