Caroline Davis finds her creative voice as a musician in the Chicago area as well as a Ph.D candidate in Music Cognition at Northwestern University. She holds undergraduate degrees from the University of Texas at Arlington in Psychology and Jazz Studies. Her dissertation project aims to understand how creative musical collaboration associates with how one finds meaning in music. In 2005, Caroline received the Distinguished Graduate Student Award for her presentation on jazz communication at the Performance Matters conference in Portugal. She was also selected as one of five young female jazz musicians to form the 2006 Sisters in Jazz, a group devoted to the mentorship of women in jazz. She has also been a teaching assistant at the UTA Summer Music, Litchfield Jazz, and Birch Creek Jazz Camps. Caroline continues to balance her academic interests with performances in collaborative ensembles, including Zing!, Tomorrow Music Orchestra, James Davis Quintet, Never Enough Hope, Ear to the Ground Quartet, and Pedway.