Kurt Elling
Kurt Elling

Kurt Elling

About Kurt Elling

A highly adept singer and writer who possesses a resonant baritone and four-octave range, Kurt Elling has won a global fan base, numerous awards, and countless accolades for his distinctive brand of vocal jazz. An Elling concert can contain everything from ranting and beat poetry to dramatically sung readings of García Lorca to tunes by Ellington, Cole Porter, and the Beatles, complete with hard-swinging scat. He initially captured audiences with his 1995 Blue Note debut, Close Your Eyes, and won his first Grammy, after eight nominations, for 2009's Dedicated to You: Kurt Elling Sings the Music of Coltrane and Hartman. In 2016, Elling fronted the Branford Marsalis Quartet on Upward Spiral, and the pair continued working together on tour and in the studio for 2018's Grammy-nominated The Questions. He also collaborated with guitarist Charlie Hunter on 2021's funk-inspired SuperBlue.

  • HOMETOWN
    Chicago, IL
  • BORN
    November 2, 1967

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