There is something about jazz music. Its melodies and spontaneous rhythms elevate my spirit; I feel connected to American history while being rooted in the creative community of today.
Last week I wrote about Cécile McLorin Salvant, an acclaimed jazz artist under 30. Well, Gregory Porter, another dynamic singer and songwriter, creates thoughtful work, and is appreciative of his musical predecessors. The California native speaks often about early exposure to Nat King Cole through his mother.
You can hear the influence of the musical icon in Porter’s lucid delivery, at once heartfelt and deeply personal. It’s the only kind of music I devour these days – uplifting and thought provoking.
As seems the case for many talented American musicians, he is more celebrated in Europe, despite being nominated for a Grammy. Maybe one day some of us will move beyond the vacuity of the kind of music dominating corporate radio.
In the meantime, I could not be more grateful for artists like Porter, who is a testament to authenticity and beauty. His latest album, Liquid Spirit, released just last month is already garnering praise with Huffington Post hailing him as “the brilliant new voice of jazz.”
I am sharing some behind-the-scenes footage from that CD, and a few of my favorites. Enjoy, darlings!
Live In Color – E