Kurt Elling

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 “Since the mid-1990s, no singer in jazz has been as daring, dynamic, or interesting.”Washington Post

Jazz singer Kurt Elling inspires superlatives: The New York Times called him “the standout male vocalist of our time,” while DownBeat critics have named him top male jazz vocalist for twelve straight years. He is also a Grammy Award-winner, and every one of his albums has been Grammy nominated. Elling’s rich baritone spans four octaves and features both astonishing technique and emotional depth, with a virtuosic command of rhythm, texture, phrasing, and dynamics. His repertoire includes original compositions and modern interpretations of standards, all of wich are springboards for inspired improvisation and scat singing. Elling is also a star practitioner of vocalese, the writing and performing of words over recorded instrumental jazz solos.

style: modern vocal jazz

If you like Kurt Elling, check out these artists:
John Pizzarelli Quartet, René Marie, Jeremy Davenport

3 Comments

  1. Peter Gill
    Posted November 21, 2011 at 5:06 am | Permalink

    I live in France. Yesterday 20th Nov 2011, I saw the ONE SHOT NOT show on the ARTE channel and Kurt was singing on it. Firstly, the show must have been recorded because according to his schedule he was singing at the Bistro in St. Louis from the 16 to 19th November. However during a short interview, he spoke about an Ellington song for which he wrote the lyrics of a certain improvistation of a sax solo(I think). He then sang the song. In all my 60 years of listening to jazz singers, this was unique. Could I please have the details of the CD, and if possible, also the DVD? Please publish your schedule well in advance for France. Merci d’avance

  2. Posted November 21, 2011 at 11:11 am | Permalink

    Hi Peter,
    Yes, he was in St. Louis the 16-19 of November. You can find his tour schedule here: http://kurtelling.com/touring/
    His CD is called “The Gate” http://kurtelling.com/music/the_gate/
    He is a very unique singer and I hope you get the chance to hear him live at some point!

  3. Fran Fields
    Posted April 5, 2015 at 2:41 pm | Permalink

    My introduction to Kurt was via internet listening to WICN, Worester, MA. He was to perform at Tanglewood Jazz festival, in Lennox MA. that fall of 2009. At that time I was residing in Baltimore. I had never been to either town but Kurt’s voice made me step out of my comfort zone and travel to see and to hear this man with such an alluring voice. I not only enjoyed him; I enjoyed the venue and the town of Lennox that I return every year. Since, I try to catch Kurt wherever he is. I shall be at the Bistro, this April 18th.

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