Jonathan James Davis (JD) currently performs with 2 time Grammy award winner Kameron Corvet and Grammy Nominate Jazz Artist Rod Harris Jr. In Atlanta Ga. In 2023 JD recorded an album with each artist mentioned above. JD is an Accomplished musician who has performed across 77 countries. He has completed more than 33 tours around the world (2008-2021) within the cruise industry for NCL, RCCL, Holland America, Azamara, Celebrity Cruises and Carnival Cruises. He was a hired Gun for M one Studios and Landau Music (2booking Agencies) from 2008-2021. Jonathan writes original music from the bass guitar, one of the instruments played by his father and is a strong site reader on drums. He produced a Jazz-Fusion record “Mela-D” in 2020 and released His first Drum Method Book in 2017. JD can be seen in 2 HBO Series from 2019 filmed in Atlanta Ga. “Watchmen” and “Love Craft Country.
Jonathan completed his first album “Drums, Not Easy” in December of 2004 while attending Florida A & M University where he received his Bachelors in music for Jazz studies in 2008. In 2006, Jonathan would launch his first business, Drumming On The Edge, LLC, where taught and wrote music for drum set primarily. Little did he know, All of the sheet music would accumulated (from his college experiences, big band, gigging, church gigs, cruise ship gigs, from giving private lessons) and lead to him writing a series of drum method books. In January of 2007, Jonathan along with other musicians at Allaire Studios in New York, came together for Gospel Chops, Shed Session Vol. II DVD. His association with Gospel chops Changed the way drummers around the world would gain access to Black American musicians online and their style of playing drums. Also in 2007, he signed an endorsement contract to use Paiste Cymbals exclusively because of his association with other musicians he met while filming the documentary with Gerald Forrest (owner of Gospel Chops). In September 2011, Jonathan contributed to the soundtrack of the blockbuster movie release “Contagion”. Michael J Thomas Album “City Beat” is the reason for the Contagion Credits.
Growing up in a musically inclined family with a spiritual background, JD has always been destined to be a great musician. As the youngest of three children from Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Davis, Sr., Jonathan Was the drummer in a rhythm section of family members for the Triumph Church. He grew up playing drums in the black church environment and learned to read sheet music Under Mr. Brewton at North Dade Middle School. During his 8th through 12th grade years, Jonathan won six awards at the FBA Solo & Ensembles under the Guidance of Band Director Richard Beckford. While attending Carol City Senior High School in Miami, he was awarded the Most Outstanding & Most Dedicated Freshman, Most Outstanding Percussionist, as well as Most Outstanding Jazz Musician in the same awards ceremony.