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Davis Whitfield


Davis Whitfield is a talented pianist on the New York scene who has accomplished a lot at a young age. The son of two musicians, Davis was exposed to great music his entire childhood and started playing guitar at a very young age. He eventually switched to piano, where he began practicing and studying more seriously. In 2008, still in high school, Whitfield was appointed the Assistant Director for the Jazz Standard Youth Orchestra, performing at the New York City club weekly. He continued his studies at Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he was a recipient of the Presidential Scholarship - a top honor at Berklee. He has since gone on tours in the United States, France, and this Summer will be traveling to Spain with the Felix Rossy Quintet. He also performs and travels with his father and renowned guitarist Mark Whitfield, as well as his brother Mark Whitfield, Jr. -- the three often times traveling together as the family band. Influenced by the likes of McCoy Tyner and Thelonious Monk, Davis has created a path and a voice of his own on the piano. He maintains a residency at Mezzrow in the West Village and performs with various artists as a sideman. For more information, go to

Watch Past Performances

Video 6/17/2016: Aaron Seeber Quintet feat. Davis Whitfield

As part of the 2016 DC Jazz Festival, the Aaron Seeber Quintet feat. Davis Whitfield—featuring drummer Aaron Seeber, pianist Davis Whitfield, bassist Dean Torrey, alto saxophonist Mike Troy, and tenor saxophonist Elijah Jamal Balbed—presents an evening of jazz music.

Presented as part of the 2016 DC Jazz Festival Dis is ‘Da Drum series.

Davis Whitfield