Sunday, July 29, 8pm
“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.” (The Washington Post). Considered the preeminent young male jazz singer today, Elling boasts a rich baritone voice that spans four octaves and displays an astonishing technical facility and emotional depth. With an impressive command of rhythm, texture, phrasing, and dynamics, his repertoire ranges from original compositions to modern interpretations of standards both of which serve as a springboard for free form improvisation, scatting, spoken word, and poetry, or vocalese. The natural heir to pioneers like Eddie Jefferson, King Pleasure, and Jon Hendricks, he is the contemporary voice of vocalese. Elling has recorded and/or performed with Terrence Blanchard, Dave Brubeck, Al Jarreau, and John Pizzarelli among others, and has released ten of his own recordings, including his 2010 Grammy winning, Dedicated to You. His latest, 2011’s,The Gate, a collection of originals and songs by King Crimson, Herbie Hancock, The Beatles and Stevie Wonder has also received rave reviews.
$35/$30 Members & Students (No Member Passes)