Kurt Elling

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    American Voices: Jazz Master Session with Dianne Reeves

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    Master Class: Kurt Elling - "Carnival"

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    Master Class: Kurt Elling - "Goodbye"

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    Master Class: Kurt Elling - "Stella by Starlight"

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    Master Class: Kurt Elling - A lifetime in Jazz

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    Master Class: Kurt Elling - Building a Jazz Singer

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    Master Class: Kurt Elling - Comfortable with being Uncomfortable

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    Master Class: Kurt Elling - Composing in the Moment

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    Master Class: Kurt Elling - Drama

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    Master Class: Kurt Elling - Keep Goin' Down the Road

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    Master Class: Kurt Elling - Let Yourself Sing

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    Master Class: Kurt Elling - Manifest the Music

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    Master Class: Kurt Elling - Multitasking

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    Master Class: Kurt Elling - Onstage Communication

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    Master Class: Kurt Elling - Painting the Gesture

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    Master Class: Kurt Elling - See How You Feel It

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    Master Class: Kurt Elling - The Character of Song

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    Master Class: Kurt Elling - The Count Off

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    Master Class: Kurt Elling - The Long Haul

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    Master Class: Kurt Elling - Vocalese

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    Master Class: Kurt Elling - What is a Jazz Singer?



Biography

Grammy winner Kurt Elling is among the world's foremost jazz vocalists. He has won every DownBeat Critics Poll for the last 14 years and has been named Male Singer of the Year by the Jazz Journalists Association eight times. Every one of his nine albums has been nominated for at least one Grammy. Mr. Elling has been presented several international awards, including Germany's ECHO Award, The Edison Prize from the Netherlands, and the Scottish Jazz Award. He was also named Ambassador Jazzu to the city of Katowice, Poland. His repertoire includes original compositions and modern interpretations of standards, all of which are springboards for inspired improvisation, scatting, spoken word, and poetry.

He has been featured in profiles for CBS Sunday Morning, CNN, on Ramsey Lewis's Legends of Jazz, and in hundreds of publications. Mr. Elling has recorded and/or performed with an array of artists, including Terence Blanchard, Dave Brubeck, Jon Hendricks, Charlie Hunter, Al Jarreau, Christian McBride, and Kurt Rosenwinkel. He served as the artist-in-residence for the Singapore Music and Monterey Jazz festivals. He has also written multi-disciplinary works for The Steppenwolf Theatre and the City of Chicago.

The Obama Administration's first state dinner featured Mr. Elling in a command performance. He is a renowned artist of "vocalese"-the writing and performing of words over recorded improvised jazz solos. The natural heir to jazz pioneers Eddie Jefferson, King Pleasure, and Jon Hendricks, Mr. Elling has set his own lyrics to the improvised solos of Wayne Shorter, Keith Jarrett, and Pat Metheny. He often incorporates images and references from writers such as Rilke, Rumi, Neruda, and Proust into his work. The late poet and Bollingen Prize winner Robert Creeley wrote, "Kurt Elling takes us into a world of sacred particulars. His words are informed by a powerful poetic spirit."

1619 Broadway - The Brill Building Project, his new recording opened the fall season of 2012. It features music highlighting songs from New York's Brill Building, including new vocal interpretations and signature arrangements of songs like "On Broadway," "A House Is Not a Home," and "So Far Away." Mr. Elling has appeared at the Terrace Theater in his program Flirting with Twilight (October 26, 2001), and with the Laurence Hobgood Trio in the Terrace on November 13, 1998 and in the KC Jazz Club on September 12 & 13, 2003 and November 3 & 4, 2006. Mr. Elling, Jeff Lindberg's Chicago Jazz Orchestra, and the Laurence Hobgood Trio performed their program Sinatra, Big Band, and Beyond, as part of A Jazz New Year's Eve on December 31, 2004. He appeared at the Terrace Theater in Dedicated to You: Kurt Elling Sings Coltrane & Hartman with saxophonist Ernie Watts, Ethel String Quartet, and the Laurence Hobgood Trio on February 28, 2009. He also appeared in the Terrace Theater on November 20, 2010 with the Laurence Hobgood Trio and guitarist John McLean to preview the album The Gate. He also appeared in the Terrace Theater on October 27, 2012 to perform his 1619 Broadway - The Brill Building Project.

Current as of July 2013
Kurt Elling

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