Kurt's Recent Press
With a bit of retro showmanship, stylish stage patter, a Sinatra tonal quality and a superb backing ensemble that combined members of his own band with local talent, singer Kurt Elling gave the Lied Center for Performing Arts the feel of an intimate Vegas lounge act for about 900 adoring  ...read more…
"I think of jazz as being homage through innovation. Don't quote that as a definition, but it comes pretty close. You don't show respect to Frank Sinatra and his great example by trying to sound exactly like him. You show it by sounding exactly like you, and  ...read more…
The EFG London Jazz Festival may have celebrated its 21st birthday last year, but as if to prove it has truly come of age – and lost none of its spark – the opening weekend of the 22nd edition positively swaggered and swung with joyful jazz noises everywhere across the  ...read more…
Is it just me, or do Guy Barker's orchestral charts for Jazz Voice get more refined, more nuanced, more richly detailed every year? Effectively becoming earworm central last night, the Barbican resounded with tintinnabulating glockenspiels, delicately plucked harp strings, punchy horn charts and luxuriant strings, as Barker sprinkled  ...read more…
This gala showcase works like a vocal beauty parade. It's a big-budget affair on a very big stage with a very big screen that kicks off the London Jazz Festival every year, always master-minded by the indefatigable Guy Barker. It's Barker who scores, arranges and conducts, no mean  ...read more…
A parade of wonderful jazz singers, backed by a luxuriantly big orchestra, singing two dozen or so of the greatest popular songs ever written. It's a sure-fire recipe for bliss, repeated each year for the opening night of the EFG London Jazz Festival at the Barbican Hall. One could  ...read more…
Before Kurt Elling became a successful jazz vocalist, he was a mover and a shaker -- literally. In the early 1990s, in his hometown of Chicago, he worked as a mover and a bartender to make ends meet. "I did all kinds of stuff to keep it going," he said  ...read more…