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All Quotes by author - Kurt Elling
" A lot of people are put off by the idea of scat singing. Either that or it's something to be made fun of. "
" A lot of the commercial world wants to bank in on the cachet that jazz brings. "
" As improvisers, we're acting as composers in front of people. "
" At a certain point, the graduate school thing didn't work out, and that meant I was liberated. "
" Audiences have taught me how to sing better and entertain better. "
" Chicago has a burly, action-oriented but still self-assured and relaxed confidence to its stride. The city has a lot of wide-open space and all the possibilities that suggests. There's a lot of horizontal grandeur here. "
" Chicago is my home. And the way Chicago sounds will always be a part of who I am. "
" Each of the CDs prior to 'Flirting With Twilight' were more like roller-coaster rides. "
" Every record is a gate of a certain kind for me. "
" Grammy nominations are certainly pleasant, but you can forget about them and lead a perfectly happy life - provided you have the approval of the musicians you work with. "
" I can't say New York's home, but I've made a lot of friends, and I'm developing a map of what cats are here and where they play, and as a singer, you're always looking for projects that tie things in emotionally and intuitively with your life. "
" I consider myself very fortunate. I have a beautiful wife who supports my work and is raising our daughter when I'm out on the road. "
" I couldn't do what I do without the encouragement and influence of the musicians I played with in Chicago. "
" I'd been studying philosophy at the University of Chicago. I hadn't been doing well, because I was sitting in with jazz musicians at night - it's hard to read Heidegger, but it's especially hard if you're half asleep. "
" I didn't arrive on the scene until after Jaco Pastorius had passed, but 'Three Views of a Secret' is a long-time favourite of mine. "
" I don't really have a more intellectualized approach. After the fact, I can sure talk about stuff a lot - but when I make decisions, I really just follow what sounds good to me. "
" I don't want to take it easy. "
" If I was going to sell out, I would do it for more than 10,000 records. "
" If you're going to be transparent, you're going to have to let the music come that wants to come. "
" If you start to dwell on your pain, the amount of pain will increase. "
" I had everything to gain by giving it everything I could. "
" I haven't been afraid of John Coltrane or Miles Davis or Bill Evans or Wayne Shorter or Herbie Hancock. Why would I be afraid of the Beatles? "
" I hope that I'm also maturing emotionally as a human being as things go on. "
" I hope to be at the top of my game when I'm 65 or 70. I don't want to reach my peak at 29. Not that I'm holding back anything, but there's a bunch of junk I don't know. "
" I know how hard it's been for me to get my thing out there. "
" I like the power and versatility of a big band and how an orchestra can vary the dynamics from very loud to very quiet, and SNJO covers those bases. "
" I listened to a lot of King Crimson back in the day. "
" I'm a goof, man. "
" I'm a guy who has more slapstick than Joe Cool moments in his day, so I'm not taking myself so seriously. "
" I'm a jazz musician, and I really wanted to not miss an opportunity to have the full connection to jazz. "
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