South Florida Jazz Presents the Incomparable Kurt Elling in Concert, June 8th, 2013 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

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June 8, 2013 Season Finale Concert - South Florida Jazz presents the incomparable Kurt Elling, the Grammy-awarded, voted Best Male Jazz Vocalist in all industry jazz polls.

Kurt Elling

Kurt Elling

Kurt Elling is arguably the most interesting and innovative jazz singer to come along in years...

South Florida’s premier modern jazz organization is excited to present vocalist Kurt Elling on Saturday June 8, 2013, 8:00 PM. This concert will take place at the Rose & Alfred Miniaci Performing Arts Center on the Nova Southeastern University campus, 3100 Ray Ferrero, Jr. Blvd. in Davie. Tickets are $40 ($15 for students) and can be purchased from the Broward Center box office directly; by calling 954.462.0222 or toll-free at 877.301.7469; or online at:

"Since the mid-1990s, no singer in jazz has been as daring, dynamic or interesting as Kurt Elling. 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."

  • The Washington Post

Chicago native Kurt Elling is the most accomplished male jazz singer extant. In a career spanning 17 years, 44-year-old Elling has risen to international prominence as a jazz artist and singer. Each of his seven albums for Blue Note and the first two on Concord records were nominated for Grammy Awards. His 2009 CD, Dedicated to You: Kurt Elling Sings the Music of Coltrane and Hartman, the second on Concord Records, was recorded live at Lincoln Center and won the 2010 Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album. Kurt’s latest recording, The Gate, was released in March 2011 and of course features pianist-arranger and producer Laurence Hobgood, who commands the helm of a quartet with guitarist John Mclean, bassist Eric Privert, and drummer Pete Van Nostrand. On his newest release 1619 Broadway – The Brill Building Project, a locale which the London Telegraph calls “the most important generator of popular songs in the Western world,” Mr. Elling solidifies his reputation for bold innovation and superb craftsmanship.

Kurt Elling has topped the DownBeat and JazzTimes Readers and Critics polls every year since 2000 and won the Jazz Journalists Association award eight times for Best Male Vocalist.

Kurt’s rich baritone voice spans four octaves and he displays both astonishing technical facility and emotional depth. He has an awesome command of rhythm, texture, phrasing, and dynamics, often sounding more like a virtuoso jazz instrumentalist than a singer. His repertoire ranges from his own compositions to modern interpretations of standards, both of which can be the springboard for free form improvisation, scatting, spoken words, poetry, and rants. As composer and lyricist, Kurt Elling has written scores of his own compositions and has mastered “vocalese,” the art of setting lyrics to the songs and improvised solos of many jazz masters. And no one can match his scatting for speed, dexterity and invention.

In addition to his extraordinary work as an artist, Kurt Elling served as a national trustee for the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) beginning in 1999. In 2003, he was elected Vice Chair of that 17,000-member service organization and served two successful terms. While Vice Chairman, Elling was effective in opening up new channels of communication within the Academy. He helped create and hosted the first two annual Recording Academy Salutes to Jazz. He oversaw the creation of the Academy's Lifetime Achievement and Trustees Awards Review Committee, and continues as its chairman.

A true Renaissance man, Kurt Elling remains among the most interesting figures in the world of modern music and poetry, both at a musical and intellectual level.

What the critics are saying:

"[possibly] the greatest jazz singer of all time."

  • Jazz Review (UK)

"Kurt Elling is arguably the most interesting and innovative jazz singer to come along in years..."

  • Artie Shaw

"Elling is a cool breeze in the desert of male jazz singers. Elling sings, scats, does vocalese, tells stories and reads poetry in a baritone voice that bounces from sweet to tangy."

  • Philadelphia Daily News

Funding for this organization is provided in part by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural Council.

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