Kurt Elling with the Klüvers Big Band

Kurt Elling hosts the Klüvers Big Band from Denmark on their first visit to the United States. They’re performing together in Chicago, New York, Washington, DC, and Boston from October 21 – November 2.
Kurt performing with Kluvers Big Band

Kurt says,

I am very happy to have the opportunity to host the Klüvers Big Band on their maiden voyage to the US. I anticipate a lot of joy in our time together, and look forward to listening to the band interact with Laurence and the rest of my cats, who will make up the rhythm section for the tour. We’ll be doing large band arrangements of things from The Gate and from Dedicated To You, in addition to customized arrangements created and compiled over several years of my doing big band dates.

Kurt toured Scandinavia with Klüvers in 2004, 2007, and again in a sold-out tour in January 2011. They also performed together at this year’s North Sea Jazz festival in July.

This is the Klüvers Big Band’s first trip to the United States and is made possible in part by the patronage of HRH Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark. The Band is based in Århus, Denmark.

They play two nights at the Green Mill in Chicago, October 21-22, and then a six-night residency at Birdland October 25-30, playing two sets each night.

At Birdland, the Kurt Elling Quartet and the Klüvers Big Band will be joined by stellar special guests:

  • Miguel Zenón, saxophone (Tues)
  • Lew Tabackin, flute & saxophone (Wed)
  • Ravi Coltrane, saxophone (Thurs & Sat)
  • Robin Eubanks, trombone (Fri)
  • Stefon Harris, vibes (Sun)

Then they travel to Washington, DC for two shows at Blues Alley on November 1, and wind up in Boston at the historic Wilbur Theatre on November 2, which is also Kurt’s birthday.