Grammy nominated vocalist Gregory Porter, described as "the brilliant new voice of jazz," by The Huffington Post, will bring his incredible degree of vocal mastery and status as a rising jazz luminary to SPAC's main stage as part of the Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival, June 29-30.
Fusing jazz and soul, Porter's release "Real Good Hands," off his dynamic album, Be Good, has received a Best Traditional R&B Performance Grammy nomination, marking the jazz superstar's second Grammy nomination. Showcasing Porter's blues, gospel and soul influences, Be Good, has also been named the Best Jazz Vocal Album in iTunes' Best of 2012. The award is the latest in the spate of accolades and acclaim that Porter has earned since the February release, his second for Harlem-based Motema Music. Earning worldwide recognition for his sophomore album, Jazz Times concluded, "Be Good signals the arrival of a great jazz artist with long-range staying power."
Highlights of Porter's extensive 2013 tour include performances scheduled in Canada, Japan, Indonesia and Brazil and at many prominent jazz festivals throughout the world, including the Newport, Playboy, Monterey, San Francisco, Cape Town and Johannesburg Jazz Festivals.