Grammy Award Winning Artist Gregory Porter at
The Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club on June 17th and June 18th, 2015
Washington, D.C. Grammy Award Winner Gregory Porter will be in concert at the Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club on Wednesday, June 17, 2015 and Thursday, June 18, 2015 @ 8:00 p.m. on both nights. Wednesday’s show will be hosted by Angela Stribling from WHUR’s Show Pillow Talk and Thursday’s show will be hosted by Joe Gorham of WHUR. Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club is located at 7719 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda, MD 20814.
A big man with a big sound, Gregory Porter has quickly become one of jazz’s most important male vocalists, a soul-drenched singer often at his best delivering his emotionally charged original songs.
Porter was born in Los Angeles in November 1971 and raised in Bakersfield, California.Â He attended San Diego State on a football scholarship, but after an injury he spent more time on the bandstand collaborating with top jazz artists than on the gridiron. A chance encounter led to Porter’s recording debut on Hubert Laws Remembers the Unforgettable Nat King Cole, a 1998 album that earned him an audition for the Broadway-bound musical It Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues. Largely unknown before his sensational, Grammy-nominated 2010 debut CD Water, Porter followed up with Be Good (both on MotÃ©ma Music), an album marked by his supple phrasing, sophisticated lyrics and tough but tender delivery.Â He finally won a Grammy in 2014, with third album Liquid Spirit (Blue Note Records) taking the gong for Best Jazz Vocal Album.Â His hybrid of jazz, blues, gospel and soul comes from his roots in Bakersfield. While it’s an epicentre of country music, its mostly migrated population from Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi also brought with it gospel, blues, rhythm and blues, jazz and soul.
This performance is sure to be a great night of music for everyone as well as a night to remember.
For more information or tickets, go to www.bethesdabluejazz.comÂ or call 240.753.5378.
By JV Jones