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.
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.
You should definitely go see Kurt. He’ll knock your socks off and then some.
I’m not really into jazz, plus I’m in DC. Just wanted to say welcome back. How was Spain?
i’m so mad that i didn’t see this post in time to invite myself with!!!
Hey betty u knw how i can get a copy of the sheet music to Nature Boy? Kurt Ellings version? any place i can download it? ru selling? I need it for my college recital…Thanks