Richard Davis has built a remarkable career both as a performer and as an educator. Since 1977, Davis has served as professor of bass at UW-Madison, instructing students in both jazz and classical technique for the tallest member of the stringed instrument family. He has also performed all over the world and appeared on at least 3,000 recordings, including 12 albums of his own as leader. Davis will join forces with renowned Chicago pianist Willie Pickens to headline the Isthmus Jazz Festival at Wisconsin Union Theater's new Shannon Hall on Saturday, June 21.
Isthmus contributor Bob Jacobson reported on the musical accomplishments and educational work of Richard Davis in the June 20 issue, and discussed his story with WORT producer Dylan Brogan on the June 19 edition of In Our Backyard.