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Kurt Elling

American jazz singer and songwriter

Kurt Elling

American jazz singer and songwriter
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birthday
2nd
November, 1967
Birth Place
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Birth Sign
scorpio
Biography

Kurt Elling (born November 2, 1967) is an American jazz singer and songwriter.
Born in Chicago, Illinois, and raised in Rockford, Elling became interested in music through his father, who was Kapellmeister at a Lutheran church. He sang in choirs and played musical instruments. He encountered jazz while a student at Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota. After college, he enrolled in the University of Chicago Divinity School, but he left one credit short of a degree to pursue a career as a jazz vocalist.
Elling began to perform around Chicago, scat singing and improvising his lyrics. He recorded a demo in the early 1990s and was signed by Blue Note. He has been nominated for ten Grammy Awards, winning Best Vocal Jazz Album for Dedicated to You (2009) and Secrets Are the Best Stories (2021). Elling often leads the Down Beat magazine Critics’ Poll. He had a longtime collaboration with pianist Laurence Hobgood, leading a quartet that toured throughout the world.

Genres

Jazz

Labels

Blue Note, Naim, Concord Jazz, Cuneiform, Okeh

Occupations

Singer, composer

Website
Years Active

1995 present

Name

Kurt Elling

Nationality

United States of America

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