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Gregory Porter

Gregory Porter discovered the music of Nat King Cole through his mother. At the age of five he wrote a song called “Once Upon A Time, I Had A Dreamboat” and recorded it onto a tape. When his mother returned home from work and heard it, she exclaimed in amazement "Boy, you sound like Nat King Cole." From that moment on, Gregory had a desire to know more about this man and his music, and spent hours playing his mother’s old Cole records on his plastic Playskool record player. Since then, Gregory's passion and commitment to expressing himself through music has remained strong, and he has developed a distinct style that ranges from jazz, funk, R&B, blues and gospel—one that is soulful while still maintaining the elegance he learned from his earlier influences.

Currently, Gregory has developed a show that is a tribute to the music and memory of Nat Cole. Through song and narration, the listener is invited into the life of Nat’s music and how it moved the life of this young boy. He is also an original cast member of the four-time Tony nominated Broadway Musical, "It Ain't Nothin' but the Blues" and has performed in the national tour of the Broadway musical, "The Civil War."

Additionally, Gregory has performed on national television shows such as "Late Night with David Letterman," "The Rosie O’Donnell Show," and “The Today Show." More recently, in 2006, he performed at the Rose Hall with Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra.

Gregory has recorded with the world-renowned flautist Hubert Laws, collaborating on Cole's hit, "Smile," on the album Hubert Laws Remembers the Unforgettable Nat King Cole. He has also worked with Hubert’s brother and sister, Ronnie and Debra Laws, on a song called "Journey" that receives regular airplay on jazz stations. As well as collaborating with other artists, Gregory also recorded a solo jazz and soul project, Water Under Bridges, that is well received by his audience.

In addition to frequent performances at venues in New York City, Gregory has recently toured internationally in Russia, Ukraine and South Africa, spreading his music to thousands. Keep listening for this talented young man; he has much more in store. Gregory's new CD Water will be released by Motema Music on May 11.


Michele Thomas
voice / vocals
Laila Biali
piano and vocals
Mercedes Nicole
voice / vocals
Stockholm Voices
voice / vocals
Beth Duncan
voice / vocals
Jean Lenke
voice / vocals
Mary Cross
voice / vocals
Katerina Brown
voice / vocals
Nadine Axisa
voice / vocals
Emily J Andros
voice / vocals
Mary Cross 2NspireU
voice / vocals


Concert Schedule

Jun 10 Sat
Gregory Porter
The Hall
Dübendorf, Switzerland

Album Discography

Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Like Minds

Smoke Sessions Records


Zenzile: The...

Self Produced


Natural Blues

Deutsche Grammophon


All Rise

Blue Note Records


Kai Alcé...

Not On Label


My Truth feat. Gregory Porter

From: Like Minds
By Gregory Porter



Kurt Elling
voice / vocals
Al Jarreau
voice / vocals
Jesse Jones
saxophone, tenor
Gail Pettis
voice / vocals
Andrew Neu
Jesse Davis
saxophone, alto
Robin McKelle
voice / vocals
Beat Kaestli
voice / vocals
Kevin Mahogany
voice / vocals
JD Walter
voice / vocals
Alex Pangman
voice / vocals
Angela Deniro
voice / vocals
Matthias Bublath
organ, Hammond B3

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