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September 5 2013

GRAMMY-nominated jazz and soul singer Gregory Porter has just released the music video for “Liquid Spirit,” the title track of his impressive Blue Note debut, which will be released in the U.S. on September 17. Porter has also announced Fall tour dates in support of the new album including appearances in Los Angeles at the El Rey Theatre on September 25 and two New York City shows at Le Poisson Rouge in Manhattan on October 24 and Littlefield in Brooklyn on October 26.

NPR Music recently called Porter “the next great male jazz singer,” while The Wall Street Journal wrote “Liquid Spirit is shot through with gospel, blues and R&B influences,” adding that “the title track pairs soulful horns with a deep, enveloping bassline that frames the California native’s supple tenor.” The New York Times reviewer Ben Ratliff was at Porter’s triumphant debut appearance at this year’s Newport Jazz Festival and wrote that he is “a powerful baritone who writes his own songs,” describing his style as coming “from a more ’70s or early ’80s-oriented place in the African-American jazz tradition, strong and sometimes experimental yet serenely unacademic, and mightily good.” The UK’s influential music magazine MOJO awarded Liquid Spirit 4-stars in a review that raved about Porter’s “massive vocal power offset by a rich tone and delicate control,” and declared that “the Brooklyn-based singer with the rich baritone and the ever-present Kangol hat is on a mission to revive old-school musical values.”

Liquid Spirit – which is currently available for pre-order on iTunes and Amazon – is further justification for Porter’s quick ascent into the top ranks of jazz and R&B singers today. It features 3 covers and 11 new originals which showcase Porter’s innate gift for writing poignant songs based upon personal experiences with a relatable and emotional immediacy. Porter sees the album as a logical progression in his burgeoning discography as it touches on some of the same themes, particularly the highs and lows of romance, his childhood, and socio-political observations. More pointedly, he views the title track, a rousing, hand-clapping gospel-jazz romp, dealing with replenishing “thirsty” listeners with more substantial music, as the flipside to last year’s “Bling Bling,” a blistering song on his previous album Be Good on which the protagonist had so many artistic gifts to give but no one to give them to. Similar sentiments occur on “Musical Genocide,” on which Porter declares his refusal of accepting the insistent squashing of quality, diverse music and culture by a mainstream in favor of disposable, homogenized pap.

In part, these songs are based upon Porter’s reflections on new fans, worldwide, who come to him saying, “Where have you been?” or “How come I’ve never heard you before.” “Not saying that I am ‘what is,’ Porter says, “But I think maybe what I’m doing is what people actually want to hear. There are some people who want that liquid spirit – a soulful, thoughtful sound – and they haven’t been getting it.”



Sept. 5 – Blue Note Nagoya – Nagoya, Japan

Sept. 6 – Blue Note Tokyo – Tokyo, Japan

Sept. 11 – Cabaret Sauvage – Paris, France

Sept. 12 – Espace Ligeria – Montlouis-sur-Loire, France

Sept. 13 – Grande Halle de La Villette – Paris, France

Sept. 14 – Blue Note Milan – Milan, Italy

Sept. 16 – Kulturfestival Kunstflecken – Neumunster, Germany

Sept. 20 – Monterey Jazz Festival – Monterey, CA

Sept. 21 – Russian River Jazz & Blues Festival – Guerneville, CA

Sept. 22 – Yoshi’s – Oakland, CA

Sept. 25 – El Rey Theatre – Los Angeles, CA

Sept. 28 – Robert Ferst Center for the Arts – Atlanta, CA

Oct. 9 – Centro Cultural de Belem – Lisbon, Portugal

Oct. 11 – Casa Da Musica – Porto, Portugal

Oct. 12 – So What’s Next Festival – Eindhoven, Holland

Oct. 13 – Main Hall De Doelen – Rotterdam, Holland

Oct. 14 – Concertgebouw – Amsterdam, Holland

Oct. 15 – De Oosterpoort – Groningen, Holland

Oct. 16 – Concert De Vereeniging – Nijmegen, Holland

Oct. 18 – El Mediator / Theatre De L’archipel – Perignan, France

Oct. 19 – Theatre Ollioules – Chateau Vallon, France

Oct. 20 – Salle du Vigean A Eysines – Eysines, France

Oct. 21 – Cave Cooperative de Bouillargues – Nimes, France

Oct. 24 – Le Poisson Rouge – New York, NY

Oct. 25 – Miami Nice Jazz Festival – Miami, FL

Oct. 26 – Littlefield – Brooklyn, NY

Oct. 27 – Shea Center for the Performing Arts – Wayne, NJ

Oct. 30 – Royal Albert Hall – London, England

Nov. 1 – Art Across Campus Legends of Jazz Series – Syracuse, NY

Nov. 14 – Kulturzentrum Kammgarn – Kaiserslautern, Germany

Nov. 15 – Circus Krone – Munich, Germany

Nov. 16 – Konzerthaus Dortmund – Dortmund, Germany

Nov. 18 – Stadthalle – Heidelberg, Germany

Nov. 19 – Alte Oper – Frankfurt, Germany

Nov. 20 – Theater Am Aegi – Hannover, Germany

Nov. 21 – Kammermusiksaal – Berlin, Germany

Nov. 23 – Laeiszhalle – Hamburg, Germany

Nov. 24 – Die Glocke – Bremen, Germany

Nov. 25 – Tonhalle Dusseldorf – Dusseldorf, Germany