Kurt Elling

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Birdland

315 W. 44th St.
New York, NY 10036

Category: Music Venues

Region: West 40s

Jazz’s leading male singer has theatricality in his vocal arsenal, but he seldom abuses it; his casual delivery helps him quickly befriend an audience. Both skills are in play on his latest disc, a nod to the Brill Building’s irrefutable art and extended aura. From Carole King to Burt Bacharach, he puts a personalized spin on some classics, testing the waters with phrasing, tempo, and harmony updates. He doesn’t touch “Shopping For Clothes,” though—best not to mess with royalty.
Jan. 8-11, 8:30 & 11 p.m., 2013
 
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