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The Desert Jazz Festival
THE DESERT JAZZ FESTIVAL
Hosted By Jonathan Butler & Tommy Davidson

This is very exclusive, and limited capacity event! Don’t wait, this will sell out!
*Book by Dec 31 and Get a $100 Per Person Discount

Sept 28 - Oct 1, 2023


Whats Include - The Desert Jazz Festival

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • Three Nights and Four Days of Luxury Accomodations at the Westin Rancho Mirage Golf Resort & Spa
  • 7 Concerts and Other Special Entertainment Events
  • Thursday Night Welcome Reception: Appetizers + 2 Drinks Provided - Cash Bar Open
  • Friday - Golf w/ Jonathan Butler (Excursion #1)**
  • $100 Food/Beverage Credit per person
  • Friday Night - Campfire Barbecue Dinner - Cash Bar Open
  • Saturday - Taste of the Desert Dinner - Cash Bar
  • Sunday - Gospel Hour
*Taxes & tips are not included
**Green fees and carts are an additional cost

EXCLUSIVE BENEFITS

  • Resort charge of $37, per day waived
  • Resort self-parking fee waived
  • Valet parking discounted rate of $10
  • 20% off spa pricing
  • 20% off golf pricing



ACCOMMODATIONS

Enrich your stay in the Coachella Valley at The Westin Rancho Mirage Golf Resort & Spa. We offer spacious, pet-friendly hotel suites with luxury amenities and stunning views of the mountains and desert landscape around Rancho Mirage. Try our Sleep Well amenities, such as lavender balm and a sleep sound machine before getting in your room's signature Westin Heavenly® Bed.

The Westin Rancho Mirage Golf Resort & Spa

Traditional Guest Room

From
$1,995.00

Per Person Based on Double Occupancy

The Westin Rancho Mirage Golf Resort & Spa

Executive Suite

From
$2,695.00

Per Person Based on Double Occupancy

The Westin Rancho Mirage Golf Resort & Spa

Presidential Suite

From
$3,595.00 

Per Person Based on Double Occupancy

ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE OF EVENTS


    • Date
    • Event
    • Time
  • Date
    9/28/2023
    Event
    WELCOME EVENT @ MASTERS PLAZA: JONATHAN BUTLER & TOMMY DAVIDSON
    Time
    6:30 PM
  • Date
    9/29/2023
    Event
    GOLF W/ JONATHAN BUTLER (EXCURSION #1)
    Time
    8:00 AM
  • Date
    9/29/2023
    Event
    DJ AT LAS HADAS POOL
    Time
    11:00 AM
  • Date
    9/29/2023
    Event
    SPECIAL GUEST TO BE ANNOUNCED (45 MINUTES) – THE BACKYARD
    Time
    5:30 PM
  • Date
    9/29/2023
    Event
    DINNER – MASTERS PLAZA
    Time
    6:30 PM
  • Date
    9/29/2023
    Event
    TOMMY DAVIDSON (60 MINUTES) – THE BACKYARD
    Time
    7:40 PM
  • Date
    9/29/2023
    Event
    JONATHAN BUTLER + MARCUS MILLER (90 MINUTES) – THE BACKYARD
    Time
    8:45 PM
  • Date
    9/29/2023
    Event
    MEET & GREET/AUTOGRAPHS - INDOORS
    Time
    10:00 PM
  • Date
    9/29/2023
    Event
    ALL-STAR JAM – FIRESIDE BAR
    Time
    10:30 PM
  • Date
    9/30/2023
    Event
    DJ AT LAS HADAS POOL
    Time
    11:00 AM
  • Date
    9/30/2023
    Event
    SPECIAL GUEST TO BE ANNOUNCED (45 MINUTES) – AMBASSADOR BALLROOM
    Time
    5:30 PM
  • Date
    9/30/2023
    Event
    DINNER
    Time
    6:30 PM
  • Date
    9/30/2023
    Event
    SPECIAL GUEST TO BE ANNOUNCED (45 MINUTES) – AMBASSADOR BALLROOM
    Time
    8:00 PM
  • Date
    9/30/2023
    Event
    CANDY DULFER (75 MINUTES) – AMBASSADOR BALLROOM
    Time
    9:00 PM
  • Date
    9/30/2023
    Event
    MEET & GREET/AUTOGRAPHS – AMBASSADOR BALLROOM
    Time
    10:15 PM
  • Date
    9/30/2023
    Event
    ALL-STAR JAM – FIRESIDE BAR
    Time
    10:45 PM
  • Date
    10/01/2023
    Event
    GOSPEL HOUR W/ JONATHAN BUTLER + FRIENDS – AMBASSADOR BALLROOM
    Time
    10:30 AM


