James Davis is a trumpet player and composer living in Chicago, IL.

New video from Beveled! EP Coming Soon


BEVELED - A Preview from the New Album


New Music from BEVELED 

Well, my band Beveled is finally releasing some tracks recorded in March 2020! These will be released together as an EP entitled "Remain Calm". Recorded at a time of much uncertainty and everyone trying to figure out what the world was dealing with in terms of the pandemic, the music does reflect some of these feelings. 

The title cut from this EP was captured with video as well, which can be checked out HERE

The four tracks will be found on my bandcamp page HERE.

Disappearing Roads EP and Logan Square Arts Fest 

I'm proud and excited to release Disappearing Roads this Friday, June 15th! This EP (I think we're calling it an 'EP' just because there's only four pieces...but it's 47 minutes of music - much more than many 'albums'...I digress...) is a compilation of tracks from a residency at The Whistler in January of 2017 and features some of my all-time favorite collaborators: Dave Miller (guitar), Rob Clearfield (keys), Matt Ulery (bass) and Quin Kirchner (drums). 

The Logan Square Arts Festival is happening June…

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Upcoming Shows this Week! 

There are a couple of shows happening these last couple weeks of April that I'm very excited about. First off, on April 21st (tonight!) I'll be playing with Matt Ulery's Pollinator opening for Rebirth Brass Band at Martyrs'. There will be much music keeping your noggin' bobbing *and your feet tapping (other movements highly encouraged as well). 

Sunday April 23rd I'll be hitting at the Whistler in Logan Sq with Greg Ward's "Capturing Sunlight", a hefty sized band featuring some of my favorite musicians in…Read more

Jazz Fest is coming soon! Words on Beveled  

I'm very excited to bring my most recent project, Beveled to play at the Chicago Jazz Festival on Thu. Sept. 3rd. I've attended this fabulous festival every year that I've lived here in Chicago and have always been impressed with the diversity and quality of the lineup. It's truly an honor to finally be a part of it! More info here:

Also, in case you missed Beveled in the media, here are what the critics have to say about the band's album:

 "...this unusual instrumentation creates a striking, elegant timbre…

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I'm glad to be playing tonight as a part of the Anagram Series at Elastic here in Chicago! This Monday night series showcases some of the most exciting new music and talented creative musicians in the city. On top of it being always interestingly programmed, the performance space is a great listening room, it's BYOB, and just a nice 'vibe' over there. 

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