Richard Davis (Van Morrison, Eric Dolphy, Bruce Springsteen)


Courtesy of Richard Davis Com


As one of the world’s premier bass players, Davis’s music has touched the lives of countless fans, and his teaching has inspired generations of students in the classroom as well as with the Richard Davis Foundation for Young Bassists, Inc., which provides musical instruction for financially challenged youth. While the jazz master and professor could’ve ended his renowned biography there, his passion for social justice, for the healing of racism, has changed the lives of those who have accepted his invitation to open their hearts, minds and spirits to the history and pathology of racism within.” Neil Heinen,  Madison Magazine


A master jazz and classical bassist (Leonard Bernstein), solo recording artist, composer, collaborator, and educator at the University of Wisconsin in Madison; Richard Davis’ body of work as sideman span important, watershed recordings by Eric Dolphy, Ahmad Jamal, Kenny Burrell, Tony Williams, Andrew Hill, Thad Jones / Mel Lewis Orchestra, George Benson, Stan Getz, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, and Billy Cobham to cite a select few.


Davis began his career as a bassist in high school. A member of the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra, Richard migrated to New York City in the 1950s, and anchored Sarah Vaughan’s ensembles. 


Richard served as the rhythmic and melodic foil for Van Morrison on one pop music’s greatest recordings, Astral Weeks (1968).  He also worked with pop artists Bruce Springsteen, Laura Nyro, and Frank Sinatra. In 1977 Davis commenced his career as a jazz instructor at University of Wisconsin-Madison. 


Richard Davis Sound & Vision….


Van Morrison “Madame George”


Bruce Springsteen “Meeting Across the River”


Richard Davis / Elvin Jones “Shiny Stockings”


Richard Davis “What’d Ya Say”


Richard Davis “Now’s The Time”


Eric Dolphy “Something Sweet Something Tender”