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Kurt Elling

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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.

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Article: In Pictures

Scenes from the 2024 Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival

Read "Scenes from the 2024 Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival" reviewed by Matt Hooke


The greatest gift any music festival can give a listener is the chance to think about a genre differently and the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival did just that between February 16 and February 18. Most concert goers attend a show to hear a specific artist they are already familiar with, but the beauty of a ...

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Article: Live Review

The Jazz Cruise 2024

Read "The Jazz Cruise 2024" reviewed by Katchie Cartwright


Celebrity Summit The Jazz Cruise Miami, Labadee, Puerto Plata, St. Thomas January 18-25, 2024 Founded by Anita E. Berry in 2001, The Jazz Cruise has been offering patrons a yearly action-packed weeklong jazz experience at sea with some 100 world-class musicians in 200 hours of programming ...

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Article: Opinion

When is a Jazz Festival (Not) a Jazz Festival?

Read "When is a Jazz Festival (Not) a Jazz Festival?" reviewed by John Kelman


This article was first published at All About Jazz on May 20, 2011. It's becoming almost pandemic for jazz festivals around the world to be challenged for deciding to broaden their programming into areas either peripherally related to jazz... or, in some cases, away from jazz entirely. Festivals like the near-iconic Montreux Jazz Festival, ...

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Article: Album Review

Sarah L King: Fire Horse

Read "Fire Horse" reviewed by Neil Duggan


Starting her musical path with coaching from Mike King, one of the UK's leading contemporary vocal coaches, Sarah L King (no relation), surfaced as a solo jazz vocalist, releasing an EP of standards and several singles. Her passage was helped by a family heritage consisting of an accomplished jazz trumpeter father and an orchestral conductor grandmother. ...

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Article: Year in Review

Ludovico Granvassu's Garden of Jazzy Delights 2023

Read "Ludovico Granvassu's Garden of Jazzy Delights 2023" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


If it is true that, like The Police once put it, “when the world is going down you make the best of what's still around," then throughout 2023 jazz fans were better off than most other social groups. In a year in which everyday news brought ever more inconceivable disappointments, jazz musicians, labels, festivals and venues ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Holiday Releases From Kait Dunton, Judith Owen, Staci Griesbach, Liz Kennedy, Caity Gyorgy, Lizzie Thomas and Laila Biali

Read "Holiday Releases From Kait Dunton, Judith Owen, Staci Griesbach, Liz Kennedy, Caity Gyorgy, Lizzie Thomas and Laila Biali" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast celebrates Christmas Eve with women driven holiday releases from Kait Dunton, Judith Owen, Staci Griesbach, Liz Kennedy, Caity Gyorgy, Lizzie Thomas and Laila Biali plus birthday shoutouts to Sue Maskaleris, among others. Thanks for listening and please support the artists you hear by purchasing their music so they can continue to comfort, distract, provoke ...

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Your Requests

Label: Empress Music Group (North America) / ACT Music (Europe) / CORE PORT (Japan)
Released: 2023
Track listing: Bye Bye Blackbird; Blame It On My Youth; But Not For Me; My Funny Valentine; My Favorite Things; Corcovado (Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars); Pennies from Heaven; Autumn Leaves; The Nearness of You; All the Things You Are.

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SuperBlue: The Iridescent Spree

Label: Edition Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: Black Crow; Freeman Square; Naughty Number Nine; Little Fairy Carpenter; Bounce It; Only The Lonely Woman; Right About Now; Not Here Not Now; The Afterlife.

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Article: Year in Review

Chris May's Best Albums Of 2023

Read "Chris May's Best Albums Of 2023" reviewed by Chris May


Another great year for recorded jazz. Fourteen of 2023's most special albums are presented here. Eight are new recordings and six are reissues or previously unreleased archive items. Joint Number One Best New Albums Of 2023 Irreversible Entanglements Protect Your Light Impulse! There are two contendors for the slam-dunk ...


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