Expect a lot of jazzy, blues-drenched material from their latest record, Nicollet and 10th, recorded live at The Dakota in Minneapolis. That album includes such gems as Louis Jordan’s “Knock Me A Kiss,” Etta James’ “I’d Rather Go Blind,” Fats Domino’s “Ain’t That A Shame,” Mississippi John Hurt’s “Shake That Thing” and the Tin Pan Alley nugget “Five Foot Two, Eyes Of Blue.” Also expect a lot of fun and lots of sass from Davina and her energetic crew. “We’re like a hurricane but a pleasant hurricane,” she says.
Davina Lozier is a two-fisted, piano-pumping, boogie woogie red hot mama who sings like a combination of Etta James, Amy Winehouse, Janis Joplin and Billie Holiday. As the Minneapolis Post noted: “She purrs and growls, whispers and wails. Sweet and seductive one moment, she’s in your face the next, and then she makes you laugh. Her voice is a complex, expressive, flexible instrument made of sugar and grit.”
Fronting a raucous crew of early jazz aficionados and R&B hounds, including her husband Zack on trumpet, Davina and the Vagabonds have been slaying audiences with their high energy live show which draws on such potent influences as Fats Domino and Fats Waller, Jerry Lee Lewis and Little Richard, Louis Armstrong and Ma Rainey, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Aretha Franklin and Tom Waits while oozing Memphis soul swagger and vintage New Orleans R&B charm. Based in the Twin Cities, they have performed in 45 states, 2 Canadian provinces and 12 European countries, eliciting rave reviews along the way. Downbeat magazine recently wrote: “Davina is a one-of-a-kind performer whose singing has a sassiness bearing some comparison to that of heart-thumping blues queens Ma Rainey and Ida Cox.” This is Davina’s fourth appearance at the Exit Zero Jazz Festival.