BK Davis Trades Cleats for Keyboard


Longtime Davenport Central High School football coach Jim Fox has seen many of his former players go on to bigger and better things in sports. Roger Craig starred at the university of Nebraska and and now is a running back with the San Francisco 49ers. There was Jim Jensen, who is a former NFL fullback, Tom Mullen, and Dave Hoeksema, who played professional baseball in the minor leagues. But there is one player who traded in his cleats for a keyboard and has not looked back since. BK Davis of Davenport is a professional singer, songwriter, and keyboard player, and is presently … [Read more...]

Rising Son

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BK Davis, a professional musician for nearly two decades, has played just about everywhere in the Quad-Cities. And soon he'll take his talent to Japan, where he will perform a five-week gig and possibly record a new release as well. "I leave March 14 for Osaka, Japan," says BK Davis, who headed the BK Davis Trioin Los Angeles in the late '80s. The other two members were Doug McBeth, bass, and Frankie Avalon Jr. on drums. "We did five nights a week in Toluca Lake at the Money Tree," he says. "When I was working there I was contacted by a West Coast Management and booking agency, and … [Read more...]

The BK Davis Trio is More Than Just a Trio

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Although musicians don't have to be friends to play together, friendship is a key ingredient in the BK Davis trio. The group, which plays weekends at The Money Tree in Toluca Lake, is made up of BK Davis on the piano, Doug Macbeth on bass and Frankie Avalon Jr., who plays drums. Although each member has a different background, the trio meshes together when they perform jazz, pop and standard songs on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights at The Money Tree. Not only do the regulars enjoy their music, but musicians like Bobbly Lyle, who is Anita Baker's conductor, and Michael "Patches" … [Read more...]

BK Davis in Japan With a Message

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BK Davis likes to keep active in the music world. That's why the former Davenporter can't wait to go on tour to Japan in January with Johnny Taylor,  well-known rhythm and blues performer whose hits include "Disco Lady" and "Who's Making Love." BK will play piano, organ and synthesizer in Taylor's backup band on the tour. And even though the R&B performer won't be doing any of BK's own compositions--which are based mostly on Scripture--the band will in its opening act. "The Bible has a lot of true meaning--no matter what one believes in. That's why I think people really want to … [Read more...]

BK Davis Praised For Contribution to His Profession

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BK Davis has been included in Outstanding Young Men of America®. He is praised for his accomplishments and contributions to the community around him. BK Davis was nominated in his local area based on his achievement and excellence served in his community. To be included in this edition, BK Davis was found to be exceptional when measured against the standards of his service to others, his professional excellence, civic and professional recognition and community activities. In his entry in Outstanding Young Men of America®, BK Davis is noted for his education in music which includes: Maryland … [Read more...]

Performances for the New Year

Happy New Year! We are so excited for 2013 and everything that is in store for this year. Most importantly, we are working on a new CD for BK Davis. It is going to be a great album, and we can't wait to share it with you! While you are waiting, there are plenty of opportunities to see BK Davis perform live, don't miss a single one! BK Davis performs every Friday night at the Fox Jazz Club at 8:30 PM. www.foxjazzcafe.net/ He will also be at Bratta's Ristorante in Ft. Meyers from 6:30-9:30 PM on January 14th, 21st, and again on the 28th. www.brattasristorante.com/ Don't miss BK … [Read more...]

BK Davis Sings

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Just eight bars into the new CD by BK Davis, “BK Davis Sings”, and the listener already knows a vocal treat has been tapped into. With a voice and talent that rivals the likes of Jeffrey Osbourne and Luther Vandross, it quickly becomes clear that Davis is a consummate artist. The 11-song CD is the Davenport, IA jazz artist’s third release on his own. “Sweet Rain” in 1990 highlights his gospel roots while “Can’t Stop” in 1991 showcases his forte as a jazz maestro on the keyboards. “BK Davis Sings” is just that—a jazzy compilation of Davis’ smooth, professional vocals backed up by and blended … [Read more...]

Memorable Music, BK Davis Style

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 Multi-talented composer, singer and Steinway artist, BK Davis, creates memorable music. What sets Davis apart from other pianists is that he's listed among the 250 living worldwide international Steinway artists who own, play and record exclusively on Steinway pianos. His ivory.gold-trimmed Concert Grand Model B, was a gift from his wife Rasheen. "BK put his career on hold when I was undergoing chemotherapy," she said. Having a convert grand at home, she explained, enabled BK to compose and record music and be there for her and their two young children, Aallyah and Abram. BK, who has … [Read more...]

Davis showers gospel on Q-C

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A tornado warning and a severe thunder storm didn't stop the release of BK Davis’ last cassette. It was during the springtime of 1993, yet despite the stormy weather several people showed up for his “Sings” tape release party at the Funny Bone Comedy Club (BK entertained during the dining hour for the nightclub’s first two years.) BK is ready to begin working on his fourth release and debut CD. The Quad City keyboardist, singer and songwriter is returning back to his gospel toots for the next project. “Being a son of a preacher,” he said, “I grew up playing in the church. I have … [Read more...]

Q-C Music Man Is On A Roll

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BK Davis is pumped. Seconds into our interview, the pianist/singer/composer is as giddy as a kid at Christmas time, describing his new projects. There’s his work with the Mount Zion Gospel Choir of East Moline, There’s his new smooth jazz band. There's are his plans for a Christian album. And of course, there are the primary reasons he’s stopped by the Rock Island Argus on this late afternoon - his new CD of instrumental piano compositions, “Relaxology,” and his date this weekend at LeClaire Park. But before we eve get into talking about any of those gigs he’s got a new song he … [Read more...]