Snake Davis

Snake Davis

Snake Davis performing at Fibbers, York, March 2014
Background information
Birth name Christopher Davis
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Saxophone
Years active 1980–present

Snake Davis is a session musician (saxophonist) who has played with some of the worlds biggest artists.[1] In the 1980s he fronted York band Zoot and the Roots.

Davis has played on the records of the following artists and many others notably M People, as well as Lisa Stansfield, Ray Charles, Tom Jones, Culture Club, Hamish Stuart, George Michael, Tina Turner, Paul Hardcastle, Take That, Cher, China Crisis, Beyoncé Knowles, N-Trance, Kylie Minogue, Paul McCartney, Swing Out Sister, Dave Stewart, Paul Young, Mark Morrison, Pet Shop Boys, Soul II Soul, Jack "big richo" Richardson, Robert Palmer, Tanita Tikaram, Acoustic Alchemy, Motörhead, Primal Scream, Calvin Harris, Spice Girls, Boy George]. and he has also worked on numerous television adverts in the UK and abroad.

Snake Davis is renowned for his skill and expertise in playing both the saxophone and the flute and can play in any number of genres when asked upon from smooth jazz to soul jazz. He released his first solo album in 2001 called Snakebites. Subsequently he has toured with his band Snake Davis & The Charmers.

He has subsequently released other albums including Hysteria, Adder Lessons and Talking Bird, the latter of which was commended for its blend of chillout, soul, and oriental themed music, which included his first recorded works of him playing the ancient Japanese instrument, the Shakuhachi.

He has toured with Jim Diamond as The Blue Shoes, "The world's smallest band" as well as one of the four members of the band ironically called The Burden of Paradise (Snake Davis, Helen Watson, Mark Creswell and Dave Bowie).

The band Klingande used a sample of Davis's in their hit song "Jubel (song)."[2]

Davis also performed the theme music for the iconic 1980s television show Jimmy's, a fly-on-the-wall documentary featuring the lives of staff and patients at St James's University Hospital in Leeds.


  1. "Snake Davis Band is still in demand". Hull Daily Mail. April 23, 2008. Retrieved 14 July 2012.
  2. Snake David Sax Walkthrough, See 3:56

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