Donna Deussen

Donna Deussen

BandJazz

Diana Krall mixed with Basia (only, no weird accent), mixed with some Jane Monheit and Tierney Sutton, throw in some blues & pop licks, shake and serve up with a killer jazz trio!

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Biography

Jazz Vocalist DONNA DEUSSEN is a California native, but spent much of her childhood in rural New Hampshire. She began taking piano lessons at age 7, and began taking her love of singing seriously in high school, where she was admitted to the All-New England Choir both her junior and senior years. She attended and graduated magna cum laude in 1989 from the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, with a degree in songwriting.

After college, she moved to Los Angeles, and began performing, writing, and recording all styles of contemporary music, including pop, R&B, country, rock, folk, and, of course, jazz.

Donna has performed at a wide variety of venues in the Southern California area, including: Holly Street Bar & Grill, Spazio Restaurant, Millenium Biltmore Hotel, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Auditorium, The Palace, The Cinegrill, Lunaria’s, The Jazz Bakery, Cal Tech Summer Jazz Series, Monteleone’s, Sportsman’s Lodge, The Other Side, L.A. Cabaret, The Money Tree, The Gardenia Room, Portofino on Pine, Luna Park, Fox & Hound, and many more.

In Arizona, she has performed at most of the major venues in the city, including the Phoenician Hotel, the Ritz Carlton Hotel, the Four Seasons Hotel, and the Rio Verde Country Club, to name just a few. She also recently headlined at Johnny’s Uptown Supper Club.

In April 2003, Donna’s long-awaited debut jazz CD, “High Wire” was released. It reflects her command of a vast range of styles, from samba to the blues. It showcases some of LA's best musicians: Mark Massey on keyboards, Aldo Bentivegna on drums, Anders Swanson on bass, and Eric Marienthal on saxaphone. “High Wire” features all-original arrangements by Donna and Mark Massey, including a “Weather Report” inspired version of “Nature Boy” and a jazz rendition of Joni Mitchell’s “River.” The CD has been garnering favorable reviews, and is getting airplay on many jazz radio stations, including KKJZ Long Beach, KCLU Thousand Oaks, KBEM Minneapolis, WAER Syracuse, WICN Worchester MA, SkyJazz Internet Radio, CFRC Radio Ontario Canada, WTJU Charlottesville VA, WPKN Bridgeport CT, and Radio LaGuagua Argentina! “High Wire” is available online at www.cdbaby.com/deussen.

Donna has performed and recorded with the top studio musicians in L.A., including those who have worked with/toured with Chick Corea, Sarah Vaughan, Poncho Sanchez, Brian Setzer Orchestra, Tierney Sutton, Jack Jones, Tom Jones, Melissa Manchester, Jean-Luc Ponty, the Righteous Brothers, the Coasters, the Platters, The Crystals, The Shirelles, Englebert Humperdinck, and many many more.

Donna has recently relocated to Phoenix, Arizona, but is still performing in the Southern California area. For booking or further information, please contact deussend@yahoo.com or visit her website at www.donnadeussen.com.

Discography

"High Wire" 2003
(featuring ERIC MARIENTHAL (Chick Corea Elektric Band) on sax.)
Mark Massey - keys
Anders Swanson - bass
Aldo Bentivegna - drums
The CD has been getting airplay on many stations around the world, including:
KKJZ Long Beach, KCLU Thousand Oaks, KBEM Minneapolis, WAER Syracuse, WICN Worchester MA, SkyJazz Internet Radio, CFRC Radio Ontario Canada, WTJU Charlottesville VA, WPKN Bridgeport CT, and Radio LaGuagua Argentina.

Set List

Over 4 hours of material - standards mixed with jazz-influenced pop tunes.
Current Song List includes, among many others:

1. OLD COUNTRY
2. VERY THOUGHT OF YOU
3. SUGAR
4. SOMETHING COOL
5. BETTER THAN ANYTHING
6. BLACK COFFEE
7. RIO DE JANEIRO BLUE
8. NICK OF TIME
9. SKYLARK
10. WATERS OF MARCH
11. NO MOON AT ALL
12. AGUA DE BEBER
13. BALTIMORE ORIOLE
14. JOY SPRING
15. CRAZY HE CALLS ME
16. ONE NOTE SAMBA
17. WHISPER NOT
18. LOST MIND
19. NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT
20. O PATO
21. BLUESETTE
22. KEEPING OUT OF MISCHIEF
23. TWISTED
24. HAVEN’T WE MET
25. IF I ONLY HAD A BRAIN
26. BLUES IN THE NIGHT
27. STRAIGHTEN UP AND FLY RIGHT
28. GEORGIA
29. BEST IS YET TO COME
30. YOUR MIND IS ON VACATION
31. NEVER WILL I MARRY
32. ANGEL EYES
33. AT LAST
34. AUTUMN LEAVES
35. BABY PLAYS AROUND
36. BLUE SKIES
39. CAUGHT UP IN THE RAPTURE
40. DETOUR AHEAD
41. DON’T GO TO STRANGERS
42. DON’T KNOW WHY (N.JONES)
46. FRIM FRAM SAUCE
47. FRO