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BILLS BARES and MICHAEL W DAVIS Appearing Mon Jan 5th 2015 at 7:30pm

TICKETS         $12 ($6 Students) 

Since opening its doors five years ago the White Horse Black Mountain jazz has been a big part of our musical programming.  Our newest offering is a monthly series called "Take Two" featuring Bill Bares on piano and a variety of the region's top jazz musicians sharing the stage with Bill in duet format

This month we present
Dr Bill Bares 
on piano  
Michael W Davis 
on percussion

with Zach Page on bass

When he returns to the Big Apple later this month, Asheville's music scene will be losing a BIG talent in MIchael W. Davis. Anyone who has played with Michael knows that he can play intelligently at any tempo and has drum muscles in places where most people don’t even have places. His technique enables him to let his fertile imagination run wild on the bandstand, yet he’s clearly invested in swinging and playing sensitively behind soloists. I love playing with Michael most because he's a consummate professional and an avid listener... he thinks orchestrationally and compositionally on the drums. If you haven't made it out to Take Two thus far, I suggest you make the trip out to the White Horse to hear this sensational musician in his element. Bassist Zack Page will join on a few select tunes in order to pay tribute before Davis leaves town.
-----Bill Bares 


Michael W. Davis grew up in the San Jose, California and began music at an early age, starting with piano and trumpet before eventually arriving at the drums in middle school. He began playing professionally at age 14 and quickly won recognition at music festivals and competitions throughout the west coast. His high school years were spent performing with some of the Bay Area’s finest musicians, as well as the SFJazz High School All-Stars and the San Jose Youth Jazz Orchestra.

In 2006 he moved to New York City to attend the Manhattan School of Music on a Presidential Scholarship; there he studied with world-renowned drummers John Riley, Justin DiCioccio, Bill Stewart, Ari Hoenig, Dan Weiss, and Henry Cole. He graduated in 2010 with a BA in Jazz Performance. During his time in New York, he remained active as a performer/recording artist in both the jazz and rock scenes, working with such artists as Joshua Redman, Jason Moran (2010 MacArthur Fellow), Dave Liebman (NEA Jazz Master), The LeBoeuf Brothers, Steven Lugerner, The Guggenheim Grotto, Matt Marantz, Jeremy Siskind, and many more.

CLICK HERE to learn more about Michael W Davis


Dr. William Bares holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Amherst College, a Masters degree in Jazz Performance from the University of Miami, and a Ph.D. in ethnomusicology from Harvard University, where he studied with Ingrid Monson, the Quincy Jones Professor of African American Music. Bares spent ten years performing and researching jazz in Europe, and his book Eternal Triangle: American Jazz in European Postmodern is forthcoming with Oxford University Press. Other research interests include jazz and race, and music and environmental issues. Before coming to UNC Asheville, Bares taught at several Boston-based schools, including Harvard University, Brown University, Suffolk University, the New England Conservatory and Berklee College of Music.
After years of additional study and gigging in major jazz centers, Bares and family landed in Asheville, where he and his wife both teach at UNCA. In addition to his teaching, Bares keeps up a busy and varied performance schedule with jazz ensembles of myriad configurations and styles.



The "Take Two" Concert Series at White Horse focuses on duets featuring pianist Bill Bares and a rotating cast of the FIRST CLASS regional musicians on their respective instruments. Concerts in the series will take place on the first Monday of each month at 7:30pm. You'll hear a wide variety of unique and amazing music so be sure to mark your calendars for these upcoming concerts in the series.

  • Feb 2  Bill Bares (piano) / Michael Libramento (guitar, bass, percussion)
  • Mar 2 Bill Bares (piano) / Serpentine Arborvitae (vocals)
  • Apr 6 Bill Bares (piano) / Matthew Richmond (vibraphone)
  • May 4 Bill Bares (piano) / Rick Simerly (trombone)
  • Jun 1 Bill Bares (piano) / Zack Page (bass)
  • July 6 Bill Bares (piano) / Jacob Rodriguez (saxaphone)
  • Aug 4 Bill Bares (piano) / Russ Wilson (vocals, drums)
  • Oct 5 Bill Bares (piano / Justin Ray (trumpet)
  • Nov 2 Bill Bares (piano / Hong Waltzer (guzheng) + Greg Waltzer (electronics)
  • Oct 5 Bill Bares (piano) / Brian Felix (keyboards)

Past Performances in 2014 include:
  • Mar 3 Bill Bares (piano / Jason DeCristofaro (vibraphone)
  • Apr 7 Bill Bares (piano / Rockell Scott (vocals)
  • Jun 2 Bill Bares (piano / Jonathan Scales (steel drums)
  • July 7 Bill Bares (piano / Billy Cardine (dobro)
  • Aug 4 Bill Bares (pianos / Andy Page (guitar)
  • Sept 1 Bill Bares (piano / Patrick Lopez (trumpet)
  • Oct 6 Bill Bares (piano / Michael Holstein (bass)
  • Nov 3 Bill Bares (piano / Lyndsay Pruett (violin)
  • Dec 1 Bill Bares (piano / Michael Jefry Stevens (piano)

From Dr Bill Bares:
First of all, I love the sound and feel of their piano. Second, I felt that a series that puts WNC's A-list jazz musicians out front, alone, with just piano accompaniment, would spotlight their individual artistry in a valuable way. We plan on recording performances and releasing them as a series patterned after Concord's "Live at Maybeck" piano series.
Last, I thought that holding such a series on a Monday at 7:30 would make it noncompetitive with other jazz offerings in the area. That time slot sends the message: "it's all about the music," which I am confident you will find phenomenal. For the roster I have selected area musicians (one different instrument each month) with substantial fan base, individuality and with whom I have a good rapport. I am looking forward to widening this circle in subsequent years.