Join Donna Jones and the Delegation for unique sultry and soulful renditions of jazz classics, new jazz tunes, and some powerful blues. Donna is a Portland native whose singing roots began her church gospel choir. She stretched her vocal and performing skills in local musical theater productions with Stumptown Stages and World Stage Theater and is delighted to be lead singer in the Delegation. She is accompanied by the melodic and talented keyboardist, Dan Hergert, who performs for all types of events in a wide range of styles from jazz, blues, soul, and Latin, to pop, rock and contemporary favorites. He honed his jazz chops as the lead pianist with the Vanport Jazz Big Band. As an official musician at Portland International Airport, Dan performs solo piano to over a million travelers every year. Jeff Davis joins them in the Delegation on drums and vocals. Born and raised in Denver, educated in Hawaii, and now here in Portland, Jeff has played with many groups and ensembles from London to Lake Oswego including Portland favorites Voodoo BBQ. He brings a bright, affecting rhythm and groove, perfectly meshed with the gravelly vocals and unique style of jazz bass from James Latham. James performed with indie band The Frigidaires, and with such notable local musicians as Bre Gregg of Red Bird, Lori Fletcher from Deco Moon Jazz, the No Requests Jazz Trio, Scott Denis’ Ten String Blues, and now lays down the rhythm for Donna Jones and The Delegation.
Translated from Sanskrit, Maitri (”my tree”) is an unconditional love and acceptance of self that extends outward into the world. Formed in Chicago by Caroline Davis, it has become a collective songwriting outfit for both her and Ben Hoffmann since its relocation to Brooklyn. Featuring soulful vocals over polyrhythmic grooves, the group also uses experimental sounds and effects to create a lush sonic landscape. Maitri is the soundtrack for the inevitable ushering in of the new world order.
Often accompanied by a powerful and dynamic rhythm section that includes Sam Weber on bass and Jay Sawyer on drums, Maitri is a new sound that challenges traditional norms and provides a unique musical experience in this ever-changing world.