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.
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