Kurt's Recent Press
The Branford Marsalis Quartet will join forces with vocalist Kurt Elling for the next installment of JAZZ ROOTS, the concert series of the Adrianne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County, Florida. The event, titled “Living Legends: Branford Marsalis Quartet with special guest Kurt Elling,” will  ...read more…
The Branford Marsalis Quartet and singer Kurt Elling combined in the first major concert of the 2017 Portland, Oregon PDX Jazz Festival. A packed audience in the capacious Newmark Theater heard a Thursday might performance that drew upon their recent album Upward Spiral. The principals listened intently to one another and  ...read more…
February 20th, 2017
It all started at a bar during a jazz competition two years ago. That’s when Branford Marsalis – a member of jazz’s royal family, and former leader of Jay Leno’s live band – and Kurt Elling, acclaimed jazz vocalist, floated the idea of making  ...read more…
I was lucky to attend one of the best concerts I've ever seen last Saturday night at UCLA's Center for the Art of Performance (CAP) at Royce Hall, which has always been a great place to hear jazz, or for that matter, any kind of music. With a  ...read more…
What would happen if some of the greatest voices to come out of Chicago joined forces on a single stage? You'd hear more than just jazz and rap, gospel and blues, classical and folk. You'd encounter the sound of the city itself, for Chicago has nurtured and shaped  ...read more…
As an ambitious young vocalist coming up on the Chicago scene in the early 1990s, Kurt Elling cultivated his sound by his sitting in regularly with some of the toughest tenors in a city known for producing take-no-prisoner saxophonists. Masters like Von Freeman, Eddie Johnson and Ed Petersen encouraged him  ...read more…
Getting back to the basics of melody is no easy job. Ask Branford Marsalis. "My definition of melody is a sequence of notes so strong that, if every other aspect of the music fell apart, people would still want to hear it," says the famed saxophonist, who, years ago, turned  ...read more…