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Oct 11, 2020

Kurt Elling’s 25th Anniversary Virtual Tour: Steppin’ Out While Stayin’ In

If all was right with the world, jazz vocalist Kurt Elling would be celebrating the 25th anniversary of Close Your Eyes — his first album on the Blue Note label — before a packed house at the Green Mill Cocktail Lounge, the legendary club...

Oct 09, 2020

Kurt Elling Celebrates 25 Years in Jazz with “Virtual Tour”

Vocalist Kurt Elling rocketed to jazz stardom with the 1995 release of his debut album, Close Your Eyes, on Blue Note Records Twenty-five years later, Elling boasts a remarkable and accomplished career in jazz, and he celebrates it in October...

Aug 25, 2020

Kurt Elling – Live from the Green Mill, August 28-29, 2020

The Kurt Elling Quartet presents two unique livestreamed sets direct from Chicago's famed Green Mill Cocktail Lounge on Friday, August 29th & Saturday, August 30th, 2020 at 8:00 pm CDT (UTC-5) There will be no audience in...

Jul 05, 2020

Secrets Are The Best Stories review: A career high point for Kurt Elling

I've been under the spell of Elling since I first heard him – there's such rich calmness, such beautifully measured passion in his voice But it's also about the things he says and the way he goes about putting music to words; that's right...

May 20, 2020

Review: Kurt Elling and Danilo Pérez Prove ‘Secrets Are the Best Stories’

Kurt Elling's collaboration with pianist Danilo Pérez features impressionistic and daring playing and poetic lyrics, making it one of the highlights of a brilliant jazz vocal career On 2018's The Questions, vocalist Kurt Elling used a...

Apr 30, 2020

Review: Kurt Elling’s Secrets Are The Best Stories

As with most of Kurt Elling's albums, you can tell that he studied theology at one point, with his songs reflecting metaphysical questions such as "why are we here" and "how did we get all messed up" The beauty of Elling is that he presents...

Apr 22, 2020

Lighting the Beacon

In their first recorded collaboration, KURT ELLING and DANILO PÉREZ make music that reaches for a higher artistic and moral standard Picking at his weight-conscious lunch of Brussels sprouts, blistered shishito peppers, and wine at an...

Apr 18, 2020

Kurt Elling: Secrets Are the Best Stories review – oblique brilliance

Almost exactly two years ago, Kurt Elling brought out The Questions, an album that demanded much of the listener – the opposite, you might say, of easy listening The questions it asked were sociopolitical; he later summed them up as: "How did...

Apr 06, 2020

Review: Speaking To All of Us

Any album and/or concert Kurt Elling presents/creates is an adventure  The vocalist, songwriter, and poet came out of Chicago 25 years ago singing jazz, cognizant of the music's history in that city and this country, melding poetry with music,...

Apr 03, 2020

Review: Kurt Elling featuring Danilo Pérez: Secrets are the Best Stories — a deep delve into the American psyche

The American singer Kurt Elling's bittersweet readings of the American songbook and literate vocalese have long set him apart, but more recently they have gained an overt political edge His 2018 album The Questions, a call to face one's fears...

Apr 03, 2020

Kurt Elling Talks New Album ‘Secrets Are The Best Stories’ & Collaborating With Pianist Danilo Pérez

Jazz vocalist Kurt Elling's craft goes way beyond singing A deep thinker inspired by the prose and the preaching of great poets and philosophers, past and present, he has carved out his own rightful place among them with his heartfelt lyrics...

Mar 31, 2020

Review: Vocalist Kurt Elling Teams With Pianist Danilo Pérez for ‘Secrets Are The Best Stories’

Renowned vocalist Kurt Elling collaborates with acclaimed pianist Danilo Pérez and a few other musicians on select tracks for Secrets Are The Best Stories Elling adds lyrics to compositions by Wayne Shorter, Jaco Pastorious, visionary...