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Kurt Elling

The Wangaratta Jazz Festival is on again with a huge line up and major celebrations as the Festival hits its 21st year.

Headlining is Grammy Award winning singer Kurt Elling, who first performed at the Festival in 1998 on his first trip to Australia.

"I'm sure the audiences will be delighted to see him at Wangaratta, which is the only place he will perform in Victoria on this tour,” said the Festival's artistic director, Adrian Jackson. “I suspect that Kurt will be surprised to see how much bigger the festival has become over the last twelve years, and I'm sure he will enjoy performing in the new Wangaratta Performing Arts Centre Theatre, which we used for the first time last year."

Other artists performing include: US saxophonist Oliver Lake with his Organ Quartet featuring organist Jared Gold, trumpeter Russell Gunn and drummer Chris Beck; Portugese vocalist Sara Serpa with guitarist Andre Matos and a rhythm section led by pianist Aaron Choulai; Belgian pianist Jef Neve with his Trio; Dutch saxophonist Yuri Honing with his Quartet; the Swedish Jazz Kings co-led by clarinetist Tomas Ornberg and trumpeter Bent Persson and featuring British trombonist Roy Williams; Melbourne pianist Aaron Choulai who is now based in Tokyo leading his new Japanese Quintet Sisia Natuna; James Morrison, with guitarist James Muller and bassist Phil Stack (both former National Jazz Awards winners); the Mike Nock Quintet; the Andrea Keller Quartet performing with guests including Bernie McGann and Phil Slater; the Joe Chindamo Trio; the Bernie McGann Quartet; the Allan Browne Quintet with a suite inspired by the poetry of Artur Rimbaud (Une Saison En Enfer); the Stu Hunter Quartet; the Jonathan Zwartz Ensemble; Kristin Berardi in a duo with guitarist James Sherlock; Perth-based composer-arranger Johannes Luebbers with his Dectet; Geoff Bull with his Olympia Jazz Band; Lloyd Swanton with The Catholics; the Sarah McKenzie Sextet; and The Dilworths.

Ten of Australia's leading trumpeters and trombonists will feature in the the National Jazz Awards, this year featuring brass instruments.  The final of the Awards will be broadcast once again on Jazztrack right here on ABC Jazz and on ABC Classic FM from 5pm (AEST) on Sunday October 31.

The Blues Marquee will host a great lineup of Australian talent including: Diesel; The Backsliders; Dutch Tilders; Ray Beadle; Continental' Robert Susz with his Continental Blues Party; Jimi Hocking; Nick Charles and Anni Piper.

Artist Biography


Kurt Elling (born November 2, 1967) is an American jazz vocalist, composer, lyricist and vocalese performer. Born in Chicago, Illinois, and raised in Rockford, Elling first became interested in music through his father, who was Kapellmeister at a Lutheran church. Growing up, Elling sang in choirs and played various musical instruments, but was not exposed to jazz until he attended Gustavus...

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