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“One of the great minds in jazz.” – Jazz.FM
“One of Canada’s A-List pianists!” – CFRB
“He very well may be the most gifted pianist in Canada.” – rivetingriffs
“One of Canada’s hottest acts in both bop and pop circles!” – CNET

Moving effortlessly between musical genres, projects, and influences, highly acclaimed pianist-composer Ron Davis has established himself as one of the most original, enjoyable voices in jazz today.

Ron is active on the worldwide jazz scene and has built a dynamic career including several successful international tours. He cites piano giants Oscar Peterson, Art Tatum and Thelonious Monk as inspirations, but his clean, energetic, joyous playing style is uniquely his own.

Ron is the unusual combination of a virtuoso pianist and an entertainer. He reads audiences and connects, creating a multi-textured musical mix that keeps listeners on the edge of their seats.

On any given night, Ron’s set list might include Coldplay, Beatles, Jimi Hendrix or classic Tatum. The result is a magnificent mix of instrumental and experimental, and as importantly, an unforgettable evening out.

Ron has released nine full-length recordings to international critical praise. In early 2013, he released his eighth title, Blue Modules, an experimental project exploring pop and post-modern jazz. In autumn 2013, he released Symphronica, an innovative jazz-symphony fusion album, made with famed conductor John Morris Russell.

After early studies at The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Ron studied with Darwyn Aitken—himself a student of jazz legend Peterson, and classical great (and George Gershwin’s brother-in-law) David Saperton. In 2005, Ron was awarded the Japan Foundation’s prestigious Uchida Fellowship for the Performing Arts, as well as the position of Visiting Scholar at Tokyo’s Hosei University.

When he isn’t wowing audiences around the world, Ron sits on the boards of numerous charities (he is Past Secretary of The Glenn Gould Foundation), publishes articles on music, law and linguistics, and practices yoga. He is married to the beautiful and highly-hyphenated Daniela Nardi, the award-winning, Italian-Canadian, singer-songwriter of jazz-pop, with whom Ron co-produced her acclaimed Espresso Manifesto recording. The couple call Toronto home.

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Ron Davis’ SymphRONica Plays Trafalgar Square for Canada 150!
Saturday July 1, 2017
Trafalgar Square, London England

Ron Davis and SymphRONica have been invited by Canada’s High Commission in the U.K. to perform in the heart of London-historic Trafalgar Square-on July 1, Canada Day as part of CANADA 150 – the official celebrations of Canada’s 150 birthday!

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Friday, May 12, 2017 7:30pm-10:30pm
RON DAVIS at The Home Smith Bar

The knockout trio of RON DAVIS (piano), LOUIS SIMAO (bass) and ROGER TRAVASSOS (drums) play originals and jazz standards in the up-close-and-personal ambience of the Home Smith Bar, in Toronto’s historic Old Mill. Showtime: 7:30pm-10:30pm.

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Thursday May 25, 2017
Doors 7:00 / Music 7:30

Beth Torah Congregation
47 Glenbrook Ave, Toronto

Info/Tickets: click here, or
call (416) 782-4495

Ron Davis’ SymphRONica and Daniela Nardi’s Espresso Manifesto get together for this inspired collaboration to explore the Jewish and Italian music in honour of the Heritage Months of both communities.

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