Discipline: Music Composition

Caroline Davis

Discipline: Music Composition
Region: Brooklyn, NY
MacDowell Fellowships: 2019

Mobile since her birth in Singapore, composer and saxophonist Caroline Davis lives in Brooklyn, New York. Her debut album, Live Work & Play, was featured on All About Jazz’s best releases, and she was named one of JazzTimes’ Best New Artists in 2012. Her second album, Doors: Chicago Storylines, is an audio documentary that uniquely sets stories from Chicago's jazz scene from the 80s and 90s alongside her original music. In 2018, she won the DownBeat Critic’s Poll “rising star” in the alto saxophone category. Caroline’s 2018 release on Sunnyside Records, Heart Tonic, received much acclaim in NPR, The New York Times, and DownBeat. Davis’ self-titled Alula, featuring Matt Mitchell and Greg Saunier, will be released on New Amsterdam Records in May of 2019.



Caroline Davis worked in the Watson studio.

Built in 1916 in memory of Regina Watson of Chicago, a musician and teacher, this studio was donated by a group of her friends, along with funds for its maintenance. Originally designed to serve as a composers’ studio with room for performance, Watson was used as a recital hall for chamber music for a…

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