Kurt Elling

Kurt Elling



Kurt Elling (born November 2, 1967) is an American jazz vocalist, composer, lyricist and vocalese performer. Born in Chicago, Illinois, and raised in Rockford, Elling first became interested in music through his father, who was Kapellmeister at a Lutheran church. Growing up, Elling sang in choirs and played various musical instruments, but was not exposed to jazz until he attended Gustavus Adolphus College. Elling enrolled in graduate school at the University of Chicago Divinity School, but left school one credit short of a master's degree to pursue a career as a jazz vocalist.

Elling began to perform around Chicago, scat singing and improvising his own lyrics. He recorded a demo in the early 1990s and was signed by Blue Note Records, releasing a total of six albums with the label. He has been nominated for ten Grammy Awards, winning Best Vocal Jazz Album for Dedicated to You (2009) on the Concord Jazz label. Elling often leads the Down Beat critics poll, and he was awarded the Prix Billie Holiday from the Académie du Jazz. Since 1995, Elling has collaborated with pianist, composer, and arranger Laurence Hobgood, leading a quartet that regularly tours the world.[1]



The Questions
The Questions is an album by musical artist Kurt Elling, released on March 23, 2018.
A Happy Thought
A Happy Thought is a song by musical artist Kurt Elling, released on March 9, 2018.
American Tune
American Tune is a song by musical artist Kurt Elling, released on February 16, 2018.
Dedicated to You: Kurt Elling Sings the Music of Coltrane and Hartman
Dedicated to You: Kurt Elling Sings the Music of Coltrane and Hartman is a 2009 live album by Kurt Elling, recorded at the Lincoln Center's American Songbook series.The album is a tribute to the 1963 recording John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman by saxophonist John Coltrane and vocalist Johnny Hartman, and also features music from Coltrane's Ballads (1962).At the 52nd Grammy Awards (held on January 31 2010), Elling won the Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album for his performance on this album.

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The Listening Room: Jack White, Neil Young, Toni Braxton, Black Milk and more...
  –  March 23, 2018
“Home State” (MCA Nashville); Kurt Elling, “The Questions” (Sony Masterworks); George Ezra, “Staying At Tamara’s” (Columbia); Jordan Feliz, “Future” (Centricity Music); Field Report, “Summertime Songs” (Verve); Don ...
Annual Rockport Music Jazz Festival lineup announced
  –  March 22, 2018
We are also delighted to have such stellar artists return including the dynamic, young saxophonist Grace Kelly, the exceptional Harold Lopez-Nussa, and the great jazz vocalist Kurt Elling," she said. The festival kicks off Aug. 4 with Lopez-Nussa ...
Vivid Sydney 2018 Festival Program Announced Celebrating 10 Years of Creativity and Innovation
  –  March 20, 2018
triple Grammy award-winner saxophonist Branford Marsalis.The world's finest jazz vocalists including Kurt Elling and chanteuse Madeleine Peyroux, will line up alongside Orange is the New Black star Lea Delaria in her musical comedy, jazz interpretation show.
Nick Granville Big Band
  –  March 17, 2018
Kurt Elling, Patti Austin to name but a few. Nick was the guitarist on New Zealand's most successful television show ever, Dancing with the Stars. He works regularly with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Wellington and in many of Rodger Fox ...
The Playlist: Pearl Jam Kicks Up a Fury, and 9 More New Songs
  –  March 16, 2018
J.C. Kurt Elling has covered Paul Simon’s “American Tune” before, as a piano-vocal duet on “1619 Broadway: The Brill Building Project,” but on his forthcoming album, “The Questions,” he sinks into the song more completely. With a full band ...
Kurt Elling Jazz Quintet, special guests to perform at St. Cecilia's
  –  March 15, 2018
Kurt Elling won the DownBeat Critics Poll for fourteen consecutive years and has been named “Male Singer of the Year” by the Jazz Journalists Association eight times. All of Elling’s ten albums have been nominated for GRAMMY’S. The New York Times ...
Kurt Elling – Questioning Times
  –  March 15, 2018
In 2010, Hugh Masekela, the great South African musician and an inspiration in the cultural and political struggle against apartheid, spoke candidly to Jazzwise's Marcus O'Dair about his continued to fight...
Dutch jazz artists Ineke Vandoorn and Marc van Vugt touch down for a 10,000-km Canadian tour
  –  March 6, 2018
I admire Kurt Elling’s career, love the personal style and path of David Linx and Norma Winstone’s intimate style. I also love Gismonti’s music a lot and other great Brazilian music icons like Elis Regina. Q: For both of you, what were your early ...
Grammy-winning jazz vocalist Kurt Elling coming to Grand Rapids
  –  February 25, 2018
GRAND RAPIDS, MI -- Grammy nominated jazz vocalist Kurt Elling is returning to St. Cecilia Music Center in downtown Grand Rapids for a March 22 concert. Among the world's foremost jazz vocalists, Elling's last appearance in Grand Rapids at St. Cecilia ...

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