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.
"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.
** 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.
Debbie Davis and Josh Paxton on tour
Summer in Switzerland
2 CD's in 2014!
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...