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Jan 15, 2020

Review: Kurt Elling at Birdland Jazz Club, January 9, 2020

Kurt Elling: a name synonymous with jazz He remains as much a luminary of the art form this year as last when I saw him pick up the mic on the same stage His CDs from decades past are the sounds that should be filling lounges worth their...

Oct 17, 2019

Symphony Center Tribute to Apollo 11 Was Teleporting

Usually, when I go to a concert, nothing can distract from the delight of live music The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra's multi-media performance on October 14 at Symphony Center — titled "The Galaxy's Greatest Hits" as a tribute to the 50th...

Oct 17, 2019

Kurt Elling, Grammy-winning vocal great, eager to swing and lift spirits

Grammy Award-winning singer Kurt Elling is ready to take a break from the constant turmoil enveloping our polarized nation — and he's confident music fans are ready to do the same, if only for a night Accordingly, his Saturday night "A...

Oct 07, 2019

Jazz star Kurt Elling is still finding new ways of doing things

Duke Ellington had a saying: "the material is the material" It's a philosophy acclaimed jazz vocalist Kurt Elling has taken to heart through his career When the lights go down and curtain sweeps back, it really is all about the...

Sep 25, 2019

ALL THAT JAZZ: On eve of a Knoxville show, vocalist Kurt Elling reflects on a life well lived

Grammy-winning jazz vocalist Kurt Elling's career trajectory took a hard left turn one night at Chicago's fabled New Apartment Lounge Technically, it changed the next morning, when he showed up to a philosophy of religion class at the...

Jul 09, 2019

Jazz Concert Review: The Montreal Jazz Festival Turns 40, Part Two

At Montreal, singer Kurt Elling is a superstar And, in my world, so is his accompanist, Panama-born pianist Danilo Perez When Elling walked on stage he sat for a while and then sang a single syllable It sounded as if he were testing the...

Jun 01, 2019

Review: Jazz stars in top form on Live in New York

American singer Kurt Elling doesn’t listen to his own albums, so he may not be aware of how voluble he is in this impressive performance at New York’s Birdland jazz club His whimsical patter, laced with irony, however, is instructive Live...

May 14, 2019

Review: James Morrison & Kurt Elling live

Less than a week after performing on the very same stage for International Jazz Day's All Star Global Concert, two of the world's most acclaimed jazz stars, Kurt Elling and James Morrison, stretched out on some classic jazz tunes together at a...

May 12, 2019

Kurt Elling/James Morrison review: A portrait of the singer as a middle-aged man

It's been fascinating to follow Some 22 years ago Kurt Elling burst on to the international jazz scene as an already extraordinarily distinctive singer and improviser Initially he was too eager to shower us with all the options at his disposal:...

May 07, 2019

Tireless pair make jazz brilliance look easy

Last week, James Morrison and Kurt Elling were on stage at Hamer Hall as part of an epic All-Star Global Concert to celebrate International Jazz Day Morrison co-directed the concert and helped co-ordinate the nationwide program of events that...

May 01, 2019

Herbie Hancock Aims Jazz Day All-Star Concert Towards A World In ‘Turmoil’

Herbie Hancock took a moment during the International Jazz Day All-Star Global Concert to address some fraught geopolitical realities Not that Hancock, in his dual capacity as UNESCO goodwill ambassador and chairman of the Herbie Hancock...

Apr 29, 2019

Australian jazz dynamo James Morrison & Kurt Elling on tour in Australia

It's a good thing James Morrison knows how to drive fast cars and fly his own plane With an overflowing schedule and commitments that span the globe, time is at a premium When we talk he's in Sydney, driving (within the speed limit, he assures...