Friday, 24 January 2014 10:12

Jazz Best Bet: Gregory Porter

Written by  Emma Kat Richardson
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Gregory Porter
St. Cecilia Music Center, Grand Rapids
Feb. 20, 7:30 p.m.
$35-$40, $10 for students, (616) 459-2224

When this jazz man is testifying, y'all better be lining up to sing "Amen!" In this case, the jazz man in question is Gregory Porter, and what he's testifying about is nothing but pure, unadulterated, smooth jazzy-jazz at its very jazziest. With three albums under his belt (including 2013's much-lauded release, Liquid Spirit), Porter is well on his way to carving out a special place for himself among the jazz elites of the ages. But apart from his own career, Porter's prestige within the jazz community stretches to his residency with Smoke Jazz in New York, as well as a regular guest performer with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. Since he's been something of a rave maker at nearly every tour stop, you might do yourself a monumental favor and come check out this jazz man with the world domination plan. Preach!

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