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Program

27 April - 20:00 h (Local Time)
ZeitHaus

Photo: Lars Landmann

GREGORY PORTER

Gregory Porter delighted Movimentos Festival audiences in 2014 – and now he's back for a second time at the Autostadt. Experiencing one of the world's most successful jazz and gospel singers in such an intimate setting is a rare occasion. He usually performs in sold-out concert halls.

The poignant depth of Porter's live shows leaves a lasting impression. Standing 6'6"tall, the 'Man with the Hat' exudes genuine self-determination and presence. The volume of his voice is immense. His warm, soulful baritone infinitely variable. From improvised scat singing to intimate solos, congenial duets with the piano, or in a sextet with a full orchestra: Porter always finds just the right amount of vocal drive and energy.

His songs are equally powerful with emotional candour infused with authenticity and linked to catchy melodies. Most of the tunes are based on experiences from Porter's childhood: emotional encounters or socio-political reflections. The racial issues in America play an especially important role in this respect: Porter's brother was shot to death in 1980 and his family faced racist hostility.

After his skyrocket rise to fame in 2013, Gregory Porter won Germany's ECHO Jazz Award for "Best International Singer" and "Bestseller of the Year" in 2015 and 2017. He received Grammy Awards for his albums "Liquid Spirit" (2014) and "Take Me To The Alley" (2016). His latest album, "Nat King Cole & Me" is a tribute to Gregory's idol – and to his mother, who introduced him to Cole's music. On her deathbed, she whispered to her son: "Sing, baby, sing!"

Gregory Porter (vocals) – Albert ‘Chip’ Crawford (piano) – Jahmal Nichols (double bass) – Emanuel Harrold (drums) – Tivon Pennicott (tenor saxophone) – Ondrej Pivec (Hammond)