Kurt Elling | Wednesday, October 3 @ 8 PM | $38/$35 | NSCU Centre
A standout male vocalist of contemporary jazz, Kurt Elling brings his new project 1619 Broadway: The Brill Building to the NSCU Centre at Capilano University on Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012 at 8 PM.
Elling moved from his home town of Chicago to Manhattan in 2008, his latest recording 1619 Broadway – The Brill Building Project (releasing September 25) is his response to his experiences living in New York City and a tribute to the music industry that flourished there. The famed Brill Building studios and offices located in Midtown at its height were home to over 160 tenants working in the pop-music industry from the mid-1930s on. Tracks include “On Broadway”, The Coasters “Shoppin’ for Clothes”, “A House is Not a Home”, as well as “I Only Have Eyes for You” and “Come Fly With Me”, all restyled by Elling.
Elling is a rare talent who has garnered praise and accolades, due in part to his rich baritone voice which spans four octaves with outstanding technical prowess. Add to this, Elling’s masterful command of rhythm, texture and phrasing, and his innovative approach to modern interpretations of standards and in his original works, melding improvisation with elements of scatting and spoken word.
All of Elling’s nine albums were nominated in the Grammy Award’s jazz category, which he won in 2010 for Dedicated to You: Kurt Elling Sings the Music of Coltrane and Hartman. He has been named “Male Singer of the Year” eight times at the Jazz Journalists Association Awards, and held the title of “Male Vocalist of the Year” for thirteen consecutive years in the DownBeat Critics Poll (2000 – 2012). Elling has recorded and/or performed with an array of artists, including Terence Blanchard, Dave Brubeck, Jon Hendricks, Charlie Hunter, Al Jarreau, Christian McBride and Kurt Rosenwinkel.