A passionate jazz fan, Drew Davidsen’s father pushed and encouraged him to study the jazz masters. Sporadically playing the guitar as a child, Drew initially focused on the cello, but in 8th grade “I turned my cello sideways and became a bass player.” After his military service, he returned to Maryland, where he was born, raised and still resides. He taught music to preschoolers and joined the Richard Walton Group with which he played for a decade. They played a mix of originals and covers, and performed regularly in Baltimore and DC-area clubs. “Playing with RWG taught me how to play with other musicians. Most importantly, it taught me how to listen to other guitarists and bassists,” said Davidsen. “Leaving (the band) proved to be a tough decision, but creatively I wanted to go in a different direction. I wanted to play contemporary jazz and R&B grooves. After catching a show by Marcus Miller and with encouragement from (guitarist) Nick Colionne, I finally made the move to become a solo artist.”
Davidsen’s solo debut, “This Journey,” was released in 2008. Teaming with Eric Copeland of Creative Soul Jazz in Nashville in 2009, his sophomore set, “Around (Again),” spawned the radio hit inspired by his father, “Astro,” which garnered the guitarist a Best New Artist nomination from the American Smooth Jazz Awards. Prolific and productive, Davidsen returned the following year with a Christmas project entitled “We 3 Stringz” that features fellow contemporary jazz guitar gunslingers Chuck Loeb and Paul Jackson Jr. Album number four, “Spin Cycle,” followed in 2011.