Jay Davidson Biography

Jay Davidson’s funk cannot be contained. His multi-faceted musical prowess combined with his decades of experience with industry legends has turned him into an in-demand session player & band member.

This year alone, he’s playing six instruments on tour with Brit Floyd - a top-shelf Pink Floyd tribute act. When off the road, he provides the keys and saxophone, as well as work behind the board, for Swift Technique, a funk band out of Philadelphia, quickly growing in popularity with a recent placement on Netflix’s hit series, Orange Is The New Black.

Since the 80s, Jay has played stadiums for crowds most musicians only dream of seeing. He played sax and keys for Whitney Houston, Cinderella, Taj Mahal, Steve Winwood, Billy Preston, Phoebe Snow, Joan Osborne, Bobby Caldwell, Levon Helm, Maxi Priest, Sly & Robbie, and Monty Alexander, just to name a few.

These days, the Jay Davidson brand envelops three main branches: session/band player, producer/arranger, and solo artist. As Jason David Steel - the Funk Detective - Jay creates original music with his band, BuddaDadda, and is simultaneously working on a Jazz project of his own.

Next on the horizon, Jay has set his sights on contributing his musical talent as a regular on late-night television. If his journey thus far is any indication, Jay will reach his destination, bringing the funk every step of the way.






Cinderella - Shelter Me

Cinderella - The More Things Change

Swift Technique - Live From The Lot

Graham Alexander - She's A Chameleon

Horns and Arrangement



Jay Davidson’s funk cannot be contained. His multi-faceted musical prowess combined with his decades of experience with industry legends has turned him into an in-demand session player & band member, while his solo work as Jason David Steel - the Funk Detective - allows him to create original music with his band, BuddaDadda.
Artist: Swift Technique | Song Title: J's The Name | Credit: Keys/Saxes
Song Title: Happy New Year Baby | Credit: Saxes/Arrangement
Artist: Spangler | Song Title: Soul To The River | Credit: Keys/Saxes
Artist: Papa Sez | Song Title: Mama's Your Daughter's | Credit: Keys/Saxes
Artist: Hanna Jae | Song Title: Chasing A Daydream | Credit: Keys/Saxes
Artist: Cole Redding | Song Title: Running Into You | Credit: Keys/Saxes
Artist: Chris Schutz | Song Title: Spinning Wheel | Credit: Keys/Saxes
Artist: BuddaDadda | Song Title: Papa, Well Shit... Papa | Credit: Keys/Saxes

Additional Personnel, Arranger, Composer, Engineer, Flute, Guest Artist, Harmonica, Horn, Horn Arrangements, Keyboards, Main Personnel, Member of Attributed Artist, Musician, Organ, Organ (Hammond), Performer, Piano, Piccolo, Primary Artist, Producer, Programming, Sax (Alto), Sax (Baritone), Sax (Soprano), Sax (Tenor), Saxophone, String Arrangements, Synthesizer Programming, Vocals (Background), Woodwind 


Year Album Artist Credits
2016 Rock the Fuck On Forever Angel Du$t Saxophone
2016 Stay Away Young & Heartless Saxophone
2013 Greater Than Tye Tribbett Sax (Baritone)
2013 Sing Aaron & the Spell Primary Artist
2010 It Wasn't Real Gina Sicilia Sax (Baritone), Sax (Tenor)
2010 Ronnie Spector's Best Christmas Ever Ronnie Spector Flute, Sax (Soprano), Saxophone
2009 Love Train: The Sound of Philadelphia - Live in Concert Woodwind, Saxophone

