GRAMMY winner Kurt Elling is among the world’s foremost jazz vocalists. He has won every Down Beat Critics Poll for the last thirteen 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 ten 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.” The Washington Post added, “Since the mid-1990s, no singer in jazz has been as daring, dynamic or interesting as Kurt Elling. With his soaring vocal flights, his edgy lyrics and sense of being on a musical mission, he has come to embody the creative spirit in jazz.”
The Obama Administration’s first state dinner featured Elling in a command performance.
1619 BROADWAY – THE BRILL BUILDING PROJECT, is Elling’s 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.