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Kurt Elling

Primary Instrument: Vocalist

Born: November 2, 1967    

Kurt Elling

Grammy winner Kurt Elling is among the world's foremost jazz vocalists. He has won every DownBeat Critics Poll for the last fourteen 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 ten albums has been nominated for a Grammy.

Elling's rich baritone spans four octaves and features both astonishing technical mastery and emotional depth. His repertoire includes original compositions and modern interpretations of standards, all of which are springboards for inspired improvisation, scatting, spoken word, and poetry. ...
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Awards

Grammy Awards:
  • Best Jazz Vocal Album: Dedicated to You
Grammy Nominations:
  • Best Jazz Vocal Album: 1619 Broadway — The Brill Building Project
  • Best Jazz Vocal Album: The Gate
  • Best Jazz Vocal Album: Nightmoves
  • Best Jazz Vocal Album: Man in the Air
  • Best Jazz Vocal Album: Flirting With Twilight
  • Best Jazz Vocal Album: Live in Chicago
  • Best Jazz Vocal Performance: This Time It's Love
  • Best Jazz Vocal Performance: The Messenger
  • Best Jazz Vocal Performance: Close Your Eyes
  • Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying a Vocalist "Dedicated to You" from Dedicated to You (Arrangement by Laurence Hobgood)
  • Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying a Vocalist "Easy Living" from Flirting With Twilight (Arrangement by Kurt Elling and Laurence Hobgood)
DownBeat:
  • Critics Poll Winner: Male Vocalist of the Year — 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
  • Critics Poll Winner: Talent Deserving Wider Recognition — 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000
  • Readers Poll Winner: Male Vocalist of the Year — 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013
JazzTimes:
  • Readers' Poll: Male Vocalist of the Year — 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012
  • Readers' Poll: Best New Release — 2012: 1619 Broadway — The Brill Building Project
Jazz Journalists Association:
  • Male Singer of the Year — 2000, 2002, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
JazzWeek:
  • Vocalist of the Year — 2006
  • Record of the Year: The Gate — 2011
Jazz FM Award:
  • International Jazz Artist of the Year — 2013
Blue Note Milano:
  • Award of the Year — 2013
Scottish Jazz Awards:
  • International category — 2012
Silesian Jazz Festival, Poland:
  • Jazz Ambassador — 2012
ECHO Jazz, Germany:
  • International Male Singer of the Year: Kurt Elling, The Gate — 2012
Edison Jazz/World, The Netherlands:
  • Jazz Vocal: Kurt Elling, The Gate — 2011
Académie du Jazz de Paris:
  • Prix Billie Holiday: The Messenger
Nightlife Awards:
  • Outstanding Jazz Vocalist in a Major Engagement — 2010
Union League Club of Chicago:
  • Distinguished Musician — Inducted in 2011
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) — 1995
Crain's Chicago Business:
  • Inductee: 40 under 40 (Who Make a Difference in Chicago Business) — 1998
  • 1619 Broadway

    Blue Note
    2012
  • 1619 Broadway: The Brill Building Project

    Concord Records
    2012
  • Kurt Elling: The Gate

    Concord Music Group
    2011
  • Dedicated To You

    Concord Music Group
    2009
  • Dedicated to You: Kurt Elling Sings the Music of Coltrane and Hartman

    Concord Music Group
    2009
  • When The Heart Dances

    Naim Label
    2009
  • Nightmoves

    Concord Music Group
    2007
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