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Jazz Vocalist Extraordinaire Kurt Elling's Debut 'Nightmoves' Set For April 3 Release

April 1st, 2007 2:00pm EDT favorite Add to My News
Kurt EllingWith seven Grammy nominations already to his credit, vocalist Kurt Elling has attained elite status in the jazz world before reaching the age of 40. Riding to international prominence on the strength of his critically acclaimed performances as well as a string of stellar recordings for the Blue Note label, the perennial poll-winner has become the voice of a new generation of jazz fans. He's been called "the most flamboyantly creative jazz singer to emerge in the last decade" by the San Francisco Chronicle and was recently named Down Beat's Male Vocalist of the Year in both Critics and Readers polls for 2006 (the third time he's won the top spot in both polls).

On Nightmoves, his brilliant debut for Concord Records and seventh outing overall, Elling artfully blends his rich baritone voice with signature scatting and virtuosic vocalese in a wide-ranging repertoire of tunes associated with such greats as Frank Sinatra, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Irving Berlin, Betty Carter, Duke Ellington, Dexter Gordon and Keith Jarrett. His most ambitious undertaking to date, it features his working trio of bassist Rob Amster, drummer Willie Jones III and longtime creative partner, pianist-arranger Laurence Hobgood, along with such special guests as The Escher String Quartet, bassist Christian McBride, Yellowjackets tenor saxophonist Bob Mintzer, guitarist Guilherme Monterio, keyboardist Rob Mounsey and harmonica virtuosos Howard Levy and Gregoire Maret.

Kurt is extremely excited about joining Concord Records. He states, "I'm so very happy to be part of the Concord family. I have the utmost respect for the label. They produce some amazing music and I am looking forward to releasing my Concord debut."

Kurt Elling Fast Facts:

Grammy Nominations:
Best Jazz Vocal Performance: Close Your Eyes
Best Jazz Vocal Performance: The Messenger
Best Jazz Vocal Performance: This Time It's Love
Best Jazz Vocal Album: Live in Chicago
Best Jazz Vocal Album: Flirting With Twilight
Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying a Vocalist: "Easy Living" from Flirting With Twilight (shared with Laurence Hobgood)
Best Jazz Vocal Album: Man in the Air

Down Beat :
Critics Poll Winner: Male Vocalist of the Year -- 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006
Critics Poll Winner: Talent Deserving Wider Recognition -- 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000
Readers Poll Winner: Male Vocalist of the Year -- 2002, 2004, 2006

JazzTimes :
Readers Poll: Male Vocalist of the Year -- 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002

JazzWeek: Vocalist of the Year – 2006
Academie du Jazz de Paris: Prix Billie Holiday: The Messenger
Jazz Journalists Association: Male Singer of the Year -- 2000 2001, 2002, 2006
Chicago Music Awards: Jazz Record of the Year -- 1997
Rockford Area Music Awards: Hall Of Fame Induction – 2000
Chicago Tribune: A Chicagoan of The Year (Arts) – 1997
Crain's Chicago Business: Inductee: 40 under 40 (Who Make a Difference in Chicago Business) – 1998


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