The Michael Davis Trombone was developed through a close collaboration between Michael Davis and the craftsmen of S. E. Shires. The resulting instrument is genuinely unique and includes several specific design elements not found on any other S.E. Shires trombone.
• Two-piece, 7.5" diameter lightweight yellow brass bell
• Yellow brass, model 1.5 tuning slide
• .495" bore, lightweight, slide with nickel outer tubes and a round yellow brass crook, built in a narrow width with small hand braces
"For over 27 years I played a 1961 Silver King 2B. It was with me on hundreds of recordings and years of touring with the Rolling Stones, Frank Sinatra and Buddy Rich. It was MY horn. When Steve sent me our final version of the Michael Davis trombone in October 2010, it took one Bb scale to realize this trombone is without question, the finest instrument I have ever played. THIS is my horn.
Thank you Team Shires for creating a Masterpiece!"
Michael Davis Plus Model
S.E. Shires Co. is now pleased to offer the Michael Davis Plus ! This .508" bore version of the Michael Davis Trombone with 7.75" diameter MD+ bell is perfect for players who are looking for something a little bigger than the original.
Praise for the Michael Davis Trombone
"This is the greatest small-bore trombone I have ever played"
Joe Fiedler - NY recording artist, Eddie Palmieri, Mark Anthony, Spanish Harlem Orchestra
"This horn is amazing! Shires and Michael have developed an instrument that is truly something special."
Keith O'Quinn - Lead Trombone - Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra, Bob Mintzer Big Band
"I may never sound like Michael Davis, but with this horn I've got a shot."
Scott Hartman - Internationally renowned soloist, Professor of Trombone - Yale University
"The more I play this instrument, the more I want to play it. Effortless and beautiful. Can't wait to get my hands on one."
Demian Austin - Principal Trombone, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
"I have had the opportunity to play the Michael Davis trombone and I am envious!"
Niels-Ole Bo Johansen - Danish Recording Artist, Professor of Trombone, Aarhus Conservatory
About Michael Davis
Trombonist-composer Michael Davis does it all. Hailed as one of today’s premier instrumentalists, he has established himself as a first-call sideman, both in the studio and on the concert stage, for the entertainment world’s biggest stars, including the Rolling Stones, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Nelly, Bob Dylan and Michael Jackson. In the field of music education, he has served as a clinician around the world, while also authoring a number of highly esteemed instructional books and band arrangements for musicians of all ages and abilities.
For the past ten years Davis has been forging ahead as an entrepreneur, with Hip-Bone Music, a growing business that presently handles his publishing activities and work as a recording artist. Dedicated to increasing the popularity and stature of brass instruments and emphasizing “how hip, cool and fun it is to play music,” Hip-Bone Music is set on expanding its educational focus and becoming a viable avenue for other brass artists.
A native of San Jose, California, Davis received his musical training at the prestigious Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. Upon graduation he hooked up with the Buddy Rich Band for a two-year stint that brought an immeasurable amount of bandstand experience and a wealth of professional friendships that continue to this day. He settled in Manhattan in the mid-1980s and before long was being regarded as one of the top trombonists around. As testimony to his versatility and wide regard, the list of jazz and pop luminaries he has worked with over the years reads like a who’s who: Sarah Vaughan, Sting, Harry Connick, Jr., David Sanborn, Beck, Branford Marsalis, Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, Sheryl Crow, Lyle Lovett, Terence Blanchard, Bob Mintzer and scores of others.
A multiple recipient of awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, Davis maintains his own jazz groups and projects as well. Through Hip-Bone Music, Davis has documented his efforts on five solo CDs — Trumpets Eleven, a showcase for eleven virtuosic trumpet masters; New Brass, a melding of jazz and classical brass styles; Brass Nation, a gathering together of fifty-five of the world’s greatest brass players; Bonetown, a pairing of Davis with LA bass trombone maestro Bill Reichenbach; and Absolute Trombone, yet another musical conclave, this time with eighteen New York City-based trombonists.
Acknowledged by popular musicians, fellow educators and audiences around the world as an immensely talented musical artist who’s committed to setting the highest standards possible for both jazz and his instrument, it is no wonder that legendary Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts was moved to comment, “In this Bone-dry era, it is essential to have Michael Davis around.”