Kurt Elling is considered one of the greatest jazz vocalists of our time; he has won a Grammy and has topped the polls of Downbeat and Jazz Journalists Association many times in recent years. The American singer melts away preconceived notions about Christmas; in his view Christmas is about universal themes such as hope, light, wonder and mystery. With this in mind he treats his audience with surprising variations on familiar melodies, and amazing improvisations. Kurt Elling’s Christmas album The Beautiful Day was received with great enthusiasm, with for example a five star review in British quality paper The Guardian. Kurt Elling is being praised for his virtuosity, his edgy lyrics to existing jazz solos, and for incorporating poetry in his music. For the second time he will appear at Muziekgebouw, in corporation with BIMHUIS where he has been performing since 2002.