Gregory Porter plus support Overview

Southport Theatre & Convention Centre is thrilled to announce the award winning Jazz vocalist & songwriter Gregory Porterwill be performing for one night only on Sunday 16 November. Porter won the 2014 Grammy for best jazz vocal album, Liquid Spirit.

At the start of 2010, the buzz about Los Angeles-born and now Brooklyn-based jazz/soul vocalist Gregory Porter was a strong, steady murmur, fuelled by a growing crowd of fans who’d caught his performance in the Tony and Drama Desk Award-nominated Broadway hit, It Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues, or his weekly stints at the Harlem club, St. Nick’s Pub.

By the end of 2012, with his second CD, Be Good, having earned a Grammy®- nomination for Best Traditional R&B Performance, the buzz had built to a roar, with the incredible accolades showered on Porter showing no sign of decreasing either in volume or enthusiasm. As the year drew to a close, Porter’s music topped an extraordinary number of Best of 2012 lists in the US and the UK, including NPR’s Best Music of 2012 and 100 Favorite Songs of 2012; iTunes Jazz Album of the Year; and Soul Train’s Top 10 Albums of 2012. Be Good was also named Soul Tracks’ Album of the Year.

Based on the groundwork laid by the volume of positive critical and public response to his Best Jazz Vocal Grammy®-nominated debut CD, Water (2010), Be Good met out of the box success. The track Real Good Hands was selected by iTunes as its Single of the Week, propelling the track to the #1 position on iTunes jazz chart for several weeks, and sending it soaring into the Top 100 overall album chart the first week of release.

In the ten months since its release, Be Good ranked up an impressive showing on both US and international charts. In Billboard, the album reached #6 on the Jazz Album chart and #12 on the Heatseekers chart.

Be Good’s US chart success is mirrored around the globe. In the UK, it reached #2 on the Indie Album Breaker chart and #15 on the Official Indie Album Chart. In Germany, Be Good’s chart position is even more impressive, clocking in at #1 on Amazon’s jazz chart (and #20 on Amazon’s overall chart) for digital sales, #10 on the Amazon’s jazz chart for CD sales, and at #5 on the iTunes jazz chart (with Water sitting in the #10 slot on that chart at the same time.) In addition to its debut at #1 on the US iTunes chart, Be Good soared to the top slot on iTunes Jazz album chart in the UK and Norway and to #10 on Norway’s iTunes Top Album chart.

The international success of Be Good, supported by extensive touring throughout Europe resulted in the album being honoured with an Edison Award, the Dutch equivalent of a Grammy®

‘The next great male jazz singer’
NPR Music

‘Liquid Spirit is shot through with gospel, blues and R&B influences… the title track pairs soulful horns with a deep, enveloping bassline that frames the California native’s supple tenor.’
Wall Street Journal

‘Gregory Porter [is] a powerful baritone who writes his own songs… from a more ’70s or early ’80s-oriented place in the African-American jazz tradition, strong and sometimes experimental yet serenely unacademic, and mightily good.’
The New York Times

‘The Brooklyn-based singer with the rich baritone and the ever-present Kangol hat is on a mission to revive old-school musical values… Possessed of massive vocal power offset by a rich tone and delicate control, his interpretations flit between jazz and soul, with the finesse of the former and strength of the latter in equal measure.’

‘Porter fuses jazz and soul better than anybody working these days… We are only one month into 2012 and we may have already heard the album of the year. Very Highly Recommended.’
Soul Tracks

‘The ’70s soul is still quite apparent in his voice, with shades of Donny Hathaway and Bill Withers, but he’s also the vocal heir to Nat King Cole… a major talent, not just as a singer but also as a composer, with a unique, elliptical style, both for melodies and lyrics…’

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