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.
Where most jazz singers tour, Elling traverses the globe. His latest album, Passion World, just out on Blue Note records, maps Elling's peripatetic restlessness via songs from more than a half-dozen foreign countries.
"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.
As the year winds down and Fear No ART takes a break for the holidays, I wanted to bring you the funniest outtakes from all of our 2011 shoots. Enjoy these mess-ups, goofs, bloopers and laughs that are all usually edited out.
Who doesn't love listening to live jazz at The Green Mill? When jazz greats, such as Kurt Elling, take the stage, it is easy to understand why The Green Mill is often referred to as legendary.