Listen below to the story on NPR’s “All Things Considered” about Blind Tom’s grave at Evergreens Cemetery in Brooklyn, NY, and John’s behind-the-scenes role in the unveiling of a headstone over Tom’s previously-unmarked remains.
THE JOHN DAVIS CARAVAN: Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater, New York, NY
“Pianist John Davis has made a mission of uncovering music by 19th-century black pianists, including slaves, whose work had a direct impact on the blues, jazz, rock, and R&B artists that came in their wake. So far his Caravan has made stops for the music of Blind Boone and Blind Tom, resulting in critical adulation.”
Time Out New York
“Mr. Davis specializes in American music. His performances of works by William Albright (A Ragtime Lullabyand Pianoagogo) and James P. Johnson (Yamekraw) were well conceived… Everything else was nicely done, especially Copland’s wonderful Piano Variations, in which Mr. Davis found the homespun lyricism beneath the severe Serialist gestures…The Bartok performance [of Out of Doors] was hardly less impressive than the Copland.”
“[Davis’] playing was nothing if not exciting. In a time which has too often seen the rise of ‘cookie-cutter’ pianists,…here is a pianist who takes risk after risk…thank heaven for the experience.”
The Newark Star-Ledger