Arts Commons Presents
Jack Singer Concert Hall
Thursday, June 23, 2022 at 7:30 PM
SuperBlue: Kurt Elling featuring Charlie Hunter
Referred to as “the standout male jazz vocalist of our time” by The New York Times and “a kind of Sinatra with superpowers,” by The Guardian, double GRAMMY Award-winning Kurt Elling is one of the world’s most prominent jazz vocalists with his theatrical performance style, rich baritone, and four-octave range. Renowned for his singular combination of robust swing and poetic insight, Elling has won three Prix du Jazz Vocal (France), two German Echo Awards, two Dutch Edison Awards, and has been nominated for a GRAMMY award fifteen times.
Joining Kurt Elling on stage, Charlie Hunter is widely considered the authority on the seven- and eight-string guitar and a renowned improvisor, ready to masterfully enchant with a melody or explode into a dynamic bass solo or swinging rhythm. Kurt Elling’s new collaboration with Charlie Hunter and the future groove band Butcher Brown, SuperBlue, serves up a torrent of indelible beats, roisterous funk, and unforgettable new lyrics.
Join Arts Commons Presents and the TD Jazz series as these two music masters match their skills on stage for an evening of pure jazz excellence in SuperBlue: Kurt Elling featuring Charlie Hunter.
“...the standout male jazz vocalist of our time” – The New York Times
“…one of jazz’s all-time great vocalists.” – The Guardian
“Elling combines authenticity with stunning originality.” – The Wall Street Journal
“…sheer vocal beauty. When it comes to expressiveness, technique and sheer beauty of voice, I can think of no male singer alive to equal Kurt Elling.” – The Guardian
Part of the TD Jazz series presented by Arts Commons Presents.
The Jack Singer Concert Hall in Arts Commons is described as one of the most beautiful and acoustically acclaimed venues in North America. Home of Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, BD&P World Stage, and TD Jazz, audiences are treated to some of the world's finest musical events. The hall also welcomes a spectrum of events each season from TED Talks to National Geographic Live speakers, wedding dinners on the stage to rock stars on tour.
Ideal for: Weddings, performances, meetings, graduation ceremonies, and corporate events
Capacity: 1797 – Theatre-style seating 150 – Formal dinner seating 200 – Cocktail reception
Lighting & A/V: Fully customizable lighting and A/V options
Stage: Stage measures 86' wide by 38' deep.
Accessibility: Theatre seating includes wheelchair accessible Seats
Named after Mr. Jack Singer ($1.5M contribution from his sons, Alan and Stephen Singer), the concert hall is also the home of the Carthy Organ donated by the Carthy Foundation in the amount of $750,000 in memory of Mrs. Margaret Mannix. Suspended high above the stage is a laminated, 185,000-pound (90-ton) spruce-wood acoustical canopy that can be raised or lowered to tune the hall according to the specific needs of each performer.
Over its 32 year life, Jack Singer Concert Hall has undergone many upgrades to ensure that it remains a state-of-the-art performance hall, including a new million dollar sound system with state-of-the-art hearing assistance in 2004, a complete replacement of all its analog sound boards in 2014, and the full replacement of all of its seats, in 2017.
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