Jennifer Bruce & DejaNu
An evening where Jazz and Classic Pop and collide! Much like the classic songs from the “Great American Songbook,” Jennifer Bruce and DejaNu perform “The New American Songbook.” It’s comprised of new jazzy arrangements to the best of classic pop songs from the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s. They cover popular music by great artists and composers such as Carole King, Paul Simon, Neil Diamond, Blondie, The Everly Brothers, Stevie Wonder, Hall and Oats, and many more! DejaNu will take you on a trip down memory lane. The only jazz group you can sing along with. Jazz with a twist!
Jennifer Bruce in addition to being DejaNu’s vocalist, Jennifer is a songwriter, studio engineer, studio vocalist, and is no stranger to performing. Jennifer’s rich, powerful, sultry voice, makes her much sought-after by producers and recording studios here in Nashville and around the US. A versatile vocalist, she has performed many different genres over the years. She toured with TV personality, comedian, Steve Hall and Shotgun Red for over 12 years and backed many artists on his television show on RFD TV. She was a featured vocalist aboard the General Jackson Showboat for three years and currently performs in a variety of venues including the Johnny Mercer Jazz Lunch series for the Nashville Jazz Workshop.
Steve Willets As DejaNu’s pianist, his performance credentials include 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 on 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 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.
Cole Burgess has been one of Nashville’s best reeds-men for many years, working with various Big Bands and jazz groups here and around the country. He played the soundtrack for the movie ” Always Patsy Cline” and has worked with the Nashville Jazz Orchestra, Duffy Jackson Big band and many more.