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The J. Davis Trio

The J. Davis Trio

Greenlights featuring mbrs of Abstract Giants, Jade The Ivy

Sat · May 27, 2017

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

$12.00 - $15.00

This event is 21 and over

The J. Davis Trio
The J. Davis Trio
Following their musical heart, The J. Davis Trio continues to thrive. They thrive not only because of their connection to real hip hop and jazz music, but also because of their ability to grow and change. Started as trio, they now have as many as 8-10 people on stage, utilizing many types of instrumentation and styles. Their independence has allowed them to explore and incorporate from unexpected sources, resulting in a sound uniquely their own. Began as an actual trio with Julio Davis/vocals, Dave Smith/bass & Tone Aimone/drums, they realized that in order to play live, they needed another element. Paula Pergl came and provided flute for awhile. When she left, she was soon replaced by long time member, mulit-instrumentalist, Dave Winer. The J.Davis Trio arrived on the Chicago scene with their debut eponymous album, The J.Davis Trio, in 1999 where they created national buzz with a North American tour that included famous Chicago venues like The Metro, The House of Blues, the historic Green Mill Jazz club, and many colleges in the midwest. Tours to the east coast, the CMJ Music Fest in New York, down to the SXSW Music Fest in Austin, TX., to L.A. soon followed
Their next album "The New No. 2" released in 2002 reflected a leap in their development and saw them working with many great Chicago artists. Rappers like Cap D from All Natural and Juice made an appearance, as well as musicians like Jeff Parker from Tortoise and Paul Mertens of The Brian Wilson Group. This effort was well received by critics:
"These four local musicians bill their inventive sound as "rap music for the rest of us". Think of it as Chicago's answer to the fluid, jazzy musically challenging hip-hop of the Roots, and revel in the smart, sexy grooves of their solid debut* album."
-Jim Derogatis Chicago Sun Times.
""This local hip-hop outfit--a quartet, not a trio--makes it's backing tracks the hard way, getting their grooves mostly from real bass and drums. Ron of Japan's trumpet skitters around them, but competes only slightly with rapper Stuart's lucid poetry, which would give these guys an edge even if they used samples."
Monica Kendrick Chicago Reader.
The band released their next album, "These Things Happen" in 2007.
This project saw them reunite with Julio Davis' original rap crew, Chicago legends Stony Island, as well as vocal and musical cameos by Poi Dog Pondering front man Frank Orrall.
In 2011, they returned with their most ambitious recording to date, "Vintage".
The J.Davis Trio has shared the stage with acts such as:
The Roots, M'shelle N'degleocello, Ozomatli, Reuben Wilson, De La Soul, Maceo Parker, Norah Jones, Groove Collective, Talib Kwali, Shinehead, The Greyboy Allstars, Karl Denson, The Pharcyde, Black Eyed Peas, Tortoise, Living Colour, Poi Dog Pondering, and Modeski, Martin and Wood.
Greenlights featuring mbrs of Abstract Giants
'Greenlights' represents a culmination of talent brought up in Chicago, otherwise known as the Go! Lots of blood, sweat, and tears went into crafting all the lyrics, concepts, beats, recording, mixing, mastering, and artwork for this compilation

What started as a series of "one-off" tracks, the result of Willow Wells and Homegrown (among many other Rebels!) vibing to the soundscapes provided by Ron P, translated to making more and more music. Then came the eventual question; why not take this project further?

Indeed. From a time span of extended months through the spring and summer of 2013, this formidable trio came together to hone these skills, to focus the craft, and deliver something of substance.

From this point on, Green Means Go. An open road to exploring what one is passionate about. Understanding that, through a world of colors, having faith in oneself and other like-minded individuals often times comes up green; Green To Get going, Green To Never stop, Green To Make, Green To Smoke, Green Revolves Around Us As We Revolve Around It. GREENLIGHTS.
Jade The Ivy
Jade The Ivy
Jade's new record Euphoric Wasteland is 8 tracks full of live productions, soulful jazz hiphop love vibes, Poetically written and expressed from the heart, if you miss that classic soulful Hip-Hop sound then you should check out Jade The Ivy.
Venue Information:
1st Ward at Chop Shop
2033 W. North Ave
Chicago, IL, 60647
http://www.1stwardevents.com