6/14/2006 09:55:00 AM|||Andy|||If you live in New York this week you are a lucky, lucky person. All week long is the New York City Jazz Festival. It's time to plunk down $40 on some of the best musicians you've ever heard - screw your binge-drinking or the down payment on those fancy shoes.
Last night I went to Birdland and saw Kurt Elling. Holy shit. This guy is everything that is right about music. He is hands down one of the best vocalists I have ever heard in my life. He's doing 2 sets a night (at 9 and 11) for the rest of the week through Saturday night. Tickets are $40 and if you show up early they'll get you a table right up front. If you're in the mood to have a drink or two (and you'd better be since there's a $10 minimum) and hear some AWESOME music, go check it out. They also serve dinner and though I just had some assorted fruits and cheeses they were fantastic.
You can probably show up tonight without making a reservation and just pay at your table, but I wouldn't recommend it for Thursday, Friday and Saturday. You can pre-buy the $40 cover online and check the schedules and performers here. If you're interested in Kurt Elling, just go check out his website.
Some of the highlights from the set I saw were Nature Boy, Never My Love, the first tune he did was awesome but I don't know the name of it, and then as a finale he sang a tune that he wrote the lyrics too called Time To Say Goodbye - it was just amazing.|||115029376837345808|||Kurt Elling6/14/2006 10:21:00 AM|||Betty|||I am a huge jazz VOCALIST fan. I have a great collection from the 40s and 50s. But not so much a fan of the instrumental. I had no idea about this. But I love Nature boy, I even have original sheet music to it.6/14/2006 12:33:00 PM|||Andy|||You should definitely go see Kurt. He'll knock your socks off and then some.6/14/2006 03:44:00 PM|||Ashburnite|||I'm not really into jazz, plus I'm in DC. Just wanted to say welcome back. How was Spain?6/19/2006 09:49:00 PM|||jazz|||i'm so mad that i didn't see this post in time to invite myself with!!!