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Kurt Elling

GRAMMY winner Kurt Elling is among the world’s foremost jazz vocalists. He won the DownBeat Critics Poll for fourteen consecutive years and was named “Male Singer of the Year” by the Jazz Journalists Association on eight occasions. An international jazz award winner, he has also been GRAMMY nominated a dozen times.

Elling's rich baritone spans four octaves and features both astonishing technical mastery and emotional depth. His repertoire includes original compositions and modern interpretations of standards, all of which are springboards for inspired improvisation, scatting, spoken word and poetry.

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

2020: The Year in Jazz

Read "2020: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling

The COVID-19 pandemic put the jazz world in a tailspin, just like the world at large, in 2020. And there is plenty of uncertainty going into the new year about what “new normal: might emerge from the darkness. International Jazz Day, like so many other things, became an online virtual event this time around. Pianist Keith ...

Secrets Are The Best Stories

Label: Edition Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: The Fanfold Hawk (For Franz Wright); A Certain Continuum; Stays; Gratitude (For Robert Bly); Stage I; Beloved (For Toni Morrison); Stages II, III; Song Of The Rio Grande (For Oscar And Valeria Martinez-Ramirez); Rabo De Nube; Esperanto; Epílogo

ARTICLE: RADIO

Final Holiday Releases Plus A New Recording From Brianna Thomas

Read "Final Holiday Releases Plus A New Recording From Brianna Thomas" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

This broadcast features new holiday releases from The Moore-McColl Jazz Society, Adrian Cunningham & La Lucha, Elsa Nilsson, Simone Kopmajer, Sarah McKenzie and Robert Prester & Adriana Samargia plus a new recording by Brianna Thomas, more Grammy nominees and a special birthday shoutout to Gladys Shelley (best known for penning “How Did He Look?" and “Come ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Mark Ruffin: Bebop Fairy Tales

Read "Mark Ruffin: Bebop Fairy Tales" reviewed by Seton Hawkins

Celebrating 40 years as a jazz broadcaster, music producer, and writer this year, Mark Ruffin--perhaps best known as the program director for the Real Jazz channel on SiriusXM --stands as one of jazz's unsung heroes. Countless artists owe their career successes and prominence to his tireless efforts, boundless enthusiasm and advocacy, and encyclopedic knowledge of the ...

NEWS: EVENT

Jazz At Lincoln Center Premieres 2020 Holiday Virtual Concerts

Jazz At Lincoln Center Premieres  2020 Holiday Virtual Concerts

Jazz at Lincoln Center celebrates the holiday season with the premiere of Big Band Holidays on December 19, and A New Years Eve Celebration: Live From Dizzy’s on December 31—two new virtual concerts featuring iconic guest artists and emerging stars in jazz. Tickets for each virtual holiday event are available on jazz.org. Big Band Holidays Featuring ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Commanding Singers Gregory Porter and Kurt Elling

Read "Commanding Singers Gregory Porter and Kurt Elling" reviewed by Russell Perry

Kurt Elling has been the dominant male vocalist in jazz for the past 20 years, winning the Down Beat Critics Poll from 2000-2013. Gregory Porter released his first record in 2010 and was recognized in the same poll as a rising star in 2013. He won the critics poll in five of the past seven years, with ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

New Releases and a Celebration of Joni Mitchell

Read "New Releases and a Celebration of Joni Mitchell" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

The autumn harvest of new releases continues with recordings by Alan Broadbent, Brandi Disterheft, Joel Ross, The Royal Bopsters, Mary Halvorson's Code Girl, Richard Baratta, Ian Hendrickson-Smith, Rebecca Hennessy, Tom Oren and Fred Hersch, with birthday shoutouts to Lauren Henderson, Sarah Jerrom, Kurt Elling, Patricia Barber, Kitty Margolis, Chris Connor and as always, Joni Mitchell. Thanks ...

NEWS: BIRTHDAY

Jazz Musician of the Day: Kurt Elling

Jazz Musician of the Day: Kurt Elling

All About Jazz is celebrating Kurt Elling's birthday today! GRAMMY winner Kurt Elling is among the world’s foremost jazz vocalists. He won the DownBeat Critics Poll for fourteen consecutive years and was named “Male Singer of the Year” by the Jazz Journalists Association on eight occasions. An international jazz award winner, he has also been GRAMMY ...

NEWS: RECORDING

The Ed Palermo Big Band
 Flaunts the Union Jack with The Great Un-American Songbook Vol. 3: Run for Your Life

The Ed Palermo Big Band
 Flaunts the Union Jack with  The Great Un-American Songbook Vol. 3: Run for Your Life

While pundits and experts debate whether the United States of America has entered an age of decline as a world power, New York saxophonist, composer, arranger, bandleader and inveterate troublemaker Ed Palermo makes an incontrovertible case for un-American ascendance. With The Great Un-American Songbook Volume 3: Run for your Life, slated for release on guitarist/vocalist Bruce ...


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