Kurt's Recent Press
July 27th, 2015
Kurt Elling's latest, his second with bassist Clark Sommers, drummer Kendrick Scott and guitarist John McLean, is also his first without pianist and arranger Laurence Hobgood. (Keyboardist Gary Versace now completes the ace quintet.) It's a momentous turning point. Hobgood served as his musical Boswell for nearly two  ...read more…
In an ideal world Kurt Elling would be known beyond the jazz world, in many ways he reminds me of Michael Bublé with his stage presence and commanding voice and his ability to reinvent to any song. He has been named Male Singer of the Year eight times by  ...read more…
July 12th, 2015
"I always knew, I'd fall for the girl next door/To stay at home with love would be my great reward." Kurt Elling's Passion World begins on a note of raw and wistful melancholy that runs — sometimes breathlessly, sometimes haltingly — through most of the songs on  ...read more…
July 10th, 2015
Constantly on the road, jazz singer Kurt Elling has harvested passions from around the world and channeled them into his eleventh studio album, Passion World. Elling takes us through Scotland, France, Germany, Ireland, Iceland, Cuba and Brazil, showcasing his vocal diversity through varying jazz traditions. His driving vocals are effortlessly  ...read more…
The Malta Jazz Festival celebrates its 25th anniversary this summer and a plethora of renowned local and foreign artists are taking to the stage to make this year's edition one of the most memorable yet. Among those artists is Kurt Elling, an American jazz vocalist, composer, lyricist and vocalese  ...read more…
Jazz singers have always traveled. To make a living as a jazz singer has always meant hitting the road. Bessie Smith did it and literally died on the road after an automobile accident. Billie Holiday did it; even more so after her cabaret card was revoked by the City of  ...read more…
For too long, those who think seriously about jazz have tended to organize the music in terms of a historical sequence of stylistic "begats": New Orleans begat Hot Jazz, which begat swing, which begat bebop, which in turn begat the postmodern era. In his latest album, "Passion World," singer Kurt  ...read more…