Kurt Elling in Concert
Friday, March 22, 2013 @ 8 pm
Tickets: $35-$65 (HST included, service fees extra)
Among the world’s foremost jazz vocalists, Kurt Elling has been the DownBeat Critics Poll “Male Jazz Vocalist of the Year” for the past twelve years. The New York Times declared “Elling is the standout male vocalist of our time.” He is also a Grammy winner, and every record Elling has made has been Grammy nominated. His rich baritone spans four octaves and features both astonishing technique and emotional depth. His command of rhythm, texture, phrasing and dynamics is more akin to the skill set of a virtuoso jazz instrumentalist than that of a vocalist. His repertoire includes original compositions and modern interpretations of standards, all of which are springboards for inspired improvisation, scatting, spoken word and poetry.
“Since the mid-1990s, no singer in jazz has been as daring, dynamic or interesting as Kurt Elling,” said the Washington Post. “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.”
Elling is currently at work on his next project, “1619 Broadway”, a tribute to the Brill Building, the most historic music address in the world. This new recording will highlight songs emanating from this famous address