Kurt Elling‘s Passion World is a tour-de-force concert of songs of love collected from throughout the world. Said The New York Times, “Elling is the standout male vocalist of our time,” and here Elling brings his arsenal of talents to songs of love and loss as performed in their native languages. As Elling also provides rich background stories to the history and context of each of the carefully selected songs, one is swept away on a grand, multicultural, tour of exotic places, cultures and times. It has been said “When words stop…the music begins”, and Passion World will enthrall whether you understand every word or not. Passion World ignites the imagination of concertgoers as it provides a captivating review of the human condition of love and all that it can mean. Commissioned by Jazz at Lincoln Center, Kurt Elling’s Passion World is a magic carpet in which Elling and his band take you on a fascinating journey through a realm of romance during a concert event that is not to be missed.
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Elling’s show was in part a history lesson in the year of what would’ve been Sinatra’s 100th birthday — between each song, he’d share trivia, such as those Grammy statistics or Riddle’s race to finish the arrangement for “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” which, the story goes, he wrapped up in the back of the family station wagon as...
Posted Feb 23rd, 2015
From The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Kennedy Center Artistic Advisor for Jazz, Jason Moran previews fellow IMN artist Kurt Elling’s Passion World program, saying Kurt “has been long been a voice that people have swarmed to,” and calling Elling “a major force within the jazz vocal tradition.” Watch the video here
Posted Jan 19th, 2015
From: JazzFM Kurt Elling Moves Jazz History into The Future By: Tanya Ivanova “I do feel like I’m trying at least to help the jazz history move into the future”, says Kurt Elling in a Jazz FM interview. The amazing vocalist is a Grammy Award winner and all his ten albums have been unprecedentedly honoured with nominations. Definitely one of...
Posted May 29th, 2014
from gloucestershireecho.co.uk Cheltenham Jazz Festival, review: Kurt Elling The organisers of Cheltenham Jazz Festival proved that they don’t lie. No, this wasn’t through some bizarre test involving electrodes and quivering needles. After they introduced American vocalist Kurt Elling as, “one of today’s greatest Jazz singers…” Elling provided the proof himself. A giant-name addition to this year’s roster, the compere said...
Posted May 4th, 2014
from scotsman.com Jazz singers are not in short supply these days, but genuinely great ones are always a rarity to treasure. Kurt Elling is undoubtedly in that category, and the latest phase of his ongoing collaboration with the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra will live long in the memory. by Kenny Mathieson In Synopticon, the singer and Tommy Smith, director of...
Posted Feb 24th, 2014
From Denver Westword The ten best male jazz vocalists of all time By: Jon Solomon While Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Nat King Cole and Mel Torme made singing jazz standards part of their repertoire, some consider them to be more from the crooners school. Here we’ve put together a list of the ten of the best male singers who excelled...
Posted Feb 20th, 2014
From Jazz Police Kurt Elling Returns to the Dakota, February 13th By: Andrea Canter “If there is a royal bloodline of male jazz singers, I’d suggest it progresses from Satchmo to Mel Torme to Jon Hendricks to Mark Murphy to Kurt Elling.” — JazzTimes Kurt Elling, arguably the greatest jazz singer of his generation, has appeared in the Twin Cities...
Posted Feb 11th, 2014
From The Advocate Derek Gordon’s Legacy Lives On By: John Wirt Derek Gordon was a Kurt Elling fan. Gordon booked the jazz singer from Chicago at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and later at the Manship Theatre in Baton Rouge. Elling and his family, prior to their move to New York in 2008, also welcomed Gordon, the late...
Posted Sep 6th, 2013
From The Boston Globe Singer Kurt Elling voices his love for taking chances By:Jeremy D. Goodwin …Scouting songs to reinterpret, Elling looks for something offering a chance for his own experiences to color the performance. “If we can’t figure out something we’d do with it that would add to its patina, or shed a new light on it, or juxtapose...
Posted Aug 12th, 2013
From NPR Lewis Nash Quintet, Kurt Elling On JazzSet By: Becca Pulliam But sometimes if you choose a spot on the lawn and stay put, the juxtaposition of two bands delivers a fine festival experience. Sunday morning, August 5, 2012, on the Quad Stage is such a time. Back-to-back, we hear the Lewis Nash Quintet and the nine-time Grammy nominee...
Posted Jul 11th, 2013
From The Miami Herald Pre-eminent jazz vocalist Kurt Elling closes South Florida series Saturday By: Fernando Gonzalez Trying to define jazz singing is asking for trouble. Go one way and you box yourself into an essentialist view riddled with exceptions; go another and you wander into pop territory. Still, to paraphrase a famous dictum, you know great jazz singing when...