The Westin Rancho Mirage Golf Resort & Spa

The Westin Rancho Mirage Golf Resort & Spa

The Westin Rancho Mirage Golf Resort & Spa sits on 360 acres in the Greater Palm Springs area. Our redesigned resort features the new Backyard Experience with a celebrity chef-inspired outdoor kitchen, perfect for groups and highlights the surrounding mountains as well as the resort’s golf course. Golfers of all levels can enjoy the Pete Dye designed championship course named one of the Top 50 Golf Resorts in North America by Golf Digest. Take a splash in our newly renovated Las Brisas pool featuring dual waterslides. Enjoy dinner at Pinzimini, cocktails at Fireside Lounge or a family-friendly setting at Pinz & Pints featuring duck pin bowling. Begin your day at the WestinWORKOUT® Fitness Studio or recharge in the exclusive HaloIR™ sauna at our onsite spa. Meet for a conference or social event in over 129,000 sq. ft. of meeting space with flexible outdoor and indoor venues. End the day in one of our guest rooms for a deep sleep on a Westin Heavenly Bed®. Paradise is personal – yours awaits.




EXPERIENCES

Rated one of the Top 50 Golf Resorts in North America by Golf Digest, The Westin Rancho Mirage Golf Resort & Spa offers a championship 18-hole course surrounded by the Santa Rosa Mountains, perfect for all skill levels. During your stay, swim and play at our newly renovated pools and dual waterslides or pick up a new skill and take a pickle ball lesson. In the evenings, guest can enjoy outdoor live entertainment with an intimate jazz concert. No matter what experience you are looking for, you can find it at our Southern California resort.



GOLF

GOLF

The Westin Rancho Mirage Golf Resort & Spa is truly a golfer’s dream. Our resort features a “must play” Pete Dye Course, notorious for its picturesque panoramic views of Rancho Mirage. It plays to 6,706 yards at a par 70. Set among beautiful rolling hills it offers spectacular sights of the surrounding desert mountains and includes Dye’s legendary trademark carries over water. The course is playable for all levels and is described by some as potentially diabolical, yet indescribably playable.

SPA

SPA

Set amongst calming desert scenery, The Spa at The Westin Rancho Mirage, invites you to “get back to your best self.” Soothing scents fill the air and earthy tones create a tranquil spa environment. Upon entry, you will be greeted with a sense of calm as our experienced and attentive staff guides you along your spa journey. Engage all 5 senses with the exclusive HaloIR™, the first sauna to offer a synergistic combination of Infrared Saunas and Salt Therapy.

DINING

DINING

The Westin Rancho Mirage Golf Resort & Spa serves nutritious dishes with fresh ingredients in the desert landscape near Rancho Mirage, CA. Choose from an array of dining options, such as our Italian restaurant Pinzimini, our Fireside Lounge serving tapas and cocktails on our 18-hole golf course or Coffee-ology for quick breakfast sandwiches, pastries and Starbucks® coffee. We also have a take-out restaurant and a poolside eatery at our golf resort.

