Kurt's Recent Press
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…
Of all the exotic locales he could be in, has been in, will be in again quite soon, this one seems a little less so. In fact, take a look at Kurt Elling's website, and not only are the jazz vocalist's travels well-documented in the "Touring" section —  ...read more…
Of all the illustrious guests SNJO has welcomed to Scotland, Kurt Elling seems to be the one who has made himself most at home. This might be because the Chicagoan singer spent a year in Edinburgh as a student and used to catch the then regular Friday jazz concerts, including  ...read more…
Just as one American, Rene Marie, realised the deep gospel-blues potential in singing Loch Lomond, so another one has confirmed The Loch Tay Boat Song's latent jazz ballad status. Because although he gave his sources - the Corries - as singers of traditional songs should, when Kurt Elling sang  ...read more…
You know, bookish, thoughtful people are not at all introverted and unapproachable. Just get into a conversation with a librarian about their favourite stories from childhood and you will see what I mean. In a series of weekend concerts, the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra (SNJO) and guest vocalist Kurt Elling  ...read more…
This musical project was inspired by the 'Syntopicon', a cross referencing index for 'Great Books of the Western World' published by Encyclopaedia Britannica in 1952. SNJO director Tommy Smith bought the entire 54 volumes in 1990, and in Kurt Elling he has found the ideal collaborator to explore some of the key themes  ...read more…
Jazz singers are not in short supply these days, but genuinely great ones are always a rarity to treasure. Kurt Elling is undoubtedly in that category, and the latest phase of his ongoing collaboration with the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra will live long in the memory. In Synopticon, the singer  ...read more…