Kurt Elling: Passionworld
Just in time for Valentines, Grammy-winning jazz singer Kurt Elling brings music inspired by passion to the Star City. Featuring love songs from around the world sung in their original languages—including French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish—Elling’s newest project is one of his most expressive and emotive to date. "It's a thrill for me to explore… the way these different cultures feel heartbreak, or the quest for a new love, or the way they express the mending of the heart,” says Elling.
Whether he’s reinterpreting jazz and pop standards in a surprising new way or exploring the enigmatic boundary between poetry and jazz, Elling has remained one of jazz’s foremost vocalists in recent years. Every one of Elling’s ten albums have been nominated for or won a Grammy. He has won every DownBeat 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.
Elling’s rich baritone spans four octaves and features both astonishing technical mastery and emotional depth. The New York Times declares him “the standout male vocalist of our time." Elling served as the Artist-in-Residence for the Singapore and Monterey Jazz Festivals. He has consistently explored the boundaries between poetry, jazz, theatre, and modern dance with projects that include a multi-dimensional exploration of the life and work of Beat poet Allen Ginsberg and a song cycle based on Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass.
"Since the mid-1990s, no singer in jazz has been as daring, dynamic or interesting as Kurt Elling…,” writes Matt Schudel of the Washington Post. “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."
For more information visit www.kurtelling.com
“In an era when bona fide jazz singers are in perilously short supply … Elling seems hellbent on rewriting the definition of what jazz singing is all about.” - Chicago Tribune
“arguably the greatest jazz singer of his generation” — Jazz Police
“What a sound he makes! … revealing grace and meaning in everyday sentiments.” — The Guardian
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