Possessing a flexible, octave-skating baritone, Kurt Elling is among todays most-talented jazz singers. The Chicago native consistently tops the jazz-mag polls and has earned Grammy nods for damned near every album hes recorded although he didnt collect one until 2009s Dedicated to You, a tribute to John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman. But hes no traditionalist: The cat has interpreted everyone from Pat Metheny to the Guess Who, recited Walt Whitman, and written lyrics that delve into matters theologic and existential. On his new recording, The Gate, Elling puts his stamp on material by King Crimson, Joe Jackson, and Stevie Wonder. Certainly, the singers been well-served by longtime pianist Laurence Hobgood, who will anchor the quartet appearing with Elling at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Miniaci Performing Arts Center, 3100 Ray Ferrero Jr. Blvd., on the Nova campus in Davie. The season finale of the South Florida Jazz concert series costs $40, $15 for students. Call 954-462-0222, or visit southfloridajazz.org.
Sat., June 11, 8 p.m., 2011