Gregory Porter
Image courtesy of Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center

Gregory Porter & Ledisi

Feb 20
DaysTime
Thu, Feb 207:30pm – 9:30pm
Next: 6:30pm on Feb 21
Single Ticket Prices$65 to $160 adv
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Gregory Porter

Description

Jazz, soul, and gospel singer, songwriter, and actor Gregory Porter was born in Los Angeles but grew up in Bakersfield, California, where his mother was a minister. As a child, he fell under the spell of his mother's Nat King Cole records, learning to imitate Cole, but his early aspirations were in sports. He was awarded a football scholarship to attend San Diego State University, but after an injury to his shoulder derailed his sports career, he began performing in local jazz clubs, where he met saxophonist, composer, and pianist Kamau Kenyatta. Kenyatta became Porter's mentor, introducing him to flutist Hubert Laws, who featured Porter's vocals on a track on his 1998 album, Hubert Laws Remembers the Unforgettable Nat "King" Cole. Laws' sister, Eloise Laws, heard Porter during the studio sessions and was impressed with his singing; she helped him get cast as one of the leads in a new musical, "It Ain't Nothing But the Blues," which eventually enjoyed a run on Broadway.

Ledisi is a 12-time Grammy® nominated vocalist who has wowed fans ever since she came onto the Bay area music scene. Over the past 20 years she has earned a place in the pantheon of the best soul singers of her generation. She has released nine studio albums, headlined national sold-out tours and performed alongside Richie Sambora, Dave Matthews, Kelly Clarkson, Jill Scott, Maxwell, and Herbie Hancock. Ledisi is a favorite of The Obamas and has performed at the White House nine times.

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