ARTISTS



The Desert Jazz Festival

Sept 28 - Oct 1, 2023





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Traditional Guest Room
Room Features
  • 525sqft/47sqm
  • Air-conditioned
  • This room is non-smoking
  • Connecting rooms are available (for some rooms)
  • Outdoor spaces: balcony (1), patio (1)
Beds and Bedding
Maximum Occupancy: 3
  • 1 King
  • Rollaway beds permitted: 1 at 25.00 USD per stay
  • Cribs permitted: 1
  • Maximum cribs/rollaway beds permitted: 1
  • Pillowtop mattress, and Duvet
Bath and Bathroom Features
  • Shower/Tub combination
  • Double vanities
  • Lighted makeup mirror
  • Hair dryer
  • Robe
Furniture and Furnishings
  • Sofa
  • Alarm Clock
  • Safe, in room, for a fee
  • Desk, writing / work, electrical outlet
  • Iron and ironing board
Food & Beverages
  • Room service, 24-Hour
  • Bottled water, complimentary
  • Coffee maker / tea service
Kitchen Features

  • Mini-refrigerator
Internet and Phones
  • Phones
  • Phone features: cordless phone, voicemail, and speaker phone
  • High speed Internet, for a fee
  • Wireless Internet, for a fee
Entertainment
  • TV features: remote control
  • Plug-In High Tech room
  • Cable/satellite
  • International cable/satellite
  • CNN, ESPN, and HBO
  • Movies, pay-per-view
  • Radio
Executive Suite
Room Features
  • 730sqft/66sqm-900sqft/81sqm
  • Air-conditioned
  • This room is non-smoking
  • Connecting rooms are available (for some rooms)
  • Outdoor spaces: balcony (1), patio (1)
  • Living/sitting area
  • Living room is separated
Beds and Bedding
Maximum Occupancy: 3
  • 1 King
  • Sofa bed
  • Rollaway beds permitted: 1 at 25.00 USD per stay
  • Cribs permitted: 1
  • Maximum cribs/rollaway beds permitted: 1
  • Pillowtop mattress, and Duvet
Bath and Bathroom Features
  • Double vanities
  • Lighted makeup mirror
  • Hair dryer
  • Robe
Furniture and Furnishings
  • Sofa
  • Chair
  • Alarm Clock
  • Safe, in room, for a fee
  • Table with seating for 6
  • Desk, writing / work, electrical outlet
  • Iron and ironing board
Food & Beverages
  • Room service, 24-Hour
  • Bottled water, complimentary
  • Coffee maker / tea service
Kitchen Features

  • Mini-refrigerator
Internet and Phones
  • Phones: 2
  • Phone features: cordless phone, voicemail, and speaker phone
  • High speed Internet, for a fee
  • Wireless Internet, for a fee
Entertainment
  • TV features: remote control
  • TVs: 2
  • Plug-In High Tech room
  • Cable/satellite
  • International cable/satellite
  • CNN, ESPN, and HBO
  • Movies, pay-per-view
  • Radio
  • Netflix
Presidential Suite
Room Features
  • 1200sqft/108sqm-1500sqft/135sqm
  • Air-conditioned
  • Connecting rooms are available (for some rooms)
  • Outdoor spaces: balcony (1), patio (1)
  • Living/sitting area
  • Dining Area
  • Living room is separated
Beds and Bedding
Maximum Occupancy: 3
  • 1 King
  • Sofa bed
  • Rollaway beds permitted: 1 at 25.00 USD per stay
  • Cribs permitted: 1
  • Maximum cribs/rollaway beds permitted: 1
  • Pillowtop mattress, and Duvet
Bath and Bathroom Features
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Bathtub, oversized
  • Shower/Tub combination
  • Double vanities
  • Lighted makeup mirror
  • Hair dryer
  • Robe
Furniture and Furnishings
  • Sofa
  • Chair
  • Alarm Clock
  • Safe, in room, for a fee
  • Table with seating for 8
  • Desk, writing / work, electrical outlet
  • Iron and ironing board
Food & Beverages
  • Room service, 24-Hour
  • Bottled water, complimentary
  • Coffee maker / tea service
Kitchen Features

