Kurt's Recent Press
How did one of the best and most important jazz bands around — saxophonist Branford Marsalis, pianist Joey Calderazzo, bassist Eric Revis and drummer Justin Faulkner — come to unite with one of the best and most important jazz vocalists? The idea ignited when Marsalis and Kurt Elling met during  ...read more…
Branford Marsalis was born in Breaux Bridge, La. the son of Dolores and Ellis Marsalis. His father is a notable pianist and the leading musical educator in New Orleans. In 1995 saxophonist Branford recorded "Loved Ones" with his father Ellis. He and his brothers Wynton, Delfeayo and Jason complete America's  ...read more…
Titans of modern jazz in their own rights, saxophonist Branford Marsalis and vocalist Kurt Elling bring their immense strengths together on their sophisticated and nuanced collaboration, 2016's Upward Spiral. Perhaps not the first time Marsalis has showcased a vocalist on a recording, it is the first time he's worked  ...read more…
[For English, please put this text into Google Translate or Bing Translator.] Hier et avant-hier soir, le «All Stars Festival» annuel du New Morning débutait avec les très attendus Kurt Elling et Branford Marsalis. Kurt Elling, disons le sans ambage, est le plus grand  ...read more…
A collaboration between an established bandleader and band with an established singer is something that harkens back to a bygone musical age. The teaming of the Branford Marsalis Quartet and singer Kurt Elling is one of those rare and special instances. Upward Spiral is the fantastic documentation of this pairing.  ...read more…
Grammy Award-winning jazz singer Kurt Elling gave an electrifying performance at the Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St., Sunday, June 12. The performance was part of the annual N'DIGO Foundation Gala, an event that raises funds to cover the college tuitions of deserving Chicago youths. Elling, who recently  ...read more…
Not merely a great meeting of a jazz vocalist and instrumentalist but a full and marvelous return to form for two huge jazz figures who've done some fruitless wandering of late. It was, I suppose, an interesting idea for Branford Marsalis to record an unaccompanied record in a church  ...read more…