CRAIG DAVIS

Pianist, Composer, Arranger and Educator

"This is the best jazz pianist I've ever heard."

Tony Bennett, Jazz at Lincoln Center (JALC), 2010

Craig Davis is a highly gifted and formally trained pianist with over 30 years of professional experience as a performer, composer, arranger and educator. 

 

Craig studied privately with Bobby Cardillo during his formative years and was mentored in prominent local bands led by Roger Humphries and Kenny Blake. He was a ‘lifer’ at Shady Side Academy, and received his B.M. in Jazz Studies from I.U. - Bloomington Jacobs School of Music and his M.M. in JazzArts from Manhattan School of Music. 

 

Craig was a member of Sean Jones' quintet 'Mission Statement' and toured with Artie Shaw Orchestra. His NYC trio debuted at ‘The Kitano’ and headlined at Pittsburgh JazzLive International.

 

Craig was Music Director, Conductor and Pianist for Pittsburgh Playhouse Grand Opening Gala in Downtown Pittsburgh. Most recently, he presented a lecture recital at the Frick Art Museum in  collaboration with Frick exhibit 'Katharine Hepburn-Dressed For Stage and Screen.’