Music Professor Displays Versatility
Art Davis, professor of jazz in the NIU School of Music and well-known jazz trumpeter in Chicago, will have two upcoming opportunities to display his versatility. On Tuesday, April 6, the Mulligan Mosaics Big Band will appear at Chicago's famed Jazz Showcase. That evening's presentation includes performing the cuts from Miles Davis' groundbreaking recording "Birth of the Cool" from 1949 and 1950. Joe Policastro, the bassist in the MMBB, has painstakingly transcribed all of Miles' solos on that recording. During the performance, Art will "be" Miles Davis.
Similarly, on Sunday, April 25, Art will perform with the Chicago Jazz Orchestra at the University of Chicago in a Tribute to Eddie Johnson, the legendary Chicago saxophonist. During the concert, the group will perform the songs from the seminal album "Chet Baker With Strings," with Art Davis appearing as the legendary trumpeter Chet Baker.