Grammy winner Kurt Elling, a renowned artist of vocalese — the writing and performing of words over recorded improvised jazz solos — is performing with his band at 8 p.m. today in Winspear Hall at the Murchison Performing Arts Center.
The concert features original compositions and modern interpretations of standards. Elling recently released a new album, 1619 Broadway — The Brill Building Project, which honors and celebrates the local that the London Telegraph called “the most important generator of popular songs in the Western world.”
The album includes Elling’s interpretations and signature arrangements of songs like “On Broadway,” “A House Is Not A Home,” and “So Far Away,” according to a news release from the University of North Texas.
Each of Elling’s 10 albums have been nominated for a Grammy. The vocalist also has won every DownBeat Critics Poll for the past 13 years and has been named “Male Singer of the Year” by the Jazz Journalists Association eight times in that same span.
UNT students can receive free tickets to the performance by showing their IDs at the box office window of the performing arts center at 2100 Interstate 35E frontage road. Tickets are $30 with tickets for UNT staff, faculty and alumni association members at $15. Tickets may be purchased by calling the Murchison at 940-369-7802 or via the center’s website at www.theMPAC.com/tickets .
— Bj Lewis