Jerome Davies

Jerome was born and grew up in Birmingham. After working with various bands in the local music scene and touring extensively with Gerry Colvin's Inexperience he moved to London in 1990 to study at Trinity College of Music.
At Trinity, Jerome studied trumpet, piano, bass guitar and double bass in and graduated in 1994 with  DipTCL (Merit).
During his studies Jerome was the recipient of several prizes and was awarded a scholarship for post-graduate study of the double bass.
Jerome's love of all sorts of music (and all sorts of instruments!) continues to grow and as well as performing regularly on double bass and bass guitar he can occasionally be heard playing trumpet, piano and keyboards, guitar, harmonica, recorder and banjo.

For three years Jerome was the regular bassist with American singer Salena Jones and for a period was also her musical director. With Salena he toured Japan four times, appeared at the Blue Note club in New York and recorded a CD for JVC at their Tokyo studios.
For several years Jerome was working with the Paris based vocalist Caroline Nin performing in Europe and for two consecutive years at the Adelaide International Cabaret festival.
Jerome has toured throughout the UK with New York based vocalist and song writer Aimua Eghobamien and provided arrangements and compositions for a live album recorded in 2013.

Other artists/bands that Jerome has and does perform with include Clare Teal, Imelda May, Roderick Williams, Ronnie Scotts Big Band, Will Todd, Tim Richards Great Spirit, Boisdale Blue Rhythm Band, The Westminster Philharmonic, Keith Nichols' Blue Devils, Blue Harlem, Echoes of Ellington, Simon Warner, The Piccadilly Dance Orchestra, Tommaso Starace, David Ogilvy, The Funky Muchachos, Juliet Kelly, The Jazz Repertory Company and The National Screen Orchestra of which he is musical director.

Jerome is busy as an arranger and composer of both jazz and classical music and has also produced several albums. He recorded a CD with Czech jazz musicians in Prague, for which he provided a number of original songs (including a collaboration with Ivan Kral), arranged and co-produced. He performed on and provided the arrangements for Salena Jones' album "Those Eyes" which was recorded by JVC in Tokyo. Jerome has provided string arrangements for two albums by cult indy band Songdog and for folk singer Burton Bradstock. In 2014 a selection of his compositions were used for a ballet production at the National Theatre in Prague and he has provided compositions for Cavendish Music Library.

For the past 3 years Jerome has been a member of the Gerry Colvin Band performing at clubs throughout the UK and Europe and at festivals including Fairport Convention's Cropredy, The Cambridge Folk Festival and the Broadstairs Folk Festival. During this time the band has also released three albums.

In 2018 Jerome was asked to accompany Hollywood legend Kathleen Turner in an intimate cabaret show at The Other Palace Theatre in London's west end and then on a nationwide tour.

Classical compositions include string quartets, works for brass band, classical guitar, a song cycle for soprano and piano of Shakespeare settings and incidental music for a production of "Bow Down".

Professional qualifications include: Trumpet: DipTCL (merit), Classical Guitar: Grade 8 (distinction), Piano: Grade 6, ASET certificate in Musical Instrument Making.

Recording credits include:
“Trinity Fair” Bobby Lamb meets Bob Florence; “Horror” Westminster Philharmonic Orchestra; “Waiting Rooms” Simon Warner; “Leave the Man Alone” Isabel Roberts; “Mixed Palette” Fergus Read Quartet; “You Go To My Head”** Elena Suchánková; “Those Eyes” Salena Jones; “Alive and Swinging” Duncan Galloway; “If Dreams Come True” Nik Payton; “Almost Straight Ahead” Jazz Alembic; “For The Record” Liz Fletcher/Rupert Wates; “A Cool Move” Rod Fogg Trio; “Goodness Knows”** Emma Blake Quintet; “Undercurrent” James Chadwick; “Vistas” Ben Albu; “Scarlet Stories” Caroline Nin (Live in Adelaide); “Live At Boisdale” Boisdale Blue Rhythm Band; “Mockingbird” David Ogilvy; “Christina Kulukundis” Christina Kulukundis; “Paris Lite”** Monique; “Foreign Intrigue” Tony Barnard Qt feat. Jim Mullen; "Good Times" Naughty Jack; “More Dip In Your Hip“ Tito Lopez Combo; “You Can’t Do That” Boisdale Blue Rhythm Band; "I Dare You" Blue Harlem; "London Live" Aimua Egohbamien; "Jazz Tales Of Country Folk" "Back and Forth" "Six of One and Half a Dozen of Another" Gerry Colvin; "Pavane" Paul Higgs
(**producer credits)

Broadcast credits include:
All Together Now (BBC2 play); Live session for BRMB (Birmingham) with “The Gerry Colvin Inexperience”; Live broadcasts for Radio WM with Gerry Colvin; Pebble Mill At One; The Big Breakfast with own quintet; Cable TV appearances with Simon Warner; Live concert from the Blue Note, NY (Japanese TV); Webcast from the Blue Note, NY; “Friday Night Is Music Night” with The Piccadilly Dance Orchestra (BBC Radio 2); “Woman’s Hour” (BBC radio 4) with Salena Jones; “Last Orders” (Feature Film feat. Bob Hoskins, Helen Mirren & co.); “Loose Ends” (BBC radio 4) with Barb Jungr; “Yorkshire TV awards 2004” -Clare Teal; Video promo for Sony/Columbia records “Christmas Extravaganza” -Clare Teal; “The Oxford Blues service” comp. Roderick Williams BBC radio 3; Live at Woburn with Ronnie Scotts big band feat. Curtis Stigers, Marti Pellow & co.

What they say:
“A fine musician” –Horace Silver
“Stylish and sensitive arrangements by bassist Jerome Davies” –Harmonie magazine
“Keeps the music moving” –Jazzwise Magazine
“Astute arrangements” –Clive Davis (Sunday Times)

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