Kurt Elling: Grammy-winning Jazz Vocalist

November 9, 2011

Kurt Elling is among the world’s foremost jazz vocalists. He has been named “Male Singer of the Year” by the Jazz Journalists Association numerous times over the past ten years, and has been the perennial winner of the DownBeat Critics Poll. A Grammy winner, and every record he has recorded has been Grammy nominated. Elling’s rich baritone spans four octaves and features both astonishing technical mastery and emotional depth. His command of rhythm, texture, phrasing, and dynamics is more like a virtuoso jazz instrumentalist than a vocalist. His repertoire includes original compositions and modern interpretations of standards, all of which are springboards for inspired improvisation, scatting, spoken word, and poetry. His conversation with Phil Galdston was enlightening in terms of Elling's focus on his creative process and in envisioning the developing of a career as a performer.