PREVIEW – Snake Davis Band, Customs House, South Shields, Saturday July 7 2012

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IT was back in April 2005 that Snake Davis last appeared at The Customs House when he performed with the Scottish born singer songwriter Jim Diamond.

Seven years on and Snake will be bringing his own band to the town.

Described as one of the jazz world’s best kept secrets, he is a saxophonist who has played with the best in the business through a career spanning three decades.

To date, Snake Davis has recorded on more than 400 tracks for over 60 artists and the list keeps growing - that’s not even counting all of the live performances.

The Snake Davis Band bring together some of the finest musicians in the industry and even though his biography reads like a who’s who of the music world he does not hog the limelight; he lets his band members shine too. 

His long time co-writer and producer, Lancashire lad, Paul Birchall will be on keys showing how versatile a pianist he is.

The bass player, Steve Williams, shows off his talent on stage as well as bringing his fun personality to the band. Finally, Snake spotted the drummer, Ali Thynne, while he was still in college; he’s already quoted as being the hottest young musician to leave Leeds College of Music in recent years and described as “an inspiration for anyone who loves drums.” They will be performing self penned numbers as well as a variety of popular classics such as Michael Jackson’s Human Nature and maybe even a jazz standard or two.  

Snake does not fit easily within any genre box, especially as he’s also an accomplished player on flute, whistle and Japanese Shakuhachi, all of which he plays at his concerts.

Tickets are £15. Tel: 454 1234