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Art Davis and Tim Davis Join Merit School of Music Tuition-Free Conservatory

Art Davis

Newly-hired trumpeter Art Davis and drummer Tim Davis join a list of established jazz performers on faculty at the Merit School of Music’s Alice S. Pfaelzer Tuition-free Conservatory, which offers college preparatory instruction free of charge to those students who pass audition.

Art and Tim Davis are mainstays in the Chicago music scene. They join Merit to impart a high-quality jazz education to young, enthusiastic and motivated Chicago students as well as to keep jazz alive and relevant to new audiences.

Art Davis has toured with Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra and Rosemary Clooney and performed with the likes of Natalie Cole, Diane Schuur, Bill Cosby, Sammy Davis, Jr., Tony Bennett, and Michael Feinstein. He is a charter member of the Chicago Jazz Orchestra (formerly Jazz Members’ Big Band).
Tim Davis, resident drummer for the Chicago Human Rhythm Project, performs with many Chicago jazz artists including Steve Million, Jim Gailloreto, Dennis Luxion, Jeremy Kahn. He can be heard on a number of CDs, most recently on the Curtis Fuller release, Up Jumped Spring. Slated for a spring release is a live trio recording at Chicago’s famous Green Mill with Mike Jones.

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