Bringing laughs, music ideas to Donald Fagen – Alabama News

Bringing laughs, music ideas to Donald Fagen – Alabama News

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Donald Fagen and the Nightflyers are coming to the Montgomery Performing Arts Centre on Monday.
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Connor Kennedy and crew make up Fagen’s new Nightflyers band; Kennedy just released his own album – could a tune of his make the tour with Fagen?

In a recent teleconference, I had a chance to make international music legend Donald Fagen of Steely Dan laugh a little, and quite possibly influence his song selections with his new group The Nightflyers for their upcoming tour. 

Maybe.

Possibly. 

You never know.

Let’s back up for a second and walk you into the situation. You see, a few days prior I’d had a chance to talk with a really great young musician named Connor Kennedy, 22, of Woodstock, New York. He’s just released a new album of his own, “Somewhere.”

“I just put out my own record a couple of weeks ago, which I’ve been working on for about a year,” said Kennedy. “I was working on it before this thing came together. Actually everybody in the band, except for Donald, played on this record. We just wanted to get it out before we left.”

So Kennedy and the band members from the “Somewhere” album actually make up Fagen’s new group, Donald Fagen and The Nightflyers. The name’s taken from Fagen’s 1982 album “The Nightfly.”  Kennedy said they’ve also brought in a friend for the Nightflyers, multitalented saxophone player Zach Djanikian.

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