A century of heroes: Kurt Elling Sings Louis Armstrong, Nat 'King' Cole, Jon Hendricks, Shirley Horn & Nancy Wilson. Featuring the Guy Barker Quintet!
Lineup: KURT ELLING vocals JIM WATSON piano GRAEME BLEVINS sax CHRIS HILL bass ULYSSES OWENS JUNIOR drums
GRAMMY winner Kurt Elling is among the world’s foremost jazz vocalists. He won the DownBeat Critics Poll for fourteen consecutive years and was been named “Male Singer of the Year” by the Jazz Journalists Association eight times in that same span. Every one of Elling’s ten albums has been nominated for a GRAMMY.
Elling’s rich baritone spans four octaves and features both astonishing technical mastery and emotional depth. His repertoire includes original compositions and modern interpretations of standards, all of which are springboards for inspired improvisation, scatting, spoken word and poetry.
The New York Times declared, “Elling is the standout male vocalist of our time.” The Washington Post added, “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.”