  • Mini-refrigerator
Internet and Phones
  • Phones: 2
  • Phone features: cordless phone, voicemail, and speaker phone
  • High speed Internet, for a fee
  • Wireless Internet, for a fee
Entertainment
  • TV features: remote control
  • TVs: 2
  • Plug-In High Tech room
  • Cable/satellite
  • International cable/satellite
  • CNN, ESPN, and HBO
  • Movies, pay-per-view
  • Radio
  • Netflix

JONATHAN BUTLER
as Your Host

Jonathan Butler, the youngest of 11 children, was raised amidst Apartheid in Cape Town, South Africa. His amazing talents afforded him the opportunity to prosper nonetheless. Releasing his first album at age 12, he was awarded the South African “Grammy” for Best New Artist. He made history by being the first black artist played on white South African radio while earning three gold records (“Please Stay” went double gold and “I Love How You Love Me” went gold) at 13.  More than a decade later, Jonathan moved to London and released his first album internationally, which went gold. He received Grammy® Award nominations for Best R&B Song for his R&B-pop vocal hit “Lies” and for Best Jazz Song for the instrumental “Going Home.” His genre-busting music earned songwriter’s awards and received abundant airplay in multiple radio formats.  Jonathan’s long-awaited record Ubuntu produced by Marcus Miller will be released March, 2023.  Jonathan remains a musical icon today in South Africa and around the world.

 

CANDY DULFER

Give the people an invigorating beat, some swanky sax uplift, and watch the pain melt away. That’s the funky stuff Prince’s former top-choice sax player Candy Dulfer and her band specialize in. The groovin’ Dutch singer-songwriter and saxophonist’s latest album, the aptly titled We Never Stop, is a party platter of stanky jams, silken R&B, jazz, and pop-funk. The good times kick off with the single “Jammin’ Tonight” and the very radio friendly “Convergency,” both featuring special guest, Chic guitarist, producer, songwriter, and three-time Grammy Award-winner Nile Rodgers. We Never Stop is a triumph in the wake of the global pandemic and worldwide racial unrest.

“This is a personal album—it’s personal for everyone because we are struggling with many of the same things,” Candy shares. ”The main spirit of this music is to elevate. It feels like it’s never been more important to not let the hurt and pain in the world defeat us. That’s why I called this album, We Never Stop.”

 

Candy is a solo artist, a songwriter, an in-demand instrumentalist, and a co-writer and collaborator who has worked with some of the biggest names in modern music, including Van Morrison, Maceo Parker, Sheila E., Mavis Staples, Lionel Richie, Beyoncé, Pink Floyd, Chaka Khan, Aretha Franklin, and Prince, among many others. She first rose to fame with her high-profile collaboration with Dave Stewart on the worldwide number 1 smash “Lily Was Here.”

Her tenure with Prince may be best remembered by his tongue-in-cheek recommendation in the “Partyman” video: “When I want sax, I call Candy.” Their collaboration continued over the years with many studio sessions, TV show appearances, award show performances, including the Grammy Awards, and concert tours around the globe, including Candy joining Prince’s NPG band as a permanent member for his record-shattering Musicology tour and album.

In addition to her superstar collaborations, Candy is a serious lifelong musician with a robust history as a solo artist releasing albums and touring the world for over 35 years. Since her Grammy-nominated debut, 1990’s Saxuality, Candy has issued 12 studio albums. The combined world-wide sales of her solo albums top 2.5 million copies, and she has had several number 1 hits in the USA. In between her solo albums and her high-profile collaborations, Candy still manages to join Dutch female supergroup the Ladies of Soul for their annual sold-out concerts at the massive Amsterdam Ziggo Dome; she is a headline performer on Smooth Jazz Cruises in the USA and Europe; she is an ambassador for the Dutch ALS Foundation; and Candy was a judge on the Dutch version of X Factor.

