Kurt's Recent Press
When Kurt was in Sofia, Bulgaria to perform with the Bulgarian National Radio Big Band on May 28th, he also sat down with Jazz FM's afternoon host, Tanya Ivanova, for a short interview. "I do feel like I'm trying at least to help the jazz history move into  ...read more…
To cap off a stellar jazz season celebrating the 90th birthdays of Sarah Vaughan and Dinah Washington, the organizers at Koerner Hall managed to bring together two top male vocalists who excel at the top of their game. The vocalists are fellow Canadian superstar Denzal Sinclaire and beloved American superstar  ...read more…
Grammy-winning Chicago-born singer, Kurt Elling, is regarded by many critics as the finest male jazz vocalist working today and on the evidence of what can only be described as a captivating performance at Cheltenham's Town Hall venue it's not difficult to understand why. As a musician, Elling's  ...read more…
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  ...read more…
For Cheltenham he had contributed to Friday Night Is Music Night and had taken part in the late night jam session at Hotel du Vin, but this was a chance to spend an hour with Kurt and his band. For his last project Elling had chosen to concentrate on one  ...read more…
It's 1955, every town has it own ballroom, big-band and vocalists and swing's the thing. Well no it isn't, actually. Unless you're the producer of BBC Radio 2's Friday Night is Music Night. In which case you gather musical forces en masse: the Guy Barker Big Band,  ...read more…
I have an admission: I don't really like jazz singers. There are exceptions – some, like Billie Holliday, are so emotional, so raw, that I find it hard to listen to them – but others – most, I reckon – are so anodyne that they reduce songs to a  ...read more…