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GREGORY PORTER TO MAKE U.S. TV DEBUT ON NBC “TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO” ON SEPT. 27

Gregory Porter—who ESQUIRE called “America’s Next Great Jazz Singer”—will make his U.S. television debut this Friday, September 27 when he performs the title track of his stunning Blue Note debut Liquid Spirit on the NBC Tonight Show With Jay Leno. Watch the “Liquid Spirit” music video here.

Liquid Spirit was released last week to wide acclaim with iTunes naming it an “Editor’s Choice” while Gregory was featured by outlets such as NPR All Things Considered and The New York Times who called Liquid Spirit “soulful and assured,” adding that “Mr. Porter is a jazz singer of thrilling presence, a booming baritone with a gift for earthy refinement and soaring uplift.” Gregory is also featured on the cover of this month’s DownBeat magazine.

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GREGORY PORTER RELEASES “LIQUID SPIRIT” VIDEO; ANNOUNCES FALL TOUR DATES

GRAMMY-nominated jazz and soul singer Gregory Porter has just released the music video for “Liquid Spirit,” the title track of his impressive Blue Note debut, which will be released in the U.S. on September 17. Porter has also announced Fall tour dates in support of the new album including appearances in Los Angeles at the El Rey Theatre on September 25 and two New York City shows at Le Poisson Rouge in Manhattan on October 24 and Littlefield in Brooklyn on October 26. See below for a full list of tour dates.

NPR Music recently called Porter “the next great male jazz singer,” while The Wall Street Journal wrote “Liquid Spirit is shot through with gospel, blues and R&B influences,” adding that “the title track pairs soulful horns with a deep, enveloping bassline that frames the California native’s supple tenor.” The New York Times reviewer Ben Ratliff was at Porter’s triumphant debut appearance at this year’s Newport Jazz Festival and wrote that he is “a powerful baritone who writes his own songs,” describing his style as coming “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 UK’s influential music magazine MOJO awarded Liquid Spirit 4-stars in a review that raved about Porter’s “massive vocal power offset by a rich tone and delicate control,” and declared that “the Brooklyn-based singer with the rich baritone and the ever-present Kangol hat is on a mission to revive old-school musical values.”

Liquid Spirit – which is currently available for pre-order on iTunes and Amazon – is further justification for Porter’s quick ascent into the top ranks of jazz and R&B singers today. It features 3 covers and 11 new originals which showcase Porter’s innate gift for writing poignant songs based upon personal experiences with a relatable and emotional immediacy. Porter sees the album as a logical progression in his burgeoning discography as it touches on some of the same themes, particularly the highs and lows of romance, his childhood, and socio-political observations. More pointedly, he views the title track, a rousing, hand-clapping gospel-jazz romp, dealing with replenishing “thirsty” listeners with more substantial music, as the flipside to last year’s “Bling Bling,” a blistering song on his previous album Be Good on which the protagonist had so many artistic gifts to give but no one to give them to. Similar sentiments occur on “Musical Genocide,” on which Porter declares his refusal of accepting the insistent squashing of quality, diverse music and culture by a mainstream in favor of disposable, homogenized pap.

In part, these songs are based upon Porter’s reflections on new fans, worldwide, who come to him saying, “Where have you been?” or “How come I’ve never heard you before.” “Not saying that I am ‘what is,’ Porter says, “But I think maybe what I’m doing is what people actually want to hear. There are some people who want that liquid spirit – a soulful, thoughtful sound – and they haven’t been getting it.”

 

GREGORY PORTER – FALL TOUR DATES

Sept. 5 – Blue Note Nagoya – Nagoya, Japan

Sept. 6 – Blue Note Tokyo – Tokyo, Japan

Sept. 11 – Cabaret Sauvage – Paris, France

Sept. 12 – Espace Ligeria – Montlouis-sur-Loire, France

Sept. 13 – Grande Halle de La Villette – Paris, France

Sept. 14 – Blue Note Milan – Milan, Italy

Sept. 16 – Kulturfestival Kunstflecken – Neumunster, Germany

Sept. 20 – Monterey Jazz Festival – Monterey, CA

Sept. 21 – Russian River Jazz & Blues Festival – Guerneville, CA

Sept. 22 – Yoshi’s – Oakland, CA

Sept. 25 – El Rey Theatre – Los Angeles, CA

Sept. 28 – Robert Ferst Center for the Arts – Atlanta, CA

Oct. 9 – Centro Cultural de Belem – Lisbon, Portugal

Oct. 11 – Casa Da Musica – Porto, Portugal

Oct. 12 – So What’s Next Festival – Eindhoven, Holland

Oct. 13 – Main Hall De Doelen – Rotterdam, Holland

Oct. 14 – Concertgebouw – Amsterdam, Holland

Oct. 15 – De Oosterpoort – Groningen, Holland

Oct. 16 – Concert De Vereeniging – Nijmegen, Holland

Oct. 18 – El Mediator / Theatre De L’archipel – Perignan, France

Oct. 19 – Theatre Ollioules – Chateau Vallon, France

Oct. 20 – Salle du Vigean A Eysines – Eysines, France

Oct. 21 – Cave Cooperative de Bouillargues – Nimes, France

Oct. 24 – Le Poisson Rouge – New York, NY

Oct. 25 – Miami Nice Jazz Festival – Miami, FL

Oct. 26 – Littlefield – Brooklyn, NY

Oct. 27 – Shea Center for the Performing Arts – Wayne, NJ

Oct. 30 – Royal Albert Hall – London, England

Nov. 1 – Art Across Campus Legends of Jazz Series – Syracuse, NY

Nov. 14 – Kulturzentrum Kammgarn – Kaiserslautern, Germany

Nov. 15 – Circus Krone – Munich, Germany

Nov. 16 – Konzerthaus Dortmund – Dortmund, Germany

Nov. 18 – Stadthalle – Heidelberg, Germany

Nov. 19 – Alte Oper – Frankfurt, Germany

Nov. 20 – Theater Am Aegi – Hannover, Germany

Nov. 21 – Kammermusiksaal – Berlin, Germany

Nov. 23 – Laeiszhalle – Hamburg, Germany

Nov. 24 – Die Glocke – Bremen, Germany

Nov. 25 – Tonhalle Dusseldorf – Dusseldorf, Germany

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GREGORY PORTER SET TO RELEASE BLUE NOTE DEBUT “LIQUID SPIRIT” IN SEPTEMBER 2013

Blue Note Records has announced a September 2013 release for Liquid Spirit, the remarkable major label debut from GRAMMY-nominated jazz and soul singer Gregory Porter. The 14-track album is further justification for Porter’s quick ascent into the top ranks of jazz and R&B singers today, and it also features 10 new originals which showcase Porter’s innate gift for writing poignant songs based upon personal experiences with a relatable and emotional immediacy. Also included is a stirring rendition of the jazz standard “I Fall In Love Too Easily,” as well as covers of Abbey Lincoln’s “Lonesome Lover” and Ramsey Lewis’ hit “The ‘In’ Crowd.”

“I firmly consider myself a jazz singer but I enjoy blues, southern soul, and gospel,” says Porter. “Those elements make their way inside my music. And I’ve always heard them in jazz.” Indeed, Porter wields one of the most captivating baritone voices in music today. It emits enormous soul that conveys both the emotions and intellect of any given song without relying on vocal histrionics. In The New York Times, Nate Chinen wrote: “Gregory Porter has most of what you want in a male jazz singer, and maybe a thing or two you didn’t know you wanted.” Jazz singer Dee Dee Bridgewater praised Porter in the pages of JazzTimes by saying, “We haven’t had a male singer like him in a long time. He’s such a wonderful writer. He’s a story teller.”

On Liquid Spirit, Porter retains the same core musicians that accompanied him on his previous two albums – pianist and music director, Chip Crawford, drummer Emanuel Harrold, bassist Aaron James, alto saxophonist Yosuke Sato, and tenor saxophonist Tivon Pennicott. On a few selections, Porter complements that ensemble with trumpeter Curtis Taylor, and organist Glenn Patscha. Producer Brian Bacchus also returns, as well as arranger and associate producer Kamau Kenyatta.

Porter sees Liquid Spirit as a logical progression in his burgeoning discography as it touches on some of the same themes, particularly the highs and lows of romance, his childhood, and socio-political observations. More pointedly, he views the title-track, a rousing, hand-clapping gospel-jazz romp, dealing with replenishing “thirsty” listeners with more substantial music, as the flipside to last year’s “Bling Bling,” a blistering song on his previous album Be Good on which the protagonist had so many artistic gifts to give but no one to give them to. Similar sentiments occur on “Musical Genocide,” on which Crawford hammers a dark rhythmic figure against James’ bluesy bass accompaniment as Porter declares his refusal of accepting the insistent squashing of quality, diverse music and culture by a mainstream in favor of disposable, homogenized pap.

In part, these songs are based upon Porter’s reflections on new fans, worldwide, who come to him saying, “Where have you been?” or “How come I’ve never heard you before.” “Not saying that I am ‘what is,’ Porter says, “But I think maybe what I’m doing is what people actually want to hear. There are some people who want that liquid spirit – a soulful, thoughtful sound – and they haven’t been getting it.”

