Grammy winner Kurt Elling (b. 1967), one of the world’s foremost jazz vocalists, will be featuring UMO Jazz Orchestra in february. 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 improvisation, scatting, spoken word and poetry.
Elling is a renowed artist of vocalese. He writes and performs words over recorded improvised jazz solos or instrumental songs. The natural heir to jazz pioneers Eddie Jefferson, King Pleasure and Jon Hendricks, Elling has set his own lyrics to the improvised solos of Wayne Shorter, Keith Jarrett and Pat Metheny. His words have a powerful poetic spirit and he often incorporates references of such writers as Rilke, Rumi and Proust into them.
Elling’s latest recording, 1961 Broadway – The Brill Building Project, honors the building where some of the most important popular songs were written. His interpretations and arrangements of songs like On broadway, A House is Not a Home and So Far Away will surely convince every vocal jazz enthusiast.
The concerts will also feature guest pianist Gary Versace, who is one of the busiest and most versatile keyboard players on the scene. He has featured in bands led by such musicians as John Scofield, John Abercombie and Maria Schneider. He has graduated from the Eastman School of Music, and has spent eight years as a tenured associate professor in the jazz studies department at the University of Oregon.
NOTE: The Espoo Cultural Centre concert will be held in Louhisali (not Tapiolasali, as mentioned earlier). Doors open at 7 pm and the concert starts at 7.30 pm. Cafe Louhi serves you during the concert.
- Wed 26th February at 7 pm
- Savoy Theatre, Helsinki
- Thu 27th February at 7.30 pm
- Espoo Cultural Centre, Louhisali (Doors open at 7 pm)
Tickets to the Savoy-theatre concert available at Lippupalvelu and tickets to the Espoo Cultural Centre concert available at Lippupiste. Prices from 38 € / 33 € incl. service fee (Normal 35,50 €, pensioners, unemployed, students and children 30,50 € + service fee from 2,50 €).