Mel Davis

Mel Davis was a multi-talented musician and arranger, best known for his trumpet playing. As well trumpet, he played piano, violin, drums, tuba, bass, accordion and ocarina. He was also known as a vocalist. He was born in Philadelphia in 1931 and died in Florida on Dec. 28th, 2004. Davis began his musical apprenticeship under Seymour Rosenfeld, who was the leading trumpet player with the Philadelphia Orchestra. He played in clubs from the age of twelve but completed high school before taking a job playing with the St. Louis Symphonette. While continuing to play club gigs, Davis furthered his musical knowledge by studying at Curtis Institute and Temple. He recorded many albums, including "Trumpet with a soul", released on the Epic music label in 1956. It featured jazz legends Milt Hinton on bass and Osie Johnson on drums. Later he formed a band called "The Lease Breakers" with Buddy Morrow, Harvey Phillips, Tony Mottola and Sol Gubin. Then in the mid-1950s, he left Philadelphia for New York where he joined the Benny Goodman band as lead trumpet player, travelling with the band on their tour of the Far East in 1956.

Music

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    Fame Whore
    Fame Whore
    (1997) 69 min
    Comedy
    Jon Moritsugu
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    Scumrock
    Scumrock
    (2003) 80 min
    Comedy
    Jon Moritsugu
    SCUMROCK is "a quick-witted, smartly poignant effort from someone who's earned his indie cred and has hit...
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