I was unbelievably excited to be asked to host this year’s Jazz Vocal Masterclass with two times Grammy Nominee, Gregory Porter for the 14th Cape Town International Jazz Festival 2013. My first question was “why me?” and then I decided to not ask why but to just have faith that I would know how to handle it. Thank you espAfrika Wow….what an amazing experience it was. I invited most of the Top 24 Finalists from past Open Mic Jazz Singing Competitions and they were all totally inspired.
Gregory’s talent lies in his effortless ability to share himself on an intimate level and to use his voice as a vehicle to express his views and emotions. Man, the guy can SING! He explained how most of his songs come to him – it’s that moment when you feel a reaction to something. Perhaps something someone said that offended you, or the delightful feeling of gratitude when someone you love presents you with a delicious meal that they’re poured themselves into. Truly every day things, that can be transformed into magical musically connected experiences. We all sat spell bound as he talked, and of course as he sang. His band is incredibly talented and together they create music that moves us into feeling stuff. Amazing!! Please please please do yourself a favour and go listen to the tracks on his site. His voice will wash over you, inspire you and comfort you. http://www.gregoryporter.com./
About Gregory Porter
Gregory Porter is an American jazz vocalist, songwriter and actor focusing on jazz, blues, soul and gospel. Porter’s musical career was launched in 1998 and a year later he was cast in the original It Ain’t Nothin’ But Blues Broadway. He was nominated for Best Jazz Vocal album for his debut album Water at the 2010 Grammy Awards. His sophomore album Be Good released last year was internationally acclaimed for its distinctive vocals and powerful composition. Porter has performed at festivals such as the North Sea Jazz Festival and the National Black Arts Festival in Atlanta. Recent performances include headlining the Wangaratta Jazz Festival with the John McAll quartet in Australia in November 2012. Porter currently resides in New York and is a resident performer at the popular Smoke Jazz & Supper Club.