The track listing for Liquid Spirit is as follows:

1. No Love Dying (Gregory Porter)
2. Liquid Spirit (Porter)
3. Lonesome Lover (Abbey Lincoln/Max Roach)
4. Water Under Bridges (Porter)
5. Hey Laura (Porter)
6. Musical Genocide (Porter)
7. Wolfcry (Porter)
8. Free (Gregory Porter/Zak Najor)
9. Brown Grass (Porter)
10. Wind Song (Porter)
11. The “In” Crowd (Ramsey Lewis/Billy Page)
12. Movin’ (Porter)
13. When Love Was King (Porter)
14. I Fall In Love Too Easily (Sammy Cahn/Jule Styne)

 

 

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Gregory Porter “Liquid Spirit” EPK

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Gregory Porter: A Lion In The Subway: NPR Music Field Recordings

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Gregory Porter’s “Real Good Hands” Grammy Nominated For Best Traditional R&B Performance!

Phenomenal soul/jazz singer Gregory Porter’s “Real Good Hands” off his dynamite Motéma Music release Be Good, has received a Best Traditional R&B Performance nomination for the 55th Annual Grammy® Awards, broadcasting live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, February 10, 2013. This marks Porter’s second Grammy nomination. His first was in the Best Jazz Vocal Album category for Water, his breakthrough debut album (a rare feat), which was released in 2010 and featured the international hit “1960 What?”.

“Porter fuses jazz and soul better than anybody working these days…Very Highly Recommended.” -Soul Tracks

“Gregory Porter is…not only a powerful new voice in jazz, but…undoubtedly the real deal with unbridled staying power in the realm of pop, soul and gospel as well.” -The Urban Flux

The heavily buzzed Be Good has surpassed expectations of fans and critics alike, many of who hail it as even better than the critically acclaimed Water. Writes All About Jazz, “If Water heralded the arrival of the next big name in vocal jazz, then Be Good makes it clear that Porter still has plenty to say”. On “Real Good Hands” Porter speaks from the heart as the soulful spirit of the ’70s, epitomized by such artists as Lou Rawls and the Chi Lights, echoes forth in style.

Be Good debuted at #1 on the iTunes Jazz Album Chart in both the U.S., U.K. and Norway, and climbed to #6 on the Billboard Jazz Album Chart. Porter made history when iTunes selected “Real Good Hands” as it’s first song by a jazz artist to be featured as the Single of The Week. Following this Starbucks featured “On My Way to Harlem” as its Pick of The Week and Porter’s visage began cropping up on magazine covers internationally. Porter has spent much of the year traveling the world from venue to festival in support of the album, packing rooms at every stop on the way. Needless to say its been an incredible ride and an incredible year!

Motéma Music congratulates Gregory Porter on his nomination, his achievements thus far and the many good things that surely will continue to come his way!

he’s really a soul singer with an acoustic jazz combo backing; a legitimate heir to Lou Rawls.”- Something Else

 

“One of my favorite cuts on the album is the Bill Withers-esque “Real Good Hands,” a slice of classic-sounding ’70′s soul music..” -SoulBounce

 

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Gregory Porter On My Way To Harlem

On My Way To Harlem Selected As The Pick Of The Week On Starbucks Digital Network

Gregory Porter On My Way To Harlem

“On My Way To Harlem,” another stand out track from Grammy®-nominated vocalist Gregory Porter’s album, Be Good, has been selected as the Pick of the Week on the Starbucks Digital Network for the week beginning March 27.

Visitors who sign on to use the free WiFi at any Starbucks store are automatically directed to the Starbucks Digital Network, where they can listen to and download the track for free.

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Gregory Launches Video For Be Good!

Shot entirely on location in Baltimore, Maryland, director Pierre Bennu visually compliments Porter’s intense lyrics and smooth, soulful vocals with vibrant colors and whimsical storytelling, and sets it all against Charm City’s unique backdrop. As two lovers traverse their everyday lives amidst the mundane, Bennu draws on the power of everyday magic, the fear of loss, and the yearning for love in what he calls a “lullaby for your inner child.”

“The dance of love is something that can be done alone but it is also fun with somebody else,” says Bennu. “I wanted to show two characters; one who was so busy dancing alone, never looking to have a partner… and another so desperate for love that he would do whatever it took to get it. What that character finally realizes is that all he needed to offer forth was himself.”

To compliment his artistic vision, Bennu tapped the talents of Baltimore-based multidisciplinary visual artist Dirk Joseph, whose ‘magical props’ add significantly to the video’s playful and enchanting sensibility.

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1960 What? Remixes Now Available!

3 amazing remixes are now available for the track “1960 What?” After a spontaneous soulful house remix by Opolopo (the “kick and bass rerub”) surfaced on the internet, we decided to enlist him along with a couple of other producers, to do an official remix EP. Opolopo’s track has been getting love from blogs and DJs internationally, including airplay on the UK’s Jazz FM. Also representing on the EP is Peter McEvilley, the LA-based producer and electronic music artist who works as Peas, and who contributed a House mix, and the founder of Amsterdam’s Wicked Jazz Sounds music collective, Phil Horneman, who has contributed a Wicked Jazz Sounds radio edit. Take a listen!

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