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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...

Mar 08, 2019

Kurt Elling Goes ‘Big’ in new Radio Drama: The Big Blind Debuts at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater

One of the most admirable qualities of true artists is a willingness to push the envelope beyond their comfort zone in tackling new projects Grammy-nominated singer and perennial poll-winner Kurt Elling has done precisely that with The Big...

Feb 27, 2019

Kurt Elling presents “The Big Blind: A Jazz Radio Drama”

It is now post time The Big Blind is a highly ambitious project by the veteran, Grammy-winning jazz singer Kurt Elling and co-writer, Grammy-nom Phil Galdston It's a very unusual form, not staged like a conventional play or musical comedy, but...

Feb 25, 2019

Kurt Elling Readies The Big Blind for NYC Premiere

The inspiration for Kurt Elling's radio play The Big Blind – co-written with Phil Galdston and premiering at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York on Mar 1 and 2 – came from a very special place: the Green Mill, a longtime jazz club outside...

Jan 30, 2019

Kurt Elling’s The Big Blind Premieres at Jazz at Lincoln Center

WORLD PREMIERE OF KURT ELLING'S THE BIG BLIND Rose Theater, Jazz at Lincoln Center, New York, NY March 1-2, 2019, 8:00 pm The radio-style noir drama features an all-star cast including Broadway legend Ben Vereen, NEA Jazz Master Dee Dee...

Jan 24, 2019

Review: Kurt Elling Sings The Heroes, with special guests James Morrison & Troy Roberts, at Birdland

Kurt Elling's incredible talent and his impressive drive to develop his art are of the very same quality as many of the performers he paid tribute to in his show: Frank Sinatra; Oscar Brown, Jr; Eddie Jefferson Elling has a knack for digging up...