Jennifer Bruce and DejaNu are Back at Jazzmatazz!!!
If you missed them at City Winery or last month, you will want to come out and see this new exciting group! Bring some friends and enjoy a great New Orleans style dinner! Tickets are $5 at the door.
An evening where Pop and Jazz collide! You will know every song we do! Much like the classic songs from the “Great American Songbook”, They perform “The New American Songbook”. It’s comprised of the best of classic pop songs from the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s. They cover popular music of great artists and composers like Carole King, Paul Simon, Neil Diamond, Blondie, The Everly Brothers, Stevie Wonder, Hall and Oats, The Captain and Tenille and Pat Benatar. They have arranged these songs with exciting and new jazz arrangements, but the audience will know every song! DejaNu will take you on a trip down memory lane. Jazz with a twist!
Although DejaNu is a fairly new group, the members are not.
Jennifer Bruce is no stranger to performing here and around the country. She toured with TV personality, comedian and entertainer, Steve Hall and Shotgun Red for over 12 years as his vocalist and backed many artists on his TV show on RFD TV. She was a featured vocalist on the General Jackson Showboat for three years and currently performs in a variety of venues including the Johnny Mercer lunch show for the Nashville Jazz Workshop. Jennifer’s rich, powerful, sultry voice, makes her a much sought after vocalist for producers and recording studios here in Nashville and around the US.
Steve Willets is DejaNu’s pianist. His performance credentials include working with a wide variety of artists such as Sandi Patti, Michael W. Smith, Steven Curtis Chapman, Brenda Lee, Bonnie Bramlett, Crystal Gayle, Boots Randolph and many others. He composes, produces, custom songs for many of today’s major corporations, including; Honda, Dollar General, Bridgestone/Firestone and Harley Davidson. Mr. Willets currently teaches commercial piano and keyboard at Belmont University.
Ray Von Rotz has been one of Nashville’s most in-demand drummers and percussionists since 1979. He has been the drummer aboard The General Jackson Showboat for the past 14 years. He has performed around the world with a variety of artists and almost every genre of music. Among the artists Ray has performed with are Boots Randolph, Al Hirt, Engelbert Humperdink, The Mills Brothers, Tony Orlando, Lee Greenwood, Nashville and Milwaukee Symphony Orchestras just to name a few.
David Spicher is DejaNu’s bassist and is the son of legendary fiddler Buddy Spicher. David has been an accomplished studio musician here in Nashville for many years. He has played bass with some of the best in all genres of music, including; Kathy Mattea, Pam Tillis, Crystal Gayle, Jerry Douglas, Brian Setzer, Lorrie Morgan, Nashville Symphony, Buddy Spicher’s Nashville Swing Band, and many more.
Learn more about this group on their website: http://www.DejaNuMusic.com