Firmly established as an innovative force within the world of jazz. – National Post
One of the great minds in jazz. – Jazz.FM
One of Canada's A-List pianists! – CFRB
…astonishing technique, authentic heir of the greatest pianists of Toronto - "classic" Glenn Gould and jazz musician Oscar Peterson... breathtaking! – Trud (Russia)
Moving effortlessly between musical genres, projects, and influences, highly acclaimed pianist-composer Ron Davis has established himself as one of the most original, enjoyable voices in jazz today.
Ron is active on the worldwide jazz scene and has built a dynamic career including several successful international tours. He cites piano giants Oscar Peterson, Art Tatum and Thelonious Monk as inspirations, but his clean, energetic, joyous playing style is uniquely his own.
Ron is the unusual combination of a virtuoso pianist and an entertainer. He reads audiences and connects. He creates a multi-textured musical mix that keeps listeners on the edge of their seats.
On any given night, Ron's set list might include Coldplay, Beatles, Jimi Hendrix or classic Tatum. The result is a magnificent mix of instrumental and experimental and, as importantly, an unforgettable evening out.
Ron has released nine full-length recordings that have consistently charted, and won international critical praise. In early 2013, he released his eighth title, Blue Modules, an experimental project exploring pop and post-modern jazz. In autumn 2013, he released Symphronica (Acronym/Universal Music), an innovative jazz-symphony fusion album, made with famed conductor John Morris Russell. This led to a hugely successful residency concert series at Toronto’s fabled Lula Lounge, which will continue into a second season in 2014/15.
After early studies at The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Ron studied with Darwyn Aitken. Darwyn was a student of both Oscar Peterson, and classical great (also George Gershwin's brother-in-law) David Saperton. In 2005, Ron was awarded the Japan Foundation's prestigious Uchida Fellowship for the Performing Arts, as well as the position of Visiting Scholar at Tokyo's Hosei University.
When he isn’t wowing audiences around the world, Ron sits on the boards of numerous charities (he is Past Secretary of The Glenn Gould Foundation,) publishes articles on music, law and linguistics, and practices yoga. He is married to Daniela Nardi, the award-winning, Italian-Canadian, singer-songwriter of jazz-pop, with whom Ron co-produced her acclaimed Espresso Manifesto (Universal Music) recording. The couple call Toronto home.
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