Juliet V. Anderson, Voice
Juliet V. Anderson received the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music from Spelman College and the Master of Arts Degree in Vocal Performance from Georgia State University. She has appeared professionally in many recitals, operas, and oratorios; was featured recitalist in the Callanwolde Fine Arts Center Guest Artist Series and the Governor’s Mansion Artist Series; and was winner of Georgia State University’s Annual Concerto Competition. She is a principal artist with Americolor Opera Company in Atlanta.
Phillip N. Davis, Lecturer, Assistant Director of the Clark Atlanta University Jazz Orchestra, Recording Studio Coordinator
Phillip N. Davis is an accomplished, world-renowned keyboardist, songwriter, Grammy Award winning producer, recording artist, and the founder and CEO of PhD Productions, LLC.
He has had the pleasure of performing with Sheila E., Will Downing, Stanley Clarke, George Duke, Rachelle Ferrell, Prince, Alex Bugnon, Boney James, Kathleen Bertrand, and the late George Howard. Phil has extensive production and performance credits with some of the nation’s most prolific jazz artists: production of “The Way You Make Me Feel” on BWB’s just released project, Human Nature and producer of 1st single, “Maker of Lover” on Boney James' The Beat project, which has been on the 2013 Billboard charts for over 16 weeks.
He also was producer on Will Downing's 2010 Lust, Love, and Lies (An Audio Novel), on Walter Beasley’s Free Your Mind , on Stanley Clarke's The Toys Of Men , as well as Alex Bugnon’s last two CD’s, Free and Southern Living. He wrote the title track on Boney James' Body Language which became a gold record and on James’ Pure, which was nominated for a Grammy. Phil has been producer, co-writer and performer on each of Kathleen Bertrand’s projects – Katharsis, New Standards, Reasons for the Season, No Regrets, and All of Me.
Other credits include Keyboardist for Centric's Soul Train Awards (2008-2010), Musical Director for NBC's Star Search 2003-2005, Musical Director for That Comedy Show on Turner South, the writer & performer on the Boney James & Rick Braun CD, Shake It Up, writer & producer of two tracks on the late George Howards' album, Midnight Mood (“Exodus” and “Silent Thoughts”), writer of two tracks on Alex Bugnon's As Promised (“Scirocco” and “His Coolness”), and the producer and performer of three tracks on Al Jarreau's CD Tomorrow Today.
Mr. Davis won a 2003 Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Pop Album for his Just Chillin’, which featured him as producer with guitarist Norman Brown. His production work for Walter Beasley – vocalist, saxophonist, and faculty member at Berklee College of Music in Boston – resulted in the CD Go With the Flow. This CD won the Boston Music Awards 2003 Jazz Album of the Year.
Phillip N. Davis is a music graduate of Clark Atlanta University, where he studied jazz with James Patterson, studied piano with Mark Boozer, and performed with both the Clark Atlanta University Jazz Orchestra (under Patterson) and the Clark Atlanta University Bands, under Dr. Alfred Wyatt.
Philip V. Skerrett, Jr. Senior Staff Accompanist and University Organist
Phillip V. Skerrett Jr., Senior Staff Accompanist and University Organist at Clark Atlanta University and a native of Philadelphia, PA., began his musical studies at an early age under the instruction of his mother. Among his early instructors were Louise Robinson and Charles Engel at the renowned Settlement Music School in Philadelphia. He began organ instruction under Ernest Lehrer and continued under Joseph Chapline and Norman Sill. Having graduated from the Central High School, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Mr. Skerrett then earned the Bachelor of Science degree in music from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Mr. Skerrett pursued graduate studies at Northwestern University while serving as Music Director at Holy Name Roman Catholic Cathedral in Chicago, Illinois. He was a student of Grigg Fountain and Wolfgang Rubsam, as well as Robert Anderson and Pauline Lindsey. After leaving Northwestern University he served as accompanist for the vocal studio of Madame Sonia Sharnova in Chicago. He has served, for more than 25 years, as the Senior Organist for Big Bethel AME Church in Atlanta, Georgia. He performed with the Atlanta Symphony under the direction of William Fred Scott and is presently serving as the accompanist for the Americolor Opera Company (Atlanta, GA). He has performed in chamber concerts at Emory University, Spelman College, Covington, Cooper Gallery, and Clark Atlanta University’s Park Street Music and Art Complex with his colleagues Dr. Roumena Georgieva, violinist, and Dr. J Robert Adams, bass-baritone.
Averil Taylor, Trumpet
Averil Taylor received the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music (trumpet) from Clark Atlanta University and the Master of Music Degree in Jazz Studies) from Georgia State University. At Clark Atlanta, Mr. Taylor studied trumpet with John Head, former principal trumpeter for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and jazz with James H. Patterson. His time with the jazz orchestra afforded him the opportunity to perform and interact with many jazz legends in Canada, Holland, Italy, Germany, and Switzerland.
Mr. Taylor has also been active on the Atlanta music scene as a teacher. His successful tenure as band director at Tucker Middle School, one of the largest band programs in metro Atlanta, includes establishing productive liaisons between Tucker and various universities and creating a sixth (6th) grade band program at the Tucker Middle School South Annex. In addition to maintaining an active music teaching studio, he serves as coach to trumpet students auditioning for competitions and scholarship.