Donovan Mixon Author/Musician
In 1988, when Donovan Mixon was a full-time faculty member at Berklee College of Music, he won an NEA grant for jazz composition. Five years later he moved to Europe for professional and artistic development.
The move abroad turned out to be a seventeen-year sojourn living as a freelance performing artist, clinician and college professor (Istanbul Bilgi University, University of Bologna), performing at major jazz festivals (Umbria, Monticello, Istanbul, Ankara) and as a clinician at educational institutions (BAU Istanbul; CEU, Budapest; Shanghai American School, China; School of the Arts Singapore).
During these years, Donovan released four recordings featuring prominent musicians from Boston to Milan to Istanbul. The apex of his recording career was the recording Free With Lee with the great alto saxophonist Lee Konitz. (More information can be found at donmixon.com).
Donovan continues to work as a freelance musical artist in collaboration with some of Chicago’s finest musicians. He composes regularly, teaches privately and works as a teaching-artist at various educational institutions.
Donovan lives in a Chicago suburb with his wife Diana and son Ozan.
AHGOTTAHANDLEONIT is his first novel.