The Boykin Jazz Alley Gigs present Josh Paxton and Debbie Davis

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October 19, 2017 – 8:00 PM

Tickets $35 regular/$15 student

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Your final ticket purchase will include a $1.00 per ticket fee that goes to the Paramount’s Historic Theatre Restoration Fund.


Josh Paxton and Debbie Davis

The daughter of two opera singers, Debbie Davis never had a chance. She was born a singer. She made her professional singing debut at the age of two and by the second grade she was traveling with her parents, performing  A native of New Jersey Debbie moved to New Orleans in 1997 and began making a name for herself in the local music community singing jazz and all manner of musical styles. She’s gone on to record and perform with John Boutte, Soul Asylum, The Misfits, Dukes of Dixieland, Leigh “Lil Queenie” Harris, Paul Sanchez (Cowboy Mouth), Harry Shearer (Spinal Tap), and Alex McMurray.  In 1999 she joined the world renowned vocal group,The Pfister Sisters, and has spent the last 14 years performing locally and internationally with the group. Debbie was the jingle singer for the 2003 Zatarains ad campaign and contributed to the Grammy and Emmy Award winning sound track to HBOs TREME.  She also made regular appearances as herself on TREME during it’s four season run.

At five Joshua Paxton received a little yellow toy piano that he banged on for years, playing along with TV jingles and music on the radio by ear. At 11 his parents gave into his pleas for piano lessons and bought him his first piano. Josh moved from his native Ohio to New Orleans to study piano with Ellis Marsalis in the mid- 90s.By the time he earned his masters degree in Jazz Piano, he found that the city had gotten its teeth into him, so he stayed.  As an undergraduate he attended the University of Miami and Bowling Green University, then went on to study under Ellis Marsalis at the University of New Orleans, earning a master’s degree in Jazz Piano. Since then he has served at the pleasure of notable acts as Maria Muldaur, Leigh “Li’l Queenie Harris, Bruce Hornsby, the Afghan Whigs, Papa Mali, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, The Wild Tchopitoulas, Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes and the Pfister Sisters. His transcriptions of the music of James Booker (The James Booker Collection, Hal Leonard) and Professor Longhair have become standard reference tools for pianists the world over.

Introduced to each other by the legendary Leigh “Li’l Queenie” Harris, Josh and Debbie have spent the better part of 20 years exploring their shared musical interests ranging from Duke Ellington and Jellyroll Morton to Stevie Wonder and Randy Newman. Together, Josh and Debbie have performed in Switzerland, Italy and France as well as domestic performances across the country.  They are currently preparing to record a CD of vocal/piano duets due for release in 2017.

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