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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

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Gregory Porter: Donny Hathaway Live

Read "Gregory Porter: Donny Hathaway Live" reviewed by William Ellis


"The Donny Hathaway Live album is so special because it captures--with full concentration--the thing that's special in live performance. That communication, that exchange of audience and artist. There's back and forth conversation, the women and the men in the audience are screaming things back to Donny and Donny's of course responding musically--and responding incredibly musically. You ...

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Article: Radio

Steve Fidyk, Joe Magnarelli & Gregory Porter

Read "Steve Fidyk, Joe Magnarelli & Gregory Porter" reviewed by Joe Dimino


There was so much good music that came out in 2020, we are still catching up. The 691st Episode of Neon Jazz begins with veteran drummer Steve Fidyk with music off his new CD Battle Lines. We also look into some quality music from Stephane Spira, Mark Masters, Gregory Porter and Benny Benack III. Finally, we ...

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Article: Radio

Gregory Porter, Kronos Quartet, Alberto Pinton, Pat Metheny & More New Releases

Read "Gregory Porter, Kronos Quartet, Alberto Pinton, Pat Metheny & More New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Gregory Porter kicks off the party with his uplifting “Revival Song" while electro-acoustic projects keep the momentum going during the first half and jazz-meets-contemporary music albums take over the second half, including the latest by Pat Metheny first adventure on a new label, Modern Recordings, as well as the celebrated Kronos Quartet in two quite different ...

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Article: Radio

2020's Travel Songs - Part 1

Read "2020's Travel Songs - Part 1" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


In this year of painful confinement music has been a much needed source of solace, with its capacity to take us beyond our times and across space. Here some of the best “travel songs" that we've been digging this year, while planning on taking them on a real road-trip as soon as possible. Happy ...

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Article: Year in Review

La-Faithia White's Best Releases of 2020

Read "La-Faithia White's Best Releases of 2020" reviewed by La-Faithia White


Music is the gift that keeps on giving, especially during difficult times. Music also helps us navigate through our busy days and long nights. The artists included in my Best of 2020 list have shared their gifts and talents with these outstanding releases. Charles Lloyd Kindred Spirits Live Blue Note ...

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2020: The Year in Jazz

Read "2020: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling


The COVID-19 pandemic put the jazz world in a tailspin, just like the world at large, in 2020. And there is plenty of uncertainty going into the new year about what “new normal: might emerge from the darkness. International Jazz Day, like so many other things, became an online virtual event this time around. Pianist Keith ...

Album

All Rise

Label: Blue Note Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: 1. Concorde 2. Dad Gone Thing 3. Revival 4. If Love Is Overrated 5. Faith In Love 6. Merchants of Paradise 7. Long List of Troubles 8. Mister Holland 9. Modern Day Apprentice 10. Everything You Touch Is Gold 11. Phoenix 12. Merry Go Round 13. Thank You

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Article: Radio

Commanding Singers Gregory Porter and Kurt Elling

Read "Commanding Singers Gregory Porter and Kurt Elling" reviewed by Russell Perry


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 ...

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New Releases, Birthday Shoutouts Plus the Better Times Will Come Project

Read "New Releases, Birthday Shoutouts Plus the Better Times Will Come Project" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


The broadcast features new releases from flutists Carla Campopiano and Yulia Musayelyan, vocalist Melody Gardot, the Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra, guitarists Susan Alcorn and Chance Hayden, plus singles from Sarah McKenzie and Lili Anel, the latest participant of Janis Ian's Better Times Will Come project, with birthday shoutouts to pianist Betty Bryant, vocalists Ernestine Anderson, Marlene ...


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