Jazz Vocalist Donna Deussen's second CD, On The Street Where You Live has just been released, and is a joint venture with guitarist Paul Weitz, with whom she has been performing for the last two years. Together they have developed exciting and unique arrangements of jazz and pop tunes for both duo and full band settings.
Donna Deussen's singing has been praised by John Gilbert of EJazzNews: her phrasing is impeccable, her tone is clear, and is a joy to the ear of the discerning listener. A magna cum laude graduate of Berklee College of Music in Boston, she moved to the west coast after college, and began performing in venues all over both California and Arizona. Donna also works as a session singer and vocal coach. Her acclaimed debut CD, High Wire featured Chick Corea's saxophonist Eric Marienthal....
Re: High Wire -
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
“.. [An] exquisite vocal jazz album… spirited and sexy… - Lucky Clark, N.H. Northern Light News
“Two Thumbs WAYYY Up! This is easily one of the most enjoyable CD's I've heard all year...I hear a lot and don't get the urge to write about many, but I just have to spread the word on this one. Donna gets it ALL exactly right; her pitch, rhythm, and most importantly her feel for these songs is right on target as she sings in a variety of styles. Her voice is always pleasing, and she gets vocally creative without wandering into diva territory. Her backing trio is powerfully subtle, lending support and flexing their own muscles while staying true to the composition. Great production (also by Ms. Deussen) makes a perfect blending of all the elements. Highlights? Every track! I'll be spinning this one a LOT, and recommend it very highly.” - Bob Muller, Cdbaby.com
“Recently I had the privilege to listen to the debut album from jazz singer Donna Deussen. …a truly enjoyable and well rounded vocal jazz album….Blues In The Night shows that Donna can sing the blues as well as jazz standards. Donna Deussen has a wonderful voice and she assembled a group of very talented musicians to complement her singing. “ - Bruce Von Stiers, BVSReview
“…A voice with a lot of passion and depth, [with an] understanding how to inhabit (versus inhibit) a song and its lyrics. I was happy with Blues in the Night a song that most contemporary singers wouldn't touch. Donna has an edge to her sound that I didn't expect. Bravo! …And what a great turn on Show Me” … very sensual.” - Dave Leonnig, Jazzspot.com
[regarding Donna Deussen’s cover of “River“]: “Another excellent jazz version, besides her stunning vocal, the track features lovely and creative piano accompaniment and a wonderful acoustic bass anchoring the rhythm. Sweet.” - JMDL Digest
“…The album's highlight is 'Never Will I Marry' when she shows her spontaneous energy and ability for dramatizing the lyrics in this wonderful jazz classic which again features some tight piano trio accompaniment. [And} 'Nature Boy' shows her creativity in an arrangement which oozes class throughout.” - Wes Gillespie, EuroClubdeJazz.com
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