Kurt's Recent Press
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…
The moment came in Skylark. The almost relentlessly buzzing imagination and invention fell away as Gary Versace began a piano solo so soft, so sparse and so fragile that Ulysses Owens stopped playing the drums altogether and Clark Sommers provided the barest underpinning on bass. It was the musical equivalent  ...read more…
As explained in the notes on the Branford Marsalis Quartet's album Upward Spiral (featuring Kurt Elling), this is truly a collaborative effort. Everything about the album, from the instrumental musicians' desire to work with a vocalist, to the choice of that vocalist — although when that choice is Kurt  ...read more…
There is always a buzz when Kurt Elling comes to town. He likes to visit us here in Australia on a regular basis and we are fortunate that he makes the long trip from the United States. Last time he was here, Elling performed with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and  ...read more…
From note one, this album sounds more like a Kurt Elling album backed by the Branford Marsalis Quartet than the other way around. Elling's voice kicks in immediately on the opening cut, Gershwin's "There's a Boat Dat's Leavin' Soon for New York." Elling simply dominates the  ...read more…
To one extent or another, jazz has always maintained a discriminatory dividing line between vocalists and instrumentalists. Instead of being viewed as equals — artists on par with all the rest, possessing the same good sense, skill, and stake in an artistic outcome — vocalists have often been unfairly stigmatized  ...read more…