THE DAVE ELLIS QUINTET AT FILOLI JAZZ IN CALIFORNIA
The Bay Area shares a top talent with JazzSet. His CD State of Mind won Outstanding Jazz Album in the 2004 California Music Awards. Ellis also won the 2003 San Francisco Weekly Music Awards for Best Jazz Artist. Dave Ellis's music is "a superb example of today's small jazz combo," says Bud Spangler, producer of the Filoli Jazz series.
On Marian McPartland Piano Jazz, Sunday, July 17th, 7:00 p.m.
Composer, poet, and vocalist Kurt Elling sets a new standard in jazz singing. He sings in a complex, commanding baritone, a richly grained voice with honeyed highlights, fusing his two personas: the poet and the musician. There are scat solos amidst the tender lyrics, stirring originals and unexpected arrangements of some familiar tunes.