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The Questions, Kurt Elling's newest studio recording, is his musical response to this moment in history and the widespread anxiety of our times. It touches artfully on challenges – personal, political, global, spiritual, and existential – and on hopes and aspirations for the future. Elling offers a vibrant and surprising choice of songs, from Bob Dylan and Paul Simon classics to jazz, Broadway, and the Great American Songbook, plus two new originals.
Welcome to Birdland, the jazz corner of the world / Forbes
"Welcome to Birdland, the jazz corner of the world," said Kurt Elling as he swung into Bob Dylan's "A Hard Rain's Gonna Fall." The performance was taking place in the upstairs Birdland Theatre where every wall was covered with framed photographs of jazz musicians and every seat in the house was taken - no wonder; this Grammy-Award winning singer/songwriter, dressed sharply in a brown suit, has been calle...
Laurence Hobgood brings his 7piece ensemble to Union Arts Center for 't e s s e t e r r a' debut / lohud.
Grammy Award-winning pianist/composer Laurence Hobgood has accompanied vocalists, collaborated with a poet laureate and fronted his own jazz trio. Now Hobgood is headed in yet another direction: Fusing his trio with a string quartet to create what poet Robert Pinsky calls "the adventure of unlikely mergings." On his new CD, Hobgood reinterprets standards by Jimmy Webb, Hoagy Carmichael, Paul McCartney an...
Kurt Elling - The Questions is a probing program that interrogates a wide swath of American songwriting / popMATTERS
Kurt Elling summarizes the state of jazz singing almost every time he hits the recording studio, His latest, The Questions, is no exception. That doesn't mean that all of Elling's recordings are equally successful, but - with his exquisite instrument and his instinct for balancing traditional jazz vocal traditions with a modern approach - he is a singer who always has his finger on what matters. ...
Kurt Elling, living 'The Questions' / JazzTimes Q&A
On a frigidly cold night in January, Kurt Elling opened his showcase set at Birdland in New York City by singing the first few verses of Bob Dylan's "A Hard Rain's a-Gonna Fall," a cappella. Oh where have you been my blue-eyed son? Oh where have you been my darling young one? Although the choice of that Dylan tune, or any Dylan tune, might seem a stretch for a jazz vocalist, somehow the song ...
Kurt Elling set for Kuumbwa Jazz Center / Santa Cruz Sentinel
Grammy Award-winning jazz vocalist Kurt Elling will give a 7 p.m. performance on Monday, May 7, at Kuumbwa Jazz Center. Winner of DownBeat Magazine's Critics Poll for 14 years in a row, Elling was also named "Male Singer of the Year" eight times by the Jazz Journalists Association and received the prestigious Edison Jazz Award. His baritone spans four octaves, and his repertoire includes original composi...
Kurt Elling - expressiveness, technique and beauty of voice / The Guardian
When it comes to expressiveness, technique and sheer beauty of voice, I can think of no male singer alive to equal Kurt Elling. Among these 10 tracks are elaborate musical and verbal constructions built around existing songs or instrumental pieces, with words by Elling interspersed with extracts from the works of various poets. But the arrangements, the instrumental playing and the minute perfection ...
Kurt Elling and special guests pay tribute to the late Jon Hendricks AT PDX Jazz Festival / Portland Tribune
At this year's PDX Jazz Festival, Grammy Award-winning Kurt Elling pays tribute to the late Jon Hendricks, with daughters Michele and Aria Hendricks performing along with Portland stalwarts Randy Porter and Nancy King, and a performance by the Portland State University Jazz Vocal Ensemble under the direction of Sherry Alves. Performances are on Thursday, Feb. 15, and Friday, Feb. 16, and there'll...
Kurt Elling Quintet highlights June at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola / Playbill
Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola is the crown jewel club of the jazz capital of the world: New York City. It is a must-visit for tourists and regulars, both audiences and musicians. To play at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola is a musician's dream come true and a feather in his or her cap. With its breathtaking views of Central Park and Columbus Circle, it brings you into the heart of this great city. Th...
Kurt Elling charms at 'International Jazz Day' concert / JazzTimes
Despite taking place in Havana, Cuba, one of the most inspiring but politically complex nations on the planet, this year's International Jazz Day Global Concert, which streamed live from the Gran Teatro de la Habana Alicia Alonso on Sunday, didn't dig into specifics regarding any of the world's governments or regimes. The two-and-a-half-hour all-star concert, presented in English and Spanish ...
Kurt Elling set for International Jazz Extravaganza / Mzansi Life
The International Jazz Extravaganza (IJE) will be returning to Durban International Convention Centre for the second time on 17 June this year. The line-up includes award winning American classic, Monty Alexander, Kurt Elling, Nduduzo Makhatini, Thandi Ntuli, and many more. "The International Jazz Extravaganza is growing into Durban's very own signature event for those passionate about jazz both in South...
Kurt Elling picks up 2017 JJA nom for 'Male Vocalist Of The Year'
2017 JJA Jazz Awards Nominees were chosen by the votes of Jazz Journalists Association members. Nominations were made on the basis of work done in calendar year 2016, with the exception of Lifetime Achievement Awards categories, in which nominations are for a lifetime body of work. Members and others were able to submit their own work for consideration in the Photo of the Year category; a committee of JJ...
Kurt Elling & Branford Marsalis Quartet set for Kuumbwa Jazz / The Mercury News
As an ambitious young vocalist coming up on the Chicago scene in the early 1990s, Kurt Elling cultivated his sound by his sitting in regularly with some of the toughest tenors in a city known for producing take-no-prisoner saxophonists. The training served Elling well, as he emerged later in the decade as the most celebrated male jazz singer of his generation. He's continued to work with supremely lyrica...