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Kurt Elling Has Shaken Up the Jazz World for Years – Now, See Him Live at the Folly Theater

This Saturday, see the man critics call the most daring jazz singer since his mid-1990s debut: Kurt Elling. Acclaimed for his sheer talent and undeniable style, Kurt Elling comes to the Folly Theater on March 9th for a show audiences won’t soon forget!

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 fourteen-year run atop the DownBeat Critics Poll, a dozen Grammy nominations, and eight Jazz Journalists Association awards for Male Singer of the Year.

Elling’s voice is instantly recognizable, embracing listeners with his warm, rich baritone and navigating the full span of his four-octave range as a virtuoso instrumentalist and compelling storyteller. Whether transforming timeless standards or crafting his own enthralling originals, Elling balances elegant lyricism and technical mastery with wry humor, emotional depth, and keen observations into the human condition.

Elling’s most recent release, The Questions, vividly exemplifies his ability to respond to the world around him with both urgent immediacy and a unique perspective. Co-produced by NEA Jazz Master and acclaimed saxophonist Branford Marsalis, the album searches for answers to the culture’s most divisive social, political and spiritual issues in the songs of Bob Dylan, Carla Bley and Leonard Bernstein, and the poetry of Rumi and Wallace Stevens. Elling had previously joined Marsalis and his long-running Quartet for 2016’s Grammy-nominated Upward Spiral, which All About Jazz hailed as “suffused with graciousness, beauty, and, on occasion, heartbreak.”

Tickets to witness Kurt Elling in concert range from $20 to $55 and may be purchased online. This event is part of the Folly Jazz Series. For more information about this event and available tickets, visit

Avenue 80 Apartments, providing the perfect balance of comfortable and convenient apartments in Overland Park, Kansas, is helping spread the word about this special event happening in our community! We believe it’s in your best interest to attend with family and friends!

Event Time/Date:
Saturday, March 9, 2019—8:00 PM

Event Venue Location:
The Folly Theater
300 West 12th Street

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