Kurt's Recent Press
There is arguably no other single location in the history of American popular music that resonates more in history than the Brill Building in New York City, where composers like Carole King, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, Neil Diamond, Burt Bacharach and Hal David all churned out countless hits. The  ...read more…
"Man, I miss that Green Mill gig," Kurt Elling declares during a call from New York. "I wish there were a way to fly back and still play that every week." The jazz vocalist, who left his native Chicago more than four years ago, reminisces from his Manhattan residence, taking  ...read more…
On his latest album 1619 Broadway: The Brill Building Project, Kurt Elling takes famous pop songs like Sam Cooke's "You Send Me" and Carole King's "So Far Away," and makes them his own—experimenting with rhythms while adding some haunting harmonies (and extra lyrics on occasion as well).  ...read more…
Singer Kurt Elling seems to be always on the go, working with his fine quartet and lending his artful vocals to a variety of other projects as time allows. Whatever the situation, he brings high aesthetic values and standards. He likes to investigate different musical possibilities under the jazz umbrella,  ...read more…
The man who currently is regarded as "the outstanding male vocalist in jazz today," DownBeat Critics Poll Male Vocalist for thirteen years 2000 - 2012, and Grammy-award winner Kurt Elling (Dedicated To You: 2009), made a one-night appearance at Yoshi's Jazz Club in San Francisco on Wednesday 10th October, 2012 for two shows.  ...read more…
Roseanna Vitro interviews the acclaimed singer about his artistic development, influences and approach. I am excited to have the opportunity to present a candid and informative interview with Kurt Elling, a vocal musician and teacher I have admired since first hearing his version of "Gingerbread Boy" from 1997's Blue Note  ...read more…
October 10th, 2012
On his version of Paul Simon's "American Tune," Kurt Elling sings about observing life and work from both the outside and the inside. As Mr. Simon's lyrics dictate, he dreams he's flying, looking down on his own soul as well as the Statue of Liberty. The song  ...read more…