Gregory Porter; Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
“…the brilliant new voice of jazz.” – Huffington Post
With a voice that can caress or confront, embrace or exhort, the Grammy-nominated Gregory Porter exhibits such an incredible degree of vocal mastery that Wynton Marsalis has gone on record to call him “a fantastic young singer.” Porter’s debut album Water flows with a sense of timelessness that reflects the seasoned talents of the giants of blues, gospel and soul that have influenced Porter throughout his career. Born in Los Angeles, but currently based out of Brooklyn, Porter has made the world his musical home and is thankfully spreading his soulful music throughout it.
At the start of 2010, the buzz about Porter was a strong, steady murmur, fueled by the release of Water (Motema). He also grew his fan base by performing in the Tony and Drama Desk Award-nominated Broadway hit, It Ain’t Nothin’ But The Blues. By the end of 2012, with his second album, Be Good (Motema), having earned a Grammy-nomination for Best Traditional R&B Performance, the buzz had turned into a roar.
The music of Gregory Porter is a gentle as a bedtime story, yet contains a vibrant cultural energy and deep, palpable soul. Even though he grew up a Californian, it’s easy to see how the influence of NYC and his residency at St. Nick’s Pub has rubbed off on Porter. As he puts it, “I feel that the spirit of the artists that came out of Harlem – from Duke Ellington to Langston Hughes – has so influenced my work.” Aside from the jazz poeticism influence, there’s an undeniable streak of 70s soul in the new record, that would not sound out of place on a Lou Rawls or a Chi-Lites record.
With Be Good having topped many 2012 year-end-best-of lists and cracked the top ten of the Billboard jazz charts, Porter has set out on the road, delivering unequivocally sincere performances to audiences across the United States and Europe. Press outlets such as NPR, The Wall Street Journal and the BBC have all profiled Porter and discussed, at length, what his music represents, though it is the singer himself who offers the clearest insight on what he wants his music to accomplish: “I try not to impose any particular perspective on the music. I want listeners to be affected each in his or her own way, and moved as much by what can be read in between the lines as what the lyrics say.”
DATE: Wednesday, June 19, 2013
PLACE: Kuumbwa Jazz Center
ADDRESS: 320 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
TIME: 7:00 PM
PRICE: $22/Adv $25/Door
TICKETS: Logos Books & Records, 1117 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz (831) 427-5100 and online at: http://www.kuumbwajazz.org
MORE INFO: http://www.kuumbwajazz.org or 831-427-2227
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