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Sa Davis

  • Jazz Studies

Percussionist Sa Davis taught hand drumming to New England Conservatory's College, Preparatory, and Continuing Education students from 1980 through his death in 2010.

Davis's work as a musician was at the cutting edge of a new generation of hand drum technique, developed from the musical traditions of Afro-Cuban, African, jazz, Latin, rock, fusion, hip-hop, and pop drumming styles.

Davis worked with such artists as Tom Scott, Grover Washington, Jr., Billy Cobham, Freddie Hubbard, and Lalah Hathaway. Davis performed at Carnegie Hall with George Benson, appeared on "The Arsenio Hall Show," and did special projects for "Nova" and "Adventure" on PBS. In demand as a studio musician, Davis performed on motion picture and television soundtracks and produced sound effects for the film The Brother from Another Planet. His work can be heard on more than 40 recordings.

Studies at NEC with Ran Blake, Webster Lewis, Jaki Byard. Recordings on CBS/Sony, GRP, Rounder, Rockwell, Blackhawk, Philo, Daring, Green Linnet, Casablanca, Jobiss International, Folkways, Par, Atco, GM, Bridge City, Joncar, Dolce Nuit.

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Read Sa Davis's 1993 memoir of his life in music.

Find a partial Sa Davis discography at Discogs.