At the age of 4, Candy’s destiny unfolded before her eyes, watching jazz heavyweight saxophonist Sonny Rollins. Her father, Hans Dulfer, brought her to the show. Hans is a well-known Dutch jazz saxophonist who, when Candy was growing up, surrounded himself with legends such as Archie Shepp, Dexter Gordon, and guitarist John McLaughlin. Candy began playing sax at the age of 6, and started her own band Funky Stuff at the age of 13.

Candy soaked up music and life lessons from her father, and the iconic musicians he worked with, but Candy also boldly discovered her own voice as a songwriter and an instrumentalist, finding a home in contemporary jazz and pop-funk. She has worked hard to become an ar/st on her own terms, inspired by the likes of David Sanborn, Steps Ahead, Marcus Miller, Michael Brecker, Maceo Parker, Cannonball Adderley, percussionist Sheila E. and Janet Jackson. I wanted to be Janet Jackson but then with a saxophone entertaining and at the same time musically giving”

We Never Stop features vocals from Candy’s rainbow family of a band with lyrics informed by band dialogues and the culture and health crises of the past two years. These include the toll of the pandemic on the music communities and the race horrors that have galvanized a global Black Lives Matter movement. The album bursts open with “Yeah Yeah Yeah,” a percolating dose of vintage funk that recalls P-Funk, Prince, and Average White Band with a feisty outro sax solo.

Legendary Chic guitarist Nile Rodgers (Madonna, David Bowie, Daft Punk, Lady Gaga) appears on the singles “Jammin’ Tonight” and “Convergency.” “Jammin’ Tonight,” is a bold injection of party pop-funk with a slick jazz overlay that recalls Nile’s 1970’s “Good Times” finery. Here, Candy blows some euphoric jazz-tinged solos, and you can hear pain and struggle melt away in her lyrical virtuosity. The album’s title track funks in the face of adversity. It’s Candy’s salute to all the musicians who have had their livelihoods leveled in the wake of the pandemic—this is a funky as hell anthem of resilience. “Convergency” is a dizzyingly romantic R&B instrumental ballad with jeweled melodic sax work.

After three decades of superstar collaborations and world tours, and chart-topping and high-selling solo career releases, Candy is living proof of the title of her latest album, We Never Stop. Nothing gets in the way of her making funky stuff. Today, her determination and passion remain, but her motivations are different. “These days, I play music to, hopefully, inspire younger people. When I was 12, I didn’t have many female saxophonists to look up to, and I want to be that person for the next generation of musicians,” she says.

MARCUS MILLER

Marcus Miller has been dubbed one of the most influential artists of our time. At the top of his game for over 30 years, he is a two-time Grammy award winner, (U.S.), winner of the 2013 Edison Award for Lifetime Achievement In Jazz (Holland), winner of the 2010 Victoire du Jazz (France) and in 2013, was appointed a UNESCO Artist For Peace. His characteristic bass sound can be heard on a limitless catalog of musical hits from Bill Wither’s “Just The Two Of Us” , to Luther Vandross’ “Never Too Much”, to songs from Chaka Khan, David Sanborn, Herbie Hancock, Eric Clapton, Aretha Franklin, George Benson, Elton John and Bryan Ferry to name a few. With his distinctive style - a unique combination of funk, groove, soul and pure technical skills - Miller has been referred to as one of the most significant bass players in jazz, R &B, fusion and soul. Bass Player Magazine includes him on its list of ten most influential jazz players of this generation.

 

In addition to these career highlights, Miller has a rich and very deep resume of outstanding collaborations, including a 15- year song-writing and production partnership with Luther Vandross, resulting in 13 consecutive platinum selling albums of which Miller Produced 7, and a double Grammy win in 1992 - for the double platinum selling album Power Of Love/Love Power winning “Best R & B Vocal” as well as “Best R & B Song”. It was the last # 1 R & B album for twelve years before Vandross’ mega cross-over pop hit Dance With My Father in 2001.

