The Last


at Harvard

The Class of 1963 and the 18 Young Men Who Changed Harvard Forever

Meet the 18: Lowell Davidson

Lowell Davidson
Born: Boston, MA, 1941
Prepared at: Boston Latin School, Boston, MA
Died: July 31, 1990

I thought he was kind of a crazy genius. As I came to know him more, I came to believe he was more of a genius than he was crazy. He also spoke all the time about biochemistry and the effect of music on the biochemistry of the brain. He thought that if you could alter the way that you perceive music humans would change. (Joe Morris, guitarist, talking about his friend and fellow jazz musician, Lowell Davidson.)

At Harvard, Lowell was a track star, a biochemist and a jazz pianist. After college he became a protégé of jazz saxophonist Ornette Coleman. In 1965, he would record the Lowell Davidson Trio album with bassist Gary Peacock and drummer Milford Graves. It is the only recorded document that exists. Lowell died in 1990.