Thursday, September 24, 2015 | 8:00 pm
Brooklyn-based Gregory Porter compares sharing music with audiences to sharing food with friends: both endeavors are communal, joyous, and fortifying. Each of his three studio albums, filled with original material, has earned him an enthusiastic fandom and garnered more and more critical acclaim. Porter continues to write songs that deftly blend gospel, rhythm and blues, jazz, and soul. Porter makes his grand return to Durham at the newly renovated Page Auditorium, following an unforgettable sold-out concert at Duke Performances in the spring of 2014.
“Possessed of massive vocal power, his interpretations flit between jazz and soul, with the finesse of the former and the strength of the latter in equal measure” (Mojo). Porter’s latest album, Liquid Spirit — released on Blue Note— earned him a GRAMMY Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album. On stage and on record, Porter is “a jazz singer of thrilling presence and a booming baritone with a gift for earthy refinement and soaring uplift” (Wall Street Journal)