Gregory Porter

Gregory Porter

Gregory Porter

Wednesday, January 14, 7:00pm · 9:30pm
at SFJAZZ Center, Miner Auditorium

Gregory Porter
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Gregory Porter

A GRAMMY-winner for his smash 2013 release Liquid Spirit, Gregory Porter has quickly become one of jazz’s most important male vocalists, a soul-drenched singer at his best delivering his emotionally charged original songs. Following his first two GRAMMY-nominated albums, his sensational 2010 debut Water and follow-up Be Good, Porter made his Blue Note debut with the celebrated Liquid Spirit, his finest collection of songs and an album marked by his supple phrasing, sophisticated lyrics and tough but tender delivery. Raised in the hardscrabble city of Bakersfield, Porter grew up with seven siblings who all sang and worked in their mother’s skid row mission. He attended San Diego State on a football scholarship, but after an injury he spent more time on the bandstand collaborating with top Southern California jazz artists than on the gridiron. A chance encounter led to Porter’s recording debut on Hubert Laws Remembers the Unforgettable Nat King Cole, a 1998 album that earned him an audition for the Broadway-bound musical It Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues. Growing up around rollicking tent revivals offered ideal training for a revue tracing the history of the blues, and he got the gig. Porter brings the same soul-stirring authority to jazz settings, revealing powerful truths with heart and grace.

Artist Personnel

Gregory Porter vocals
Yohsuke Satoh alto saxophone
Chip Crawford piano
Aaron James bass
Emanuel Harrold drums

Artist Website

"The brilliant new voice of jazz. " — The Huffington Post
"His sturdy baritone and sure projection make him a natural belter, but he knows how to sidle up to a melody, working quietly with tension and release. " — The New York Times

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