MIKE DAVIS' NEW WONDERS
America's Jazz Age during the 1920s was a suspenseful time of constant change. Film and literature were exploring exciting new forms of expression, and adventurers like Charles Lindbergh and Amelia Earhart lent a relatable celebrity face to the many new inventions that seemed to appear daily. Young people challenged the rules of society with shocking new dances, snappy speech and rakish clothes. The soundtrack to all this excitement was jazz, the product of the American melting pot that was enjoyed by people from all walks of life, whether nightly or as a secret indulgence like bootleg liquor during prohibition.
Today the Manhattan-based band the New Wonders provides audiences with an authentic and exciting musical glimpse into the 1920s by performing jazz and dance music of the era. Mike Davis, cornetist and leader, hailed as an “Eloquent trumpet prodigy” by the Wall Street Journal has assembled a band of musicians who all attended conservatories, but discovered their passion for making music in the style of 1920’s records (to the consternation of their music school professors.) The New Wonders craft each song as if it were a 78rpm record, and revel in the possibilities of how the music may have sounded live nearly one hundred years ago. Davis and his colleagues celebrate a time when music came out of real people and real instruments, and played a central part in people's dreams, adventures and romances.
From the New Wonders’ first appearance critics took note: The New York Times called them an “unexpected delight”, and Downbeat Magazine wrote: “Mike Davis… appeared to have emerged from a time portal from the year 1927”.
The band takes its name from the model of cornet played by the enigmatic genius Bix Beiderbecke, who embodied the youthful, searching spirit of the 1920s: his music was beautiful and short-lived, but it still holds meaning today. The New Wonders take great inspiration from Bix, as well as Louis Armstrong, the California Ramblers, Red Nichols, Jean Goldkette and many others, and perform on period instruments whenever possible. The music of the jazz age continues to raise eyebrows and cause toes to tap, and the New Wonders aren't going to let them stop!