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Richard Davis Foundation Concert

  • Memorial Union Great Hall 800 Langdon Street Madison, WI, 53703 United States (map)

Bassist and retired UW-Madison professor Richard Davis is a giant in jazz and classical music, best known for his work with artists including Eric Dolphy, Sarah Vaughan, and Igor Stravinsky (and some important detours into rock and pop music, including with Van Morrison and Bruce Springsteen). In Madison and on campus, he's also held in high regard for his impact as an educator, which included not just classroom efforts but also directing UW-Madison's Black Music Ensemble and founding the Richard Davis Foundation for Young Bassists and the Institute for the Healing of Racism. The foundation's 25th annual bass conference is happening in town this week, and one of its public-facing events is this concert by a dozen-odd bassists who are teaching at the conference. They hail from a range of generations and backgrounds, from veteran jazz and classical bassist John Clayton to young Madison-based jazz player Ben Ferris, so the concert will likely be an intriguing tour of the standup bass' myriad possibilities. Meanwhile, it's worth paying a visit to UW-Madison's Mills Music Library for an exhibit celebrating Davis and other music educators—Scott Gordon

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