Posted Jun 4th, 2013
from independent.ie By Aedn Gormley Kurt Elling … and all that jazz Yes, jazz singer Kurt Elling is easy on the eye. But forget about all that for now, ladies… The American baritone with a four-octave range is one of the most innovative jazz singers to come along in years. It’s hard to picture him as a young boy singing...
Posted May 11th, 2013
from theartsdesk.com Kurt Elling, Ronnie Scott’s: A masterclass in jazz singing from the inimitable Elling OK, so you’ve given your copies of Rod’s It Had To Be You and Robbie’s Swing When You’re Winning a few listens (released many, many years ago, the latter is still top of the iTunes jazz albums chart in a gazillion countries). You’ve memorised the...
Posted Apr 18th, 2013
From The Telegraph Kurt Elling, Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, review 5 out of 5 stars By: Ivan Hewett Within 10 seconds of Kurt Elling’s arrival on Ronnie Scott’s stage, negligently yet somehow expensively elegant, one knew the only thing to do was to yield. Seduction is all about mastery, after all, and is there any more masterful singer on the...
Posted Apr 16th, 2013
From The Reading Eagle Jazz Fest review: Kurt Elling commands the stage at the Miller Center By: John Fidler Kurt Elling just doesn’t make a song his own. He dissects it, modifies it, examines it under a microscope then reassembles it in a way that reassures you of the song’s origins but suggests, oh so subtly, that this is something...
Posted Apr 8th, 2013
From The Reading Eagle Jazz vocalist Kurt Elling has a way with words By: Tracy Rasmussen Kurt Elling left the University of Chicago Divinity School just short of a graduate degree, but he’s a master at preaching with his music. As an accomplished singer, Elling enjoys not only improvising musically but also lyrically. A devotee of vocalese, Elling writes lyrics...
Posted Apr 3rd, 2013
From The Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Kurt Elling Found His Calling In Jazz By: Jon Ferguson Kurt Elling, whom many consider the best male jazz singer in the world, blazed a peculiar path to his career. Elling, who will perform April 6 at Miller Center for the Arts on the campus of Reading Area Community College as part of the Berks...
Posted Mar 29th, 2013
From The Albany Times Union Jazz singer Elling a stage powerhouse By: Greg Hynes There’s no question Kurt Elling is at the very top of the heap in the world of male jazz vocalists, and if you need proof, just take a look at the numbers. He has won the annual Downbeat Critics’ Poll in each of the past 13...
Posted Mar 26th, 2013
From The News & Observer Kurt Elling sets a new standard for his tribute album By: Craig D. Lindsey For the past five years, Chicago-born, Grammy-winning jazz vocalist Kurt Elling has made Manhattan his home. And, after years of living there, he decided to record an album that’s something of a love letter to his new homestead. Thankfully, there was...
Posted Mar 15th, 2013
From The Nashville Scene Jazz vocalist Kurt Elling defies convention with his homage to Brill Building standards By: Ron Wynn Some purist types might not even consider Kurt Elling’s newest release, 1619 Broadway: The Brill Building Project, a jazz record. Elling — perhaps the most honored stylist among contemporary improvising vocalists — deliberately chose a musical path mostly far away...
Posted Feb 15th, 2013
From Jazzwise Jazz FM Jazz Award Winners By: Stephen Graham The intention of the Jazz FM Awards, sponsored by US audio firm Klipsch, the organisers said ahead of the event, was to “recognise and commend those who have made exceptional contributions to the jazz industry during the preceding 12 months.” The chief executive of Jazz FM Richard Wheatly, who has...
Posted Feb 1st, 2013
From NPR Music Kurt Elling On Piano Jazz By: Grant Jackson Vocalist and poet Kurt Elling brings his rich baritone to Piano Jazz for a set of tunes and spoken improvisations with host Marian McPartland. As a child, Elling sang regularly in church and discovered jazz while studying at the University of Chicago Divinity School. He began sitting in at...
Posted Jan 14th, 2013
From The Huffington Post CD Gotta-Haves By: David Finkle The dapper, soul-patched, off-handed Kurt Elling has said in performance, “I was brought up on 4/4 time.” That’s hardly an unusual influence for a singer, but as he’s put his gritty baritone to work over the last couple decades, he’s taken irrepressible liberties with that commonplace signature. So much so there...
