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Kurt Elling, Live From Newport

Kurt Elling performs at the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival.
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Kurt Elling performs at the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival.

Kurt Elling, Live In Concert: Newport Jazz 2012

August 7, 2012A classic male singer, Elling has an old-school vibe to everything from his mannered stage banter to his declamatory, full-chested delivery. He can do a lot with his voice, and he does it in front of a band featuring long-time collaborator Laurence Hobgood.

A classic male singer, Kurt Elling has an old-school vibe to everything from his mannered stage banter to his declamatory, full-chested delivery. But he isn't afraid to write brainy, twisty lyrics over an obscure jazz number, or take a pop song back to the drawing board. He can do a lot with his voice, you see, and the band featuring long-time collaborator Laurence Hobgood, a pianist, helps to set the stage.

Set List
  • "Come Fly With Me"
  • "Dedicated To You"
  • "Samurai Cowboy"
  • "On Broadway"
  • "Waking"
  • "Skylark"
  • "Golden Lady"
Personnel
  • Kurt Elling, voice
  • Laurence Hobgood, piano
  • John McLean, guitar
  • Clark Sommers, bass
  • Kendrick Scott, drums

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About The Festival

The Newport Jazz Festival, was founded by jazz pianist George Wein in 1954 as the first outdoor music festival of its kind devoted entirely to jazz, and is now universally acknowledged as the grandfather of all jazz festivals. For information on attending this year's Festival, visit their official website.

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