Kurt's News Archive - 2007

Nightmoves - Kurt Elling's compelling 2007 Concord Jazz debut has been nominated for the Best Jazz Vocal Album Grammy! Extended congratulations to Kurt's producer Joe Chiccarelli for his Producer of the Year (Non-Classical) nomination. More news coming soon!


DownBeat's critics have spoken, and once again Kurt Elling is their choice for Male Vocalist of the Year!

Kurt graces the cover of DownBeat's August 2007 issue, which also features a fine piece by Jason Koransky, DownBeat's editor, interviewing Kurt, Laurence Hobgood, and Rob Amster.

It also gives you the official ballot for this year's DownBeat Readers Poll so you, too, can vote for Kurt! Readers Poll winners for 2007 will be announced later this year.

Kurt's many DownBeat awards:

* Critics Poll Winner: Male Vocalist of the Year -- 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007
* Critics Poll Winner: Talent Deserving Wider Recognition -- 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000
* Readers Poll Winner: Male Vocalist of the Year -- 2002, 2004, 2006

As always, congratulations, Kurt!!!

For the fourth time since 2000, Kurt Elling has garnered the best male jazz singer award from the prestigious Jazz Journalists Association. Congratulations, Kurt!!!!

He's in excellent company once again.

"Two icons of avant-garde jazz — saxophonist-composer Ornette Coleman and pianist-composer Andrew Hill — were celebrated with highest honors at the 2007 Jazz Journalists Association Jazz Awards, during a luncheon at the Jazz Standard on June 28, attended by some 100 movers and shakers of the national jazz scene.

"Voting members of the JJA, a non-profit professional organization, cited Coleman, who received a Pulitzer Prizer earlier in 2007, as Musician of the Year, Alto Saxophonist of the Year; named Sound Grammar, his quartet release on his own Sound Grammar label, Record of the Year and the quartet itself Small Group of the Year. Hill, who died of lung cancer on April 20, was voted the Jazz Award for Lifetime Achievement in Jazz, Jazz Composer of the Year, and Pianist of the Year; he had performed in trio as recently as weeks before his death."

May 29th, 2007

Now seven weeks on the JazzWeek radio chart, Nightmoves shot to #1 after opening at #37 the first week. It's topped the chart ever since. Thanks to all the fans who've called in requests so Nightmoves gets great airplay!

It's selling well, too.

Let's keep it #1!

Great chances to win a Kurt Elling cd and autographed photo! Check out these links for details and act now as deadllines are fast approaching.

The Celebrity Cafe:

Three Grand Prize Winners will receive:
A signed Kurt Elling 8x10 photo and a copy of his new album "Nightmoves"

Enter once per day - last day is May 15. US and Canadian residents only. Sweepstakes form at:



Three winners will receive:
A signed Kurt Elling 8x10 photo and a copy of his new album "Nightmoves"

One entry per person per e-mail address. US residents only. Contest closes April 30. Form:


Radio IO Jazz:


Nightmoves giveway. Rules and deadline not apparent. Click the CD for entry form.

Good luck!

The Jazz vocalist's new album and Concord Records debut, has shot up the weekly Jazz album chart landing itself at #1 since being released just 3 weeks ago (4.3.07).

Kurt Elling has attained elite status in the jazz world before reaching the age of 40. Riding to international prominence on the strength of his critically acclaimed performances as well as a string of stellar recordings for the Blue Note label, the perennial poll-winner has become the voice of a new generation of jazz fans. He's been called "the most flamboyantly creative jazz singer to emerge in the last decade" by the San Francisco Chronicle and was recently named Down Beat's Male Vocalist of the Year in both Critics and Readers polls for 2006 (the third time he's won the top spot in both polls).

On Nightmoves, his brilliant debut for Concord Records and seventh outing overall, Elling artfully blends his rich baritone voice with signature scatting and virtuosic vocalese in a wide-ranging repertoire of tunes associated with such greats as Frank Sinatra, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Irving Berlin, Betty Carter, Duke Ellington, Dexter Gordon and Keith Jarrett. His most ambitious undertaking to date, it features his working trio of bassist Rob Amster, drummer Willie Jones III and longtime creative partner, pianist-arranger Laurence Hobgood, along with such special guests as The Escher String Quartet, bassist Christian McBride, Yellowjackets tenor saxophonist Bob Mintzer, guitarist Guilherme Monterio, keyboardist Rob Mounsey and harmonica virtuosos Howard Levy and Gregoire Maret.

April 10th, 2007

Listen to this hour long interview with Kurt


Here is the interview with Liane Hansen that ran nationwide on March 25


March 15th, 2007

Backstage.com has awarded Kurt Elling its 2007 Bistro award as major jazz vocalist for his Birdland performances last year. The gala awards ceremony is in April.

The Back Stage Bistro Awards recognize achievement in a wide variety of categories — from outstanding performances to outstanding accomplishments and contributions by members of the cabaret community. New categories can be drawn up each year as they best describe the recipients, and categories may be dropped as well.

The object is not to choose "the best," but to congratulate those who have done something special during the year.

Congratulations, Kurt!

Fans attending Kurt Elling's Chicago Park West March 18th performance will have the exclusive opportunity to purchase Nightmoves prior to the April 3rd release date. For this very special homecoming event, we are offering the compact disc version of Nightmoves. This will be on sale only at the Park West performance. See you there!

March 3rd, 2007

(this is the YouTube version of the EPK; for other formats, please check out the Bios/Photos section on this page.)

For those who experienced technical difficulties after purchasing the digital download version of Nightmoves last night at Yoshi's please know we are fixing this problem presently.

If you purchased the download version last night and had problems initially please revisit the weblink as provided in the CD package today and you should be able to download the album trouble-free.

If you experience further technical difficulties please visit:


Many apologies.

Kurt Elling & Concord Music Group are making "Nightmoves" available for those attending select live performances only throughout the month of March as a special limited digital download edition. The digital versions will be on sale for $15.00 at each show (beginning with Yoshi's on March 1st). This edition will be housed in a jewel case, contain full artwork (just like a normal CD), and detailed download instructions.

Purchasers of this download version will be able to download the full album ahead of the April 3rd release date. These downloads are playable in any MP3 player or portable digital music device (including the iPod). Purchasers will also be able to burn a copy to CD if they so desire.

This limited edition will be exclusively available at the March shows only and after that, they are gone!

February 4th, 2007

Concord is proud to announce the release of Kurt Elling's first recording for the label. Nightmoves will be available in stores and on itunes April 3. Pre-order yours at Amazon.com.

Kurt Elling begins a promotional tour in support of "Nightmoves" February 13-18 at New York's famed jazz club The Blue Note. Special guests are scheduled to include Bob Mintzer, Gregoire Maret, Romero Lubambo and many others.

The Chicago concert in celebration of the release will take place at The Park West on March 18. Special guests will include Howard Levy, Jim Gailloreto and The Hawk String Quartet.

Tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster.