James Davis Jr.



One of the most recognized emerging music directors, James Davis Jr. has proven himself to be an artistic leader who captivates musicians, audiences, and communities with his deep passion for music. Well versed in classical, jazz, and contemporary music alike, James has supervised musical productions at Radio City Music Hall, Lincoln Center, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Apollo Theater.  James is the founder and President of JDJ Music, Inc. and has made an imprint both culturally and globally on the music scene. For over eight years, he has served as the Director of Music Ministries & Fine Arts at the historic Abyssinian Baptist Church (New York City). James has produced and arranged music for both film and television, including Spike Lee’s Red Hook Summer and a State Farm Insurance commercial commemorating the 10th Anniversary of 9/11. He is actively involved in the modern effort to preserve live music performance and to present music as an essential part of our culture and education. James’ musicianship and artistic sensitivity has afforded him the opportunity to collaborate with a myriad of notable artists across genres including Ashford & Simpson, Alicia Keys, Jessye Norman, John Legend, Lyle Lovett, Richard Smallwood, Wynton Marsalis and Cyrus Chestnut.  A native of Winstonville, Mississippi, James is a 2004 cum laude graduate of Morehouse College (Atlanta, GA).

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