News: Fall Tour, Oh Crap It's Christmas! and more

As we move through the dog days of summer, thoughts of cooler days and happy times carry us through.

In October, Debbie and Josh hit the road again for a series of private and public shows in tried-and-true venues plus a few new ones! Georgia, North Carolina, Maryland, Kentucky and Ohio await. Mark your calendars and come get yourself some jazz-nerd fun.

In December Oh Crap, It's Christmas! returns to Cafe Istanbul on Sunday, Dec. 16 at 7pm for another one-night-only show filled to the brim with holiday cheer, seasonal silliness and all things merry and bright. This year's list of special guests includes Beth Patterson and Josh Paxton, The Jingle Belles,  and Johnny Sketch and the Bandicoot Four! Tickets go on sale HERE on November 16th. 


photo by Zack Smith

photo by Zack Smith

"Debbie Davis is generally recognized as possessing one of the most beautiful voices in a city filled with talented singers. Her warm, full voice illuminates the nooks and crannies of these songs with an emotional resonance that reminds listeners of such mistresses of restrained passion as Astrud Gilberto and Betty Carter. She’s also capable of letting that big voice carry her into mainstream pop territory, where her saucy delivery is more reminiscent of numerous big band vocalists and the great Cass Elliot. Every gesture is priceless."

John Swenson, Offbeat Magazine.

Upcoming shows

Old News

*The dog days of summer are here in New Orleans but, while the people slow down, the music never stops. You can see Debbie and Josh Paxton every Thursday and Friday at the Four Points Sheraton at the corner of Bourbon and Toulouse streets in the heart of the French Quarter. The drinks are reasonable, the food is delicious, and the air conditioning is abundant. Discounted valet parking ($5 with your bar tab of $25 or more) is the icing on the cake.   

**In October, Debbie and Josh set out to the mid-atlantic and mid-west for a 10 day run of dates. Thanks to all the folks who have provided venues, beds, meals and people to play for. Check out the dates and mark your calendars.

** Oh Crap, It's Christmas returns in 2017! Mark your calendars, folks! We return to Cafe Istanbul on December 17 with another roster of great performers to help get you into the holiday spirit. Tickets are on sale now! We are also partnering with local businesses again this year with sponsorship opportunities to fit nearly every budget and business. Want to sponsor the show?  We'd love to promote your business.

*** The Jingle Belles return to SoBou for holiday lunches in December. Come join us in the heart of the French Quarter for lunch, $.25 martinis and holiday harmony. We love playing private parties and events, too. If you want to hear us, we want to hear from you!

* Debbie and Josh hit the road in October for a north-east run, performing every where from opulent private homes to hole-in-the-wall bars. Whisky pours the same in any room. Have a look at the tour dates and come see us when we're in your town.

It's going to be a busy spring! 

I'm so proud to announce that Josh Paxton and I have finished our new CD, "Vices and Virtues - a live record". CDs and digital downloads are available now at the STORE. 

Debbie Davis and the Mesmerizers had a great show at French Quarter Festival at the beautiful Palm Court Jazz Cafe. Special guest, David Silverman on sousaphone, was the icing on the cake.  Missed it? Have a look at a video from the show! 

Jazz Fest is a busy time in New Orleans, even if you never make it to the fairgrounds. Too many gigs to list here but, suffice it to say, there's a lot of music to hear and only 11 days to do it in. A notable item on this list is a special secret show with Josh Paxton at the (looks right, looks left, moves closer) Silky Satin Lounge (aka Tom McDermott's house) on Monday May1. Tickets are very limited for this intimate performance local. A donation of $20 is suggested. 

Last but hardly least, Debbie Davis and the Mesmerizers will be making our band debut at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage festival this year. We are honored to be the closing act on the Economy Hall Stage on Saturday, May 6 at 5:35.

Visit the CALENDAR page regularly and get on the mailing list to stay up to date on all the goings on going on.

Oh Crap, It’s Christmas! - a Holiday Musical Spectacular” returns to Cafe Istanbul in 2016 for a one-night-only performance featuring an all star band, holiday music ranging from the sublime to the ridiculous and a slew of special guests. 

