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Gregory performs at Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park, London

Gregory performed at BBC Radio 2 Live In Hyde Park 2014 – watch clips and see photos here:

http://bbc.in/1AQXprV

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Gregory will be headlining the iTunes Festival on Sept 17th!

We are very excited to announce that Gregory will be headlining this years iTunes Festival on September 17th! The iTunes Festival runs throughout September, bringing acts from all over the world to the Roundhouse, London.

UK residents can apply to win tickets now at itunes.com/festival.
Not in the UK? Don’t worry – you can watch the show live or for a limited time afterward FREE on iTunes! 

Go to itunes.com/festival  for more information

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Watch the brand new video for The ‘In’ Crowd now!

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Gregory performs at BBC Proms: Battle Of The Bands

Friday 8 August
Royal Albert Hall

Gregory joins leading jazz singer Clare Teal as she presents a Late Night Prom with a difference as we are transported back to the swing era of the 1930s and 1940s with two of the greatest bands of the day, led at the time by Count Basie and Duke Ellington. With selections including Jumpin’ at the Woodside and It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing), and culminating in a bespoke ‘Battle Royal’, the roof will surely be raised as these giants of jazz do battle for the approval of the audience.

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Clare Teal singer/presenter
Gregory Porter singer

Count Pearson Proms Band - James Pearson conductor, Proms debut artist

Duke Windsor Proms Band - Grant Windsor conductor, Proms debut artist

 Watch ‘Count Basie: Going To Chicago Blues’ below:

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Stevie Wonder joins Gregory on stage to perform ‘Free’

Stevie Wonder joined Gregory on stage for a surprise performance at the Copenhagen Jazz Festival – watch them perform Free together!

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Gregory Launches Video For “Hey Laura”!

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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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