Year Album Artist Credits
2009 The Collected Sessions Holy Water Engineer, Saxophone, Keyboards
2008 Back to Now Labelle Flute, Sax (Tenor)
2008 I Dig You Darrall Campbell Flute, Saxophone
2008 Rediscovering Lonnie Johnson Blues Anatomy / Jef Lee Johnson / Lonnie Johnson Guest Artist, Member of Attributed Artist, Additional Personnel, Saxophone, Performer, Horn Arrangements
2007 Blues in the Pocket Frank Bey Keyboards
2007 Drive My Karma Dean Davidson Saxophone
2007 It's Not Over Wilmington Chester Mass Choir Main Personnel, Sax (Tenor)
2006 Gold Cinderella Saxophone
2006 Leftovers Jason Karaban Saxophone
2006 Tribe: Journey Through the Spirit Katalize Engineer
2005 In Concert Cinderella Saxophone, Vocals (Background)
2005 Reading Rocks The Cat's Pajamas Sax (Tenor), Sax (Baritone)
2005 Rocked, Wired & Bluesed: The Greatest Hits Cinderella Saxophone
2005 Trinity Barbara Montgomery Sax (Baritone)
2004 100,000,000 Bon Jovi Fans Can't Be Wrong Bon Jovi Musician
2003 Bluesprints The Fins Sax (Baritone)
2003 Christmas Love Song Ric Sandler Saxophone
2003 Dancing in Jerusalem Lamb Programming, Performer
2003 The Year of Jubilee Lamb Saxophone, Keyboards
2002 Rhythmunderground Ric Sandler Saxophone, Horn Arrangements
2002 Shocka Zooloo T.M. Stevens Sax (Alto), Sax (Tenor), Sax (Baritone)
2001 Bands for America Producer
2001 Latin Jam, Vol. 6: El Nuevo Cha Cha Cha Saxophone
2001 Telarc Sampler Saxophone
2000 Come up and See Me Ron Hevener Saxophone
2000 Latin Jam, Vol. 4: Sizzling Saxophone
2000 Latin Jam, Vol. 5: Electrified Sax (Alto), Sax (Tenor), Sax (Baritone)
1998 Danceport Sounds USA Presents: Latin Jam 2: X-Tra Hot! Saxophone
1998 Latin Jam, Vol. 3: On Fire Saxophone
1997 Chocolate Supa Highway Spearhead Saxophone, Keyboards
1997 The Chord Is Mightier Than the Sword Hamell on Trial Saxophone, Organ
1997 Yeah, It's That Easy G. Love & Special Sauce Engineer, Piano
1996 Semi-Gloss Love Huskies Saxophone
1995 Almost Speechless Ben Arnold Organ
1994 Back to My Roots Big Al Downing Saxophone
1994 Home Spearhead Saxophone, Piano
1994 Platinum Jive Big Chief Flute, Saxophone
1994 Still Climbing Cinderella Sax (Tenor), Sax (Baritone)
1993 After All Is Said and Done O.C. Smith Horn
1993 Do or Die Tim Dog Saxophone
1993 Love Times Three Jackson/Smith/Gooding Horn
1993 Sacrifice Robert Scott Thayer Producer, Arranger, Saxophone, Piano, Keyboards, Vocals (Background), Organ (Hammond), String Arrangements, Synthesizer Programming
1991 Like Never Before Taj Mahal Arranger, Sax (Tenor), Sax (Baritone), Horn Arrangements
1991 Penicillin on Wax Tim Dog Saxophone
1990 Comin' Correct Robbie B. & DJ Jazz Horn
1990 Heartbreak Station Cinderella Saxophone, Piano
1990 Something Special Something Special Sax (Alto), Sax (Tenor)
1989 Let It Swing Blackmale Saxophone
1988 Myles Goodwyn Myles Goodwyn Saxophone
1987 Hold On Connie Scott Composer
1986 Bricklin Bricklin Saxophone
Faye's Baby Boy Doc Strong Horn, Saxophone
For He Is Strong & Mighty Divine Praise Music Ministry Horn Arrangements, Piccolo, Sax (Baritone), Sax (Tenor)
I Made It Sounds of Sunrise Saxophone
Midnight Trail Cabin Dogs Piano, Organ
No Green Bananas: A Retrospective Jim Holton Engineer
Parallel Universe Greg Davis Saxophone
Sessions: Essential Songs of Philadelphia David Uosikkinen / David Uosikkinen's in the Pocket Saxophone
Way Past Gone Brooke Shive / Brooke Shive & the 45s Harmonica, Organ, Piano, Sax (Tenor)
We Stood Up: Reflections of the Civil Rights Movement Horn Arrangements, Saxophone
What It Is. Charlie Phillips Sax (Tenor), Sax (Baritone)


Date Act Venue Event Start City/State
8/18/2018 Johnny O Hard Rock AC Party !¡! 10PM AC, NJ
8/24/2018 Johnny O Hard Rock AC Party !¡! 10PM AC, NJ
8/25/2018 Trevor St Band Showboat Party !¡! AC, NJ
9/1/2018 Johnny O Hard Rock AC Party !¡! 10PM AC, NJ
9/8/2018 Johnny O Hard Rock AC Party !¡! 10PM AC, NJ
9/14/2018 Johnny O Hard Rock AC Party !¡! 10PM AC, NJ
9/15/2018 Johnny O Hard Rock AC Party !¡! 10PM AC, NJ
10/6/2018 Papa Sez Paoli Blues Fest Paoli Blues Fest 3:00 PM Paoli, PA
11/20/2018 Bill Jolly Kimmel Center R&B Foundation Awards 3:00 PM Phila, PA
12/12/2018 Bill Jolly The Met Grand Opening 3:00 PM Phila, PA


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