Dennis Davis

Dennis Davis (b. August 28, 1949, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA – April 6, 2016) was an American drummer and session musician probably best known for his work with David Bowie.

Davis studied with legendary drummers Max Roach and Elvin Jones. Called up for duty in the Vietnam War, he played in the United States Navy Drum and Bugle Corp. Davis was wounded during his tour of duty. After Vietnam, Davis performed his first tour and album with jazz vibraphonist Roy Ayers.

He hooked up with David Bowie for the "Young Americans" album, providing him the opportunity to play not only with Bowie but also John Lennon. World tours playing with Bowie followed and later he was involved with Bowie's legendary "Berlin Trio" of albums (Low, Heroes, Lodger).

He also did stints with George Benson and worked with Stevie Wonder in 1979 for both studio and live work. From 1991, he went full time with Roy Ayers. His first official solo album was "The Groovemaster". He has four children. Davis passed away after a battle with cancer.
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none Dennis Davis - Black Beauty album art Rex On Sax* / Dennis On Drums* Rex On Sax* / Dennis On Drums* - Black Beauty(7", Single) D. D. Records none US 1971 Sell This Version
none Dennis Davis - Shake It To The Beat album art Dennis Davis, Gee Gong Gong Dennis Davis, Gee Gong Gong - Shake It To The Beat(7", Single) Not On Label none Austria Unknown Sell This Version