2 November 1967, Chicago, Illinois, USA. While still in school, Elling began singing as a chorister but at college took a serious interest in jazz. He developed a wide-ranging repertoire including ballads, standards and original material. During his formative years he also established a commanding stage presence and attracted the attention of Blue Note Records. Signed to this label, his debut album was heavily promoted and a simultaneous national tour brought Elling to a larger audience than is usually the case for new jazz singers. Ellings chief influences are instrumentalists rather than singers, notably Wayne Shorter and Keith Jarrett, although, like so many younger singers, he holds the veteran jazz singer Mark Murphy in especially high regard. The high profile enjoyed by Elling in the 90s has placed him in a strong position to be a major jazz artist of the twenty-first century. He was voted best vocalist in the 2002 DownBeat readers poll and the 2003...
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