Link to our appearance on Studio 62
in support of 2016 Artisphere!
Donna began "Notes For Today" sometime in 2004 after working with musicians in many genres on arrangements, harmonies, lyrics, effects, recordings and other performance techniques, promotions and marketing. Before Donna began singing jazz in 2010, she played a supporting role in bands as far back as 1989. Favorite collaborations include Atlanta's King-Kill/33, Liar's Club, Wonderful Johnson (Naples, FL) and the SC duet with percussionists/vibraphonist Daniel Z called Vibe Vox. She spent a summer month in Berlin and Prague with Vibe Vox under an artist in residence. While, fronting The Carousers is very fulfilling, "I couldn't pull it off without the support of the band," Donna said.
The Carousers are a lively gypsy jazz, western swing and boogie blues band. Formed in October 2014. The band has become a staple in the SC music scene. They've played festivals, breweries and private events, and are Carousing as much as possible to "bring insanity to humanity!"
The group features Donna Kay on vocals, Monty Craig on guitar, Hans Wolff on violin, and a plethora of rhythm players from North and South Carolina (Robert Nance, Jeff Nark, Kevin Korschgen, Josh Hoover, Grant Cuthbertson, Tony Christopher) Special guests have included Mark Rapp and Todd Bealls on trumpet, and Matt Sciarro on Clarinet. The band's songs include original compositions and special arrangements of vintage music. The Carousers not only honor the past, but they also carry the torch forward to light the gypsy fire in your heart.
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Born: Donna Kay Smith, in Lynchburg, VA
Cities: Atlanta, GA; Austin, TX; Charlottesville, VA; Naples, FL; Greenville, SC, Charleston, SC (current).
Credits: King-Kill/33 Degrees, The Hookers, Liar's Club, Tim McGeary & Wonderful Johnson, Daniel Z Trio, Cheer Down, Donna Kay Trio, Vibe Vox (Daniel Z / Donna Kay), The Spartanburg Jazz Ensemble, & The Carousers. Emcee/Guest Judge Open Mic Night, Smiley's Acoustic Cafe and Blues Boulevard's "Greenville Sings"
Donna Kay with the Spartanburg Jazz Ensemble, Summer 2015
Vibe Vox Jazz Lecture Series
"You & Daniel were excellent & this is probably the most high-concept gig I've seen in Greenville."
- L. Phillips (fellow musician, April 2013)
“Always one of the city’s most interesting and confounding groups from that fruitful period – juxtaposing intense, menacing avant-rock music with bizarre performance art and disorienting multimedia projections, capped by Foy’s coiled ‘n’ boiling delivery...”- Jeff Clark, (Editor, Stomp and Stammer Magazine [Atlanta] Nov 2012)
Vocals (G3 - C5)