Kurt Elling

DownBeat's "Male Singer of the Year" for Fourteen Consecutive Years


Why you should see this show…

“Is there any more masterful singer on the planet right now? The mastery went way beyond charisma. Listening to Elling is a masterclass on how to make voice, words, melody and microphone work together to fix an atmosphere. The voice itself is astonishing.” ‒ Ivan Hewett, The Telegraph

Kurt Elling Bio
The New York Times has named Kurt Elling, “the standout male jazz vocalist of our time.” A GRAMMY winner and 12-time GRAMMY nominee, Kurt Elling has been awarded two German Echo Awards, two Prix Billie Holiday from the Academie du Jazz in Paris, the Dutch Edison and the Edison Oeuvreprijs. He has been named Jazz Ambassador by the nation of Poland. Within the United States, Kurt Elling was named “Male Singer of the Year” by the DownBeat Critics Poll for fourteen consecutive years and by The Jazz Journalists Association on eight occasions. The Washington Post confirmed the acclaim declaring, “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’s rich baritone spans four octaves and features both technical mastery and emotional depth. A close protege of the late master-singers Jon Hendricks and Mark Murphy, Elling has collaborated with many of the finest instrumentalists in the jazz world, including the pianists Kenny Barron, Joey Calderazzo, Bill Charlap, Fred Hersch, Harold Mabern and Brad Mehldau.

Elling has also worked in deep creative partnership with saxophonists Branford Marsalis, Bob Mintzer, Tommy Smith, Ernie Watts and the late Von Freeman. He performed twice at The White House for President Barack Obama and is a former Vice-Chairman of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences’ Board of Trustees.

Kurt Elling’s repertoire includes original compositions and modern interpretations of standards, all of which are springboards for inspired improvisation, scatting, spoken word, and poetry. As a lyricist, Elling incorporates images and references from writers such as Rilke, Rumi, Neruda and Proust into his work. The late poet Robert Creeley wrote, “Kurt Elling takes us into a world of sacred particulars. His words are informed by a powerful poetic spirit.” U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky, concurred, writing that,” In Kurt Elling’s art, the voice of jazz gives a new spiritual presence to the ancient, sweet and powerful bond between poetry and music.” Jon Hendricks,the greatest of all jazz lyricists, said simply, “He is my son.”

A new recording from Kurt Elling entitled THE QUESTIONS (Okeh / Sony Masterworks) was released in March of 2018. NYTimes Critic Nate Chinen noted the appropriate nature of the title, writing, “For as long as we’ve known Kurt Elling, he has been among our most inquisitive jazz vocalists. He’s bringing that impulse front and center on his probing new album… THE QUESTIONS is Elling’s response to the conflict and uncertainty of our present age.” Co-produced by Branford Marsalis, the recording features performances from special guests Marsalis, Joey Calderazzo, Marquis Hill and Jeff “Tain” Watts.


Dining Options

You have two dining options when attending a show in our Concert Hall:

Rusty Anchor at the Music Box – If you’d enjoy a more extensive menu, we suggest you dine downstairs in the Rusty Anchor before your concert. The Rusty Anchor menu features a great mix of Cleveland Comfort food including a selection of seafood, steaks & chops. Reservations are required for parties of two or more. To make a dinner reservation, please click here or call our Box Office at (216) 242-1250 and allow 90 minutes to dine prior to the beginning of the show upstairs.

Concert Hall – Our Concert Hall menu is fast to the table and allows you to dine right in your ticketed seat. So, there is no additional reservation required. Last call to dine in your seats in the Concert Hall will be at showtime. Please arrive at least 20 minutes before showtime if you plan to eat dinner in your seats. Table side beverage service will continue throughout the concert.


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