As he was a friend of a friend (and Chicagoan, where I lived for more than 20 years), I have had loved the singing of Kurt Elling since nearly when he started singing in the Green Mill and other of jazz haunts in Chicago and had ample opportunities to catch him live. I first heard him sing at Andy's just after he signed at Blue Note and many times thereafter. His rich voice and the way he takes jazz singing in new directions while staying deeply rooted in the tradition has made him my favorite male jazz vocalist for years. However, I haven't had a chance to see him live since I moved here...until now.
Kurt Elling will be appearing on October 19th at the Eastman Theatre at 7:00 pm at the annual Jazz for the Park concert to benefit the Wilson Commencement Park. Elling is appearing with saxophonist Ernie Watts in a commemoration of another of my favorite albums, the incredible John Coltrane collaboration with singer Johnny Hartman (on which the classic Lush Life is my one of my favorite cuts). He will be joined by his regular trio, led by pianist Laurence Hobgood.
Tickets will go on sale next week on August 22nd. Regular tickets are $
22.5010.00 Preferred $ 32.5015.00, and Patron $85 (includes post concert reception). To order tickets call Ticketmaster at (585) 232-1900 or Wilson Commencement Park at 263-7938. Ticket prices dropped as of October 10, 2008.
Proceeds from Jazz for the Park enhance the programs and services at Wilson Commencement Park in Rochester. The Park has 50 townhouse apartments where single-parent families transition from poverty to self-sufficiency. Family support services help adults achieve personal and professional goals, while an accredited early learning center helps children achieve success in school and in life.