Cinnamon Club favourite Snake Davis is set to return to the Club very soon, but how much do you know about this incredible and gifted musician?
1 – Snake Davis is a saxophonist who has played with some of the biggest stars in music and has featured on a huge number of records through a career spanning three decades, yet it wasn’t until he reached the age of 20 that he picked up his first saxophone.
2 – Snake plays soprano, alto, tenor and baritone Saxes, as well as the Ancient Japanese woodwind instrument Shakuhachi, Flutes, Whistles, and Vocals.
3 – In his early career, Snake had several gigs performing on cruise ships, usually in six monthly stints, a commitment which meant having to leave music college before he’d completed the course. However, he later received an honorary degree from Leeds for his services to music.
4 – Snake has toured the world as a session musician for artists such as Lisa Stansfield and The Eurhythmics and has a long association with M-People. Snake is also a go-to session musician for Japanese rock star Eikichi Yazawa, which can mean spending months at a time in Japan playing with one of their biggest stars.
5 – To date, Snake Davis has recorded on more than 400 tracks for over 60 artists – Snake’s notable credits include work with George Michael, Shakatak, Tina Turner, Cher, Paul McCartney, Paul Young, Mark Morrison, Pet Shop Boys, Soul II Soul, Acoustic Alchemy, Motörhead, Primal Scream, Lulu, Lemar, Rod Stewart, Calvin Harris, Spice Girls & Boy George.
6 – The in-demand musician was in the house band for television’s Tonight With Jonathan Ross, during the early 1990s.
7 – Snake appeared on The One Show with Chris Evans, Alex Jones and Gary Barlow for the feature ‘The Solo’s The Star’ for his sax on Take That’s “A Million Love Songs”.
8 – Snake also works as an educator, examiner and music director; two of his students were BBC Young Musician of the Year finalists in 2014 and Jess Gillam was runner-up in 2016.
9 – The hugely popular Classic Sax Solos tour is now in its third year and sees Snake Davis step into a 5 piece band (keys, drums, bass, guitar, and vocals).
10 – Snake will be returning to The Cinnamon Club on Friday 9th June to perform his favourite classic sax solos as well as his own solos from songs such as A Million Love Songs, Moving on Up, Search for the Hero, and Lisa Stansfield’s “Change”. What’s more, he will also be telling us a bit more about them, giving us fascinating facts and insights into the music we already love. If you’ve already seen the show during the first run, you’ll see some of the favourites return along with some new songs on the setlist.