Kurt Elling

Kurt Elling

Kurt Elling

The Music of Frank Sinatra

Sunday, February 22, 4:00pm
at SFJAZZ Center, Miner Auditorium

Kurt Elling

Kurt Elling

Frank Sinatra is such a towering figure in American popular music that only a supremely accomplished singer can address his legacy without being overshadowed. With his supple, fine-grained baritone and swaggering sense of swing, Kurt Elling possesses the creative moxie to confidently tackle Ol’ Blue Eyes from the jazz side. As the winner of dozens of DownBeat and JazzTimes critics’ and readers’ polls, 10 GRAMMY nominations and a Best Vocal Jazz Album GRAMMY Award for 2009’s Dedicated to You: Kurt Elling Sings the Music of Coltrane and Hartman, he’s is the most celebrated male jazz singer of his generation, and he’s got ambition to spare. Since the release of his 1995 debut, Close Your Eyes (Blue Note), Elling has radically expanded the possibilities for jazz vocals, both stylistically and conceptually. He’s carried the torch of vocalese, the practice of setting lyrics to previously recorded solos, and collaborated on a series of literary-themed projects at the renowned Steppenwolf Theater in Chicago, his hometown. He’s also made sure to pay his creative debt to the cats who came before him, showcasing the masters Jon Hendricks, Mark Murphy, and Kevin Mahogany. It seems inevitable that Elling would turn his attention to Sinatra. Come fly with the artist the Washington Post says "has come to embody the creative spirit of jazz."

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"The standout male vocalist of our time " — The New York Times
"Since the mid-1990s, no singer in jazz has been as daring, dynamic or interesting as Kurt Elling. He has come to embody the creative spirit in jazz. " — The New York Times