Jazz Concerts and Shows

Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra With Special Guest Kurt Elling
Wed, May 15

Kurt elling
One night only at the Jazz Standard, NYC
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Charlie Young – conductor & artistic director
Ken Kimery – drums, executive producer
Steve Williams, Bill Mulligan, Scott Silbert, Luis Hernandez, Leigh Pilzer – reeds
Liesl Whitaker, Tom Williams, Brian Macdonald, Kenny Rittenhouse – trumpets
Jennifer Krupa, Bill Holmes, Ben Polk – trombones
Tony Nalker – piano
James King – bass
Kurt Elling – voice

The quintessential melting pot, American society and culture have always been greatly impacted and in­fluenced by other cultures from around the world. Jazz music embodies this relationship, as it continues to be influenced by the diversity and traditions of international communities. In 1990 the U.S. Congress, recognizing the importance of jazz in American culture, authorized the establishment of the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra (SJMO) as the orchestra–in–residence at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. In 2019, the SJMO will undertake a major tour touching down in 10 cities around the world, in a series of concerts exploring the global history and evolution of jazz. For this very special Jazz Standard appearance, the SJMO welcomes special guest Kurt Elling – the GRAMMY Award winner and DownBeat’s “Male Singer of the Year” for 14 consecutive years who (in the words of The Washington Post) “has come to embody the creative spirit in jazz.” This one-of-a-kind concert experience will range from historic Duke Ellington charts from the Smithsonian archives to contemporary arrangements from singer Elling’s recent recordings.


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