New venue for us in Canoga Park. The Crab Planet! It's Cajun - Thai. Check out this wonderful spot.
Since 2011 vocalist Donna Deussen and guitarist Paul Weitz have been developing an exciting sound embracing jazz, pop, soul and bossa nova. They perform both as duo and with a full jazz ensemble.
They have recently released their first co-produced CD "On The Street Where You Live" featuring Donna (vocals), Paul (guitar), Dr. Matt VanBenschoten (bass), Gus Duffy (drums), Geoff Nudell (clarinet), and Wayne Wayne (sax).This CD has received rave reviews and air play on jazz radio stations around the country and abroad - see press section. All tunes were uniquely arranged by Donna Deussen and Paul Weitz.
With their "pop infused jazz" they perform throughout Southern California in jazz clubs, wine bars and restaurants including:
The World Famous Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach
Vitello's in Studio City (now the E-Spot Lounge)
NOLA's downtown LA
Morongo Casino Resort in Cabazon, CA
Squashed Grapes Jazz House in Ventura, CA
Bogie's in Westlake Village
Donna Deussen & I are compiling new arrangements for our next co-produced CD. We hope to be in the studio within a few months and expect a release date early next year. Some exciting sounds are in the air! Check here to find jazz around Los Angeles.
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"On The Street Where You Live"
... one of the best new CDs out now and highly recommended.... - L.A. Jazz Scene
...Donna’s amazing voice; it’s smooth as silk and sexy as hell.
The musicianship is top notch and Weitz’s guitar work is fluid, skilled and unpretentious as the band compliments each other so very well.
- Pam Baumgardner Ventura Rocks Online Magazine
There’s no sense of ego and no insufferable “performance.” Instead, Donna Deussen and Paul Weitz’s trio manage a remarkably pure and superbly fresh record. This is “kitchen table jazz” at its finest."
- Jordan Richardson - Something Else Music Review
Weitz is a strong player; I hear that lightness that Montgomery and Szabo had, but Weitz is not imitative.
- Myrna Daniels Oct '10 issue of LA Jazz Scene
Winner of the Reader's Choice award for "Best Live Jazz" 4 years running!