Commanding Singers Gregory Porter and Kurt Elling

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Kurt Elling has been the dominant male vocalist in jazz for the past 20 years, winning the Down Beat Critics Poll from 2000-2013. Gregory Porter released his first record in 2010 and was recognized in the same poll as a rising star in 2013. He won the critics poll in five of the past seven years, with Elling being recognized in 2018 and 2019. For fans of jazz singing, the regular releases from these two singers are annual highlights. Like all great jazz singers, they both thrive in the company of excellent players including Branford Marsalis, rising stars Tivon Pennicott, Marquis Hill and Keyon Harrold, and established pianists like Laurence Hobgood, Christian Sands, Joey Calderazzo and Gary Versace. Recent projects from Kurt Elling and Gregory Porter in this hour of Jazz at 100 Today!


  • Host Intro 0:00
  • Kurt Elling Trio "Samurai Cowboy" from The Gate (Concord Music) 3:40
  • Kurt Elling Quintet "Come Fly With Me" from 1619 Broadway The Brill Building Project (Concord Music) 6:59
  • Kurt Elling Quintet with Sara Gazarek "Você Já Foi à Bahia?" from Passion World (Concord Music) 13:16
  • Host speaks 15:33
  • Branford Marsalis Quartet with Kurt Elling "Doxy" from Upward Spiral (Okeh) 17:50
  • Kurt Elling Septet "Lonely Town" from The Questions (Okeh) 21:38
  • Host speaks 28:25
  • Gregory Porter Octet "Black Nile" from Water (Motema) 29:44
  • Gregory Porter Septet "Work Song" from Be Good (Motema) 34:35
  • Host speaks 41:02
  • Gregory Porter Septet "Movin'" from Liquid Spirit (Blue Note) 43:34
  • Gregory Porter Nonet "Holding On" from Take Me to the Alley (Blue Note) 48:18
  • Gregory Porter Quartet with Orchestra "Nature Boy" from Nat "King" Cole & Me (Blue Note) 53:17
  • Host Outro 57:04

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