Featuring a unique and beautifully lush instrumentation, BEVELED's overall sound leans towards a gentle and dark side of jazz and improvised music. While challenging the traditional roles of the instruments involved, Beveled stays tethered to a sensibility of tuneful and rhythmic audacity. The musicians in Beveled are actively involved in many facets of the Chicago music scene, leading and performing in other creative music collaborations. Live concerts features music from the album recorded and mixed by Anthony Gravino in June 2014, newer works, and arrangements of early 20th century French piano music.

James has recently recorded with many of Chicago's new projects including Matt Ulery's "By a Little Light", Grazyna Auguscik, Julie Meckler, LORIS, Jason Steele Messenger Collective, Bryant Scott's Great Postmodern Nightmare Big Band, and the Ian Torres Big Band.

Members of the ensemble lead many of their own groups and play in some of Chicago’s foremost Jazz groups including: Juan Pastor’s Chinchano, Chicago Jazz Philharmonic, Chad McCullough’s Spin Quartet, M13, Michael Salter's Freakjar, as well as other ears&eyes records groups such as the James Davis Quintet, Zing!, and Tomorrow Music Orchestra.


James Davis - flugelhorn (featured trk 2, 5, 8)
Chad McCullough - flugelhorn website (featured trk 3, 7)
Michael Salter - bass clarinet website (featured trk 2, 3, 8)
Anna Najoom - bass clarinet website
Daniel Thatcher - double bass website (featured trk 1, 5) 
Juan Pastor - drums website (featured trk 3)

Recorded by Anthony Gravino at Strobe Recording, Chicago, IL
Mixed by Anthony Gravino at The Drake, Chicago, IL
Mastered by Jonathan Pines and Gravino at Private Studios, Champaign, IL
Artwork by Ian Sienicki at ayeYouWe


Album released November 25th, 2014 on ears&eyes Records website

Remain Calm

James Davis' Beveled

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In early March 2020, Beveled was able to get into the studio and record some new compositions just before the world was changed as we knew it.

"Remain Calm" attempts to capture some of the emotional undercurrent at the time, as we all started to navigate a new environment.

"Rothko Sketch 1" is a brief opportunity for reflection and re-centering.

In early March 2020, Beveled was able to get into the studio and record some new compositions just before the world was changed as we knew it.

"Remain Calm" attempts to capture some of the emotional undercurrent at the time, as we all started to navigate a new environment.

"Rothko Sketch 1" is a brief opportunity for reflection and re-centering.

"Waves of Dust" embraces the the cycle, the daily loop, and an acceptance of living in one's smaller world.

"Winter Song" weaves a tapestry of lightness and hope, finding a little room for play even in the dark and cold times.

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This project is partially supported by an Individual Artist Program Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events, as well as a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency through federal funds provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.

James' Gigs

Previous events

Date Event Location
Stone Bratt Big Band Moraine Valley Community College, Palos Hills, IL Moraine Valley Community College, Palos Hills, IL
Rob Clearfield Quartet Green Mill Cocktail Lounge, Chicago, IL Green Mill Cocktail Lounge, Chicago, IL
Rob Clearfield Quartet Merriman's Playhouse, South Bend, IN Merriman's Playhouse, South Bend, IN
James Davis Quintet Fulton Street Collective Fulton Street Collective
Matt Ulery's Delicate Charms Green Mill, Chicago, IL Green Mill, Chicago, IL
Corbin Andrick / Andrew Vogt Earth Tones Elastic Arts, Chicago, IL Elastic Arts, Chicago, IL
Chris Dammann's Restroy Constellation, Chicago, IL Constellation, Chicago, IL
Matt Ulery's Pollinator Hungry Brain, Chicago, IL Hungry Brain, Chicago, IL
Mar Caribe Outta Space, Berwyn, IL Outta Space, Berwyn, IL
James Davis / Brian Courage Group - Chicago Jazz Composers Collective Green Mill, Chicago, IL Green Mill, Chicago, IL
Metropolitan Jazz Octet w/ Dee Alexander Jazz Showcase, Chicago, IL Jazz Showcase, Chicago, IL
James Davis' Beveled Elastic Arts, Chicago, IL Elastic Arts, Chicago, IL
Buddy Rich Big Band Machine Summerfest - Briggs and Straton Big Backyard, Milwaukee, WI Summerfest - Briggs and Straton Big Backyard, Milwaukee, WI
Terry Bartalotta Trio O'Brien's Downtown - Riverwalk, Chicago, IL O'Brien's Downtown - Riverwalk, Chicago, IL
Jeremy Cunningham Quartet Andy's Jazz Club, Chicago, IL Andy's Jazz Club, Chicago, IL
James Davis' Beveled Hungry Brain, Chicago, IL Hungry Brain, Chicago, IL
Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald with Heritage Jazz Orchestra Untitled Supper Club, Chicago, IL Untitled Supper Club, Chicago, IL
Matt Ulery's Pollinator Hungry Brain, Chicago, IL Hungry Brain, Chicago, IL
Kenny Wheeler's Angel Song Fulton Street Collective, Chicago, IL Fulton Street Collective, Chicago, IL
Maurice w/ Graphics & a Light Sleeper Hideout, Chicago, IL Hideout, Chicago, IL