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Troy Davis

Born November 29, 1965 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

He began playing drums at age 3.

Graduated from Baton Rouge High Magnet in 1983.

Fall 1983 Troy continued his studies at Southern University under the tutelage of Alvin Batiste.

1986 Troy moved to New York.

1987 Troy joined Betty Carter's band and stayed with her for 2 1/2 years touring all around the world. He recorded two albums with her, Look What I Got, and A Tribute to Walt Disney, While with Betty he did several television shows.

1990 Troy began touring and playing with Terence Blanchard, Mark Whitfield, Marlon Jordan and Roy Hargrove.

December 1990 Troy recorded Terence Blanchard's debut album, Terence Blanchard on Sony Music.

October 1991 Troy recorded the Terence Blanchard album, Simply Stated on Sony Music.

Summer of 1992, Troy participated as one of the drummers on the Terence Blanchard album, Malcolm X: The Original Motion Picture Score (Sony Music).

December 1992, Troy was back in the studio with Terence Blanchard, recording Terence's latest project, The Malcolm X Jazz Suite (Sony Music).

Fall of 1993, Troy performed at Terence Blanchars commission for Jazz at Lincoln Center. Troy appeared on the subsequent album later released by Columbia/Sony in 1995 entitled, Romantic Defiance.

In 1994, Troy appeared on Terence's The Billie Holiday Songbook. In addition, he toured Europe, Canada and Latin America with the band.

In 1994, Troy also began touring with Monty Alexander.

In the beginning of 1995, the Terence Blanchard Group was chosen by the United States Information Agency to be cultural ambassadors in Latin America. The group successfully toured Latin America for five weeks. Troy was a member of that tour.

In August of 1995, Terence recorded The Heart Speaks. Troy, along with Brazilian percussionist, Paulinho Da Costa, laid down the lush tracks that punctuates Brazilian music.

In December of 1996 Troy recorded a tribute to Frank Sinatra record with Monty Alexander and John Pattucci, for the concord record label, titled "ECHOE'S OF GILLY'S".

Since 1990, Troy has been touring extensively with the Terence Blanchard Group extensively throughout Europe, Japan, the United States and Latin America.

Troy can be heard on several of Terence Blanchard's film scores, in addition to several of Terence's recordings for Columbia/Sony Music.


Betty Carter, Jean Carne, Alvin Batiste, Terence Blanchard, Henry Butler, Jerry Gonzalez, Donald Harrison, Joe Henderson, Eddie Henderson, Ellis Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, Wynton Marsalis, Les McCann, Pharoah Sanders, Milt Hinton, Toots Thielemans, Monty Alexander, Harry sweets Edison, Kenny Burrell, Paquito Rivera, Claudio Raditi, Frank Wess, Jimmy Heath & Sonny Fortune.


Bill Cosby Show

Sunday Night/David Sanborn

NBC Morning News

BET Video LP

The Tonight Show

The Today Show


Betty Carter (Look What I Got)

Terence Blanchard/Donald Harrison Quintet

Mark Whitfield

Terence Blanchard


Spike Lee's "Jungle Fever"

Spike Lee's "Malcolm X"

"Sugar Hill"

"Ink Well"

"'Til there was you"

Spike Lee's "Crooklyn"

Spike Lee's "Four Little Girls"

"Soul of the Game"

"Eve's Bayou"

"Trial By Jury"

"A Saintly Switch"


"Lady of the Day" / Mark Whitfield "Patrice"

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