SongVault Artist Profile
California, United States
Vocal Jazz / Cool Jazz
“High Wire” is the debut album from the stunning new jazz singer Donna Deussen. Backed by a killer band made up of some of Los Angeles’ finest musicians, Donna’s luminous voice and fresh arrangements of accessible standards will be sure to capture a wide audience. A magna cum laude graduate of the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, Donna began performing and recording with various pop, rock, country, and folk bands when she first moved to Los Angeles in 1989, before committing herself to the “art of jazz.” “High Wire” is her long-awaited debut CD and features 12 exciting arrangements of jazz and pop standards, including a latin version of “Old Devil Moon;” a ‘Weather Report-inspired’ “Nature Boy;” a luscious jazzy version of Joni Mitchell’s “River;” and the title track, an uptempo samba take on the Chick Corea classic. It showcases some of LA's best musicians: Mark Massey on keyboards, Aldo Bentivegna on drums, Anders Swanson on bass, and Eric Marienthal (of Chick Corea’s Elektric Band) on sax. “High Wire” is available online at www.cdbaby.com/deussen.
Donna performs regularly throughout Southern California and throughout the southwest states. She is currently hard at work on her follow-up CD.
"Donna Deussen ... is a talented singer with an attractive voice... [she] excels on such material as Chick Corea's "High Wire" and Joni Mitchell's "River," singing lyrics with sensitivity and honest feeling... High Wire will be enjoyed by fans of warm jazz-inspired vocals." Scott Yanow, L.A. Jazz Scene