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SuperBlue: Kurt Elling featuring Charlie Hunter + Special Guests

Grammy®-winning vocal sensation KURT ELLING teams with extraordinary guitarist, composer CHARLIE HUNTER in an unique collaboration for their album SuperBlue—an album of indelible beats, roisterous funk and unforgettable new lyrics that boasts the talents of co-producer Charlie Hunter and two stars of the hip-hop generation: drummer Corey Fonville and bassist-keyboardist DJ Harrison (both of the genre-defying band Butcher Brown).

Elling has always been a master of grooves, ranging from bebop to pure pop and progressive jazz to neo-soul, but he’s never filled an album with grooves quite like these.

Thanks to newly sprung melody and lyrics from Elling, along with Hunter & co.’s fresh grooves, SuperBlue features all-new songs, innovative takes on compositions from jazz lions Wayne Shorter and Freddie Hubbard, and a raw and stripped-down treatment of “The Seed,” a still-dynamic, decades-old riff on immortality written by Cody Chestnutt. There is even a slamming new version of a Tom Waits tune.

With SuperBlue, Elling continues on this path of bold collaboration—within the confines of worldwide lockdown—to map out a strikingly new direction, on a project guaranteed to gain new listeners and stretch the ears of his devoted admirers.

KURT ELLING and CHARLIE HUNTER

Renowned for his singular combination of robust swing and poetic insight, Grammy® winner KURT ELLING has secured his place among the world’s foremost jazz vocalists. Declared “the standout male vocalist of our time” by The New York Times, Elling has garnered unprecedented accolades including a 14 year run atop the Downbeat Critics Poll; a dozen Grammy® nominations and 8 Jazz Journalists Association awards for “Male Singer of the Year.”

With a career spanning 16 years and almost 20 albums, CHARLIE HUNTER consistently ups his game as an innovative writer and bandleader. He has worked with the likes of Norah Jones, Mis Def, John Mayer, D’Angelo and countless others. He is widely considered the authority on the seven and eight string guitar, and continues to stun audiences with his ability to simultaneously bust out tasty bass parts, melodic leads and swinging rhythms.

UPDATED COVID-19 ATTENDANCE POLICY

All ticket holders, regardless of age, are required to show proof of full COVID vaccination or a negative test result (within 72 hours) from a healthcare provider for entry into the theatre. “Fully vaccinated” means that ticket holders have received their final vaccination dose of either the two-dose regimen of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or one dose of Johnson & Johnson at least 14 days before your performance date. Be sure to have your ID with you as well.

Also, in accordance with state and local guidelines, face masks are required for entry. Masks must completely cover nose and mouth. Gaiters and bandanas are not acceptable. If wearing a face mask that does not comply with Metro policy, Portland’5 will provide a face mask for patrons. Masks must be worn at all times except while eating or drinking for brief periods. Prolonged periods of mask removal are not permitted for eating or drinking – masks must be worn between bites and sips.

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