About Gregory Porter
The buzz about Los Angeles-born and now Brooklyn-based jazz/soul vocalist Gregory Porter is a strong, steady murmur, fueled by a growing crowd of fans. Porter graced the cover of numerous magazines, including Jazz Inside, and France’s Jazz Magazine and L’Express, which lauded him as ”the next great voice in Jazz” and a recent cover feature of UK’s Jazz Wise, extolled his talents. Porter was also profiled in The Wall Street Journal, Jazz Times and the UK’s Echoes and Blues and Soul, and his most recent album Be Good was reviewed by some 50 online and print outlets around the world, including the Huffington Post, BBC, London Times, The Guardian, and Irish Times.
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. His objective as a songwriter, he says, is “to create a sincere message about my feelings on love, culture, family and our human joys and pain.” Some critics are inspired to comment on Porter as a new “king’ of jazz,” and a “leader of the pack,” and he has been compared to artists such as Joe Williams, Nat Cole, Donny Hathaway, and Marvin Gaye.
What Other People Have Been Saying...
“The next great male jazz singer”—NPR
“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