Five-time Grammy nominee Kurt Elling returns to the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts bringing with him three of the greatest jazz vocalists of our time Jon Hendricks, Mark Murphy and Peter Eldridge on Friday, May 6, 2005 at 8:00pm. Loose, avant-garde and hip, these four legends infuse jazz standards with vocalese, scat and sheer exuberance, re-energizing jazz with risk-taking bravura. The Chicago Reader says, "This quartet represents not just the alpha and omega of male jazz singing, but the most impressive all-star vocal gathering of any kind in 40 years."
Kurt Elling has recorded five albums, each of which has a Grammy nomination for vocal jazz, an unprecedented feat. He is a much-requested performer through the United States, Canada, Australia, and Europe. Infusing his renditions with poetry from the Beats and adding a new dimension to the art of wordless improvising ("scat"), he has re-energized the flavor of jazz for a new generation. Elling returns to the Wilson Center after a solo show in the Wilson Center’s first season.
Jon Hendricks had perfected the art of "vocalese" by the late 50s, which the singer fits original lyrics to a previously recorded jazz solo. Joining with two other singers to form Lambert, Hendricks, and Ross, they continue to make converts to this day including well-known artists such as Barry Manilow, Joni Mitchell, and other pop stars.
It was Sammy Davis, Jr. who first discovered the young Mark Murphy in 1953 at a jam session in Murphy's hometown of Syracuse, New York. Impressed with Murphy's talent, Davis invited him to his show that night, where he asked Mark to join him on stage. Now a six-time Grammy nominee, Murphy has enjoyed a prolific 40-year recording career, with over 40 releases to date. 'He is arguably the best male jazz singer in the business,' declares Rex Reed. 'Mark Murphy is to jazz singing what Bobby Fisher is to chess.' The New York Post calls Murphy 'a hipster's hipster.'
The fourth ‘Brother,’ New York City native Peter Eldridge, combines all facets of his musical talents into an eclectic mix of performing, recording, composing, producing and teaching. He now has two solo CDs and has worked with such diverse and legendary artists as Bobby McFerrin, Nancy Wilson, David Byrne,and George Benson. Peter has been touring for 15 years with the Grammy award-winning vocal group he co-founded, New York Voices, and will join the group in a performance with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra in April, 2005.
Tickets are $45 adult, $41 students and seniors. Call the Box Office at (262) 781-9520.
The Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts is a privately funded, non-profit cultural arts center that offers performances by regional and touring groups, arts education and an art gallery with changing exhibits. Classes in art, dance, music and theater for all ages are provided by Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee Ballet School, Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, and First Stage Theater Academy. The Wilson Center for the Arts is nestled in Brookfield’s Mitchell Park, located just south of 198th & Capitol Drive. For information about the Wilson Center call (262)781-9470.