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Gregory Porter

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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

Album

Zenzile: The Reimagination Of Miriam Makeba

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2022
Track listing: Umhome; House of the Rising Sun; Milele; Hapo Zamani; Love Tastes Like Strawberries; Khuluma; Pata Pata; A Piece of Ground; Kwedini; Lakutshon’ilanga; Olili; Mbombela; Jike’lemaweni; Nonqonqo; Ring Bell, Ring Bell; Mabhongo.

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Article: Live Review

Monterey Jazz Festival at 65: Let it Happen

Read "Monterey Jazz Festival at 65: Let it Happen" reviewed by Josef Woodard


Monterey Jazz Festival Monterey County Fairgrounds Monterey, CA September 23-25, 2022 For the finale of the arena portion of this year's Monterey Jazz Festival programming, Gregory Porter channeled one of the aspects which make him special in the jazz pantheon, as spirit mover with gospel roots, and with show biz instincts ...

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Article: Live Review

Jazz In Marciac 2022

Read "Jazz In Marciac 2022" reviewed by Martin McFie


Le Chapiteau, L'Astrada, Jgo Jazz in Marciac Marciac, Southern France July 22 to August 6, 2022 The 43rd annual Jazz in Marciac festival welcomed a quarter million concert visitors to the 13th century French village of Marciac (population 1,247). Jazz in Marciac comes late and runs long in the European ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Music Is The Magic - Birthday Celebrations for Dorothy Ashby, Abbey Lincoln, Louis Armstrong And More

Read "Music Is The Magic - Birthday Celebrations for Dorothy Ashby, Abbey Lincoln, Louis Armstrong And More" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast presents new releases from Mike Clark & Leon Lee Dorsey, vocalist Lauren Henderson and saxophonist Jessy J, with birthday shoutouts to jazz greats Dorothy Ashby, Tony Bennett, Louis Armstrong, Terri Lyne Carrington, and Abbey Lincoln among others, plus a celebration of Joni Mitchell's remarkable performance at the Newport Folk Festival. Thanks for listening and ...

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Article: Live Review

North Sea Jazz 2022

Read "North Sea Jazz 2022" reviewed by Phillip Woolever


North Sea Jazz Festival Ahoy Rotterdam Rotterdam, The Netherlands July 8-10, 2022 The post-pandemic, new North Sea normal seemed much the same as before, except the stakes were higher than usual due to economic recovery issues and continued uncertainty regarding Covid-19 resurgence. While the global entertainment sector bloomed ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

The Montreal Jazz Festival Is Back In Full Swing

Read "The Montreal Jazz Festival Is Back In Full Swing" reviewed by Leo Sidran


After a two-year slowdown due to COVID, the Montreal International Jazz Festival came back this year. I had been there a couple times, in and out, as a musician. I went this year to cover the festival's full return for The Third Story. When you're a musician at a festival like MJF, the job ...

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Article: Interview

Meeco: Keeping It Real

Read "Meeco: Keeping It Real" reviewed by Chris May


The Berlin-based producer and composer Meeco has a niche but devoted following, built up over a series of romantically inclined and elegant albums released between 2009 and 2014. The discs, which have pronounced Latin flavours, are Amargo Mel (Connector, 2009), Perfume E Caricias (Connector, 2010), Beauty Of The Night (Connector, 2012) and Souvenirs Of Love (Double ...

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Article: In Pictures

Gary Thomas with the John Toomey Trio at Robin Hixon Theater

Read "Gary Thomas with the John Toomey Trio at Robin Hixon Theater" reviewed by Mark Robbins


Saxophonist Gary Thomas has been called “one the most original saxophone voices of his generation" and not only is he in high demand in jazz but has worked with some of the top rap artists and orchestras performing today. More than just a first-call sideman, Thomas has recorded 11 albums as a leader. Two ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Life Goes On: And On - Celebrating the Music of Carla Bley

Read "Life Goes On: And On - Celebrating the Music of Carla Bley" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast presents new releases from Marco Pignataro's Dream Alliance, flutist Andrea Brachfeld, vocalists Nancy Kelly and Rosemary Loar, with birthday shoutouts to Carla Bley, Betty Carter, Virginia Mayhew and Nadje Noordhuis, among others. Thanks for listening and please support the artists you hear by purchasing their music during this time of pandemic so they can ...


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