Granted it's only a one-night shot (scaled down from what it used to be), but globalFEST (globalfest.org) is a multifarious
Upward Spirals and Beyond: Conversations with Branford Marsalis, Marquis Hill and Tracy McKnight, Shameless Shoutout Of The Week, Plus Aireene Espiritu, Charlie Faye & The Fayettes, Aerias, and Keith Johns Exclusives
CD 1 1. Mystery Train 2. Highwayman 3. Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys 4. Good Hearted Woman 5. Trouble
For his Café Carlyle debut performance, vocalist Kurt Elling celebrates Frank Sinatra's centennial with "Elling Swings Sinatra
The fact that composer/vocalist Mike Kelleher just released "Mélange," an aptly named album of mixed genres, would be more newsworthy than saying he comes off as a genuinely decent person. But in these cynical times, it's actually relevant - especially given his line of work.
"Hot House" jazz magazine has started a tradition of honoring a group of new and established musicians, recently offering a varied and compelling awards show last week at the Metropolitan Room.
The dapper, soul-patched, off-handed Kurt Elling has said in performance, "I was brought up on 4/4 time." That's hardly an unusual influence for a singer, but as he's put his gritty baritone to work over the last couple decades.
Whenever I hear Kurt Elling, I'm reminded of firsts, the shock of the suddenly and compellingly new. His approach to a song is all that -- previously unexplored, unfamiliar.
What happens when your elegant entertainer goes off script and speaks mandarin directly to a Chinese delegation in the White House?
I promised myself some time ago I'd listen to every album that comes across my desk, and I do, all twenty or so a week these days. Some I admittedly skim, others keep me tuned in.