The Low Down

Bella Donna is a jazz ensemble influenced by the Ozarks. The creak of tree limbs in the winter, the summer sounds of cicadas, and the rolling hills off highway 65 have helped influence their sound to create what they like to call "Ozark Jazz".  

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EP Release and Fundraiser Concert 

June 3rd at Missouri Spirits (located at 507 W. Walnut, Springfield, MO) we'll be hosting a EP Release and Fundraiser night.

Our new EP, entitled "B-Sides" will feature demos recorded with the late Lou Whitney at The Studio, exclusive tracks, and rough tracks.  We are limiting the run to 100 discs, so make sure to get yours fast.

We'll also be hosting a "Live Kickstarter" featuring rewards like an hour lesson, covering a song of your choice, and house concerts.  We are raising money for a new full length album to be started late this summer or fall.

The River Kittens from St. Louis will be joining us for the evening.  We had the honor of meeting them at True/False this past spring, and we can't wait to share the stage with them.  Doors open at 7:30 and there is a $10 cover.

For more details, check out our Facebook page.

https://www.facebook.com/events/575224842655610/

Debut Album 

Our album is almost done.  Just a few tweeks here and there, some art work, and then off to the printer!  
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  • Jackie Farmer

    Jackie Farmer Jefferson City mo

    I saw that Bella Donna will be at the true false festival in Columbia mo. Where and when? Jackiefarmer2002@yahoo.com - Here's our schedule. Most things are pre-ticketed and require reservations: The Jubilee Mar 3, 2016 at 5:30PM Missouri Theatre Education Screening: The Bad Kids Mar 4, 2016 at 9:30AM Missouri Theatre Sonita Mar 4, 2016 at 1:30PM Missouri Theatre Saturday Berlin Busker Revue Mar 5, 2016 at 8:00PM Cafe Berlin Jim: The James Foley Story Mar 6, 2016 at 1:00PM The Picturehouse Thy Father's Chair Mar 6, 2016 at 4:00PM The Picturehouse Buskers Last Stand Mar 6, 2016 at 9:30PM Jesse Auditorium

    I saw that Bella Donna will be at the true false festival in Columbia mo. Where and when?
    Jackiefarmer2002@yahoo.com

    - Here's our schedule. Most things are pre-ticketed and require reservations:
    The Jubilee Mar 3, 2016 at 5:30PM Missouri Theatre
    Education Screening: The Bad Kids Mar 4, 2016 at 9:30AM Missouri Theatre
    Sonita Mar 4, 2016 at 1:30PM Missouri Theatre
    Saturday Berlin Busker Revue Mar 5, 2016 at 8:00PM Cafe Berlin
    Jim: The James Foley Story Mar 6, 2016 at 1:00PM The Picturehouse
    Thy Father's Chair Mar 6, 2016 at 4:00PM The Picturehouse
    Buskers Last Stand Mar 6, 2016 at 9:30PM Jesse Auditorium

  • Dory

    Dory Bay, MO

    awesome band, i heard them playing in a restored barn, at a private party. Gypsy, new-grass jazz, maybe? Sounded like Edie Brickell channeling Django Reinhardt; it was haunting, lively, hard-to-categorize music. The female vocalist is amazing, so is the mandolin player. We bought a CD to listen to on the way home. There weren't any brass instruments at the party, but there were on the CD. I hope to catch them again sometime.

    awesome band, i heard them playing in a restored barn, at a private party. Gypsy, new-grass jazz, maybe? Sounded like Edie Brickell channeling Django Reinhardt; it was haunting, lively, hard-to-categorize music. The female vocalist is amazing, so is the mandolin player. We bought a CD to listen to on the way home. There weren't any brass instruments at the party, but there were on the CD. I hope to catch them again sometime.

  • joel hooper

    joel hooper bossier city, la

    Caught this band in branson at a work function for my wife's job and was blown away by their sound and the lead singer's voice. I'll spread the word down here in Louisiana.

    Caught this band in branson at a work function for my wife's job and was blown away by their sound and the lead singer's voice. I'll spread the word down here in Louisiana.