Posted Jan 10th, 2013
From The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Best Jazz Concert: Kurt Elling By: Rick Nowlin 1. Kurt Elling (May 13, Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild): This tour marked the 50th anniversary of benefit concerts that Frank Sinatra sponsored, and Mr. Elling and his quartet were in fine form throughout in paying him tribute. He had the rep as one of today’s great jazz singers, and...
Posted Dec 20th, 2012
From The Arts Desk Kurt Elling and Sheila Jordan, QEH A fabulous double bill featuring two of the greatest singers in jazz By: Peter Quinn In the second half, Kurt Elling performed a captivating set culled mainly from his latest release 1619 Broadway – The Brill Building Project. The eclectic song list included a brilliant reimagining of “Come Fly With...
Posted Nov 15th, 2012
From The Guardian Kurt Elling, jazz singer – portrait of the artist By: Laura Barnett When did you discover jazz? By hearing people like Nat King Cole, Peggy Lee and Andy Williams. My folks liked to drive across the country to visit the grandparents. We’d be out in the desert, all the windows down, eating Velveeta cheese, with these guys...
Posted Nov 13th, 2012
From South China Morning Post: Lifestyle Blue Notes: 1619 Broadway – The Brill Building Project, by Kurt Elling By: Robin Lynam There is probably no building in the world that has provided a setting for more songwriting history than 1619 Broadway in New York. The Brill Building, as it is better known, was built in 1931, and attracted music industry...
Posted Nov 12th, 2012
From The Washington Post Kurt Elling at Kennedy Center, jazzing up songs from the Brill Building era By: Matt Schudel A couple of years ago, the jazz singer Kurt Elling moved from his native Chicago to New York. As he said during his Saturday concert at the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater, he enjoyed exploring his new habitat, discovering the places...
Posted Oct 31st, 2012
From KFAI Radio Kurt Elling’s “Brill Building Project” Featured on Collective Eye An interview with Jazz Vocalist, Kurt Elling, will be aired on Saturday’s edition of the Collective Eye, October 20th, noon – 1:30 p.m. Grammy winner Kurt Elling is among the world’s foremost jazz vocalists. He has won every DownBeat Critics Poll for the last thirteen years and has...
Posted Oct 26th, 2012
From Edge on the Net Kurt Elling: Jazz Sensation By: John Amodeo How do you become a jazz wunderkind at 44 when you didn’t really even discover jazz until you were 22? Ask jazz vocal virtuoso and Grammy-Award winner, Kurt Elling. How did he manage that? He would probably say he has no idea. He simply followed his path, circuitous...
Posted Oct 24th, 2012
From Jazz Police Kurt Elling Brings Broadway to the Dakota, October 23rd By: Andrea Canter “There are versions of Sam Cooke’s ‘You Send Me’, Carole King’s ‘So Far Away’ and Paul Simon’s ‘An American Tune’ that will go down as some of the finest ballad interpretations this awesomely equipped vocalist has ever recorded.” – John Fordham, The Guardian Kurt Elling,...
Posted Oct 22nd, 2012
From All About Jazz Kurt Elling: Stories from New York By: RJ DELUKE Singer Kurt Elling seems to be always on the go, working with his fine quartet and lending his artful vocals to a variety of other projects as time allows. Whatever the situation, he brings high aesthetic values and standards. He likes to investigate different musical possibilities under...
Posted Oct 17th, 2012
From American Jewish World Jazz singer Kurt Elling celebrates Brill Building songwriters in album, Oct. 23 Dakota show By: AJW Staff In the 1960s, American pop music had an address: the Brill Building, 1619 Broadway, New York City. The office building, which started housing music publishers in the 1930s, became a nexus of the music business, with record labels, publishers,...
Posted Oct 12th, 2012
From The NY Daily News Jazz vocalist Kurt Elling revisits the history of popular song in ’1619 Broadway: The Brill Building Project’ By: Greg Thomas Onstage, Kurt Elling is an exciting artist and entertainer. He smoothly veers from exalted exuberance to mournful whispers. In one set, he whisks audiences through to an emotional catharsis. Offstage, Elling comes across as what...
Posted Oct 8th, 2012
From The Huffington Post A Conversation with Kurt Elling By: Mike Ragogna Mike Ragogna: Mister Kurt Elling, thank you for this interview for Huffington Post and those who’ll be listening at Solar-Powered KRUU-FM. Kurt Elling: Everything is groovy when it’s solar-powered, man! MR: [laughs] That’s almost like a station ID, thank you. KE: You’ve got it. MR: Okay, let’s look...
