I got to see the fabulous Gregory Porter last night. He’s a jazz vocalist with a deep, rich, soulful voice. Born in Sacramento, California, he grew up in Bakersfield and eventually moved to Brooklyn and Harlem, New York where he put together the band that he works with now. Gregory Porter won the 2014 Grammy for best jazz vocal album, Liquid Spirit.
He was superb last night and so was his band of fabulous jazz musicians. He started on time and came back for 2 encore’s, closing the show with No Love Dying Here. The only complaint I had was probably the fault of the sound technicians.
In a venue made for excellent acoustics, Houston’s Wortham Center slipped up a bit with their amplification of Gregory’s voice. It came across as a bit brassy and lacked the fullness of his baritone voice. For one song, Porter stood back away from the mic and just sang a cappella proving he really didn’t need any amplifier assistance at all. Sound systems are so good these days that I’m definitely spoiled and critical when they don’t accurately produce perfect audio. Other than that, the concert was top notch – laid back, jazzy, smooth and upbeat.
Here’s a few of the songs he sang. Enjoy!