The work and performance of vocalist Kurt Elling is challenging, cheeky and sometimes extravagant. But above all this American is a highly original artist with an excellent voice. He is an outstanding vocalist who understands the art of vocalese like no other. He is also uniquely able to perform his own lyrics while his accompanying band plays solos and improvisations. It is important for Elling to show respect for the music and its composer. He will only work with the utmost integrity. That this appreciated is demonstrated by the seven Grammy Award nominations he received before reaching the age of forty. Earlier this year, Elling won a Grammy for his album Dedicated to You. On the album he honors sax player John Coltrane and singer Johnny Hartman with his beautiful tenor.