EVENT – JAZZ SOUL FUNK : Gregory Porter (Grammy Nominated Artist) USA @ BLUE BEAT – MON 5


"Gregory Porter has most of what you want in a male jazz singer, and maybe a thing or two you didn’t know you wanted." – New York Times…"The versatile Porter’s Water leaves you awash in enticing grooves." – USA Today

In the short time since Gregory Porter exploded onto the international music scene with his debut CD, Water, he has racked up a continuing stream of accolades and awards. Porter’s Water garnered a ‘Best Jazz Vocal ‘ Grammy® nomination (a rare feat for a debut recording), rocketed to #1 on both iTunes and Amazon in the UK, made significant sales inroads and has soared on to be included on an international array of year-end ‘Best Of’ lists for 2010 in several genres. The happy result is that, in less than a year and a half, these successes have created a formidable draw for Porter as an international touring artist.

Now Straightup Agency is very happy to present Gregory Porter in Australia for the first time to celebrate the release of his second album, "Be Good". This latest recording has exceeded all expectations including #1 iTunes charts in the UK, France, Germany and Italy among others and hitting a staggering #6 on the US Billboard charts.

On Gregory’s sophomore album "Be Good", (2012 on Motéma), Porter has crafted a work that not only meets, but is likely to surpass, the heightened expectations of the jazz and soul audiences eagerly awaiting his follow up to Water. Featuring Porter’s winning combination of "outstanding original songs, erudite lyrics and social comment, top drawer musicianship and improvisation, and a voice to die for"(Jazz Wise), Be Good is a musical compendium of groove-driven delights, ranging from quiet ballads to up-tempo burners, from romantic charmers to powerful, blues-tinged anthems.

Porter’s ascending star is viewed most brightly in Europe, especially in the UK, where he has performed on Jamie Cullum’s BBC radio program, on Later with Jools Holland, as a featured guest at the London Jazz Festival, and as one of two special guests on Carole King’s 2011 Holiday Television Special (BBC).

UK’s Jazz Wise magazine named Water the #1 Jazz Album of 2011 (the first time a vocal album has achieved this distinction.). Meanwhile, across the channel in France and Belgium, press and radio have showered Porter with incredible accolades, lauding him as the new "Roi of Vocal Jazz," in both jazz and mainstream press outlets such as L’ExpressCrowned as "…the next big male vocal jazz star" by Allmusic.com.

In 1999 Porter performed in "It Ain’t Nothing but the Blues" on Broadway, for which he received rave reviews in the New York Times, being mentioned amongst the show’s "powerhouse line up of singers". He then went on to earn both Tony and Drama Desk Award nominations that year for his notable performances.

http://www.gregoryporter.com

Join us at Blue Beat for this exciting ONE-OF SYDNEY performance.

Please note:

TICKET SALES
Should online tickets be unavailable for sale in the purchasing section below, please contact the venue on (02) 9328 4411 for ticket availability.

DINNER & SHOW BOOKINGS
For all Dinner & Show bookings, please contact the venue on (02) 9328 4411.

TIMES
DOORS OPEN at 7.00PM
DINNER SERVICE COMMENCES at 7.30PM
MUSIC STARTS around 9.30PM

AGE RECOMMENDATIONS
This venue is 18+ recommended, so if you are under 18 and would like to come to the show please call (02) 9328 4411 for further information.

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