Endorsing Artist

Art Davis

I think Dr. Dave has finally come up with the proverbial 'better mouse trap' of mouthpieces.

When my friend and colleague Nick Drozdoff showed me some of the Wedge pieces, my first thought was, "oh, another gimmick". But when I tried the 3AC I played only 3 or 4 notes before saying "whoa!". I immediately felt an improvement in my tone and in the crispness of my attacks. My upper and lower registers "slot" better than before and my endurance has been enhanced. The pieces really free up the mouth corners so they can do their job. I have also had great success with the 3C and 3DC mouth pieces. I would highly recommend these mouthpieces to any trumpet player.

Art Davis

  • Professor, Jazz Studies, Northern Illinois University
  • Chicago area jazz artist
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Art Davis's Biography

art-davisOne of Chicago’s leading jazz trumpet artists, Art Davis has been a busy performer and teacher in that city since the early 1980s.

As a performer, Davis has had a varied career. He has toured with Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra, and Rosemary Clooney. As a charter member of the Chicago Jazz Orchestra (formerly Jazz Members’ Big Band), he has appeared with Joe Williams, Kurt Elling, Dizzy Gillespie, Clark Terry, Nancy Wilson, and Jimmy Heath, among others. He has also performed with such notables as Maynard Ferguson, the Woody Herman Orchestra, Natalie Cole, Diane Shur, Bill Cosby, Sammy Davis, jr., Tony Bennett, and Michael Feinstein. Art Davis appears on many recordings, including those with Frank Mantooth, Janice Borla, Jackie Allen, Rob Parton, Tommy Meullner, Kelly Brand, and the Chicago Jazz Orchestra.

Art Davis has degrees in Music Education (B.M., University of Illinois) and Musicology (M.M., University of Illinois). As a graduate student, he specialized in ethnomusicology with an emphasis in African music. For over fifteen years, he has been mentored by such master drummers as Gideon Foli Alorwoyle and Abubakari Luna.