Saturday 26 May, 8.00pm

Kurt Elling Quintet

Venue: The Piano

With support from the Embassy of the United States of America

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The 2018 Cavell Leitch New Zealand International Jazz & Blues Festival, in association with the Embassy of the United States of America, is thrilled to welcome multi-award winning Jazz vocalist Kurt Elling and his Quintet to Christchurch for one night only.

Grammy winner, Kurt Elling is among the world’s foremost jazz vocalists. He has won the DownBeat Critics’ Poll 14 consecutive times and been named “Male Singer of the Year” by the Jazz Journalists Association on eight occasions. Grammy nominated more than a dozen times, Elling has also been honoured with several international jazz awards, including the prestigious Edison Jazz Oeuvreprijs (Lifetime Achievement Award).

Kurt Elling’s rich baritone voice spans four octaves and he commands the stage with his  astonishing technical mastery, emotional depth and a repertoire that includes original compositions and modern interpretations of standards, all of which are springboards for inspired improvisation, scatting, spoken word and poetry.

The New York Times declared, “Elling is the standout male vocalist of our time.” The Washington Post added, “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.”

Kurt Elling has toured extensively throughout his career, thrilling audiences around the world.
This is one festival show you don’t want to miss.

Kurt Elling (vocals), Stu Minderman (piano), Clark Sommers (bass), John McLean (guitar), Christian Euman (drums)