Posted Oct 5th, 2012
Kurt Elling 1619 Broadway – The Brill Building Project With his new album, Kurt Elling – the outstanding male vocalist in jazz today – celebrates a legendary legacy outside the jazz world. 1619 Broadway – The Brill Building Project honors a locale that the London Telegraph called “the most important generator of popular songs in the Western world.” Even for...
Posted Sep 25th, 2012
From All About Jazz Kurt Elling: 1619 Broadway: The Brill Building Project (2012) By: C. Michael Bailey Where female jazz vocalists are plentiful, male jazz vocals exist in vast minority. With Mark Murphy in twilight, Kurt Elling has few peers in the realm of male jazz vocals where sheer inventiveness and muscularity are concerned. Elling’s facility is one so great...
Posted Sep 25th, 2012
From Jazz Police His Lights Are Bright on Broadway – Kurt Elling’s “Brill Building Project” By: Andrea Canter It seems easy to predict that Kurt Elling’s new Concord recording —1619 Broadway – The Brill Building Project—will receive at least one Grammy nomination, as that has been the unprecedented fate of his previous nine releases. It’s also become predictable that reviews...
Posted Sep 17th, 2012
From Voice of America 1619 Broadway by Distinguished Jazz Singer Kurt Elling By: Diaa Bekheet Grammy-winning singer-lyricist Kurt Elling is getting ready to release his much-anticipated new album 1619 Broadway. The title refers to the address of the 81-year-old Brill Building on 49th Street in the heart of midtown Manhattan, in New York City. In its heyday, the building was...
Posted Sep 12th, 2012
From The Jazz Page 1619 Broadway – The Brill Building Project Chicago’s native son Kurt Elling pays tribute to New York, the city he’s called home for the past 4 years, on his latest recording 1619 Broadway – The Brill Building Project ,yet another spectacular outing for the Grammy-winning singer. The music, like the album’s title, is derived from the...
Posted Aug 31st, 2012
From Jazzwise Jazz breaking news: Kurt Elling back on Broadway By: Mike Flynn Grammy award-winning singer Kurt Elling (pictured) is back with a new album on Concord, released on 1 October (North American release: September 25), entitled 1619 Broadway ‒ The Brill Building Project. The record finds Elling further exploring the rock and soul-edged territory that featured heavily on his...
Posted Aug 9th, 2012
From: Herald Scotland Kurt Elling & Charlie Hunter Trio, Salon Elegance By: Rob Adams Jazz is a broad church; that a-z in the middle gives a clue to its inclusivity. All the same, and even at a time when jazz musicians are increasingly embracing the music all around them, there can’t be too many jazz repertoires that namecheck Del Shannon,...
Posted Jul 26th, 2012
Downbeat Magazine recently released their 60th Annual Critic’s Poll. IMN’s Kurt Elling took home the top spot for Male Vocalist for the thirteenth year in a row. Congratulations Kurt!
Posted Jun 30th, 2012
From IOL Tonight Don’t mean a thing without swing ‘I was always peripherally aware of some main ingredients – Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett and such – but it wasn’t until I was in university that some friends were playing Herbie Hancock, Dexter Gordon and people like that, and I really liked that stuff right away. “It happened that there were...
Posted Jun 18th, 2012
From The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Kurt Elling following in Sinatra’s vocal steps By: Bob Karlovits Singer Kurt Elling admits there are risks to doing tributes to great artists, but says it is “part and parcel” of being a jazz performer. But he says paying homage to Frank Sinatra has its own special demands. “Sinatra has his own cache,” he says about...
Posted May 15th, 2012
From The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Music preview: Kurt Elling to croon classic Sinatra songs By: Rick Nowlin When vocalist Kurt Elling was last in Pittsburgh, he sang with the Bob Mintzer Big Band at the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild Jazz Hall. He’ll be back there for two shows Saturday but in a much different setting — with just a backing quintet. And...
Posted May 11th, 2012
From The Washington Examiner A fine pair of jazz vocalists combine forces at Strathmore By: Marie Gullard Two renowned jazz vocalists, John Pizzarelli and Kurt Elling, will share the stage at Strathmore. The two, who just happen to be buddies and perform the same genre of music, vow there is no competition between them because they are both firmly grounded...
