Kurt Elling plays Scotland with the SNJO

Vocalist Kurt Elling will perform three nights with the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra this February, directed by Tommy Smith

In a rare appearance in Scotland, Kurt Elling, known for his four-octave baritone and flights of vocalese, will join the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra from 21 to 23 February for three performances in Perth, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Elling’s collaboration with the SNJO has been titled “Syntopicon” and will explore popular song through themes including “Love, Life and Joy”. Elling will add additional original lyrics to new arrangements by the SNJO, led by saxophonist Tommy Smith, with diverse compositions from Charles Mingus’s Duke Ellington’s Sound Of Love and Wayne Shorter’s Go to Paul Simon’s American Tune and West Side Story’s Somewhere.

Elling, who has been touring with his band led by pianist Laurence Hobgood since the 90s, has been nominated for 10 Grammy awards and won Best Vocal Jazz Album for Dedicated To You (2009). He has been called “the standout male vocalist of our time” by The New York Times, with the Washington Post adding that “since the mid-1990s, no singer in jazz has been as daring, dynamic or interesting as Kurt Elling.”

Syntopicon takes place at Perth Concert Hall on 21 February, Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh on 22 February and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow on 23 February. All concerts start at 7.30pm and also include a free pre-concert talk from Elling and Smith at 6.45pm.

Find out more and book tickets at the respective venues’ websites or visit snjo.co.uk.

Sally Evans-Darby

Photo by Anna Webber

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Posted by Patrick, 22 February 2014, 16:22 (1 of 1)

Perth Concert Hall, 21 feb, absolutely wonderful and what a great evening! Such great talent. Thanks!

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