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SuperBlue KURT ELLING feat. CHARLIE HUNTER + guests
Friday, February 4 | 7:00 pm$39.75 – $59.75
ONE NIGHT ONLY – Members DISCOUNT show
PDX Jazz presents
KURT ELLING feat. CHARLIE HUNTER
Newmark Theatre | 6:30 Doors 7:00 Show
$39.75 – $59.75
Kurt Elling – Voice
Charlie Hunter – Hybrid Guitar
Kenny Banks Jr. – Keys
Corey Fonville – Drums
Grammy® winning vocalist KURT ELLING teams up with extraordinary guitarist, composer CHARLIE HUNTER in an unique collaboration for their album SuperBlue (Edition Records) – an album of indelible beats, roisterous funk and unforgettable new lyrics that boasts the talents of co-producer Charlie Hunter and two stars of the hip-hop generation: drummer Corey Fonville and bassist-keyboardist DJ Harrison (both of the genre-defying band Butcher Brown).
Elling has always been a master of grooves, ranging from bebop to pure pop and progressive jazz to neo-soul, but he’s never filled an album with grooves quite like these.
Thanks to newly sprung melody and lyrics from Elling, along with Hunter & co.’s fresh grooves, SuperBlue features all-new songs, innovative takes on compositions from jazz lions Wayne Shorter and Freddie Hubbard, and a raw and stripped-down treatment of “The Seed,” a still-dynamic, decades-old riff on immortality written by Cody Chestnutt. There is even a slamming new version of a Tom Waits tune.
With SuperBlue, Elling continues on this path of bold collaboration – within the confines of worldwide lockdown – to map out a strikingly new direction, on a project guaranteed to gain new listeners and stretch the ears of his devoted admirers.
KURT ELLING and CHARLIE HUNTER
Renowned for his singular combination of robust swing and poetic insight, Grammy® winner KURT ELLING has secured his place among the world’s foremost jazz vocalists. Declared “the standout male vocalist of our time” by The New York Times, Elling has garnered unprecedented accolades including a 14 year run atop the Downbeat Critics Poll; a dozen Grammy® nominations and 8 Jazz Journalists Association awards for “Male Singer of the Year.”
With a career spanning 16 years and almost 20 albums, CHARLIE HUNTER consistently ups his game as an innovative writer and bandleader. He has worked with the likes of Norah Jones, Mis Def, John Mayer, D’Angelo and countless others. He is widely considered the authority on the seven and eight string guitar, and continues to stun audiences with his ability to simultaneously bust out tasty bass parts, melodic leads and swinging rhythms.