Posted May 9th, 2012
At the 2012 Echo Jazz Awards in Germany, Kurt Elling won the award for International Male Singer of the Year for his 2011 album The Gate! Joe Lovano also won International Saxophone/Woodwinds Instrumentalist of the Year for his 2011 album Bird Songs. The ECHO Jazz Prize is the German equivalent of the Grammy. The ECHO Jazz Prizes are awarded in...
Posted Apr 17th, 2012
From The Dominion Post American jazz man Elling struts his stuff By: Simon Sweetman American jazz vocalist Kurt Elling is a magician. He’s capable of weaving a spell from a melody – and he lives and breathes the music while on stage. Elling’s remarkable skill is obvious, but never daunting. He can play it straight with the accessibility of The...
Posted Apr 11th, 2012
From JazzTimes Kurt Elling: Straight Ahead In video interviews from the Jazz Cruise 2012, the vocalist talks about his early musical development, his many upcoming projects and his experiences on the cruise By: Lee Mergner In his column “The Gig” in the December 2009 issue of JazzTimes, Nate Chinen called vocalist Kurt Elling “the most influential jazz vocalist of our...
Posted Mar 26th, 2012
From MinnPost Kurt Elling: ‘Any music that jazz encounters, it absorbs and transforms’ By: Pamela Espeland JazzTimes magazine once outlined a “royal bloodline of male jazz singers.” Here’s how it goes: from Louis Armstrong to Mel Tormé to Jon Hendricks to Mark Murphy to Kurt Elling. Elling will perform at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis on Saturday, Feb. 18. The preeminent...
Posted Feb 18th, 2012
From Jazz Police Two Voices for Our Time: Kurt Elling and Lizz Wright at Orchestra Hall, February 18th By: Andrea Canter Orchestra Hall in downtown Minneapolis hosts a double Valentine musical gala on Saturday, February 18th, with two of the hottest headliners in vocal music, Kurt Elling and Lizz Wright. They perform back- to-back sets beginning at 8 pm, part...
Posted Feb 14th, 2012
From NPR’s Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! Jazz Singer Kurt Elling Plays Not My Job Host: Peter Sagal For many years, vocalist Kurt Elling was the Susan Lucci of jazz: Every year he would be nominated for a Grammy, and then every year he wouldn’t win. But ninth time’s a charm! In 2010, he won his first Grammy, and this year,...
Posted Feb 12th, 2012
From The Kennedy Center Master Class: Kurt Elling – A lifetime in Jazz In a master class at the Kennedy Center, Kurt Elling talks about the lifelong development and path of a jazz singer. He also touches on the role of technique in jazz. To watch the video click here
Posted Jan 26th, 2012
From JazzTimes Kurt Elling in Blue Bell, Pa., 12/3/11 The singer and his group thrill a Pennsylvania audience By: Karen Brundage-Johnson, Ph.D Kurt Elling thrilled the audience at this Pennsylvania college with his seemingly inexhaustible, four-octave baritone voice and dramatic songs that swept from one emotional high to another. The show began with Elling and his rhythm section—Laurence Hobgood on...
Posted Dec 15th, 2011
The nominees for the 54th Grammy Awards came out last night and IMN had a number of Artist’s nominated. In the Best Jazz Vocal Album category Kurt Elling was nominated for The Gate and Terri Lyne Carrington was nominated for The Mosaic Project. Joe Lovano’s Bird Songs is up for Best Jazz Instrumental Album. Ladysmith Black Mambazo was nominated for...
Posted Dec 1st, 2011
From The St. Louis Post- Dispatch Elling Has Helped Reinvent Jazz Singing For Modern Times By: Calvin Wilson Jazz singers were out of vogue for a while, perhaps because the focus on trumpeter Wynton Marsalis and the young lions who emerged in his wake put the emphasis on instrumentals. But in recent years, vocals have regained their place in the...
Posted Nov 15th, 2011
From WBUR Radio Boston Kurt Elling Sings His Way Through Boston By: Anthony Brooks Kurt Elling is among the world’s best known jazz vocalists. He has a rich baritone, a passion for improvisation and over the years, the Jazz Journalists Association has named him “Male Singer of the Year” a half dozen times. He’s a multiple grammy nominee and a...
Posted Nov 1st, 2011
From The Ottawa Citizen Kurt Elling and the Klüvers Big Band at Birdland By: Allen Panzeri With the schedule Kurt Elling keeps and the energy he expends on stage, you have to wonder how he does it. He takes your breath away. It’s almost scary the way he leaves it all out there. As you watch him, you’re happy you’re...
