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Dayna Kurtz

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5126 Vermont 14

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“Dayna Kurtz’s diverse vocals feel both old and new, recalling Nina Simone of yesteryear…hypnotically haunting” – New York Post

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Over the past decade, the New Jersey born, now New Orleans (and seasonal Vermont) resident vocalist/writer/musician/producer has been bestowed with many awards and praises, including being named the Female Songwriter of the Year by the National Academy of Songwriters. Norah Jones and Bonnie Raitt have raved about her in interviews, and she's performed on such high-profile radio shows as World Cafe, Mountain Stage and NPR's Morning Edition and Tell Me More. She's toured and opened for the likes of Elvis Costello, Richard Thompson, Mavis Staples, Rufus Wainwright, B.B. King, Dr. John, Richie Havens, Keren Ann, Chris Whitley, and the Blind Boys of Alabama.

"Dayna Kurtz's vocal style is as varied as her musical influences. From Ray Charles and Tom Waits to Nina Simone and Prince, the Brooklyn-born singer and songwriter finds inspiration in almost every type of genre. Kurtz's own music is hard to categorize, and her rich and smoky alto can easily switch from a sensual croon to a blues howl." NPR- All Things Considered 2004

“When Kurtz sings, one of two things typically happens. Either she lets out a deep, husky croon that seems to bubble up from her toes, or she unleashes a full-throttle roar that’s more inviting than imposing…There’s no logical reason why Dayna Kurtz is not a full blown star.” James Reed, Boston Globe

Kurtz has total mastery of the dynamics of ballad singing. She brings the kind of substance to her vocals characteristic of a great gospel singer. – John Swenson Offbeat

“Dayna Kurtz is the kind of artist who inspires wild-eyed zealotry among her fans, and there are three reasons for it: One, she's an artist's artist, one whose whiskeyed, determined alto often earns her comparisons with Nina Simone; two, while Europeans adore her, she's obscenely underappreciated in her own country; and three, her songs, which straddle a difficult space between jazz, rock, and folk, are pure poetry. Her latest release owes its artist instant stardom. If that's unattainable, it should at least earn her the one descriptor all serious artists strive for: important.” - Tammy La Gorce ALL MUSIC GUIDE

“Kurtz's voice is a potent thing. She projected that voice like a stage actress; the occasional glint of grit made it all the richer.” Keith Spera, Times-Picayune (Jazzfest 2012 review)

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