Kurt's Press Archive - 2006
In the midst of what was a nonstop weekend for him at the Monterey Jazz Festival, Kurt Elling only had a few spare minutes. But this was long enough for him to talk about his current musical life while he dove into a huge plate of greasy BBQ, which he  ...read more…
November 15th, 2006
I hadn't even wanted to go. It was March 17 – St. Patrick's Day, 2006. Kurt Elling, a jazz singer, was playing at the Strathmore Center, a resplendent new $100-million concert hall near my house in Maryland. I didn't know much about Elling. And to be honest, I didn't care. Still, it  ...read more…
October 20th, 2006
This column has not always been noted for its friendliness towards jazz vocalists. That, I would contend, is only because many who call themselves such have not proved themselves worthy to bear the mantle of the jazz tradition. But praise will be given where it is due, and it is  ...read more…
Watching and listening to Kurt Elling on the "Jazz Singers” session in PBS's "Legends of Jazz.” I remembered what Cecil Taylor said of his life's vocation: "This music is about magic and capturing spirits.” And Duke Ellington explored its religious dimensions. Although I'm an atheist, I can respond spiritedly to  ...read more…
Charleston-based touring drummer Quentin Baxter talks often about striving for "intensity, not volume." That theme was much in evidence Friday at Gaillard Auditorium when vocalist Kurt Elling and the 15-piece Chicago Jazz Orchestra romped through about a dozen tunes, absolutely slaying the Wachovia Jazz Series audience with traditional and post-modern  ...read more…
It's been three years since the last Kurt Elling album was released, the masterful Man in the Air. So when he called me two weeks ago from a hotel in Reading, Pennsylvania, the first thing I asked was when do we get to hear a new one? He  ...read more…