The Big Easy in Buffalo presents our first-ever house concert!
DEBBIE DAVIS & JOSH PAXTON
“100 Years of Popular Music Through a New Orleans Lens”
Free admission, with donations going to Debbie and Josh.
Doors at 6, Show at 7 (two sets).
Refreshments will be served.
Space is limited, so please reserve your spot by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll send you the address with the confirmation email.
Introduced to each other by the legendary Leigh “Li’l Queenie” Harris, Josh and Debbie have spent the better part of 20 years exploring their shared musical interests ranging from Duke Ellington and Jellyroll Morton to Stevie Wonder and Randy Newman. Together, Josh and Debbie have performed in Switzerland, Italy and France as well as domestic performances across the country.
The Big Easy in Buffalo – a program of Arts Services Initiative of WNY, Inc. – is sponsored by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, Fund for the Arts, Erie County, and Adam’s Mark.
More on Josh:
At the age of five Joshua Paxton received a little yellow toy piano that he banged on for years, playing along with TV jingles and music on the radio by ear. At 11 his parents gave into his pleas for piano lessons and bought him his first piano. Josh moved from his native Ohio to New Orleans to study piano with Ellis Marsalis in the mid- 90s.By the time he earned his masters degree in Jazz Piano, he found that the city had gotten its teeth into him, so he stayed. Since then he has served at the pleasure of notable acts as Maria Muldaur, Leigh “Li’l Queenie Harris, Cookie Gabriel, Bruce Hornsby, the Afghan Whigs, Papa Mali, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, The Wild Tchopitoulas, Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes and the Pfister Sisters. His transcriptions of the music of James Booker (The James Booker Collection, Hal Leonard) and Professor Longhair have become standard reference tools for pianists the world over.
More on Debbie:
The daughter of two opera singers, Debbie Davis never had a chance. She was born a singer. She made her professional singing debut at the age of two and by her 5th birthday she was traveling with her parents, performing childrens’ roles in opera companies all over America. A native of New Jersey, Debbie moved to New Orleans in 1997 and began making a name for herself in the local music community. Debbie has recorded and/or performed with Irma Thomas, Michael Cerveris, John Boutte, Soul Asylum, The Misfits, Dukes of Dixieland, Leigh “Lil Queenie” Harris, Paul Sanchez (Cowboy Mouth), Harry Shearer (Spinal Tap), Tony Clifton and Alex McMurray. In 1999 she joined the world renowned vocal group,The Pfister Sisters, and has spent the last 17 years performing locally and internationally with the group. Debbie was the jingle singer for the 2003-2009 Zatarains ad campaign and contributed to the Grammy and Emmy Award winning sound track to HBOs TREME. She also made regular appearances as herself on TREME during it’s four season run.