One of Chicago’s leading jazz trumpet artists, Art Davis has had a varied career. He has toured with Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra and Rosemary Clooney. As a charter member of the Chicago Jazz Orchestra, he has appeared with Joe Williams, Dizzy Gillespie, Clark Terry, Nancy Wilson, Kurt Elling and Jimmy Heath, among others. He also performed and recorded with such notables as Maynard Ferguson, the Woody Herman Orchestra, Natalie Cole, Diane Schuur, Sammy Davis, Jr. and Tony Bennett.
Trombonist Russ Phillips was born in Denver, but grew up and studied in the Chicago area after his Father, Russ Phillips, Sr. left Louis Armstrong’s All Stars as trombonist for 1-1/2 years. Continuing in the tradition, Russ has become a well known, busy and respected performer around Chicago and on the jazz festival circuit.
Those festival appearances include The Chicago Jazz Festival, The Elkhart Jazz Festival, the Atlanta, San Diego and West Texas Jazz Parties, the Sacramento Jazz Jubilee and the Nuits Bleue’s Internationales De Jazz in Quebec City to name a few. At these festivals and in concerts, he has performed with Howard Alden, Doc Cheatham, Kenny Davern, the Four Freshmen, Bob Haggart, Lionel Hampton, Dick Hyman, Don Goldie, Bobby Lewis, Bucky Pizzarelli, Tom Saunders, Doc Severinsen, John Sheridan, Allan and Warren Vache and many others.