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Ron Davis


RON DAVIS (pianist, composer, educator) A world traveller, following the swing and post-bop tradition, Davis has been compared to Oscar Peterson and Art Tatum.

After early studies at The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Ron studied with Darwyn Aitken—himself a student of Oscar Peterson. He also studied with classical great David Saperton, who is also George Gershwin's brother-in-law. 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.

He has recorded six albums, toured extensively and had a career as an academic and a lawyer. Davis currently hosts “Ron Davis and Friends” jazz series at the Old Mill in Toronto, co-produces the “Jazz for Herbie” Toronto Sick Kids Fundraiser and is on the board of the Glenn Gould Foundation.

In 2013, Ron released "Symphronica," a fusion of jazz and symphony orchestra. The album features the Windsor Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Conductor John Morris Russell.