Gregory Porter Wins 1st Grammy Award; Will Perform at The Cabaret, 4/1
Gregory Porter has won his first Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album Liquid Spirit. Porter's award was announced at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards held on Sunday, January 26, 2014 in Los Angeles.
Gregory Porter, who has been deemed as a disarmingly sincere jazz and R& B performer with a groove that never quits, possesses a voice of incredible virtuosity and a seemingly universal appeal as a songwriter. Porter will perform at The Cabaret at Theater Square on Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. Ticket cost $30.75. For information, visit TrustArts.org, call (412) 456-6666, or in person at Theater Square Box Office, located at 655 Penn Avenue. This event is part of the BNY Mellon | Jazz, JazzLive Cabaret Sessions 2014.
Enjoy food & drinks before the show, right at your table! Your ticket is your reservation - simply arrive early (60-90 minutes before curtain) for the most attentive lunch or dinner service. For more information, visit CLOCabaret.com and select "Experience the CLO Cabaret."
Raised in California, Porter's mother was a minister, and he cites the Bakersfield Southern Gospel sound, as well as his mother's Nat King Cole record collection, as fundamental influences on his own sound. Porter began singing in small jazz clubs in San Diego while attending San Diego State University on a football scholarship, where he played outside linebacker. Eventually it was music that Porter chose to pursue full-time at the encouragement of local musicians including his mentor Kamau Kenyatta.
Kenyatta invitEd Porter to visit him in the studio in Los Angeles, where he was producing the flutist Hubert Laws' album Remembers the Unforgettable Nat King Cole. When Laws overheard Porter singing along while he was tracking the Charlie Chaplin song "Smile," the flutist was so impressed with the young singer that he decided to include Porter on the album.