Kurt's Recent Press
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 Billie Holiday did it; even more so after her cabaret card was revoked by the City of  ...read more…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…
As the summer jazz festival season gears up, a glance at its sometimes crowded bills sees singers jostling for space. Jazz is a predominantly instrumental tradition and it can be tough for vocalists to get a look in. One of the exceptions is the American singer Kurt Elling, who next  ...read more…
The note-bending, soul-patch-sporting, Grammy-winning jazz singer Kurt Elling lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their daughter, Luiza, in a two-bedroom rental on the Upper West Side. The window in the eat-in kitchen offers a view of glorious sunsets (much photographed by the family); there are gracious prewar touches like molding;  ...read more…
On "Passion World," jazz singer Kurt Elling expands his musical horizons way beyond his previous CD, "1619 Broadway-the Brill Building Project," which focused on classic pop tunes by the songwriting teams housed in a single Manhattan building. Here he uses his expressive, rich baritone to perform music from three continents in  ...read more…
June 22nd, 2015
It was more In the Wee Small Hours than Songs for Swinging Lovers. It was a rainy, damp, dark night on New Haven Green. An orchestra played and a man sang anyway, because that's what they do. Over 1,000 hardy souls hung out on the Green Saturday night despite the  ...read more…
Kurt Elling grew up the son of a Lutheran church Kapellmeister and learned early on that music is transporting. "It can move people's imaginations," says the Chicago-born jazz vocalist and composer in advance of his appearance at the TD Toronto Jazz Festival on June 23. Elling's own imagination is  ...read more…