Kurt's Press Archive - 2001
Only a hard-swinging, head-tripping, scat-singing jazz poet such as Chicagoan Kurt Elling could have come up with it. And only a theater company as fearless as Chicago's Steppenwolf would have dared to stage it. Yet there it was, Monday night on the Steppenwolf main stage, a vast and sometimes apocalyptic  ...read more…
If the Chicago-based Kurt Elling has yet to find the kind of crossover audience that other vocalists have lucked into, perhaps it's because he's simply too hip. Maybe this compelling ballad collection will put Elling over the top, but don't hold your breath. Elling rarely plays it this straight, but  ...read more…
Grace comes in surprising packages. Sometimes grace, that hard-to-define-but-easy-to-recognize quality, arrives in a kind word from a friend, an extra week to pay a bill, a soft breeze on a sweltering day. Two weeks ago, grace arrived, unannounced and unexpected, at Chicago's Park West theater in the form of a  ...read more…
Don't look now, but isn't singer Kurt Elling just getting better and better? With the pending release of his fifth CD, Flirting with Twilight in late August, he blew into Hartford Connecticut on July 22 for a performance at the Great Hartford Jazz Festival in Hartford, CT, with his trio, pianist  ...read more…
Kurt Elling blew in from Chicago on Saturday night, making his local debut at the Jazz Kitchen and putting substance to the claims of admirers that he's taking jazz vocalism into fresh territory. Whatever one thinks of the merit behind Grammy Awards in any category, being a nominee three times  ...read more…