Jazz stars James Morrison and Kurt Elling team up for tour

Acclaimed jazz musicians Australian James Morrison, and America’s Kurt Elling are joining forces for an unforgettable show. The pair will be at the Perth Concert Hall on 9th May 2019.

The collaboration will see Elling and Morrison playing shows in Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and Sydney. Elling was last in Perth in 2018. Tour promoter Paul Chesher said seeing the two performers together was an exciting proposition.

“I’m thrilled and honoured to be presenting these world class jazz superstars together in Australia for the first time. Audiences are in for a real treat, expect an evening of superb musicianship and infectious stage chemistry. This is definitely one you do not want to miss!” Chesher said.

The tour comes on the back of a recording a very special live album at the iconic Birdland Jazz Club in New York.

Get ready to be mesmerized by renditions of your favourite jazz numbers and be entertained and enchanted by the brilliant showmanship and infectious energy of these gifted performers, with some of the best jazz musicians in the country, including the amazing New York based saxophonist, Troy Roberts.

Renowned globally as one of the finest jazz players of his generation, James Morrison is a not only a trumpet virtuoso, but the complete showman. James started playing professionally at age 13 and has a stellar professional career behind him: he has performed alongside the best jazz musicians of our generation and has had the privilege of performing for the President and First Lady of the United States. When asked about his extraordinary career, James declared, ‘This is just the warm-up!’.

Grammy winner Kurt Elling is among the world’s foremost jazz vocalists. He won the DownBeat Critics Poll for fourteen consecutive years and was named “Male Singer of the Year” by the Jazz Journalists Association on eight occasions. Grammy nominated over a dozen times, Elling has also been honored with international jazz awards, including the prestigious Edison Jazz Oeuvreprijs (Lifetime Achievement Award).

Elling’s rich baritone spans four octaves and features both astonishing technical mastery and emotional depth. When he chatted to OUTinPerth last year he told us his goal with each show is to sing the best he can.

“Man, I’m just trying my hardest to sing as well as I can.  Life is short. I believe in jazz as an idiom, as an artistic avenue. I try to be true to the people who have proceeded me and the example they have set.

“My favourite singers and musicians have never been accused of being easy on themselves, so as much as I can sing it, I’m going to do my best to sing it as well as I can.” Elling said.

Tour dates

Arts Centre Melbourne, Hamer Hall
Monday 6 May 2019 | 7:30pm
Bookings: Arts Centre Box Office 1300 182 183
or artscentremelbourne.com.au

QPAC Concert Hall, Brisbane
Tuesday 7 May 2019 | 7:30pm
Bookings: QPAC Box Office 136 246
or qpac.com.au

Adelaide Town Hall
Wednesday 8 May 2019 | 7:30pm
Bookings: Bass Box Office 131 246
or bass.net.au

Perth Concert Hall
Thursday 9 May 2019 | 7:30pm
Bookings: Perth Concert Hall Box Office 9231 9999
or perthconcerthall.com.au

Sydney Town Hall
Saturday 11 May 2019 | 7:30pm
Bookings: Ticketmaster 136 100
or ticketmaster.com.au