In 2019 at the Chesterfield Wine & Jazz Fest in St. Louis Missouri, Steve Davis was supplied a Spinelli Drums backline kit. The "openness, tone, and sensitivity" is what landed Steve on this page today.
With Shelly Manne as Davis' godfather, he became interested in the drums at a young age.
After studying and following the advice of drum teacher Alan Dawson, Davis moved to New York City in the early 1980s to begin his career as a jazz drummer. Soon after he met the jazz educator Jamey Aebersold, and in 1982 joined the Aebersold clinic faculty. Throughout the 1980s he worked in New York City and studied privately with Joe Morello. He met pianist Lynne Arriale met at a jam session soon after she moved to New York in 1991.
Davis is a faculty member of the Jamey Aebersold Jazz Summer Schools in the US and the Jazzwise Summer Schools in the UK. He lists Ted Reed's Syncopation and G.L. Stone's Stick Control as useful books for drummers. He has played on many Aebersold play-along records and has written transcription books of his playing on these records. He has taught at Triton College in Chicago, Webster University in St. Louis, Washington University in St. Louis, Berlin Conservatory of Music, Indiana University, and the University of South Florida.
Davis is a recording engineer to set up a home studio in New York in the 1990s. He has engineered hundreds of recording sessions.
St. Louis drummer, author, and educator Rob Silverman is one of the most downloaded solo percussionists in the world. He has recorded several albums of percussion music from all over the world, including Native American, African, Taiko, Samba, and other world rhythms.
Silverman is the drummer with the international touring act "Bach to the Future", as well as the midwest "Eric Marienthal Band".
Silverman is the best selling author of Drumset 101, published by Mel Bay Publications.
Rob and brother Michael Silverman founded Autumn Hill Records in 2007, which has become a worldwide leader in streaming instrumental music, with over six billion streams.
His percussion compositions can be heard in a number of film and TV productions, including Martin Scorcese's film "Silence," several Ken Burns documentaries, HBO's "Lefotvers" series, "So You Think You Can Dance," among others.
Rob Silverman's "DRUMOLOGY", (Autumn Hill Records) is the first compilation with today's top & legendary drummers. This drum duet release includes Dave Weckl, John Blackwell, Gregg Bissonette, Casey Adams, Steve Smith, and Simon Phillips all playing original compositions recorded with industry top artists such as Michael Silverman, Jay Oliver, Eric Marienthal, Buzz Feiten, John Patitucci, Bill Westfall, Larry Kornfeld, Jerry Goodman, Chuck Weirich, Matt Bollinger, and Dave Black.
A must-have for all drumming fanatics.