With a rich, supple baritone that roams multiple octaves and negotiates jazz's nuances with sparkling originality and finesse, Chicago's Kurt Elling is arguably the finest contemporary male jazz vocalist. Soulful, intense, and classically hip, Elling is a scat and vocalese master, can swing with the best of them, and is a particularly poetic lyricist and idiosyncratic interpreter of widely eclectic material. His spanking new The Gate, produced by veteran studio ace Don Was, typically runs the gamut from Miles Davis to the Beatles via King Crimson, Stevie Wonder, and Duke Ellington, all gaining fresh dimension from Elling's unique insight. Here, Elling will be accompanied by longtime pianist/co-arranger Laurence Hobgood, guitarist John McLean, bassist Harish Raghavan, and drummer Ulysses Owens. $40 at 7 p.m.; $30 at 9:30 p.m.
Wednesdays, Thursdays. Starts: Feb. 9. Continues through Feb. 10, 2011