I'm Donné, and I've been singing jazz since I could open my mouth.
Some people say I sound like Amy Winehouse, others Shirley Bassey - but I can tell you my strongest vocal influence is Anita O'Day. If I had my pick of all the greatest jazz musos on (or off) the planet to back me, I would go for probably go for the madness of Mingus Big Band,
I've recorded with Grammy Award-winning producer, Jeff Bova (produced & played with Herbie Hancock among others) and Vinnie Coliauta (Drummer, Frank Zappa/Herbie Hancock) and, as the artist called Kitty Clementine, toured with LA-based circus, Lucent Dossier Experience.
I majored in Jazz Voice at the Sydney Conservatorium, mentored by Kerrie Biddell. I have sung with John Morrison Big Band, supported James Morrison, John Cleary (USA) had the incredible privilege of supporting 5-time Grammy Award-winning gospel group, The Blind Boys of Alabama (USA).
Some of my favourite Aussie musicians to play with include: Aaron 'BAZ' Flower, Evan Mannell, Ivan Jordan and all the excellent musos that play with The Swingin' Blades. These incredible people have me playing again after a six-year hiatus from music - and I couldn't be more grateful.
If you'd like to learn more about my journey through motherhood, music and art, you may enjoy 8GridProject - my creative space to explore all of this.
There is a new album in the works, but for now I am playing as much jazz as possible.
Drop me an email and we'll find the right combo for your event.