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Brendon Davis is a rising Sophomore at the University of Michigan studying under the
world-renowned jazz pianist Benny Green. Nephew of the late Bishop G.E. Patterson,
his first major performance at age 11 was at the 2011 Gospel Festival at Hart Plaza in
downtown Detroit one year after starting piano. Since that performance an abundance
of opportunities have presented themselves to him.
While attending high school, he competed in the NAACP ACTSO competition and won
twice at the national level receiving a bronze medal in the categories of “Instrumental
Music Contemporary” and “Music Composition.” During these competitions he was then
appointed co-music director for the 2015 and 2016 closing awards ceremony. This was
a high honor and he was able to work some notable musicians in the industry. While
also in high school he was offered a full scholarship to attend both Interlochen Center
for the Arts as well as the Teen Arts Performing Arts (TAP) Camp based in Washington,
D.C. alongside the Kirov Academy of Ballet.
Under the artistic direction of Tony Small at the TAP camp he was the main contributor
to score music and also performed in the pit band for the play entitled “Ruka” which
would make its world debut at the Kennedy Center in the Terrace Theatre. Continuing
his education he is currently studying jazz studies with a concentration in piano. During
his freshman year he was chosen to perform during the U of M jazz festival for the
student studio showcase facilitated by Pianist/Professor Benny Green and a
masterclass featuring the guest artist for the festival Gary Burton. During his freshman
year he was also one of 2 students spontaneously chosen to improvise with
world-renowned classical pianist Jade Simmons during her Black History Month
concert. During his freshman year he was also brought on as one of the keyboardists to
accompany the University of Michigan Gospel Chorale for their spring tour around the
country an opportunity allowing to connect with more people across the country
increasing his presence in the industry.
His skills have allowed him to work and perform with various artists who’ve had an
impact on his playing including Benny Green, Randy Scott, Phil Denny, Wess Morgan,
Brandon Waddles, Roland Jack, Malaya Watson (Interim Music Director), Jade
Simmons, Lord Yancyy, Dr. Ryo Yanagitani, Bill Moss Jr, Demetrius Nabors, Marcus
Elliot, Aaron Shelton, Julian Goods, Sam Trump, Tony Small, Pierre Anthony, Al
McKenzie, Julius Rodriguez, Darnell Kendricks, Julius Rodriguez, Brandon Rose, Tricia
Moore, Nathan East, Gary Burton, and Kris Bowers.
His playing has given him opportunities to perform for an array of dignitaries and
prominent venues such as the which include the swearing-in ceremony for
Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence, Southfield Mayor Ken Siver, State Representative
Jewell Jones, Former House of Representative Rudy Hobbs, and playing with the Navy
jazz band during a summer festival in washington D.C. His skills have since garnered
him recognition from prominent individuals in the industry who are looking out for his
best interest. Brendon plans on diversifying his portfolio by branching off into
production, and instrument construction in the future.
He currently plays for various churches throughout the city of Detroit.