John T. Davis is a legend on the Toronto music scene, where he is known professionally as a high energy jazz/blues/gospel organ player. The Hammond B3 Organ is his instrument of choice, but he also plays the piano and synthesizer, and sings.
John also arranges music, playing originals and standards of many diverse styles, both instrumental and vocal, written by the many great musicians who have influenced him over time. John was born in Virginia in 1945, where he grew up and went to school against the backdrop of the Jim Crow of the segregated American South.
We were pleased to host John at Crestwood this year. He visited us in February with Shaun Boothe and Shelley Hamilton, whose interviews are also posted on this webpage. The three together delivered a Black History Month presentation on music and the generations, showing how music creates an important thread in the African-Canadian community.
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