Debbie leads the way with a band featuring Alex McMurray, guitar; Josh Paxton, piano; Sam Craft, violin (Alexis and the Samurai); Jack Craft, cello (Sweet Crude); Andre Bohren, drums and piano (Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes); and led by tuba virtuoso, arranger and musical director, Matt Perrine. Special guests include the return of rock-and-roll royalty, Susan Cowsill; hometown troubadour and former Cowboy Mouth frontman, Paul Sanchez; world renowned lap steel player and songsmith, Spencer Bohren; a cappella vocal trio, The Jingle Belles; and 2 time Tony Award Winner and part-time New Orleanian, Michael Cerveris.

 Don't forget, you can always buy your copy of "Oh Crap, It's Christmas!" in our online store and make every day a holiday.

Live Video

Debbie Davis and Josh Paxton on tour

Summer in Switzerland

Debbie Davis and the Mesmerizers wowed audiences at the 2015 JazzAscona Festival in beautiful Ascona, Switzerland...and we've got the pictures to prove it! Check back for pictures of Debbie and the boys at what is one of the most exciting, prestigious and beautiful festivals in Europe.

The musical Wonder-Twins (form of James Booker with two good eyes! shape of an air-raid siren in a strapless bra!)  hit the road in October for a tour with legs in the Mid-West and Mid-Atlantic states. Visit the CALENDAR page for a complete list of public and private shows. Wanna book Josh and Debbie? Contact Us and we'll make it so!


2 CD's in 2014!

2014 was a busy one for Debbie's recording projects. In March, Linger til Dawn broke the ice and marked the first recording by Debbie Davis and the Mesmerizers, earning popular and critical success. (read some reviews here!)
The holidays were made extra jolly by the release of Oh Crap, It's Christmas!, which became New Orleans' run-away Christmas success story. Read what in Offbeat Magazine had to say and buy both cds in the store.

"Oh Crap, It's Christmas", a 17 song compendium spanning 12 years, 5 recording session and featuring some of New Orleans most festive musicians, is now available for download and CD pre-sales. Visit the STORE to get your copy now!  (and take advantage of our free holiday wrapping offer for all your gift giving needs)

Mark your calendar for December 21. Debbie Davis and Matt Perrine present "Oh Crap, It's Christmas", a holiday musical revue featuring personnel from the new record as well as a slew of special guests. Guaranteed to renew your faith in Christmas - or at least laughter and eggnog. 7pm at Cafe Istanbul. See the CALENDAR for more details...

Debbie Davis and the Mesmerizers to play at Thursdays at Twilight, NOMA, Historic New Orleans Collection, Pontchartrain Vineyards, The Dew Drop Jazz and Social Club and more. Check out the full calendar  and buy your copy of the critically acclaimed Linger Til Dawn  HERE! 

The Gloryoskis! had a standing-room only set at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. We'll be recording a full length record this fall thanks to a few special fans. Stay tuned.

The Pfister Sisters are back at the Spotted Cat...

New Orleans Nightingales knocked em dead at the French Quarter Festival. Exciting plans are in the works for the fall, too...


photo by Zack Smith

photo by Zack Smith

Season 4 of Treme, w/ Steve Zahn

HBO's Treme Benefit, with the Pfister Sisters

Jazz Fest 2012

Paul Sanchez and the Rolling Road Show

Paul Sanchez and the Rolling Road Show

The Gloryoskis!

The Gloryoskis!

Debbie Davis and the Mesmerizers

(Josh Paxton, Alex McMurray, Matt Perrine and Debbie Davis)
photo by Kristin Fouquet

(Josh Paxton, Alex McMurray, Matt Perrine and Debbie Davis) photo by Kristin Fouquet

Jazz at Lincoln Center with Michael Cerveris

The Gloryoskis!

Season 3 of Treme w/ Irma Thomas, Theresa Andersson and Blake Leyh

HBO's Treme Benefit, 1-12-13, Tipitina's

Ogden Museum of Southern Art