“Elling is the standout male vocalist of our time.” – The New York Times
Grammy winner Kurt Elling remains one of the world’s foremost jazz vocalists. Renowned for his rich baritone spanning four octaves, his performances across the globe showcase astonishing technical mastery and emotional depth. Elling makes his anticipated return to The Smith Center to perform from his diverse repertoire, including original compositions and modern interpretations of standards, all springboards for Elling’s inspired improvisation, scatting, spoken word and poetry.
Offering a commanding stage presence, Elling has won every DownBeat Critics Poll for the last 13 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 nine albums has been nominated for a Grammy. He is also a lauded master of vocalese, the writing and performing of words over recorded improvised jazz solos.