Crowned as ...."the next big male vocal jazz star" by Allmusic.com, Gregory Porter will celebrate the success of his Motéma Music debut CD, Water, at Dizzy's Club Coca Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center on November 15.
The show coincides with the release of the first video from the CD, for the song Illusion." Written and directed by the team of Loyd Porter and Shawn Peters, the video can be seen on the Motema channel on YouTube.
Released in May of 2010, Water has earned Porter incredible accolades from jazz and soul media. Warmth coats every line of Gregory Porter's intimate jazz and soul debut. Hints of Nat King Cole bleed through Porter's articulate phrasing, but the weight of Joe Williams and the spiritualism of Bill Withers resonates, too....Porter's conviction and traditionalism....delivers another refreshing, contemporary male jazz voice worth savoring." raved Creative Loafing Atlanta. The Urban Flux blog said, Porter's versatility is simply amazing...a graceful endeavor that mirrors the accomplishments of his predecessors with unrivaled artistry."
The Straight No Chaser blog said, Simply put, Gregory Porter may be our next great jazz singer." Echoing those sentiments was the BBC's Kevin LeGendre, who said, Gregory Porter has a voice and musicality to be reckoned with."
Still receiving significant airplay around the country, Water soared into the Top Ten on the Jazz Week radio chart only weeks after its May release.
Joining Porter at the November 15 show will be Chip Crawford on piano, Aaron James on bass, Emanuel Harold on drums, Curtis Taylor on trumpet and Alex Hon on saxophone. Porter will perform 2 sets, at 7:30 and at 9:30 PM.
The November 15 show is part of Dizzy's Monday Nights with WBGO series. Rhonda Hamilton, host of WBGO's Mid-day Jazz" show (http://www.wbgo.org/upstarts will host the 7:30 set, which will kick off with a Q&A session during which Porter will answer questions from the audience. Prior to the show, fans are invited to visit Jazz at Lincoln Center's Facebook page to submit questions and be entered to win a pair of tickets to the 7:30 set.
ABOUT GREGORY PORTER
Born in Los Angeles, raised in Bakersfield, and now living in the Bedford-Stuyvesant area of Brooklyn, Gregory Porter has made the world his musical home. A frequent guest performer with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Porter also maintains a long-standing residency at Harlem's venerable St. Nick's Pub, and performs internationally.
An accomplished musical theater performer, Porter played one of eight lead roles when the It Ain't Nothin' But the Blues" opened in Colorado at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, eventually following it to Off-Broadway and then Broadway theater, where the NY Times, in its 1999 rave review, mentioned Porter among the show's powerhouse line up of singers." It Ain't Nothin' But the Blues" went on to earn both Tony and Drama Desk Award nominations that year. This past summer, while Water was enjoying its freshman success, Porter could be found in the Chicago and West Palm Beach, Florida areas, performing in the ensemble cast of Low Down Dirty Blues. The Chicago Blues Guide singled him out in its review: ..."Porter...possesses a pitch perfect, strong, clear and melodious set of pipes."
For more information about Gregory Porter, visit his artist page on the Motéma website.