Miller also left an indelible mark on the careers of artists as varied and talented as David Sanborn, Roberta Flack, Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan, Al Jarreau, Bob James, Lalah Hathaway and Wayne Shorter. Most notable, after several years of touring in Miles Davis’ band in the early 80’s, Miller developed a close professional and personal relationship with Davis which led to his collaboration on three critically acclaimed albums - the most famous being the ground-breaking album and title song Tutu, making Miller the last primary producer, arranger and composer for this great jazz legend. The album and title song, which Miller composed, produced, arranged and performed on, is widely regarded as a significant addition to the canon of contemporary jazz music. Not only did the album win two Grammy awards, it is considered to be one of the definitive Miles Davis albums of our time.

Most Miller aficionados know that as a composer, Miller has an endless list of film and television credits to his name. Miller rose from writing the go-go mega hit ‘Da Butt’ for Spike Lee’s 1988 film School Daze to becoming the go-to composer for over 20 top urban movies. His film scores include the cult-classic House Party( feat. Kid ‘N Play - 1990); the Eddie Murphy/Halle Berry classic film Boomerang (1992); Above The Rim (feat. Tupac Shakur and Marlon Wayans -1994); Two Can Play That Game (feat. Vivica Fox, Gabrielle Union, Morris Chestnut and Anthony Anderson - 2001); This Christmas (feat. Idris Elba and Chris Brown - 2007); the Chris Rock cult classic Good Hair (2009); and About Last Night (feat. Kevin Hart and Regina Bell - 2014). Marcus also supplied the music for the successful weekly TV series Everybody Hates Chris, currently in syndication.

Most recently, Miller composed the music for the Oscar nominated film Marshall (2017) directed by Reginald Hudlin and starring Chadwick Boseman as a young Thurgood Marshall and Emmy-award-winning actor Sterling Brown from the hit TV series This Is Us. The film was the winner of the 2017 Chicago International Film Festival award; the 2017 African American Film Critics Award; the 2017 Hollywood Film Festival Award, and was also a 2017 Image and Critics Choice award nominee, and received five NAACP Image award nominations.

As if that weren’t enough, Miller also broadcasts two weekly radio shows – one in the U.S. and the other in the U.K. Jazz with Marcus Miller On MillerTime (affectionately referred to asThe Marcus Party by fans) airs every Sunday on SiriusXM. Miller’s radio show in London is called TransAtlantic Jazz With Marcus Miller and broadcasts each Wednesday on Jazz FM in the UK. Miller is also the annual host and head-line artist on multiple jazz cruises each year offered by Entertainment Cruise Productions including the very popular Blue Note At Sea jazz cruise, as well as the Smooth Jazz Cruise - all of which sell out each year.

On top of all of this, Miller has been a prolific artist and bandleader in his own right for well over 20 years, having released over a dozen albums under his name. Miller tours extensively worldwide with a band of gifted young musicians - perhaps reminding audiences of a certain Miles Davis who did the same for Miller and other young musicians like Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter.

Miller is the performer/composer/producer and arranger of ten critically acclaimed solo projects, among them The Sun Don’t Lie (feat. Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter); Tales (feat. Me’Shell NdegéOcello and Q-Tip) Silver Rain (feat. guest artist Eric Clapton) Free (feat. Corinne Bailey Rae); A Night In Monte Carlo (feat. the Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra) and Renaissance (2012). His album M2 won the Grammy award for best Contemporary Jazz Album in 2001.

In 2015, Miller released Afrodeezia, an album inspired by his role as a UNESCO spokesperson for the Slave Routes Project. For that album, Miller incorporated musical influences from countries along the Atlantic slave route passage, collaborating with musicians from West Africa, North Africa, South America and the Caribbean. The album earned a 2016 Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary Jazz Album and Miller performed more than 250 sold-out shows worldwide behind the album’s release.

