received a Ph.D. from New York University in 1999 (his dissertation was
on Cuban brass performance). He remains very active as a performer.
His most recent credits include recording with the rock group Blondie as
well as with Michael Jackson and Wyclef Jean. Davies also did live
appearances in late 1999 with Wyclef for President and Mrs. Clinton and
at the Giants stadium Netaid concert. He also filmed a VH1 Storytellers
episode with Wyclef and the Refugee All-Stars. Davies has traveled
extensively with the Big Apple Circus, and appears regularly with Salsa
Picante in New York City and around the world. He is currently
promoting his group Jazzismo and creating new compositions for this
first class Latin jazz ensemble.
In the year 2000, Davies was appointed Assistant Professor of
Music at Plattsburgh State University of New York (SUNY). In addition
to providing a chapter on Cuban trumpeter Alfredo “Chocolate” Armenteros
for the book Music From Cuba (edited by Charley Gerard and released in
May 2001 by Praeger Press), Davies has signed a contract with Scarecrow
Press for a book on the Afro-Cuban and salsa brass tradition, which is
slated for publication in 2002.