LIVE: Kurt Elling @ The Egg, 3/24/13

March 28th, 2013, 3:00 pm by Greg

Review by Greg Haymes

As he’s proven over the years with area concerts from the Van Dyck to Tanglewood, Kurt Elling is one helluva jazz singer. But if you needed a reminder, he was in concert at The Egg in Albany on Sunday, and it may very well have been his best Local 518 performance yet.

Really, who else is likely to slip a song with lyrics by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Theodore Roethke (“The Waking”) in between a couple of golden oldie pop gems like Carole King’s “So Far Away” and an oh-so-dramatic deconstruction of the Drifters’ “On Broadway”?

Who else opens their show with a subtle, understated glide through “Come Fly With Me” that completely undermines Sinatra’s bold, brassy, hard-hitting signature rendition?

And who else closes their show with a bossa nova love ballad – Antonio Carlos Jobim’s “Louisa” – sung in Portuguese?

Let’s not forget the Sammy Davis Jr. impersonation…

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LIVE: Kurt Elling Quartet + 1 @ Tanglewood Jazz Festival, 9/4/10

September 10th, 2010, 11:44 am by Sara

Kurt Elling

Kurt Elling

Kurt Elling and Laurence Hobgood have been a team for sixteen years. In that time, Elling has given us some of the best vocal jazz in a generation, all of it backed by Hobgood’s brilliant musical direction and sterling piano work. Elling and Hobgood were a team again last weekend at Tanglewood’s Ozawa Hall – even when they weren’t onstage together. You see, Hobgood’s (sort of) gone into business for himself, releasing his own disc “When the Heart Dances.” Although “Heart” is a set of duets with hall of fame bassist Charlie Haden, Elling’s fellow “graduate of the Chicago philosophy of swinging” applied the music to a piano-trio format in an opening set that laid the foundation for a marvelously intimate evening.

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Kurt Elling, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?

September 1st, 2010, 2:01 pm by Greg

Kurt Elling“It was ‘The Mills Brothers’ Greatest Hits.’”

Jazz vocalist Kurt Elling and the Laurence Hobgood Trio headline the Saturday night concert of the Tanglewood Jazz Festival in Lenox. Showtime is 8pm, and ticket prices ranges from $19-$77.

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