August 2014 programs for Song Travels with Michael Feinstein

August 2014 programs for Song Travels with Michael Feinstein

Saturdays at 10:00 a.m.

Banjoist, Sam Friend, and his band the New Orleans Swamp Donkeys (8/2).

Join host Michael Feinstein as he explores the music of Sam Friend and the New Orleans Swamp Donkeys. Later this month: Dena Kaye, Curtis Stigers, Kate Davis and Miloš Karadaglić.

8/2        Sam Friend Banjoist and bandleader Sam Friend and his band the New Orleans Swamp Donkeys play jazz, blues, and originals, drawing on the sound of grassroots jazz combos from a century ago. The Wall Street Journal has called the group “one of the zingiest of the new hot jazz bands out of the Crescent City.”  This week Friend shares his love of traditional “jass” with a rendition of “Sweet Lorraine” on six-string banjo.

8/9        Dena Kaye Dena Kaye is the only daughter of entertainer Danny Kaye—a man of boundless roles including singer, actor, comedian, and humanitarian. This week Dena Kaye looks back on her late father’s career as well as the role he played in her life—her father.

8/16      Curtis Stigers Saxophonist, vocalist, and songwriter Curtis Stigers wrote the Emmy-nominated theme song for the TV show Sons of Anarchy. Throughout his career he’s straddled genres, and he’s gained critical acclaim for his reinventions of jazz and modern standards. On this Song Travels, Stigers joins host Michael Feinstein to discuss his journey to become a songwriter and offers his interpretation of a Rodgers and Hart song, “You Are Too Beautiful.” 

8/23      Kate Davis Vocalist, bassist, and songwriter Kate Davis was recognized as a National Young Arts Silver Winner and twice invited to the Brubeck Summer Jazz Colony. Hailed as a “talent not to be missed” by The Herald Tribune, she’s performed at such prestigious venues as The Kennedy Center and Rockwood Music Hall. On this Song Travels, Davis performs her original songs “Movie” and “Every Good Girl is a Unicorn.”

8/30      Miloš Karadaglić  Classical guitarist Miloš Karadaglić began performing as his country, the former Yugoslavia, was being torn apart by war. He entered the Royal Academy of Music in London, and his hard work paid off with a highly acclaimed 2012 solo concert at Royal Albert Hall. Karadaglić brings his love of Latin music to Song Travels with pieces by Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos and Argentine tango master Astor Piazolla.