The founder, creator and president of Hip-Bone Music, Inc., Davis was born to a musical family in San Francisco. After studying multiple instruments growing up, he settled on the trombone in high school, leading to principal chairs in many all-state honor groups.
In the spring of 1983, Davis signed on with the Buddy Rich Band. His two-year stint with the band forged musical and personal friendships that continue to this day. Michael’s freelance career in New York City began in earnest in 1986, leading to work alongside James Taylor, Michael Jackson, Bob Dylan, Aerosmith, Tony Bennett, Jay Z, Sarah Vaughan, Sting, Beck, Branford Marsalis, Peter Gabriel, Sheryl Crow, Lyle Lovett, Bob Mintzer, Paul Simon, David Sanborn, Terence Blanchard and scores of others.
In the field of music education, Davis has served as a guest artist and clinician around the world, while also authoring a number of highly esteemed instructional books and arrangements for musicians of all ages and abilities. A multiple recipient of awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, he maintains his own jazz groups and projects through Hip-Bone Music.