Kurt Elling's "The Big Blind"
About Kurt Elling's "The Big Blind"
"What becomes of an artist when his avenue of expression is violently eliminated?” Experience the world premiere of The Big Blind, a radio-style musical drama written by Kurt Elling and Phil Galdston, in which a young jazz singer faces the ultimate test. This unique passion project has been years in the making, and it’s like nothing Jazz at Lincoln Center has presented before.
Set in mid-20th century Chicago, this noir-inspired tale features an all-star cast including Kurt Elling, NEA Jazz Master songstress Dee Dee Bridgewater, renowned theater and screen actor Clarke Peters (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri; The Wire; Treme), and Ulysses Owens Jr.'s New Century Jazz Orchestra, arranged and conducted by Guy Barker, with additional special guests to be announced. The dramatic character roles were written with this extraordinary cast in mind, and a “Foley” sound artist will be on stage to create real-time effects ranging from footsteps and creaky doors to the fateful sound of breaking glass.