Introduced to each other by the legendary Leigh “Li’l Queenie” Harris, Josh Paxton and Debbie Davis 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, Paxton and Davis have performed in Switzerland, Italy and France as well as domestic performances across the country. The delightful pair bring a New Orleans experience to Aberdeen, Sunday, Oct. 13, in the listening room of the Poplar Knight Spot, in downtown Aberdeen.
At the age of 5, Joshua Paxton received a little yellow toy piano that he banged on for years, playing along with TV jingles and music on the radio. At 11 his parents gave into his pleas for piano lessons and bought him his first piano.
Paxton moved from his native Ohio to New Orleans to study piano with Ellis Marsalis in the mid-1990s.By the time he earned his master’s degree in jazz piano, he found that the city had gotten its teeth into him, so he stayed. Since then he has served at the pleasure of notable acts as Maria Muldaur, Leigh “Li’l Queenie Harris, Cookie Gabriel, 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 for the James Booker Collection, Hal Leonard, and Professor Longhair have become standard reference tools for pianists the world over.
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 2 and by her fifth birthday, she was traveling with her parents, performing childrens’ roles in opera companies all over America. A native of New Jersey, Davis moved to New Orleans in 1997 and began making a name for herself in the local music community. She has recorded and/or performed with Irma Thomas, Michael Cerveris, John Boutte, Soul Asylum, The Misfits, Dukes of Dixieland, Leigh “Li’l Queenie” Harris, Paul Sanchez,Harry Shearer, Tony Clifton and Alex McMurray. In 1999 she joined the world renowned vocal group,The Pfister Sisters, and spent the next 19 years performing locally and internationally with the group. Davis was the jingle singer for the 2003-2009 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 the show during its four-season run.
The Rooster's Wife is a community arts organization dedicated to bringing the best in live music to the Sandhills. Home base is the listening room of Poplar Knight Spot, 114 Knight St. Children are welcome with admission waived for the under 12 set. No BYOB, please; a full bar is available featuring Reverie Cocktails, and Southern Pines Brewing products. Dinner is available on site. Check social media for menus.
Tickets to this general admission show are $16 for members. Annual membership may be purchased online or at the door. For more information, the complete schedule, or to purchase tickets online, visit ticketmesandhills.com or call (910) 944-7502.