This album is one of the best I’ve heard in the last 13 years…” – WWPV Radio

Ron Davis’ 2019 release SymphRONica UpfRONt has been nominated for a Juno Award as 2020’s Instrumental Album of the Year.

Ron Davis is one of Canada’s greatest jazz visionaries, continues to push musical boundaries and to lead musical trends. Ron’s SymphRONica, captures elements from every known musical genre – original compositions, newly reinvigorated jazz standards and folksong melodies – with energy, pizzazz and groove that explore new musical realms across a journey of enjoyment. It’s rich, it’s substantial and above all it’s entertaining, presented with wit, wisdom and irreverence by the classically trained jazz adventurer Davis.

UpfRONt, produced by two-time Juno-Award winner Mike Downes, is the culmination of years of performing, writing and growing together.  The musical gifts, from the performers, the composers, arrangers, the producer and the mixers are all upfront and create musical magic. Their musical passion, led by Ron Davis and Mike Downes, exemplifies the sum being greater than the whole. UpfRONt is Ron Davis’ style and the entire essence of the SymphRONica project at its peak.

UpfRONt was a Heavy Rotation / Album of the Week in Canada and the US. It garnered widespread praise. Longtime New York jazz pianist and broadcaster Judy Carmichael gushed that “I loved the CD!”. And now the record has been nominated for Canada’s equivalent to the Grammy and BAFTA awards – The Juno Award.

SymphRONica UpfRONt is available on Apple Music, Amazon, CDBaby, Spotify and other online outlets.

SymphRONica UpfRONt

Ron Davis – piano / keyboards
Mike Downes – electric and acoustic bass / Producer
Kevin Barrett – guitars/ mandolin / Music Director
Aline Homzy – violin/ Strings Leader
Steve Heathcoate – drums and percussion
Brielle Goheen – violin
Laurence Schaufele – viola
Raphael Weinroth-Browne – cello
Daniela Nardi – vocal
Dennis Patterson – engineering/ editing/ mixing

Ron Davis acknowledges with gratitude the invaluable support of the Canada Council for the Arts, FACTOR and the Ontario Arts Council in the making of SymphRONica UpfRONt.