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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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.
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 (montageworldjazz.com) 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, cdbaby.com [compilation remix]
2010, Culmination, cdbaby.com [jazzchicago.net’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]
Take the A Train
Long Ago & Far Away
Blue In Green
The Summer Knows
One For Majid
I Remember You
Blues in the Closet
Straight No Chaser
Body & Soul
Ask Me Now
All The Things
The Nearness of You
Along Came Betty
It Your Own Sweet Way
Influences & Inspiration
Grant Green, Wes Montgomery, Kenny Burrell, Jim Hall, Joe Pass