Davina & the Vagabonds | SFJAZZ
Davina & The Vagabonds
Bluesy, blustery, bawdy and irresistibly fun, Davina & The Vagabonds have carved their own niche in the blues world with their high-energy live performances and rollicking compositions that combine elements of boogie-woogie, ragtime, early rock and Basin Street, anchored by the prodigiously talented pianist and singer Davina Sowers. Hailing from Minneapolis-Saint Paul, the band built their careers in the trenches of the Twin Cities club scene, playing as many as 300 shows a year before making the jump to international recognition. They’ve performed across the U.S., Canada and Europe in the ensuing years, including a pair of star-making appearances at the 2013 and 2014 Monterey Jazz Festival that inspired the Monterey Herald to declare them “easily among the breakout stars at this year’s festival.” Their last studio release, Sunshine, received a four-star review from DownBeat magazine, and their new live album, Nicollet and Tenth, documents a typically raucous performance at their hometown club, The Dakota. With a musical signature that marries Sowers’ barrelhouse piano and gutsy, sweet vocals with a loose-limbed rhythm section and boisterous brass, Davina and Vagabonds bring an irrepressible energy that a venue as intimate as the Joe Henderson Lab will barely be able to contain.
Davina Sowers vocals, piano, ukulele
Dan Eikmeier trumpet, vocals
Ben Link trombone, vocals
Greg Beyers bass, cello
Connor McRae drums, vocals