Kurt's Recent Press
To say that Kurt Elling and Frank Sinatra have a lot in common would be an understatement at best. Sinatra shaped his era's musical landscape and was its dominant force for decades. Elling, too, is shaping the contemporary male jazz scene, having won the Downbeat Critics Poll for the  ...read more…
February 28th, 2015
Segerstrom Center for Performing Arts hit a home run in their outstanding jazz series with Elling Swings Sinatra. Set up like an upscale jazz club with low lighting, and round tables for four the Samueli Theater was the perfect venue for an evening with Elling and Sinatra. Award winning Kurt  ...read more…
He was known as "The Voice." And Kurt Elling remembers how, when he was a child, those vocal cords stood out. Elling, the son of a high school band instructor, often listened to the music his parents played on the family stereo. His father favored swing and big band, which  ...read more…
The first weekend of the Portland Jazz Festival surpassed the usual high expectations, particularly in the piano department. The festival, which runs through Sunday, March 1, took the 100th anniversary of Frank Sinatra's birth as a mini-theme, offering concerts dedicated to "ol' blue eyes" by vocalist Kurt Elling and pianist  ...read more…
Kurt Elling was talking about the Grammys. Not this year's, with Beck and Beyonce and Kanye West's big mouth. But the first one, in 1959, where Frank Sinatra competed against himself for Album of the Year, and was up for Song and Record of the Year with "Witchcraft," with  ...read more…
On the most romantic night of the year, Grammy Award- winning jazz vocalist, Kurt Elling's Passion World concert at The Kennedy Center's Terrace Theater was a warm toddy to take the chill off the howling winds and snowy dusting over DC on Valentine's Day. The soon-to-be released  ...read more…
There'll never be another Frank Sinatra. But we do have Kurt Elling. The jazz singer will take on Ol' Blue Eyes' catalog at the Portland Jazz Festival on Friday, Feb. 20 with the Art Abrams Swing Machine Big Band, in a celebration of the year the American icon would've  ...read more…