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Soul Man Pt II: The Return of Jazz Singer-Songwriter Gregory Porter on 7th Avenue

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Listen to the Gregory Porter interview above, by Robet Pollie.

Text from the 7th Avenue Project 6/23/13:
Gregory Porter says his goal is to make art that’s not forced or contrived, that flows like water from who he is and how he’s lived. This conversation makes it plain just how entwined the singer and his songs are. Our previous interview with Gregory was surely one of our best shows of 2012, and this second one picks up where the first left off.

Catch Gregory Porter at the Monterey Jazz Festival – Friday September 20th.

We talked about his precocious taste for jazz, performing gospel in church, the influence of his minister mother and her message of love even in the face of hate, and his seemingly meteoric – but actually long-in-the-making – rise on the jazz scene.  We listened to some of Gregory’s recorded music and some that hasn’t been recorded (at least not until now), including his first original song, composed at the age of six.

Video from NPR’s Music Field Recordings session:

About the above video: May 14, 2013- In the arts mecca of New York City, subway buskers are often overqualified. But they’re not usually world-class jazz singers with the lungs and charisma of old-school soul stars. Accompanied only by a pianist, Porter performs “Be Good (Lion’s Song)” on a vintage subway car in downtown Brooklyn.

Also, you can listen to part one on the interview – broadcast Sept. 23, 2012.

Gregory Porter, KUSP archive photo from the 2012 Monterey Jazz Festival. Photo: Jeff Dayton-Johnson

Gregory Porter, KUSP archive photo from the 2012 Monterey Jazz Festival. Photo: Jeff Dayton-Johnson

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