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Wangaratta announces 2010 line up

Kurt Elling
Jul 27, 2010 Updated Oct 26, 2010

Kurt Elling heads the list of jazz performers heading to Wangaratta for the festival's 21st birthday. See the full line-up here.

The Grammy Award-winning US vocalist will return to The Wangaratta Festival of Jazz this October, 12 years after first performing at the event.

The festival's artistic director, Adrian Jackson spoke about the decision to invite Elling:

"One of the great things about this Festival is that we've been able to invite many international artists here who aren't necessarily well-known in this part of the world, and that was the case when Kurt came here in 1998. He made a huge impression. Audiences loved him, critics and musicians saw that he was the real deal, and he has since toured Australia regularly, winning more fans with every tour."

Other international artists to appear at this year's festival include:
- US saxophonist Oliver Lake (World Saxophone Quartet)
- Vocalist Sara Serpa (Portugal)
- Saxophonist Yuri Honing (Holland)
- Swedish Jazz Kings
- Aaron Choulai (Melbourne/Tokyo)

Aussies to take the stage include:
- James Morrison (with James Muller/Phil Stack)
- Mike Nock, New Quintet
- Andrea Keller Quartet
- Joe Chindamo Trio
- Bernie McGann Quartet
- Allan Browne Quintet
- Kristin Berardi/James Sherlock
- The Dilworths

Plus there's the finals of the National Jazz Awards, held each year at Wangaratta, which will feature brass players in 2010.

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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On Jul 27, 2010. 11:47am
Sigi Gabrie said

Go Kurt - I'm coming to Wangaratta!

On Aug 6, 2010. 12:51pm
Eamonn W said

The local contingent is worth the price of admmission alone. Kurt and the rest of the blow ins are just icing on the cake.

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