March 23, 2013, 7:30 pm
Grammy winning vocalist Kurt Elling has been called the “standout jazz male vocalist of our time” by The New York Times. Every record Elling has ever made has been nominated for a Grammy. His latest CD, The Gate, featuring interpretations of music by Herbie Hancock, the Beatles, Stevie Wonder, and Miles Davis, was declared Record of the Year by JazzWeek. Amazingly, in 2011 Elling was named Jazz Vocalist of the Year in DownBeat magazine’s Critics Poll for a twelfth consecutive year, while picking up his sixth win in the DownBeat Readers Poll.
Elling’s rich baritone spans four octaves and features astonishing technical mastery and emotional depth.
He has recorded and performed with Dave Brubeck, Jon Hendricks, Al Jarreau, and many others, and he gave a command performance at President Obama’s first state dinner. Elling’s repertoire includes original compositions and modern interpretations of standards, all of which serve as springboards for his inspired improvisation.