Kurt Elling: Don't Measure the Limbs
Interviewer since 1999R.J. DeLuke is an indefatigable jazz fan and arbiter elegantiarum who aspires to ultimate hipness; also an upstate NY freelance writer for various media.
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"I got a big year. The record comes out July 22. I've got at least one year as vice chair of the Recording Academy right now and that means visiting all 12 chapters at least once this year and volunteering my service to them and supporting the chair. I've got this Four Brothers show coming up [with Mark Murphy, Kevin Mahogany, Elling and Jon Hendricks] that needs to be revised. We're going to have the cats come here to town and have some nice dinners and some good rehearsals. I look forward to that. It's not going to be as extensive as we thought because of the drop in tourism due to the 'war.' Tourism has really dropped off in Europe this summer. We had almost a full month of dates going and we're lucky to have salvaged the seven or eight that we've got.
"I'll be staying over there with my own band in between and after the Four Brothers thing is done. But we get to play Monterey (jazz festival) with Four Brothers and that'll be cool. I haven't played Monterey before and I'm jazzed about that. It's a busy year.'
Thankfully, this thoughtful and thought-provoking artist is allowed to have a busy year. Let fate give him many more.