Welcome to the site. there is quite a lot here for you to spend time on if you're interested – music, lyrics, scripts, photos, a great and active forum. We have regular news updates for fans and downloadable biographical information for those of you who are music presenters in need of program content. As always, though, I hope you will come to know me first through music. All the albums I have made or to which I have contributed are catalogued. Surprises too, and more to come. Thanks for stopping by. -KE
December 30th, 2017
Apologies to James Brown, but Ella Fitzgerald, who would have turned 100 on April 25, was the hardest working singer in show business. Fiercely career focused from her teens through her 70s, she maintained an exhausting tour schedule and amassed a discography than runs to more than four-dozen studio releases, hundreds of...
December 18th, 2017
"Spirit of Light," a major new composition by Tommy Smith, got its Edinburgh performance tonight in the impressive space of St Mary's Cathedral. Performing this innovative work along with Tommy Smith were members of the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, distinguished jazz vocalist Kurt Elling and critically acclaimed vocal group...
December 12th, 2017
The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra has pulled off some novel projects that have ventured well beyond the bounds of mainstream jazz, from performances with the Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers to a Mozart piano concerto. This weekend, however, the SNJO's director Tommy Smith leads the band through perhaps its most intriguing...
December 31st, 2017
In 2017 Kurt Elling performed 102 shows in 69 cities in 18 countries on 4 continents! He flew 145,000 miles, including four trips to Europe and one each to South Africa and China, and there were ground trips by train and other transport, too. The red markers indicate Kurt Elling concerts, and the blue markers are...
December 15th, 2017
You've probably heard the story. In 1992, just one credit short of his degree, Kurt Elling dropped out of Divinity School at the University of Chicago to pursue his vocation in jazz. After graduating in 1989 from Gustavus Adolphus, a private Minnesota liberal arts college, Kurt began a graduate program at...