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CAROLINE DAVIS/CAILI O’DOHERTY MIDWEST TOUR at Company Brewing

10/26/16 – 8pm, no cover

Caroline Davis – alto saxophone
Caili O’Doherty – piano
Mike Harmon – bass
Cory Cox – drums

Company Brewing
735 E Center St

Milwaukee, WI 53212

(414) 930-0909


Mobile since her birth in Singapore, composer, saxophonist, and educator Caroline Davis now lives in Brooklyn, New York. After making her mark on the Chicago jazz community during her 8-year stint there, she moved to New York in 2013, and has proven to be an active leader and sidewoman in the national jazz scene.

She has shared musical moments with a diverse group of musicians, including Matt Wilson, Ellis Marsalis, Matt Mitchell, Randy Brecker, Bobby Broom, Greg Saunier, Ron Miles, Dennis Carroll, Erin McKeown, Allison Miller, Jenny Owen Youngs, and Billy Kaye. Aside from her own quintet, she collaborates regularly with R&B indie band, Maitri, and has been a regular member of many outfits including Whirlpool, Fatbook, Deep Fayed, Matt Mitchell’s Sprees, Billy Kaye Quintet, Paul Bedal Quintet, Orso, Chicago Jazz Orchestra, Caili O’Doherty Group, Dion Kerr Group, Elliot Ross, Charles Rumback Group, and Materials and Their Destiny.

Her debut album, Live Work & Play, was featured on All About Jazz’s best releases, and she was named one of JazzTimes’ Best New Artists in the 2012 Expanded Critics’ Poll. Her second album, Doors: Chicago Storylines, was just released as an audio documentary that uniquely sets stories from Chicago’s jazz scene from the 80s and 90s alongside her original music. Doors has brought her much acclaim in recent issues of DownBeat and JazzTimes.

As an educator, Caroline brings her unique knowledge of music and psychology to her teaching, as she acquired a Ph.D. in Music Cognition at Northwestern University in 2010. She has been on the faculty at Litchfield Jazz Camp for the past 10 years, and has been a guest educator at Northwestern University, University of Colorado at Boulder, St. Xavier University, Columbia College, DePaul University, University of Texas at Arlington, Loyola University, Texas Tech, New Trier High School, Evanston Township High School, Denver School of the Arts, Newman Smith High School, and Jazz at Lincoln Center. She has also participated in several jazz mentorship programs, including IAJE’s Sisters in Jazz and the Kennedy Center’s Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Program.


A native of Portland, Oregon, Caili O’Doherty has received national awards for jazz piano performance and composition from Downbeat Magazine as well as an ASCAP Foundation Young Jazz Composer award. Initially trained as a classical pianist, Caili was exposed to a variety of musical styles before discovering her love for jazz at age eleven when she transferred to a performing arts school. She attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA on a full scholarship and graduated with a degree in jazz piano performance. During her time at Berklee, Caili was a member of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute, an intensive honors performance program headed by highly acclaimed pianist Danilo Perez. Through this program, Caili had the opportunity to work closely with some of the leading musicians in the jazz world, including Joe Lovano, John Patitucci, Dave Liebman, Adam Cruz, Terri Lyne Carrington and Danilo Perez.

Caili has performed with various jazz groups at the Monterey Jazz Festival, Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia (opening for pianist Martial Solal), the Toronto Jazz Festival, the Panama Jazz Festival (opening for the Wayne Shorter Quartet), Mt. Hood Jazz Festival (as pianist for Terrell Stafford), Portland Jazz Festival, the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival in Ireland, Boston Beantown Jazz Festival, MICI International Film Festival in Mexico, Stanford Jazz Festival, San Jose Jazz Festival, and UNESCO First International Jazz Day in Paris, as well as two US State Dept. supported tours to Colombia and Togo and Benin in West Africa.

In 2010, Caili was one of five female jazz pianists invited to participate in the inaugural Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Emerging Artists Workshop held at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. and to perform at a showcase concert at the Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival.

Caili is actively involved in jazz education and outreach activities. As a member of the Global Jazz Institute, she conducted workshops and master classes in the US and abroad, and performed at prisons, orphanages, women’s shelters, and other venues to bring jazz to a wider audience. In addition, for several years, she was an instructor for the Berklee City Music program, a nonprofit education program for underprivileged 4th to 12th grade students. Caili also performs regularly with her own groups at retirement centers and children’s hospitals.

Since graduating from Berklee and relocating to New York City, Caili has embarked on a career to satisfy her equal passions for composing, performing, educating, and humanitarian work. She has been a faculty member at the Stanford Jazz Workshop since 2012 and also works for the WeBop early childhood jazz education program at Jazz at Lincoln Center. She performs frequently and teaches private piano students in the New York City area.


October 21: Bop Stop (Cleveland OH)
October 22: Merriman’s Playhouse (South Bend IN)
October 23: Lighthouse Tavern (Chicago IL)
October 24: Workshop at Sun Prairie High School (Madison WI)
October 24: Workshop/Performance at University of Wisconsin (Madison WI)
October 25: Workshop at Lane Tech High School (Chicago IL)
October 25: The Whistler (Chicago IL)
October 26: Company Brewing (Milwaukee WI)
October 27: Hasting Public Schools Workshop (Ann Arbor MI)
October 27: Community HS Workshop (Ann Arbor MI)
October 28-29: Cliff Bell’s (Detroit MI)
October 30: Night Town (Cleveland OH)
November 2: Cornelia Street Cafe (New York NY)

(photo Michael Jackson)

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