The drummer for western Massachusetts-based band, the Wholesale Klezmer Band, since 1982, Richie Davis has brought a new sensibility to the group's sound. In a 2001 interview, he explained, "I feel the music surge through me kinetically and try to give that back to the band and the dancers on the floor. It's the next best thing I know to being out there dancing myself."
Creating rhythms on pots and pans since early childhood, Davis began formal drum lessons at the age of nine. He received his first drum set as a Bar Mitzvah gift.
Performing with Greek Bands from the age of fourteen, Davis didn't begin playing klezmer music until 1982 when he joined with vocalist/fiddler Joe (Yosl) Kurland, clarinetist Sherry Mayrent, accordion, banjo and guitar player Owen Davidson, bass viola player Michael Suter, trombonist Brian Bender, flautist/vocalist Peggy Davis and violin, clarinet and bass player David Tasgal to form the Wholesale Klezmer Band. Together with the group, Davis performed at a Celebration of Folk Music, hosted by Pete Seeger, marking the one hundredth anniversary of Carnegie Hall, and President Clinton's inauguration.
Davis continues to work as a newspaper reporter during the day. ~ Craig Harris, Rovi
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