Michelle will interview Daryl Davis, who has been keyboardist and bandleader for Rock ‘n Roll’s founding father Chuck Berry for over a quarter of a century. Chicago native Daryl Davis graduated from Howard University, with a degree in Jazz. Additionally, he was mentored by legendary pianists Pinetop Perkins and Johnnie Johnson who both claimed him as their godson and praised his ability to master a piano style that was popular long before he was born.
Apart from The Daryl Davis Band, he has worked with Elvis Presley’s Jordanaires, Chuck Berry, The Legendary Blues Band, Percy Sledge, Jerry Lee Lewis, The Coasters, The Platters, The Drifters, and many others. Daryl’s CDs American Roots and Alternate Routes, received rave reviews from leading Blues magazines, winning several WAMA (Washington Area Music Association) Awards for Best Artist in the Roots and Blues categories. Daryl tours both nationally and internationally and recently released his Greatest Hits CD. In addition to music, Daryl Davis is an author of a book, Klan-Destine Relationships, which tells of his extraordinary journey into the heart of one of America's most fanatical institutions the Ku Klux Klan.
On February 5th Daryl will be present The First Annual Thanks for The Memories show, where he will present the best musicians in the DC/MD/VA area joining together to pay their respects and homage by remembering and celebrating every genre of music and every musician lost in 2015. Be sure to catch this interview and hear the music of Daryl Davis!