Jazz Journey Concert: A Martin Luther King Weekend Celebration
Gregory Porter will sing at Dillard University in a Jazz Journey concert on Jan. 18.
The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation presents a Jazz Journey concert featuring the fast-rising jazz singer Gregory Porter, veteran songstress Barbara Morrison and one of New Orleans' favorite trumpeters, Warren "Porgy" Jones.
The concert takes place on Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, at Dillard University's Lawless Memorial Chappel at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free.
A singer, songwriter and actor, Los Angeles-native Gregory Porter released his debut album, Water, in 2010 and was nominated for a Grammy Award for "best jazz vocal album." He was also a member of the original Broadway cast of It Ain't Nothin' But the Blues. His sophomore album, Be Good, which contains many of Porter's compositions, has garnered critical acclaim for both his distinctive singing and his songwriting.
Now based in Brooklyn, NY, he is a regular at Jazz At Lincoln Center and at festivals around the world. See a review of his recent performance at the Monterey Jazz Festival here.
Barbara Morrison grew up in Michigan and made her performing debut at age 10 on a Detroit radio program. Known for her powerful voice, with its two-and-a-half-octave range, and her soulful and highly spirited interpretations jazz, gospel and pop songs, she is a familiar figure on the world jazz circuit.
The list of her collaborators reads like a Who's Who of music: Dizzy Gillespie, Ray Charles, James Moody, Ron Carter, Etta James, Jimmy Smith, Johnny Otis, Dr. John, Kenny Burrell, Terence Blanchard, Joe Sample, Cedar Walton, Nancy Wilson, Mel Tormé, Joe Williams, Tony Bennett and Keb Mo.
Barbara will be backed by a stellar group of New Orleans jazz players: Thaddeus Richard (piano), Detroit Brooks (guitar), Roland Guerin (bass), Herlin Riley (drums).
Trumpeter Warren "Porgy" Jones is one of the unsung heroes of New Orleans jazz. Active on the jazz scene in and out of the Crescent City since the 1960s, Porgy is known for emphasizing the links between jazz, R&B and funk.
This concert is presented by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation as part of its Jazz Journey series.