An event organized by Loudcity!
by Monica Apostol
Grammy-winning singing sensation Gregory Porter – one of the most successful jazz artists of his generation – is back with a new album, ‘Nat King Cole & Me’, that was released on 27th October 2017. It is a deeply personal tribute to Nat King Cole – the legendary crooner who ignited Gregory’s love of music. The concert will take place on April 22nd at Sala Palatului from Bucharest. Tickets for this event can be purchased from iabilet.ro.
Recorded at London’s AIR Studios, the 12-track album features some of Gregory’s favourite Nat King Cole tunes including ‘Smile’, ‘L-O-V-E’ and ‘Nature Boy’. There is also a Nat-inspired arrangement of Gregory’s own song ‘When Love Was King’, originally released on his million-selling hit album, ‘Liquid Spirit’, according to the artist’s website.
Gregory Porter has become the first MOBO Award winner of 2017, taking home the MOBO Outstanding Contribution to Music Award in front of an intimate audience at London’s Gresham Centre. Porter’s latest album Nat “King” Cole & Me is his highest charting success yet – debuting at No.3 on the UK Album Charts last week to become his third consecutive Top 10 smash in the UK. To celebrate this new album release, Gregory Porter made an appearance on the BBC One Graham Norton Show on Friday the 20th of October and performed his new single Mona Lisa accompanied by Hollywood star Jeff Goldblum on piano.
Gregory Porter (born in 1971) is an American singer, songwriter and actor. He won the Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album in 2014 for Liquid Spirit and in 2017 for Take Me to the Alley. Since his 2010 debut on the Motéma label, Porter has been well received in the music press. His debut album, Water, was nominated for Best Jazz Vocal album at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards. He was also a member of the original Broadway cast of It Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues. His second album, Be Good, which contains many of Porter’s compositions, garnered critical acclaim for both his distinctive singing and his compositions, such as “Be Good (Lion’s Song)”, “Real Good Hands”, and “On My Way to Harlem”. The title track was also nominated for Best Traditional R&B Performance at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards. In his review of Water, Kevin Le Gendre of the BBC wrote that “Gregory Porter has a voice and musicality to be reckoned with.” The New York Times described Porter as “a jazz singer of thrilling presence, a booming baritone with a gift for earthy refinement and soaring uplift” in its review of Liquid Spirit.