WHAT'S ON / Scottish National Jazz Orchestra: An Evening with Kurt Elling
at The Queen's Hall
Directed by Tommy Smith
Pre-concert talk with Tommy Smith and Kurt Elling from 6.45pm to 7.15pm, free to all ticket holders.
Kurt Elling is one of the greatest singers of our time. With a rich baritone that spans four octaves and a command of rhythm, texture, phrasing and dynamics that makes him a virtuoso jazz instrumentalist as much as a vocalist, the 2010 Grammy award winner sings with both astonishing technical mastery and huge emotional depth.
Having recorded and performed with artists including Dave Brubeck, Jon Hendricks, Al Jarreau, Terence Blanchard and Christian McBride, Elling now joins the creative driving force of jazz in Scotland and the leading ensemble of its kind in Europe, the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra. Directed by the acclaimed saxophonist, composer and arranger Tommy Smith, the orchestra will create the perfect setting for Elling’s superb original material and thrilling interpretations of the Great American Songbook in what’s sure to be one of the jazz highlights of 2011.
'a rich baritone that somehow combines echoes of both Frank Sinatra and John Coltrane' (The Times on Kurt Elling)
'the great jazz singer of his time' (The Scotsman on Kurt Elling)
'Britain's most polished and versatile big band' (The Times on SNJO)
'The finest ensemble of its kind in Europe.' (The Herald on SNJO)