ORIGINAL BRAZILIAN MUSIC AND JAZZ: The Best of Roger Davidson’s live playing
In 2012, Soundbrush Records started a regular Wednesday night performance series at the venerable Caffe Vivaldi in New York City’s Greenwich Village. The timeless cafe became their informal home. In 2013 Soundbrush Records began recording these performances. In the “Live at Caffe Vivaldi” series, Soundbrush Records presents its artists, anchored by pianist, composer, and founder Roger Davidson, captured in the immediacy of live music making.
For Roger Davidson, music is a world without boundaries. Though commonly termed a classical artist, Roger had developed a fearlessly eclectic reach, both as a composer and pianist.“Music is for the world,” says Roger, whose acclaimed catalog ranges from chamber, symphonic, and choral pieces to jazz, tango, Klezmer, children’s music, and a wide span of Latin and Brazilian projects. As a jazz pianist, Roger was mentored by Helen Keane, Bill Evans’ longtime manager; Keane produced his first jazz album. JazzTimes has since called him an “impeccable player”; Michael G. Nastos of All Music Guide termed him an “extraordinary” pianist devoted to “reaching for the inner soul.” Roger has released over 20 albums, most recently Universal Sacred Music for Chorus, performed by the New York Virtuoso Singers as well as Temple of the Soul: Rhapsodies and Meditations for Solo Piano, both released on Soundbrush Records. His recently published book of original Brazilian-inspired compositions, To Brazil With Love, is now distributed by Carl Fischer. A second Brazilian book, Saudade do Brasil, will be out later in 2016, followed by books of Roger’s jazz and tango pieces as well as a large collection of his country dance music inspired by the British Isles.