Donovan Mixon

Why book Donovan Mixon?

I am a jazz guitarist. I play improvised (totally recognizable of course) versions of songs from the great American songbook (Rogers & Hart, Ellington, Gershwin, Evans etc.) Rarely I play identical arrangements from night to night of the same tunes. Every performance is unique in some way. I am a recording artist with many years of playing solo, duo, in trio or quartet both nationally and internationally. I am punctual and very professional. My technique is fingerstyle and I play a beautiful 40 year old Hofner archtop and a nylon string Godin.

My music, both entertaining and culturally stimulating is perfect for cocktail hour, private parties and concerts at your home or club.

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Booking Info

  • Typical Gig: 1 - 3 minutes
  • Fee: $250 - $350


Classy solo guitar renditions of jazz standards. I use recorded backing tracks for about 40% of the time.

Donovan Mixon


Guitarist Donovan Mixon came to Chicago in 2010 after an extended sojourn living as an expatriate in the countries of Italy and Turkey. As a freelance performing artist and college professor he performed at jazz festivals – Umbria Jazz, Istanbul Jazz Festival, Ankara Jazz, Monticello Jazz, Jazz In It, and taught at many educational institutions – Central European University -Budapest, Shanghai American School -China, D.A.M.S Bologna, Istanbul Bilgi University.
Last summer, Donovan performed at the 2013 Chicago Jazz Festival with his current group, Montage ( and continues to perform with groups or as a soloist at many venues both public and private. Some of venues where he has played should be very familiar: the Green Mill (vids on YouTube), Andy’s Jazz Club, Room 43, Katerina’s, The Serbian Village etc.


2013, We Play When We Play, [compilation remix]
2010, Culmination, [’s list of Top Chicago Jazz Recordings of 2010]
1999, Language Of The Emotions, Philology Records [feat. Eddie Henderson]
1995, Lee Konitz, Free With Lee, Philology Records
1993, Look Ma, No Hands!, Philology Records [feat. George Garzone]

Set List

Satin Doll
Take the A Train
Long Ago & Far Away
Blue In Green
Very Early
The Summer Knows
Three flowers
One For Majid
I Remember You
Jitterbug Waltz
Blues in the Closet
Straight No Chaser
Body & Soul
Ask Me Now
Freight Trane
Star Eyes
Miss Jones
All The Things
Alone Together
All Blues
The Nearness of You
Along Came Betty
It Your Own Sweet Way
Nica’s Dream

Influences & Inspiration

Grant Green, Wes Montgomery, Kenny Burrell, Jim Hall, Joe Pass

Setup Requirements

Chair (no arms)


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