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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, 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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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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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 ...

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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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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Out of the Roma Villages of Turkey, Clarinet Reigns Beyond Its Traditions

Read "Out of the Roma Villages of Turkey, Clarinet Reigns Beyond Its Traditions" reviewed by Arthur R George

The clarinet, foundational for jazz from Sidney Bechet unto Eric Dolphy, remains in strong use in the indigenous Roma music of the eastern Mediterranean. Elsewhere in the world clarinet generally has been moved aside by saxophone's bigger sound. But in the Balkans, Greece, and Turkey, clarinet provides jazz shadings to traditional music, speaks a range of ...

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Sting: An English (Jazz-)Man in New York - Part 1

Read "Sting: An English (Jazz-)Man in New York - Part 1" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

From his early years as a bassist in the trad Phoenix Jazzmen, the straight-ahead Newcastle Big Band, and the fusion quintet Last Exit, to his collaborations with idols like Gil Evans and Miles Davis, jazz has been a constant in Sting's artistic path. This week, we feature music from his jazzier projects as a leader or ...


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