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Kurt Elling

Jazz vocalist Kurt Elling’s rich baritone spans four octaves and features both astonishing technical mastery and emotional depth with command of rhythm, texture, phrasing and dynamics.

Elling is a renowned artist of vocalese – the writing and performing of words over recorded improvised jazz solos.

The natural heir to jazz pioneers Eddie Jefferson, King Pleasure and Jon Hendricks, Elling has set his own lyrics to the improvised solos of Wayne Shorter, Keith Jarrett and Pat Metheny.

He has worked with Dave Brubeck, Jon Hendricks, Charlie Hunter, Al Jarreau, Christian McBride and Kurt Rosenwinkel.

1619 Broadway – The Brill Building Project, is Elling’s much-anticipated new recording which honors and celebrates the locale that the London Telegraph called “the most important generator of popular songs in the Western world.”

Elling’s interpretations and signature arrangements of songs like “On Broadway,” “A House Is Not A Home” and “So Far Away” make this record a must-have for those in search of current great singing.

Even for the ceaselessly inventive Elling, 1619 Broadway is another unexpected step, and one guaranteed to further solidify his reputation for thrilling innovation and superb craftsmanship.

Program Notes LIVE: Stephen Anderson on Kurt Elling

with Stephen Anderson

6:30pm | March 20
Gerrard Hall
Join us before the concert for a talk led by UNC music professor and jazz pianist Stephen Anderson, and NC Jazz Repertory Orchestra vocalist Kathy Gelb. They’ll discuss singers as interpreters of jazz, perform a couple brief numbers, and demonstrate jazz vocalist skatting techniques.

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