20 February 1951, Paterson, New Jersey, USA. Coming from an academic background (his father was the first black faculty member at Princeton University and, as chairman of African-American Studies at Yale, devised one of the first and best black studies programmes in the USA), Davis grew up in Princeton and State College in Pennsylvania. He began to take classical piano lessons at the age of seven. He studied music at Yale University and played in nearby New Haven with trombonist George Lewis and drummer Gerry Hemingway in a group called Advent. He graduated with a BA in 1975, forming a quartet which featured the master drummer Ed Blackwell in the same year. From 1974-77 he was a member of Leo Smiths New Dalta Ahkri. In 1977 he moved to New York and became involved with the burgeoning Loft scene (documented in the Wildflowers series), later recording with Oliver Lake (Shine), Anthony Braxton (Six Compositions: Quartet) and Leroy Jenkins (The Legend Of Ai...