Posted Oct 30th, 2011
From WBGO Kurt Elling With WBGO’s Michael Bourne By: Simon Rentner Yesterday, Michael Bourne talked to singer Kurt Elling, who performs at New York’s Birdland through Sunday with the Klüvers Big Band, the first Danish big band to appear in the U.S. “There will be surprises every evening,” says Elling, with “guest artists sitting in for duets.” Elling’s 2009 album,...
Posted Oct 26th, 2011
From The Chicago Examiner A U.S. premiere: Kurt Elling in Chicago, with a little Danish on the side By: Neil Tesser It’s been a pretty good year for Kurt Elling fans in Chicago. With this weekend’s appearance, and counting earlier visits to the Green Mill, the Old Town School of Folk Music, and Symphony Center (for the “United Sounds of...
Posted Oct 21st, 2011
from www.hufftingtonpost.com Behind the Scenes With Kurt Elling By:Elysabeth Alfano Who doesn’t love listening to live jazz at The Green Mill? Al Capone folklore aside, its quirky stage, ornate decor, sumptuously shaped bar and huge round booths take you back in time. And when jazz greats, such as the Grammy Award-winning vocalist Kurt Elling, take the stage, it is easy...
Posted Sep 21st, 2011
From The Ottawa Citizen Kurt Elling shines with inexhaustible, room-filling voice By: Peter Hum Kurt Elling gave a blockbuster of a performance on Sunday night, thrilling listeners in the packed National Arts Centre Studio with his seemingly inexhaustible, room-filling voice and dramatic songs that swept from one emotional extreme to the other. Whether rendering bold, hard-swinging numbers or ballads about...
Posted Sep 6th, 2011
From Ottawa Citizen Kurt Elling shines with inexhaustible, room-filling voice Singer fills NAC with star power By Peter Hum June 29, 2011 OTTAWA — Kurt Elling gave a blockbuster of a performance on Sunday night, thrilling listeners in the packed National Arts Centre Studio with his seemingly inexhaustible, room-filling voice and dramatic songs that swept from one emotional extreme to...
Posted Jun 29th, 2011
From JazzTimes Kurt Elling: What Makes a Jazz Singer By Nate Chinen March 21, 2011 Kurt Elling probably wouldn’t be the first to say it, but he’s been on some fiendishly impressive sort of roll. “I can feel, especially in the past year and a half or so, that I’m finding a new spot,” he allows, no trace of bravado...
Posted Mar 21st, 2011
From Jazzwise Magazine Come Running to Me By Peter Quinn March 2011 It’s one of the great what-ifs of jazz. Imagine, for a second, that in 1992 Kurt Elling hadn’t ended up a language credit shy of gaining a Masters in Philosophy of Religion from the University of Chicago. The picture might have looked something like this (cue ripple dissolve):...
Posted Mar 20th, 2011
From Jazz Inside Jazz Inside:Kurt Elling March 10, 2011 Jazz Inside: Can we start by talking about your latest recording, The Gate? What does this recording mean for you? What was the process like for you, and what elements of this recording are you most proud of? Kurt Elling: I’m proud of it in its totality. I’m proud of the...
Posted Mar 10th, 2011
With his extensive library of orchestral arrangements, Kurt Elling has executed commanding performances with the National Symphony, Sydney Symphony, Nashville Symphony, and many others. He now adds to that library with Passion World — a tour-de-force program of love songs from around the world. Said The New York Times, “Elling is the standout male vocalist of our time,” and here Elling brings his arsenal of talents to internationally famous songs of love and loss performed in their native tongues. Jazz speaks all languages, especially the language of love, and whether you are a native speaker or not, the meaning of the heart is always clear. Elling tells rich stories about the history and context of each of these songs to sweep audiences away on a grand, multicultural tour of exotic places, cultures, and times. Passion World ignites the imagination as it provides a captivating review of the human experience of love and all that it can mean. First commissioned by Jazz at Lincoln Center, a fresh new recording of Kurt Elling’s Passion World will be released by Concord/Universal in 2015. Passion World is a musical magic carpet taking you on a fascinating journey through the realms of romance in English, French, Portuguese, Italian, German and more.
The standout male vocalist of our time
The New York Times
Since the mid-1990s, no singer in jazz has been as daring, dynamic or interesting as Kurt Elling. 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.
The Washington Post
What a sound he makes! Elling may control that four-octave rage with icy precision, but he combines perfection with a warmth and humour that makes it listenable: his albums don’t go stale. He treats lyrics with respect, revealing grace and meaning in everyday sentiments.
Arguably the greatest jazz singer of his generation