Katherine Davis, a kingpin of Chicago’s Southside blues community. She played to a great reception at Thelma’s last year and due to massive demand has been re-booked. She will be backed by Giles Robson and The Dirty Aces. The band will include Filip Kozlowski on guitar, British blues veteran Mike Hellier on the drums and Tom Jones, Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton’s regular bass player Ian Jennings.
Katherine’s is a voice overloaded with blues, soul and funk. A well known figure on the Chicago blues scene, Katherine ( who also happens to be a classically trained opera singer) will sing her way into your soul. A great show woman and powerful stage presence, when you hear her sing you’ll feel you’re hearing the very essence of the blues.Katherine Helen Davis was born in Chicago 25 Feb 1953 to Ethel Campbell and Wesley Davis. Her grandfather, Earl Campbell, performed with Louis Armstrong and Count Basie and her mother hunkered after her professional career as an opera singer. Katherine was raised in Chicago’s infamous Cabrini- Green housing project inChicago’s north side and her family moved as soon as they could across to the south side in 1967. By then Katherine was singing in church and had listened for most of her life to the music of Ella Fitzgerald, Pearl Bailey, Dinah Washington, Muddy Waters, Mahalia Jackson and Etta James.
In 1987 a friend suggested that she audition for an acting job in a play produced by the Kuumba Theatre and Katherine landed the part. She went on to play both Ma Rainey and Bessie Smith and was critically acclaimed in the ‘Heart of the Blues’. Though her work in this production she made a number of valuable contacts and was soon singing both jazz and blues in clubs and festivals throughout the U.S, Canada and Europe including the 1986 Chicago Blues Festival where she sang with Erwin Helfer (Shakedown Blues March 1972 on piano). In 1989 she recorded an album with the Chicago Victory Gospelaires and then in 1992 was recorded in Japan as part of the Louisiana Red Chicago Allstars compilation entitled ‘Chicago Blues Night’. She then produced an album in 1993 ‘Live at the Orpheum Theatre’ and the same year recorded again with Roy Rubenstein and the Dixie Stompers. Three years later at the Chicago Blues Festival she met harmonica player Billy Branch that led to an ongoing involvement in the ‘Blues in Schools’ programme. Blues Revue Magazine UK has described Katherine as “Smoking Hot” whilst Nina Metz of the Chicago Tribune has said: “Pulls you in with her haunting sweetness and utter lack of pretension”
Friday, 09/07/2010, Charlotte Street Blues Club, 74 Charlotte Street, London W1T 4QH 0207 580 0113
… then private dates in the Channel Islands leading to….
Monday, 12/07/2010, The Famous Monday Blues Club (doors 8pm, showtime 9pm, bar till midnight), the Bullingdon, 162, Cowley Road, Oxford, Oxon 01865 557849
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