BK Davis Keys in as a Steinway Success

Steinway LogoByron “BK” Davis has some elite company.

The Davenport native is among 1,600 International Steinway Artists, a designation made by Steinway & Sons, arguably the biggest name in pianos. He joins the likes of Harry Connick Jr., Billy Joel and Diana Krall, as well as music immortals Irving Berlin and Cole Porter. Being a Steinway Artist means the performer owns one of the company’s pianos and plays them exclusively.

Davis, who turns 53 in June, has been busy in Florida, where he’s a frequent headliner at the Fox Jazz Cafe, an upscale restaurant and bar in Tampa that has a showroom seating 1,000 to 1,500 people.

On top of all that, he’s ready to release a new CD titled “More than Platonic” next month.

And as if that isn’t enough, his biography is expected to be released sometime this year. “The Ivory Towers” is written by his wife, Rasheen, along with Jae Bryson, a former Quad-City Times reporter.

Davis said the biography covers the high and low points in his life, the latter including his battles with drugs, sex and mental illness.

A songwriter since he was 12 years old, he studied music at Black Hawk College and Western Illinois University, and moved to the West Coast in the mid-1980s, working with jazz greats such as Gerald Albright and Sticks Hooper.

Davis said he’s looking forward to coming back to the Quad-Cities sometime this year to perform and sign copies of the bio. According to our files, he hasn’t performed in the area for about 3 1/2 years.