Donovan Raitt

Donovan Raitt


My Name is Donovan Raitt. I am a professional guitarist, and composer specializing in multiple styles and genres. I perform with many different artists in many different styles, including Jazz, Classical, R&B, Rock, Flamenco, Blues, Funk, Country, and Fusion.


An Irvine, California native, Donovan Raitt started his musical career with the piano at the age of 5. At the age of 11, Donovan fell in love with the electric guitar and started taking private lessons. Unaware of his family's history with the electric guitar (Donovan's cousin is Grammy winning blues guitarist Bonnie Raitt), Donovan's love for the guitar grew as he started to perform regularly in a wide variety of styles. By the age of 18, Donovan had performed in many rock, blues, and top 40 bands and was a featured soloist with the University High school Jazz ensemble, performing at the Anaheim convention center, The Irvine Jazz Festival and Disneyland.

At the age of 18, Donovan started to teach private lessons in performance and composition in a wide variety of styles to aspiring guitarists of all ages. Donovan continues to further his love for teaching by holding teaching studios in the Orange County and Los Angeles areas. Donovan currently holds a teaching studio at Jim's Music Center, the largest independent music store in California, and teaches beginning guitar classes in public schools with Excelsus Music Collaborators, a non-profit music education program. Donovan has also written, edited and published several online guitar lessons for

In 2001 Donovan was admitted to the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California in the Studio/Jazz guitar program, and was the recipient of the Paul LaRose memorial scholarship for guitar. While at USC, Donovan studied jazz and contemporary guitar styles with Steve Trovato, Richard Smith, Frank Potenza, and Pat Kelley, as well as classical, flamenco and fingerstyle guitar with David Oakes and James Smith. Donovan graduated from the studio guitar program with honors from USC in 2005.

Since moving to Los Angeles, Donovan has performs regularly with Ogie Alcasid, Gilli Moon, Riddle the Sphinx, Shannon Hurley, Loretta McNair, The Downbeat Express Big Band, Mambo Soul Latin jazz band, Fyreskye (traditional celtic band) The Swingshift Big Band, as well as numerous casuals, weddings, top 40 bands and performances with his own Fusion ensemble and numerous performances of original music for solo guitar.

Donovan is currently endorsed by Strum-N-Comfort thumb picks as well as Line 6 guitars and effects and continues to perform regularly in the Los Angeles and Orange County areas. Donovan is currently working on a cd of original music for solo guitar, which he hopes to finish by the end of the year.


Donovan Raitt --- "In Recital: April 2004" (2004)
Gilli Moon --- "ExtraOrdinary Life" (2005)
Donovan Raitt --- "In Recital: April 2005 (2005)
Riddle the Sphinx --- "Fun House" (2005)

Set List

Jazz/Latin Standards

A Child is Born
A Night in Tunisia
Afro Blue
Afternoon in Paris
All Blues
All of Me
All the Things You Are
Autumn Leaves
Beautiful Love
Black Coffee
Black Orpheus
Blue Bossa
Blue in Green
Blues For Alice
Bright Size Life
A Child is Born
Darn That Dream
Days of Wine and Roses
Dolphin Dance
Donna Lee
Falling Grace
Five Hundred Miles High
Four on Six
Freddie Freeloader
Girl From Ipanema
Groovin’ High
Georgia On My Mind
How High the Moon
How Insensitive
I Love You
I Should Care
Joy Spring
Little Waltz
Maiden Voyage
Mr. P.C
Mood Indigo
Moment’s Notice
My Favroite Things
My Funny Valentine
My Little Suede Shoes
Nica’s Dream
Once I loved
One Note Samba
Prelude to A Kiss
Road Song
‘Round Midnight
Satin Doll
Scrapple From the Apple
So What
Someday My Prince will Come