ART DAVIS QUARTET
A Tribute to Chet Baker
Featuring former Chet Baker bandmate Dennis Luxion
"He depends on the careful placement of one note next to another: even at quick time, his improvised melodies sound painstakingly chiseled, and his best passages seem inevitable. No one in his right mind would change a note."
-- Neil Tesser, Chicago Reader
Art Davis - trumpet
Dennis Luxion - piano
Joe Policastro - bass
Phil Gratteau - drums
Art Davis is a veteran of the Chicago Jazz Scene. He has toured with Ray Charles and Rosemary Clooney and performed with many jazz greats including Dizzy Gillespie, Clark Terry, Joe Williams and Nancy Wilson. He is a charter member and featured soloist with Jeff Lindberg's Chicago Jazz Orchestra which play at Winter's occasionally and also at the Green Mill. He is currently performing also with such groups as Christy Bennet's "Fummee" (Roger's Park Social) and the Red Rose Ragtime Band.
Art consider's Miles Davis to be one of his primary influences and was first introduced to modern jazz upon buying the record "Miles Smiles". Since that time he fell in love with the great quintets of the 50's and 60's and has absorbed much of the music on those recordings.
He has performed extensively with his partners Kelly Sill (bass) and Kelly Brand (piano). Art has appeared on three of Ms. Kelly Brand's own CDs, including "Sister Lunna" and "The Door".
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Born in Springfield, Illinois in 1952, Dennis Luxion is a jazz pianist, composer and educator. He is currently on the piano faculty of Columbia College Chicago and an active member of the Chicago jazz scene.
After briefly living in Chicago, Luxion moved to Europe and was quickly integrated into the international jazz scene. Soon after arriving in Belgium in 1979, he was introduced to Chet Baker by local saxophone legend Jacques Pelzer. This led to a lengthy musical association: between 1979 and 1983, Luxion made a number of recordings, television and radio appearances, and tours throughout Europe with Baker. This collaboration introduced him to musicians and audiences throughout Europe.
Since coming back to Chicago in 1985, Luxion has been active as a performer, composer/arranger and educator. He has worked with Jackie Allen, Steve Allen, Gilad Atzmon, the Brazilian music group Batida, Conte Candoli, Pete Christlieb, Carla Cook, Ernest Dawkins, Diane Delin, Jon Eardley, Von Freeman, Bill Frisell, George Garzone, Dusko Goykovich, Fareed Haque, Marquis Hill, Sheila Jordan, Morgana King, Lee Konitz, Steve Lacey, Howard Levy, Garrett List, Wilbur Little, Kevin Mahogany, Bob Mover, Sal Nistico, Houston Person, Claudio Roditi, Tony Scott, Woody Shaw, Archie Shepp, Gunther Schuller, Judy Silvano, Ira Sullivan, Toots Thielemans, Denise Thimes, Leon Thomas, Greg Ward, Barney Wilen, and James Woode, among others.
He served as exclusive arranger and musical director of the Jazz Fauré Project for its debuts in New York and Chicago and as musical arranger for Spider Saloffʼs tribute to Chet Baker, Deep In A Dream, featuring Oscar Brown, Jr., and author James Gavin. In 2012, Luxion toured Southern Africa (Malawi, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Angola) with the Dennis Luxion/Michael Raynor Quartet as part of the Rhythm Road: American Music Abroad program administered by Jazz at Lincoln Center for the US State Department’s Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs.