2008-9 Special Project: “Dedicated to You”

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This season Kurt brings Ernie Watts and Ethel aboard for Dedicated to You, his creative re-imagining of John Coltrane’s collaboration with romantic balladeer Johnny Hartman.

John Coltrane & Johnny Hartman, recorded in 1963, became an instant classic, the gold standard of jazz ballad albums.

Now Kurt boldly revisits and reinterprets songs from Coltrane and Hartman, the saxophonist’s sole collaboration with a vocalist and one of the most romantic albums ever recorded. Ernie Watts — whose resumé runs the gamut from Monk to Zappa — blows stunning solos in Trane’s stead while Elling breathes new life into Hartman’s sensual songbook. The Laurence Hobgood Trio and the postclassical string quartet Ethel provide lush new settings of this classic material. The original is indelible; the homage is inspired.

See the Touring page for more information.

Thursday, September 11, 2008 
Bing Theatre
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA

Sunday, September 21, 2008
Monterey Jazz Festival
Monterey, CA

Sunday, October 19, 2008
Eastman School
Rochester, NY

Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Queen Elizabeth Hall
London, England

Friday, January 23, 2009
Wentz Concert Hall
Naperville, IL

Saturday, January 24, 2009
Hancher Auditorium
Iowa City, IA

Thursday, February 12, 2009
Lobero Theatre
Santa Barbara, CA

Friday, February 20, 2009
Ted Mann Theatre
Minneapolis, MN

Saturday, February 28, 2009
The Kennedy Center
Washington, DC

Thursday, April 16, 2009
Michigan Theatre
Ann Arbor, MI