  • Andre

    Andre San Francisco

    Caught the shown on RIfftime. Had to stop by. Wonderful group! Catch you again mid month, and will pick up a CD. Hope to see you out west... (mid month...equals no rent)

    Caught the shown on RIfftime. Had to stop by. Wonderful group! Catch you again mid month, and will pick up a CD. Hope to see you out west...

    (mid month...equals no rent)

  • Jim Anderson

    Jim Anderson Chateau on the Lake in Branson

    Really enjoyed the music last Friday night. Hope to see you there again

    Really enjoyed the music last Friday night. Hope to see you there again

  • Rod Asman

    Rod Asman Chateau on the Lake

    Sitting here with my family listening to you three, glad I got the chance to hear you before you guys are huge. Amazing music!!!! Buying a CD at break, wow.

    Sitting here with my family listening to you three, glad I got the chance to hear you before you guys are huge. Amazing music!!!! Buying a CD at break, wow.

  • Geneva Hampton

    Geneva Hampton Edmond, OK

    My husband and I fell totally for Bella Donna music...romantic...hint of jazz, then hint of Italy or France, hint of Nora Jones, hint of Sade, hint of Bluegras, hint of Stevie Ray Vaughn, a touch of sassy gypsy...just the coolest refreshing new sounding... relaxing, easy to listen too, little mysterious, then some fun, then deep contemplation....we heard her group in Eureka Springs April 2014. Keep being yourself Bella, being authentic and real is the magic.

    My husband and I fell totally for Bella Donna music...romantic...hint of jazz, then hint of Italy or France, hint of Nora Jones, hint of Sade, hint of Bluegras, hint of Stevie Ray Vaughn, a touch of sassy gypsy...just the coolest refreshing new sounding... relaxing, easy to listen too, little mysterious, then some fun, then deep contemplation....we heard her group in Eureka Springs April 2014. Keep being yourself Bella, being authentic and real is the magic.

  • 417 Magazine

    417 Magazine Springfield, Mo

    "It’s been a long time since I last sat down and listened to a new album without skipping at least one disappointing track.... But the debut album by one of 417-land’s up-and-coming bands, Bella Donna, reeled me in hook, line and sinker.....There’s something seductive in Liz Carney’s voice, something emotional and gloomy but also powerful and romantic.....From start to finish, the songs on this album skip back and forth between slow, melodramatic tunes and more toe-tapping jigs with a bit of Tom Waits mixed with Ella Fitzgerald and Norah Jones. With a dash of jazz, a hint of blues and a touch of vaudeville mixed into this album, I can’t wait to hear what the musical masterminds behind Bella Donna come out with next." ----- Ettie Berneking, 417 Magazine

    "It’s been a long time since I last sat down and listened to a new album without skipping at least one disappointing track.... But the debut album by one of 417-land’s up-and-coming bands, Bella Donna, reeled me in hook, line and sinker.....There’s something seductive in Liz Carney’s voice, something emotional and gloomy but also powerful and romantic.....From start to finish, the songs on this album skip back and forth between slow, melodramatic tunes and more toe-tapping jigs with a bit of Tom Waits mixed with Ella Fitzgerald and Norah Jones. With a dash of jazz, a hint of blues and a touch of vaudeville mixed into this album, I can’t wait to hear what the musical masterminds behind Bella Donna come out with next." ----- Ettie Berneking, 417 Magazine

  • David Lee

    David Lee Springfield, MO

    Saw Bella Donna at Scotch and Soda for the first time 12 November and loved them. As a longtime lover of Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli I was pleased to hear their influence in this group's music.

    Saw Bella Donna at Scotch and Soda for the first time 12 November and loved them. As a longtime lover of Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli I was pleased to hear their influence in this group's music.

  • Buddy Ball

    Buddy Ball Springfield, MO

    Met some friends last night (11/12) at Scotch & Soda. You were outstanding, we plan to see you again very soon.

    Met some friends last night (11/12) at Scotch & Soda. You were outstanding, we plan to see you again very soon.