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Oct. 21, 2008

Kurt Elling is back on Hancher's 2008-09 schedule

The planned Hancher Auditorium concert by jazz singer Kurt Elling looked like it was going to be a casualty of the June flood, but the University of Iowa auditorium staff has managed to get the show back on the 2008-09 schedule. Elling, along with saxophonist Ernie Watts, will perform "Dedicated to You: Kurt Elling Sings Coltrane/Hartman" at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, in the Englert Theatre.

The concert will revisit and reinterpret songs from 1963's collaboration between John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman, the saxophonist's sole collaboration with a vocalist and one of the most romantic albums ever recorded.

CD Review called Elling "the preeminent male jazz singer of our time," and he has been a multiple winner for Best Male Singer in both the downbeat and JazzTimes polls.

Grammy winner Watts' remarkably eclectic résumé runs the gamut from the Steely Dan, the Rolling Stones and Frank Zappa to Charlie Haden's Quartet West, Cannonball Adderley and the Buddy Rich Big Band.

Tickets for the Jan. 24 performance are now on sale at the Hancher box office.

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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500

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