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
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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
Niya Norwood, from Duke Ellington School of the Arts, performs "Carnival" from Black Orpheus.
Kurt Elling talks about integrating physical motions into your singing. Integriti Reeves performs "Goodbye" by Gordon Jenkins.
Christie Dashiell performs "Stella by Starlight" by Victor Young, lyrics by Ned Washington.
Kurt Elling talks about the lifelong development and path of a jazz singer. He also touches on the role of technique in jazz.
Kurt Elling explains the areas that any great jazz artist must commit to studying.
Kurt Elling works with Niya Norwood to create new melodies with existing lyrics.
Kurt Elling answers a question about creating a musical idea in real time.
Kurt Elling talks about inserting personality and compositional drama into your arrangements.
Kurt Elling uses conducting as a method to explore a deeper performance.
Kurt Elling encourages Christie Dashiell to let herself go and find the point where giving more becomes too much.
Kurt Elling encourages singers to exaggerate motions in the practice room, so it's effortless in performance.
Kurt Elling addresses the challenge of playing an instrument while singing.
Kurt Elling talks about effective communication with the band members.
Kurt Elling encourages Christie Dashiell to add more gesture to her interpretation, using intensity and volume independently of each other.
Kurt Elling encourages Integriti Reeves to move with the music, in order to find her own unique interpretation.
Kurt Elling discusses finding an authentic performance as a character within a song.
Kurt Elling discusses the importance of counting off a tune with style and confidence.
Kurt Elling explains the roles of music theory, training, performance, and self-discovery in discovering who you are.
Kurt Elling addresses the issue of authenticity in performing vocalese transcriptions.
Grammy Award Winner Kurt Elling defines what it means to be a jazz singer.