Dayna Kurtz in Studio 89 on October 28th
Dayna Kurtz is an American singer/songwriter living in New Orleans. Her music has been described as a blend of jazz, folk, blues, and pop. Kurtz was named the Female Songwriter of the Year by the National Academy of Songwriters in 1997. Bonnie Raitt and Norah Jones (with whom Kurtz recorded a duet in 2004) have both raved about her in interviews, and she's performed on such high-profile radio shows as World Café, Mountain Stage and NPR's Morning Edition.
Over the past decade, the Brooklyn-based vocalist/writer/producer has built a formidable body of recording, won an international reputation as a riveting live performer, amassed an extensive file of rapturous critical raves, and earned an equally devoted audience of fans around the world. She's achieved these distinctions on her own terms, releasing five albums and a live DVD on her own Kismet label, touring around the world on her own dime, and building a remarkably loyal fan base one person at a time.
Kurtz has toured with the likes of Elvis Costello, Richard Thompson, Mavis Staples, B.B. King, Dr. John, Richie Havens, as well as Rufus Wainwright, Keren Ann, Chris Whitley, and the Blind Boys of Alabama.