Deanna & The Downbeats

Deanna & The Downbeats


Deanna & the Downbeats is a Portland-based quintet with a unique sound that blends the great American songbook, jazz, latin, pop, cabaret & lounge. You never know what you'll get when Deanna takes the stage and the Downbeats dive into a groove...anything goes!


Deanna & The Downbeats is a quintet from Portland Oregon specializing in a unique brand of American music. Blending classic jazz style with vocal standards, show tunes, torch songs, and original compositions, the group's repertoire recalls the halcyon days of jazz and lounge singers such as Anita O'Day, Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald, and Rosemary Clooney. Mixing equal parts sass and class, Deanna heats things up as the sexy chanteuse while The Downbeats stoke the fire with swinging rhythms and hot solos.

Deanna & The Downbeats was born in February 2007 after trumpeteer James M. Gregg approached best friend and vocalist Deanna Maio about starting a group together. James and Deanna and had spent many hours over the previous two years singing and playing through fakebooks full of standards, torch songs and ballads, and wondered what would happen if they took the music out of the practice room and on to the stage. The pair was already working together in musical groups The Swing Sisters and the Bureau of Standards Big Band, and sought a new avenue for their musical collaboration.

Finding a rhythm section the way most bands in Portland do - someone played with someone else who played with a guy who also had done a gig with the first cousin of the first guy - James called on the copious talents of pianissimist Ben Macy (Ben Macy Trio), ace of bass Steve Morelli (Bureau of Standards Big Band), and traps-ologist Fred Ingram (Kathy Walker Band). Performing their first show just a few months later at Tony Starlight's, the band received an enthusiastic response and calls for more. Now the band continues to play for appreciative audiences looking for something new and different yet still familiar and comfortable at the same time.

In the spirit of their idols, Deanna & The Downbeats pride themselves on an "anything goes" mentality, considering any style, decade, and song fair game for their genre-bending covers of such diverse writers as George Gershwin, Burt Bacharach, Cole Porter, Herb Alpert and even Madonna! No matter what style or song they are playing, Deanna & The Downbeats always infuse their music with energy, charisma and loads of fun!

Set List

We normally perform two 1.5 hour sets but can flex to any situation.
Our repertoire mixes vocal and jazz standards with well-known Latin and pop songs from a variety of genres and time periods.

Why Don't You Do Right
You Do Something To Me
On The Street Where You Live
Always Something There to Remind Me
Too Darn Hot
My Funny Valentine
Taylor, the Latte Boy
Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend
Material Girl
Walkin' After Midnight
Spanish Flea
Anything Goes
If I Knew You Were Coming (I'd Have Baked A Cake)
Can't Hurry Love
Take Five
Embraceable You/Abrazame Tu
Indiana (Back Home Again)
Love for Sale
It Don't Mean A Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing
So In Love
Is You Is Or Is You Aint My Baby
Tijuana Taxi
How High The Moon
You Belong To Me
Music Music Music (Put Another Nickel In)
If I Were A Bell
Leavin On a Jet Plane
Lot of Livin' To Do