Miller’s current project - the new genre-defying album Laid Black, due to be released June 1st, brings the story of the Afrodeezia journey “home” where we find Miller incorporating more modern, urban elements into his music from trap, hiphop, R&B to gospel. Of this music, Miller says: “After Afrodeezia where I did a lot of traveling all over the world, I thought it would be cool to bring into the mix, some of the influences of our time that I was listening to right here at home. My band and the guest artists I recruited to collaborate with on this album are all versatile enough to play music ranging from be-bop to hip-hop. That made the musical mix I wanted to pursue on this album very possible.”

Anyone who has listened to Miller’s music or experienced Miller’s concerts live, knows that they are in for quite an experience with the new album. Miller’s powerful, jazz/funk bass playing is out in full force with this music – pushing boundaries and taking jazz to new levels. Miller, along with his incredible band of young talents, will be sure to excite, challenge and transport audiences.

The new album, Laid Black, features special guest performances by Trombone Shorty, Kirk Whalum, Patches Stewart, Take 6, Jonathan Butler and guest vocalist Selah Sue. Laid Black is certain to thrill and exhilarate Miller fans and will help continue to propel Miller to the world superstar status of fusion, funk, soul and jazz master!

TOMMY DAVIDSON
as Your Host

Tommy Davidson’s exceptional range – from stand-up comedy and acting to versatile music accomplishments – have earned him a reputation as an extraordinary performer who delivers no matter the arena. Best known as one of the stars of the hit television show In Living Color, Davidson’s visibility has allowed him to become a household name known for his innovative talent.

Davidson started his career as a standup comedian in Washington DC, earning an ardent following. Spotted by major concert promoters, he was first booked as the opening act for Patti LaBelle, Kenny G and Luther Vandross. It wasn’t long before he came to Hollywood and was headlining the biggest rooms and met Robert Townsend. This led to his first national tv appearance and starring role in Partners in Crime, the conduit to Keenan Ivory Wayans, who proved instrumental in Davidson’s career by offering him an opportunity to audition.

 

Davidson starred in Disney Channel’s beloved animated series The Proud Family (2001-05) and recently returned to topline their new hit, “The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder” (Disney +) to rave reviews. Other 2022 guest starring credits include CBS comedy series The Neighborhood; standout roles on VH1’s hit A Black Lady Sketch Show; the Nick Cannon-directed TV movie Miracles Across 125th Street, BET+’s The Ms. Pat Show and the Netflix special Sarah Cooper: Everything’s Fine.

The multihyphenate is perhaps best known for starring in the groundbreaking sketch comedy series In Living Color and becoming a standout with his impressions of Sammy Davis Jr., Michael Jackson and other entertainment icons. His performance on the series resulted in three Showtime specials: On Strength of New York, Illin’ in Philly, and Takin’ it to DC. Davidson also hosted and starred in the network’s Chocolate Sundaes Comedy Show, as well as three seasons of ABC’s Vacation Creation.

Davidson voiced the series regular role of Cream Corn in the Adult Swim action-comedy spoof Black Dynamite, and has also made multiple guest appearances on shows like MTV’s Wild ‘N Out, BET’s Real Husbands of Hollywood and ABC’s Celebrity Wife Swap. He also recently headlined The Off Color Comedy Tour with Keenan Ivory Wayans, Shawn Wayans and David Alan Grier, and co-headlines with Katt Williams, Mike Epps and Martin Lawrence to sell out large venue audiences.

Davidson’s feature credits include Spike Lee’s Bamboozled, Morgan Creek’s Juwanna Mann, Ace Ventura II: When Nature Calls opposite Jim Carrey, and Strictly Business opposite Halle Berry among others.  He also recently starred in the feature documentaries I Am Comic opposite Tim Allen and Lewis Black, and Dying Laughing alongside Jamie Foxx, Kevin Hart, Amy Schumer and Sarah Silverman

His most recent critically lauded music duets include Sweet Reunion with multi-Grammy winner Dave Koz and I Know with A-list saxophonist, Richard Elliot.

Kensington Books published Davidson’s memoir Living in Color: What’s Funny about Me, recounting his personal triumphs after having been abandoned as in infant in 2020 achieving historic sales.