Everyman Theatre @ 8:30pm
In the short fifteen months since Gregory Porter exploded onto the international music scene with his debut CD, Water, he has racked up a continuing stream of amazing accolades and awards.
Crowned as "the next big male vocal jazz star”, Gregory Porter was born in Los Angeles, raised in Bakersfield, and now lives in the Bedford-Stuyvesant area of Brooklyn. He got his start singing in small jazz clubs in San Diego, where he lived while at San Diego State University (which he attended on a football scholarship, as an outside linebacker, until a sidelined by a shoulder injury.)
Porter’s Water album on Motema Music garnered a ‘Best Jazz Vocal’ Grammy® nomination (a rare feat for a debut recording), rocketed to #1 on both iTunes and Amazon in the UK and soared onto an international array of year-end ‘Best Of’ lists for 2010 in several genres, and within a scant 15 months established him as a formidable international touring star.
A disarmingly sincere performer, with a groove that never quits, a voice of incredible virtuosity and a seemingly universal appeal as a songwriter, Porter’s lyrics often speak as dreams do, in the languages of image and emotion, to communicate thoroughly though not always directly.
Gregory is definitely the real deal and a revelation in terms of new male jazz singers. Don’t miss his Irish debut in Cork.
lineup: Gregory Porter (vocals), Chip Crawford (piano), Yosuke Sato (alto sax), Aaron James (bass) and Emanuel Harrold (drums)