Vocalist Donna Deussen is an exciting new artist on the jazz scene. A graduate of the prestigious Berklee College of Music, Donna counts Ella Fitzgerald, Nancy Wilson, Chaka Khan, and Joni Mitchell as some of her influences. Donna has been performing and recording in the Los Angeles area for the last 17 years. She has performed and recorded with the top studio musicians in L.A., including those who have worked/toured with such names as Chick Corea, Sarah Vaughan, Poncho Sanchez, Brian Setzer Orchestra, Tierney Sutton, Jack Jones, Tom Jones, Melissa Manchester, Jean-Luc Ponty, the Righteous Brothers, and many many more. 'High Wire' features jazz, blues, latin and pop standards with some of LA's best musicians: Mark Massey on piano, Aldo Bentivegna on drums, Anders Swanson on bass, and ERIC MARIENTHAL on sax. The CD includes: the title track (a Chick Corea composition); a 'Weather Report'-inspired arrangement of 'Nature Boy;' a samba rendition of 'Old Devil Moon;' and even a jazz arrangement of Joni Mitchell's 'River.' The album was produced, mixed, and mastered by Donna and Alan Kuehne of Serious Fun Studios. 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! This is a crisp, fun, and energetic recording and you won't regret having this one in your collection!
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