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Daryl Davis Biography

Chicago native Daryl Davis graduated from Howard University, with a degree in Jazz.  Additionally, he was mentored by legendary pianists Pinetop Perkins and Johnnie Johnson who both claimed him as their godson and praised his ability to master a piano style that was popular long before he was born.  In addition to being a pianist and vocalist, Daryl is an actor, author, and lecturer, now residing in Maryland.

Apart from The Daryl Davis Band, he has worked with Elvis Presley’s Jordanaires, Chuck Berry, The Legendary Blues Band, Percy Sledge, Jerry Lee Lewis, The Coasters, The Platters, The Drifters, and many others.  Daryl’s CDs American Roots and Alternate Routes, received rave reviews from leading Blues magazines, winning several WAMA (Washington Area Music Association) Awards for Best Artist in the Roots and Blues categories.  Daryl tours both nationally and internationally and recently released his Greatest HitsCD.

A man told Daryl; he’d never seen a black man play piano like Jerry Lee Lewis.  Daryl explained, they both learned from black Blues and Boogie Woogie pianists.  The man didn’t believe in the black origin of the music but became a regular fan of Daryl’s.  Turns out, he was a member of the Ku Klux Klan.  This experience led to Daryl becoming the first black author to travel the country interviewing KKK leaders and members, all detailed in his book, KLAN-DESTINE RELATIONSHIPS.

As an actor, Daryl has appeared in film, stage plays, and the critically acclaimed television show The Wire.

Daryl will be playing with 2/3rds of QDK at Lancaster Roots and Blues. Featuring the legendary Kenny Aaronson on bass (Bob Dylan, Rick Derringer, Billy Idol, Joan Jett, New York Dolls, Hall and Oats), Rockabilly Hall of Famer Quentin Jones on guitar and special guest Liberty DeVitto on drums. (30 years with Billy Joel.)