Jazz artist brings impressive resume to Ono

Kate Davis performs Sunday at Ono in Atlantic City.

Jazz singer and bassist Kate Davis graduated in the spring from the Manhattan School of Music, but she possesses a thorough knowledge of jazz and American Songbook standards recorded decades before her birth.

Davis, 22, will sing the jazz music from earlier generations during her appearance 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, June 9, at the jazz brunch at Ono inside the Atlantic Club Casino Hotel.

Originally from Portland, Ore., Davis played piano and violin. Her ability to play classical music was good enough to perform as first chair in youth orchestras, but once she started playing the upright bass at age 13, she began investigating jazz vocal and standards repertoire.

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"I came to the music on my own and just did a lot of library searches," says Davis. "The Internet made things really easy. I was able to get really deeply involved in the music just because I had access to it, and I had a lot of people around me, who showed me things too."

Once Davis made the switch from classical music to jazz, she found the kind of success that proved she made the right move.

The New York City resident has been the recipient of four Downbeat Magazine Student Music Awards, a double invitee to the Brubeck Summer Jazz Colony and bassist in the Grammy Jazz Ensemble. She has played at The Blue Note and Lincoln Center in New York City and The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. The singer and musician has released three CDs independently, but her next full-length disc will feature her original songs for the first time.

"It might be a little bit interesting because the people who do know me as a jazz musician might be a little bit off put by the different direction, but I think it is honestly a natural progression for me with what I have been doing because it is at the end of the day about the quality of the songs and stories," Davis says.

In April, Davis delighted a Somers Point crowd with her talent during her southern New Jersey debut.

"The audience was terrific for both of those shows, and that really, really helps because performing for people is sharing the things that you collected and prepared to perform, and when people react really positively to that, there's nothing to hold back," Davis says.

Kate Davis

WHERE: Ono Chinese Bistro, Atlantic Club Casino Hotel

WHEN: 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, June 9

HOW MUCH: The jazz brunch is $35 per person plux tax and gratuity. Ono jazz bites featuring $5 bloody marys, mimosas and appetizers are served in the bar and lounge area only with no cover


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