An Interview with Kurt Elling

Apr 21, 2015

Celebrated GRAMMY®  winning Jazz vocalist Kurt Elling will perform at the Holland Performing Arts Center this week. Two presentations of "Elling Swings Sinatra" will take place at the 1200 Club at the Holland Center at 7:30 & 9:30 PM on Thursday, April 23rd.

GRAMMY® winner Kurt Elling is among the world's foremost jazz vocalists. Since emerging on the scene in the 1990s, Elling 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 time span. In fact, every one the jazz vocalist's ten albums has been nominated for a GRAMMY®.  A new recording is set for a summer, 2015 release.

With Elling Swings Sinatra, Kurt Elling pays homage to the legendary male vocalist of the 20th century in celebration of Sinatra’s centenary. Elling brings his own immense stage talents and vocal abilities to the forefront in this presentation of Sinatra’s vast repertoire. In the performance, reinterpretations of classic hits such as “Come Fly With Me,” “In the Still of the Night” and “April in Paris”, along with other memorable gems, will be shared with the audience.

In a recent conversation, Jazz in the Afternoon host Chris Cooke spoke with Kurt Elling via phone. Elling spoke about his program which salutes Frank Sinatra as well as his own work as one of today's most in demand jazz vocalists.

Recording Engineer: Mike Hansen