From Baker Street to Respect; legendary saxophonist performs classic tunes with breathtaking skill.
How did Snake Davis get his name? It was coined while watching him perform on stage. It perfectly describes the way he moves; glides with and around the music he creates. He becomes one with his instruments, his enthusiasm is inspiring and infectious. Snake Davis’s performance moves people, it’s passionate, emotional soulful.
Starting out busking and in student bars in Leeds, he quickly became known as the saxophonist with “Zoot and the Roots” and the much loved “Snake Davis and his Alligator Shoes”.
After briefly setting up home in Brooklyn getting tuition from hot players he started his long career as a solo artist and session musician. To date, Snake Davis has recorded on more than 400 tracks for over 60 artists and the list keeps growing. His tours include Lisa Stansfield, M-People, Eurythmics, Swing Out Sister, B-Witched and (the Japanese rock idol) Ekichi Yazawa.
Last year Snake had success with two of his students in the finals of BBC Young Musician of the Year. He was the featured artist on three European chart hits with the dance groups Klingande and Faul & Ad Wad as well as touring in the UK, France and Japan.
The New Classic Sax Solos tour see’s Snake Davis step into a 5 piece band (keys, drums, bass and Cutting Crew’s Gareth Moulton on guitar and vocals.
So many people love the sound of a great saxophone solo and for good reason. In the right hands sax is so emotional, so passionate; it sings, screams, whispers. An instrumental solo can break hearts, lift spirits, even change lives.
Snake performs a myriad of classics, including Baker Street, Careless Whisper, Still Crazy after all these Years, Respect, Yakety Yak, and his own solos from Million Love Songs, Moving on Up, Search for the Hero, and Lisa Stansfields “Change”. What’s more, he also tells you a bit more about them, fascinating facts and insights into the music we already love.
Imagine a room full of the saxophone greats; Junior Walker, King Curtis, Clarence Clemmons, Charlie Parker, Michael Brecker and more. Snake can deliver them all; challenging – yes, but he completely nails it. Sultry sax, searing sax, screaming sax, sexy sax, soulful sax, this show has it all.
Rosy after a little persuading played saxophone alongside a guitarist the wonderful Louis Armstrong song ‘All The Time In The World’ at her musician son’s James wedding reception.Well done her!!
and heres a photof playing sax and the songs getting my mum to sing and engage in her 90th year and me dad to grin too.
Sax Gigs from sept 7th2015
7 September The Slackers The Fleece, Victoria St., Bristol
12 September Madness County Ground, Nevil Road, Bristol
15 September Alan Barnes New Inn, Westerleigh http://www.alanbarnesjazz.com/gigs.html
19 September The Dualers Tunnels, Temple Meads, Bristol http://www.bristolticketshop.co.uk/eventdetails.aspx?e=7694
23 September Andy Sheppard The Bell, Walcott Street, Bath https://beta.ents24.com/bath-events/the-bell-inn
Ben Waghorn The Mall Pub, Clifton http://www.fringejazz.com/gig-list.html
24-26 September Loose Tubes Ronnie Scott’s, Soho https://www.ronniescotts.co.uk/schedulemonthly/2015/september
30 September Andy Sheppard The Mall Pub, Clifton http://www.fringejazz.com/gig-list.html
2 October Snake Davis Chapel Arts, Lower Borough Walls, Bath http://www.snakedavis.com/tourdates.asp
4 October Mutter Slater Band Chapel Arts, Lower Borough Walls, Bath http://www.chapelarts.org/index.php?main_page=products_all
5 October Snarky Puppy O2, Frogmore St., Bristol https://www.ents24.com/uk/tour-dates/snarky-puppy
10 October Baila La Cumbia (Craig Crofton) Bocca Bar, Glastonbury https://bailalacumbia.wordpress.com/gigs/
11 October Barrence Whitfield & the Savages Tunnels, Temple Meads, Bristol http://www.thetunnelsbristol.co.uk/events/
12 October Simon Spillett Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham http://www.simonspillett.com/forthcomingliveappearances.htm
13 October Andy Sheppard St George’s, Bristol http://www.stgeorgesbristol.co.uk/events/2015-10/?mcMonth=2015-10
14 October Iain Ballamy The Mall Pub, Clifton http://www.fringejazz.com/gig-list.html
18 October Grandmothers of Invention Fleece, Victoria Street, Bristol http://thefleece.co.uk/events_category/touring-shows/
22 October Kevin Figes Old Duke, King Street, Bristol http://www.kevinfiges.co.uk/live-dates/
23 October Craig Crofton (+Pete Gage Band) Cellar Bar, Devizes http://www.petegagemusic.com/#!gigs/c1c5j
26 October Alan Barnes Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham http://www.cheltenhamjazz.co.uk/
11 November Monkey Chuckle Old Duke, King Street, Bristol http://monkeychuckle.co.uk/
12 November The Beat The Fleece, Bristol http://thefleece.seetickets.com/event/the-beat/the-fleece/854642
Dakhla The Grain Barge, Hotwells Road, Bristol http://www.dakhlabrass.com/gigs/
13 November Maceo Parker Under the Bridge, Chelsea, London http://underthebridge.co.uk/events/
Joshua Redman Cadogan Hall, Chelsea, London http://www.efglondonjazzfestival.org.uk/events
14 November Maceo Parker Under the Bridge, Chelsea, London http://underthebridge.co.uk/events/
Courtney Pine Globe Theatre, Bankside, London SE1 http://www.efglondonjazzfestival.org.uk/events
Kamasi Washington/Gogo Penguin Barbican, London http://www.efglondonjazzfestival.org.uk/events
19 November Bobby Wellins (Under Milk Wood) ArtsDepot, Nether Street, London N12 http://www.efglondonjazzfestival.org.uk/events
20 November Ben Waters Band Chapel Arts, Lower Borough Walls, Bath http://www.chapelarts.org/index.php?main_page=products_all
21 November Average White Band/Kokomo Royal Festival Hall, London http://www.efglondonjazzfestival.org.uk/events
29 November Tower of Power Koko, Mornington Crescent, London http://www.koko.uk.com/listings/tower-power-29-11-2015
4 December Jean Toussaint Victory Club, Lypiatt Road, Cheltenham http://www.cheltenhamjazz.co.uk/
5 December Blockheads, The Fleece, Victoria Street, Bristol http://www.thefleece.co.uk/shows/
9 December Selecter Komedia, Westgate Street, Bath http://www.komedia.co.uk/bath/music/
17 December Dakhla The Canteen, Stokes Croft, Bristol http://www.dakhlabrass.com/gigs/
18 December The Beat Cheese & Grain, Frome http://cheeseandgrain.ticketsolve.com/shows/873528529
20 December Blockheads Komedia, Westgate Street, Bath http://www.theblockheads.com/page/live
Superskas Chapel Arts, Lower Borough Walls, Bath http://www.thesuperskas.com/upcoming-gigs/,