**Double Feature** - Kurt Elling Swings Sinatra + Ravi Coltrane
Kurt Elling, vocals
Other musicians, TBA
Ravi Coltrane, saxophones
Other musicians, TBA
*TONIGHT FEATURES TWO SHOWS FOR THE PRICE OF ONE - KURT ELLING SWINGS SINATRA AND RAVI COLTRANE WILL PERFORM SEPARATELY DURING EACH SET!*
KURT ELLING SWINGS SINATRA:
Celebrate an album of Sinatra in peak form—during an evening accented with richly told stories of a fascinating moment in time — as can only be provided by one of the foremost talents of our time, Grammy winner Kurt Elling.
Kurt Elling is among the world’s foremost jazz vocalists. He has been named “Male Singer of the Year” by the Jazz Journalists Association on half a dozen occasions in the past ten years, and during the same interval has been the perennial winner of the DownBeat Critics Poll. He is also a Grammy winner, and every record he has made has been Grammy nominated.
Elling’s rich baritone spans four octaves and features both astonishing technical mastery and emotional depth. His command of rhythm, texture, phrasing, and dynamics is more like a virtuoso jazz instrumentalist than a vocalist. His repertoire includes original compositions and modern interpretations of standards, all of which are springboards for inspired improvisation, scatting, spoken word, and poetry.
Elling has recorded and/or performed with an array of artists, including Terence Blanchard, Dave Brubeck, Jon Hendricks, Charlie Hunter, Al Jarreau, Christian McBride, and Kurt
Rosenwinkel. He served as the Artist-in-Residence for the Singapore Music and Monterey Jazz Festivals. He has also written multi-disciplinary works for The Steppenwolf Theatre and the City of Chicago. The Obama Administration’s first state dinner featured Elling in a command performance.
2010 was been a year of expanded creativity for Elling. He completed an extensive tour with the Monterey Jazz Festival All-Stars and staged Passion World, a commissioned event for Jazz at Lincoln Center with French accordion virtuoso Richard Galliano, singing songs of love and loss in four languages. Elling also just completed The Gate, a new studio recording for Concord Records. Produced by Don Was (The Rolling Stones, Bonnie Raitt), The Gate will be released in February 2011.
Ravi Coltrane is a critically acclaimed and Grammy nominated saxophonist, bandleader, and composer. Since 1991, Mr. Coltrane has worked as a sideman with many jazz luminaries, recorded noteworthy albums for himself and others, overseen important jazz reissues, and founded the prominent independent record label, RKM.
Born in Long Island, New York in 1965, the second son of John and Alice Coltrane, Ravi was named after Indian sitar legend Ravi Shankar.
In 1991, his father's renowned drummer, Elvin Jones, saw in Ravi an emergent authentic performer, and hired Ravi to play with his band. After his tenure with Elvin, Ravi found himself working alongside a list of names that reads like the Who's Who of American Jazz and Pop. Indeed, Ravi's credits include recording on well over thirty recordings as a sideman.
In 1997 Ravi recorded his first album as a leader, MOVING PICTURES (RCA Victor). Critical acclaim arrived with the release of his second release, FROM THE ROUND BOX (2000). Ravi's third album, MAD 6 (Columbia) gathered even more worldwide interest and recognition for now assured artist.
In 2004, Ravi took a break from his own projects in order to produce his mother's return to recording after a 26-year hiatus. That album, TRANSLINEAR LIGHT (Impulse!), featured an all-star ensemble whose members included Alice, Ravi, his brother Oran, Charlie Haden, Jack Dejohnette, James Genus, and Jeff Watts.
February of 2005 saw the release of Ravi's fourth album, IN FLUX (Savoy), which was voted the #3 top albums in The New York Times' prestigious 2005 year-end list.
BLENDING TIMES (Savoy), Ravi's fifth release arrives January 2009 and is already earning exemplary advance reviews.
Today, Ravi continues to balance family life with a variety of high profile musical projects. In 1999 he married his wife, Kathleen Hennessy. They have two sons, William and Aaron. He frequently tours the world with the Ravi Coltrane Quartet, a dynamic band whose members include pianist Luis Perdomo, bassist Drew Gress and drummer E.J. Strickland.
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