Organized by and for the neighborhood of Dixwell in New Haven, the Dixwell Neighborhood Festival is an all-star virtual affair hosted by jazz artist, producer, two-time Grammy nominee and Dixwell favorite Chris “Big Dog” Davis, featuring Grammy-nominated, Soul Train Award-winning soul, jazz and R&B performer Maysa, Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame inductee Phil Perry, and Billboard Chart-topping urban and smooth jazz artist Nick Colionne.
Chris "Big Dog" Davis
Two-time Grammy-nominated, Chris Big Dog Davis was born in Waterbury, CT to musical parents James, Sr. and Mary Davis. A musically gifted child, Chris studied with Yale professors and, by the age of 16, had recorded his first 45 gospel record with his church youth choir, featuring such songs as "Lord, Who Shall Abide." Chris began fusing gospel, funk, classical and jazz which he has perfected into an eclectic style all his own today. After brief periods serving in the Marines and then as a security guard, Chris returned to music. Working with such greats as Brian McKnight, saxophonist Kim Waters, and others, Chris found his true love in producing music. Chris has produced many major artists in the music industry such as Grammy-nominated Maysa, multi-Grammy nominated Gerald Albright, Will Downing, Phil Perry, Najee, Brian McKnight, Chante’ Moore, the late Vesta Williams, gospel giant Kim Burrell, Floacists, Glenn Jones, Marion Meadows, George Clinton, Kim Waters. Rick Braun, Dave Koz (Summer Horns,) Norman Brown, Althea Rene and many more. Chris has to his credit fifteen top #1 smooth jazz records beginning 2008 through 2018. In 2019, Chris debuted his first single as an artist on Shanachie Records.
Maysa"A unique, instantly identifiable vocal sound encompassing both Jazz and R&B. Grammy-nominated ,Soul Train Award Winning Soul/Jazz singer Maysa, celebrated her 29th year as recording artist and 25th year as a solo artist in 2020. Her first solo CD entitled MAYSA was released August 29,1995 on BlueThumb'GRP Records. Born and raised in Baltimore, MD, Maysa Leak knew early on that she would be a musician. ""I was six years old when my mom took me to see Purlie,"" she recalls. ""When Melba Moore came on stage and sang her heart out, I knew at that moment I wanted to make people feel the way she made me feel."" Maysa's journey took her from singing upon graduation with Stevie Wonder for a year to becoming the lead singer for Incognito in the 90s. In 1995 she recorded her first solo album.,MAYSA which debuted to rave reviews from critics and listeners alike. Maysa will kick off the summer of 2021 creating her untitled 14th studio album for her brand new record label, BLUE VELVET SOUL RECORDS. ""I am so proud to release this album myself and for the first time in my life I will own my masters, so I will do everything in my power to make this album my masterpiece. It will be soulful, spiritual, danceable and sensual ,"" Maysa states. During the 2020/2021 Covid 19 pandemic, MAYSA has steadily made strides with her record label, releasing 3 more critically acclaimed singles, IT’s GONNA BE ALRIGHT, LOVIN’ YOU IS EASY and SOFT WORDS. ( Along with her first BVSR release, YOU ARE NOT ALONE) She released all 4 in her first ever record printing, ( THE FAB FIRST FOUR) in January, 2021. "
Nick ColionneContinuing to capture his creative mindset, vision and the ever-evolving artistry of his music with inspiring, thought provoking album titles, Nick Colionne calls his latest album Finger Painting for the simple reason that he’s always visualized his Epiphone ES 175 premium guitar as a musical paintbrush painting all the colorful notes he plays. The wild array of colors on the album cover perfectly reflects the cool multitude of moods, energies and flow that Nick creates over the course of the eleven tracks with longtime collaborators and producers Chris “Big Dog” Davis, James Lloyd (from Pieces of a Dream) and John Blasucci.
Phil PerryPhil Perry is a renowned singer, songwriter, and actor, who has recorded a vast discography of songs since 1969 in the R&B & JAZZ genres, and who is known for his soulful and captivating stage performances throughout the world. On June 23, Phil Perry was rewarded for his 50-years of recorded music excellence, by inducting him into the RHYTHM AND BLUES HALL OF FAME along with Ray Parker Jr., and Stephanie Mills.
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