If You Don’t Know… Gregory Porter

IllusionIf You Don’t Know Gregory Porter… then you need to get to know this dynamic, Grammy nominated, jazz singer and song writer.

This post is the newest addition to DJBeTray.com entitled, “If You Don’t Know…”  In these articles, I will hip you to artists I’ve discovered in hopes of influencing your next download.  I’ve been contemplating starting these posts for months and after hearing Gregory Porter, I couldn’t wait any longer.

Porter’s songs are like vivid theatrical presentations; that makes sense given his background in Broadway musical theater.  He sings with the confidence and presence of a classic 60’s soul vocalist.  I’m not just saying this because he sings the song 1960 What? with so much intensity that you would swear it was an actual song from the 60’s; I say this because his voice is wrapped in a kind of feeling and experience that I once feared lost to our generation.  As I listened to Porter’s Grammy nominated album, Water, I heard some hints of Kurt Elling and at times Donnie Hathaway.  While his influences may be familiar to most jazz lovers, Porter’s vocal styling is clearly original.

Porter’s 1960 What? is featured in my Something New (Fall/Winter 2011) mix. Water was first released in 2010, but Porter has just dropped a remix of the Water album.

If you want to check him out live, catch a show at Smoke on New York’s Upper West Side.  I hear it’s still possible to get a seat but believe me, it won’t be that way for long.

Featured Song: Illusion

DJ BeTray’s Suggested Downloads: 1960 What?, Illusion, Water

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