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Feb 3, 2012
Gregory Porter is now a member of Uptown Jazz Dallas | International Jazz Festival Org
Crowned as "the next big male vocal jazz star” by Allmusic.com, Gregory Porter was born in Los Angeles, raised in Bakersfield, and now lives in the Bedford-Stuyvesant area of Brooklyn. He got his start singing in small jazz clubs in San Diego, where he lived while at San Diego State University. His first studio experience resulted in his being featured on Hubert Laws’ Remembers the Unforgettable Nat King Cole (on “Smile”), a particularly apt start for a young man who, as a child, used to sing along to the Nat King Cole records his mother would play.
In 2009, Porter signed with Harlem-based label Motéma Music, releasing his Grammy-nominated debut CD, Water, in May of 2010. His highly anticipated follow up Be Good (available 2.14.12), is already being hailed by critics as rivaling the quality of his debut.
Porter recorded Be Good with the core of his powerhouse working band, who have performed with him for over three years now: Chip Crawford on piano, Aaron James on bass, Emanuel Harrold on drums, and Yosuke Sato on alto sax, along with a few special guests, all under the sure hand of producer Brian Bacchus.
"Vocalist extraordinaire Gregory Porter promptly returns with his incomparable lyrical bravado to masterfully uncover another brilliant and tasteful portrait of great songs on "Be Good"" - Urban Flux
"...the best album we've heard so far in 2012." -Soul Tracks
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