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


Previous events

Date Event Location
Guest Artist w/ Wheaton College Jazz Ensemble Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL
 —  — Restroy Tour - Virginia  
w/ Chad Willets Trio Le Piano, Chicago, IL Le Piano, Chicago, IL
w/ Bill Oconnell's Chicago Skyliners Fitzgerald's, Berwyn, IL Fitzgerald's, Berwyn, IL
w/ Heritage Jazz Orchestra Winter's Jazz Club, Chicago, IL Winter's Jazz Club, Chicago, IL
w/ Chad Willets Trio Le Piano, Chicago, IL Le Piano, Chicago, IL
Guest w/ Waxahachie High School Jazz Ensemble TMEA Convention, San Antonio, TX TMEA Convention, San Antonio, TX
Waxahachie HS Jazz Cafe - guest artist Waxahachie, TX Waxahachie, TX
Matt Ulery's Pollinator California Clipper, Chicago, IL California Clipper, Chicago, IL
No Coast Quintet 210 Live, Highwood, IL 210 Live, Highwood, IL
Paul Bedal Quartet One Spirit Center, Rockford, IL One Spirit Center, Rockford, IL
Restroy Constellation, Chicago, IL Constellation, Chicago, IL
Alex Beltran and James Davis Faculty Recital Triton College, River Grove Triton College, River Grove
Moraine Valley Jazz Faculty Concert Moraine Valley Community College Moraine Valley Community College
Chris Shuttleworth's "Mortar" Cafe Mustache, Chicago, IL Cafe Mustache, Chicago, IL
New Standard Jazz Orchestra Jazz Showcase Jazz Showcase
Chris Shuttleworth's Mortar Slate Slate
W/ Chris Dammann's Restroy Elastic Arts, Chicago, il Elastic Arts, Chicago, il
W/New Standard Jazz Orchestra Jazz Showcase, Chicago, Il Jazz Showcase, Chicago, Il
Logan Sq Arts Fest - James Davis Quintet Logan Square, Chicago, IL Logan Square, Chicago, IL

BEVELED - A Preview from the New Album


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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Beveled to play at the Chicago Jazz Festival! 

We're extremely excited to announce that Beveled will be playing at this year's Chicago Jazz Festival. The Chicago Jazz Fest is like no other - first of all, it's FREE. It also takes place in downtown Chicago, a great place for Festivals such as this one. Check out this year's lineup and info HERE

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