Kurt Elling: Among the world’s foremost jazz vocalists

Mar 17, 2014
Grammy award winner Kurt Elling, among the world’s foremost jazz vocalists, takes to Edmonds Center for the Arts’ stage at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 20.

Grammy award winner Kurt Elling, among the world’s foremost jazz vocalists, takes to Edmonds Center for the Arts’ stage at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 20.

Elling has won every DownBeat Critics Poll for the last 14 years, and has been named “Male Singer of the Year” by the Jazz Journalists Association eight times in that same span.

Every one of Elling’s 10 albums has been nominated for a Grammy. 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.

The New York Times declared, “Elling is the standout male vocalist of our time.”

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 often incorporates images and references from writers such as Rilke, Rumi, Neruda and Proust into his work.

The late poet and Bollingen Prize winner Robert Creeley wrote, “Kurt Elling takes us into a world of sacred particulars. His words are informed by a powerful poetic spirit.”

Said Robert Pinsky, former Poet Laureate of the United States, “In Kurt Elling’s art, the voice of jazz gives a new spiritual presence to the ancient, sweet and powerful bond between poetry and music.”

Elling has toured throughout his career, thrilling audiences worldwide. In that time he has led his own ensemble and has collaborated with many of the world’s finest orchestras.

Tickets and ticket prices are available by calling the ECA box office at 425-275-9595, online at www.ec4arts.org or in person at the ECA box office at 410 Fourth Ave. N, Edmonds.

For event details, theater location and more information, visit www.ec4arts.org

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