Kurt Elling

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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

Avant garde vocalist Kurt Elling took the Chicago music scene by storm and has since left audiences in awe worldwide. Kurt was DownBeat Critic's Poll "Talent Deserving Wider Recognition" in 1997, and JazzTimes Readers Poll named him "Best Male Vocalist" of 1998.

By now, much has been said of the Kurt Elling's journey from graduate studies at the University of Chicago's Divinity School to becoming one of jazz's strongest, most invigorating male singers. Suffice to say that, in his own words, "I've always been a singer." From his days singing in church and school choirs to studying the violin and french horn, it took Elling until he was an undergraduate at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota, to really discover jazz. After his brush with musicians like Dave Brubeck, Herbie Hancock and Dexter Gordon, Elling naturally gravitated toward singers and Ella Fitzgerald's scat, especially.

The early '90's saw Elling getting his feet wet singing in Chicago and falling under the spell and influence of veteran singer Mark Murphy and singer/trumpeter Chet Baker. In addition, there are others who helped give Elling the push that brought him to the attention of Blue Note Records President Bruce Lundvall.

After three Grammy-nominated albums for Blue Note: Close Your Eyes, The Messenger, and This Time ItÆs Love, Kurt returns with Live in Chicago. This first live album continues to expand on the art of vocalese, to redraw the boundaries between jazz singing and the spoken word, and to further his scat singing prowess.
Kurt Elling