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Jazz Master Class: Kurt Elling

Observe the creative process as pre-professional performers receive instruction from renowned vocalist Kurt Elling.

  • Sun., Nov. 21, 2010, 1:00 PM
  • Terrace Gallery
  • 2 hours
  • $12.00
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Program Note as of Nov. 12: Performance time has changed from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Observe the creative process as pre-professional performers receive instruction from some of the greats in Jazz.
A 2010 Grammy Award winner for Best Jazz Vocal Album (Dedicated to You: Kurt Elling Sings the Music of Coltrane and Hartman), Kurt Elling has spent the last eleven consecutive years at the top of the DownBeat Critics poll and the last four consecutive years topping the JazzTimes Readers' poll. "Since the mid-1990s, no singer in jazz has been as daring, dynamic, or interesting as Kurt Elling," declared the Washington Post.

Watch and Listen

Master Class: Kurt Elling - "Carnival"

Niya Norwood, from Duke Ellington School of the Arts, performs "Carnival" from Black Orpheus.
Master Class: Kurt Elling - "Goodbye"

Kurt Elling talks about integrating physical motions into your singing. Integriti Reeves performs "Goodbye" by Gordon Jenkins.
Master Class: Kurt Elling - "Stella by Starlight"

Christie Dashiell performs "Stella by Starlight" by Victor Young, lyrics by Ned Washington.
Master Class: Kurt Elling - A lifetime in Jazz

Kurt Elling talks about the lifelong development and path of a jazz singer. He also touches on the role of technique in jazz.
Master Class: Kurt Elling - Building a Jazz Singer

Kurt Elling explains the areas that any great jazz artist must commit to studying.
Master Class: Kurt Elling - Comfortable with being Uncomfortable

Kurt Elling works with Niya Norwood to create new melodies with existing lyrics.
Master Class: Kurt Elling - Composing in the Moment

Kurt Elling answers a question about creating a musical idea in real time.
Master Class: Kurt Elling - Drama

Kurt Elling talks about inserting personality and compositional drama into your arrangements.
Master Class: Kurt Elling - Keep Goin' Down the Road

Kurt Elling uses conducting as a method to explore a deeper performance.
Master Class: Kurt Elling - Let Yourself Sing

Kurt Elling encourages Christie Dashiell to let herself go and find the point where giving more becomes too much.
Master Class: Kurt Elling - Manifest the Music

Kurt Elling encourages singers to exaggerate motions in the practice room, so it's effortless in performance.
Master Class: Kurt Elling - Multitasking

Kurt Elling addresses the challenge of playing an instrument while singing.
Master Class: Kurt Elling - Onstage Communication

Kurt Elling talks about effective communication with the band members.
Master Class: Kurt Elling - Painting the Gesture

Kurt Elling encourages Christie Dashiell to add more gesture to her interpretation, using intensity and volume independently of each other.
Master Class: Kurt Elling - See How You Feel It

Kurt Elling encourages Integriti Reeves to move with the music, in order to find her own unique interpretation.
Master Class: Kurt Elling - The Character of Song

Kurt Elling discusses finding an authentic performance as a character within a song.
Master Class: Kurt Elling - The Count Off

Kurt Elling discusses the importance of counting off a tune with style and confidence.
Master Class: Kurt Elling - The Long Haul

Kurt Elling explains the roles of music theory, training, performance, and self-discovery in discovering who you are.
Master Class: Kurt Elling - Vocalese

Kurt Elling addresses the issue of authenticity in performing vocalese transcriptions.
Master Class: Kurt Elling - What is a Jazz Singer?

Grammy Award Winner Kurt Elling defines what it means to be a jazz singer.

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