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    Posted: 12 Sep 2019 at 5:31am

Grammy-winning jazz vocalist Kurt Elling has announced he’s bringing his new radio drama project to the UK… a live words and music show called ‘The Big Blind’ telling the story of a young jazz singer in 1950’s Chicago who “faces the ultimate test”. It’s an all star cast of musicians for the project (which already debuted on Broadway in 2019) including Kurt himself, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Clarke Peters and our own Ian Shaw, along with the BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by Guy Barker.

The show is directed by Terry Kinney (actor, director, and founding member of Steppenwolf Theatre Company) and features new, original compositions by Elling and Galdston as well as lyric adaptations of songs by Duke Ellington, Wayne Shorter, Sammy Cahn, Joe Zawinul, Jimmy Van Heusen, Joe Jackson, and Jaco Pastorius. Kurt says it’s a “rollercoaster of a tale”.

It’s a one off UK performance at London’s Southbank Center on January 31st next year.

Tickets and details here https://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whats-on/131104-big-blind-2020

from www.jazzfm.com

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