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Kurt Elling

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Kurt Elling . . . has pushed forward the art of jazz singing more than any other male performer of his generation.

—BBC Arts

Renowned for his singular combination of robust swing and poetic insight, Grammy-winner Kurt Elling has secured his place among the world’s foremost jazz vocalists.

Declared “the standout male vocalist of our time” by the New York Times, Elling has garnered unprecedented accolades, including a fourteen-year run atop the DownBeat Critics Poll, a dozen Grammy nominations, and eight Jazz Journalists Association awards for “Male Singer of the Year.”

Elling’s voice is instantly recognizable, embracing listeners with his warm, rich baritone and navigating the full span of his four-octave range. Whether transforming timeless standards or crafting his own enthralling originals, the compelling storyteller balances elegant lyricism and technical mastery with wry humor, profound emotional depth, and keen observations on the human condition.

“Elling combines authenticity with stunning originality,” the Wall Street Journal says, while the Guardian has called him “a kind of Sinatra with superpowers.” The Toronto Star has gone so far as to say that “Kurt Elling is the closest jazz will ever get to having its own saint.”

Elling’s most recent release, The Questions, vividly exemplifies his ability to respond to the world around him with both urgent immediacy and a unique perspective. Coproduced by NEA Jazz Master and acclaimed saxophonist Branford Marsalis, the album searches for answers to the culture’s most divisive social, political, and spiritual issues in the songs of Bob Dylan, Carla Bley, and Leonard Bernstein and the poetry of Rumi and Wallace Stevens. His wide-ranging repertoire and thoughtful approach led the Times of London to applaud Elling for creating “a calm arena where patriotism and protest become poetry and peace.”

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