Doris J. Davis, Jazz Vocalist
And still I sing!
Oh, we have a new singer in town! Where did she come from? Why haven’t I heard of her before? When and where can I hear her sing again? Some of the more mature jazz lovers, acquainted with the early Indiana jazz scenes on Indiana Avenue, 16th and Northwestern (before Dave’s), North Meridian Street, and the Barrington area know that this is her second go-round. She still has the ability to drive an up tempo song, and confidently relay the soul of a ballad. She is currently working on production of a new CD of songs from the Great American Songbook.
Chuck Workman, local Jazz announcer and columnist gave her a very favorable review in the September 7-14, 2005 issue of Nuvo Newsweekly after hearing her perform in the famous Walker Ballroom.
She began singing under the tutelage of David Baker, Professor of Music, Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, who at that time was a jazz trombone player / music coach.
In the early years she sang with such music notables as Jimmy Coe, Earl “Fox” Walker, Les Taylor, Claude Bartee, Buddy Parker, Albert Walton, Paul Parker, Tiny Adams and many others. She has performed in the most popular Indiana venues of the day, including The Barrington Lounge, The Place to Play, and the Pink Poodle, occasionally she performed outside Indiana in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Omaha Nebraska, Cincinnati, Ohio and Terre Haute, Indiana.
She opened for acclaimed comedian, Stepin Fetchit during his appearances in Franklin, Indiana, Cincinnati, Ohio and St. Louis, Missouri (Gaslight Square).
Since she started singing again, she has performed in some of the notable restaurants and night spots in Indianapolis: Jazz on the Avenue (The historic Walker Building); The Jazz Kitchen; the Savoy; The New Fountain Lounge; The Fox Pub; A. J’s Lounge; and Deano’s Vino in historic Fountain Square, and the Indianapolis Arts Garden in Circle Center Mall. Recently she performed at Jazz Central, Dayton Ohio, Dick’s Den, the Hot Times Community Festival, and ComFest? in Columbus Ohio with Gene “King Saxe” Walker’s Big Band “Listen to the Jazz” and his “Band of Gold Trio”
She has done guest appearances and collaborated with many of Indianapolis’ musicians: Carl Hines (Savoy); Pookie Johnson, Melvin Ryan, Clifford Ratcliff (Jazz in the Park); Allen Burke, Russell Taylor, William Penick (Jazz on the Avenue, and the Jazz Kitchen), Mary Moss, Monica Herzig (Women in Jazz and Jazz Works Pass It On), and Grant Green, Jr., Bernard Purdie, Reuben Wilson—the Godfathers of Groove--during their workshop at the Junior Achievement Building (Jazz Works Pass It On).
Originally from Louisville, Kentucky, she has lived in Indianapolis since starting high school at Crispus Attucks. There she participated in many school music productions and later attended Indiana University. Her hobbies now are Scrabble, the Internet, puzzles, reading and learning to play the keyboard.
And still I sing!*