Preview: Snake Davis – The Classic Sax Tour, by Ian Fleckney

Snake_Davis by Ben Hodges

His saxophone playing may be at the top of the smooth jazz charts, he may be the first call of many pop, rock and funk recording artists to back them on their recordings, but Snake Davis remains one of the jazz world’s best kept secrets. A saxophonist of almost unparalleled gifts, Davis has one of the most passionate styles and bluesy approaches heard around the UK in a while. Davis’ staple diet is soul and funk, but to talk in terms of genres ignores his great strengths, his ability to evoke moods and places through his music, proving he is a consummate musician.

Davis has come along an incredible life path, from attending a diploma course in jazz and light music at Leeds College of Music funded by busking and local gigs, through picking up the musical vibe in America for a few years before returning to the UK and joining a soul revue band with Zoot Money. It was also his start as a session musician, meeting fellow musicians working in all genres, contacts that would become important in future years.

Since then, he has played with many top artists and performed with “M” People, Lisa Stansfield, Ray Charles, Tom Jones, Kylie and Paul Mc Cartney to name just a few. He has also made personal appearances on TV shows such as Later with Jools Holland, The Tube, Eurythmics on Tour, Good Morning Show and The Paradise Club. Snake Davis is proving to be one of the busiest musicians around.

We now look forward to hearing the man for ourselves playing in St Magdalene Church, Cobham  on Monday 5 October at 7:30 pm, as part of his Classic Sax Tour. He will present an exciting show of classics from “Baker Street” and “Born To Run” to “Yakety Yak”. Performing them in context along with anecdotes and their history.

This show must be seen, especially as all proceeds will be going to local charities. Don’t miss it.

Please see our listing for more information.

Image credit: Ben Hodges