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Kurt Elling


Renowned for his singular combination of robust swing and poetic insight, two-time Grammy winner Kurt Elling has secured his place among the world’s foremost jazz vocalists. The New York Times proclaimed him “the standout male vocalist of our time.” Over a 25-year career of touring and recording, Elling has won three French Prix du Jazz Vocal awards, two German Echo Awards, and two Dutch Edison Awards, and has been nominated for 15 Grammys. Elling had a 14-year run topping the DownBeat Critics and Readers polls and has won 12 Jazz Journalists Awards for “Male Vocalist of the Year.” His voice is instantly recognizable, and he is a virtuoso improvisor and a compelling storyteller. The Guardian (UK) named Elling “one of jazz’s all-time great vocalists.”  He has performed at MJF six times, including acting as Artist-in-Residence in 2006, and was the vocalist for the MJF on Tour All-Stars in 2009–10.