“Strive for more balance and inclusion in music across the board…we have so much more to gain…a lot of insecurity for folks in the music industry just comes from feeling like you don’t you don’t fit into what they’re trying to ask and all anybody should be asking you to be in a creative space is yourself.”
In this month’s installment of “Wonder Women; Stories From the Women Who Play Bass,” we chat with Jordyn Davis, an award-winning bassist, composer, songwriter, vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist from Detroit, Michigan.
In May 2019, Davis became the first African-American woman to receive a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Composition from Michigan State University as well as the first Michigan State student to receive a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Composition and Jazz Studies concurrently. She has also performed and worked with artists such as Rodney Whitaker, Micheal Dease, Bruce Barth, Wycliffe Gordon & The Black Excellence Trombone Choir, Ingrid Jensen, Etienne Charles, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Maria Schneider, Jerome Jennings, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Jaime Lozano, Shirazette Tinnin & Willerm Delisfort.
Additionally, she is the proud leader of her own band, “Composetheway.” After completing a Masters’s Degree in Jazz Studies at Michigan State University, she moved to Brooklyn, New York. She is one of two inaugural Jazz Leader Fellowship recipients from the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, has been featured on the PBS Limited Series “Music for Social Justice,” and is a teaching artist for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra…