Dynamic Jazz Vocals
Chicago-based vocalist Kurt Elling is one of the most acclaimed figures in jazz. His voice, rich and bold, is always interesting, and his musical ideas emerge fully formed on record and in person. His constant goal is to do something new in vocal jazz, and this often leads to exciting results for his ensemble and his fans. His name appears on Downbeat polls and Grammy nomination lists nearly every year.
Renowned for his singular combination of robust swing and poetic insight, GRAMMY winner Kurt Elling has secured his place among the world’s foremost jazz vocalists. Elling has garnered unprecedented accolades, including a 14-year run atop the DownBeatCritics Poll, a dozen GRAMMY nominations, and eight Jazz Journalists Association awards for “Male Singer of the Year.”
Elling’s most recent release, The Questions, searches for answers to the culture’s mostdivisive social, political and spiritual issues via the songs of Bob Dylan, Carla Bley, and Leonard Bernstein, and the poetry of Rumi and Wallace Stevens.
Whether transforming timeless standards or crafting his own enthralling originals, Elling balances elegant lyricism and technical mastery with emotional depth and keen observations into the human condition.
What Other People Have Been Saying...
“He is the standout male vocalist of our time.” – New York Times
“Since the mid-1990s, no singer in jazz has been as daring, dynamic, or interesting as Kurt Elling. With his soaring vocal flights, his edgy lyrics and sense of being on a musical mission, he has come to embody the creative spirit in jazz.” – Washington Post