'Since the mid-1990s, no singer in jazz has been as daring, dynamic or interesting as Kurt Elling. With his soaring vocal flights, his edgy lyrics and sense of being on a musical mission, he has come to embody the creative spirit in jazz.' Washington Post
An evening celebrating eleven-time DownBeat Male Vocalist of the Year Kurt Elling. In the first set Elling and his band share the stage with world-renowned French accordion virtuoso Richard Galliano for their first European performance together.
In the second set, Kurt will be joined by the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra to play new arrangements from his back catalogue of works, classics from the Great American Songbook and material from latest Concord album The Gate, out in February.
The Gate - produced by Don Was (Rolling Stones, Bonnie Raitt, Bob Dylan) - points Elling in a new musical direction, through new arrangements of tracks by King Crimson, Joe Jackson, Stevie Wonder and the Beatles, in addition to providing a new and vibrant understanding of Miles Davis, Bill Evans and Herbie Hancock.
'He is nothing short of hypnotic.' The Times on Kurt Elling
A tremendous live performer, Kurt's London performances over the past few years have drawn ecstatic responses from the media and audiences alike. He returns in a double bill with celebrated French accordionist Richard Galliano.
Galliano is an exceptionally versatile musician, able to make his mark in all kinds of musical contexts, from solo appearances (like the Paris Concert from the Châtelet, which came out in 2009), to playing with a big band like the Brussels Jazz Orchestra, in 2008. His exceptional abilities as a soloist are well-recognized, and he continues to explore a vast range of music, without ever losing that lyrical quality that infuses the ballads on Love Day that he recorded with Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Charlie Haden and Mino Cinelu, or the French Touch which allowed him to make the link between Billie Holiday and Edith Piaf, with the trumpeter Wynton Marsalis. Kurt Elling - Dedicated To You
Richard Galliano plays Astor Piazzolla's Libertango