James Davis Jr.

Well versed in classical, jazz, musical theater and contemporary music, James Davis Jr. (he/him) has supervised musical productions at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall, Sony Music Hall, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art and the Apollo Theater in New York City; Arena Stage in Washington, DC.; The New World Center in Miami, FL; Charleston Music Hall in South Carolina and Yale University in New Haven, CT. He is founder & president of JDJ Music Inc., through which he curated The Lagos Jazz Festival in Nigeria in 2013 and held workshops on Negro spirituals and gospel in Germany since 2014. From 2007-2017, Davis served as Director of Music Ministries & Fine Arts at Harlem’s historic Abyssinian Baptist Church in the City of New York. The four years prior, he served as Director of Music/Church Organist at Third Baptist Church of San Francisco, the oldest black congregation on the West Coast. He has also produced and arranged music for both film and television including Spike Lee’s film Red Hook Summer and commercials for State Farm Insurance and Microsoft. Born and raised in the Mississippi Delta, James has earned degrees from Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA, and Yale School of Music in New Haven, CT.

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