GLEN ELLYN, Ill. Just in time for Valentines Day weekend, jazz, soul, and gospel singer, songwriter, and actor Gregory Porter comes to the McAninch Arts Center (MAC) located at 425 Fawell Blvd. on the campus of College of DuPage, Sunday, Feb. 15, 3 p.m. Porter will perform fan favorites, including selections from his Grammy Award-winning album Liquid Spirit in a concert presented in partnership with 90.9 FM, WDCB Chicagos home for jazz.
NPR calls Porter, the next great male jazz singer; Soul Tracks raves, Porter fuses jazz and soul better than anybody working these days; and the New York Times hails him as a powerful baritone who writes his own songs from a more 70s or early 80s-oriented place in the African-American jazz tradition, strong and sometimes experimental yet serenely unacademic, and mightily good. Porter has recorded with likes of Van Morrison, Wynton Marsalis, Dianne Reeves, Nicola Conte, Christian McBride, Kenny Barron, Buster Williams and David Murray; and this past December teamed up with Renee Fleming for her first Christmas
Born in Los Angeles, Gregory Porter grew up in Bakersfield, Calif. as one of eight children raised by a single mother who was also a storefront minister. His mother’s Nat King Cole records inspired him to learn to sing like Cole, but his early aspirations were in sports. He was awarded a football scholarship to attend San Diego State University, but after a shoulder injury derailed his sports career, began performing in local jazz clubs. Here he met his mentor, saxophonist, composer, and pianist Kamau Kenyatta. Kenyatta introduced Porter 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 heard Porter during the studio sessions and helped him get cast an original cast member of the four-time Tony nominated Broadway Musical, It Ain’t Nothin’ but the Blues.
It was debut of Porters solo debut album, Water (2011), nominated for Best Jazz Vocal album at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards Records, that thrust him into the international music spotlight. Water was followed up by Be Good (2012) which also garnered a nomination for Best Traditional R&B Performance at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards. His third album, Liquid Spirit (2013) earned him his third Grammy Award nomination and his first Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards. Porter recently issued a compilation album Issues of Life: Features and Remixes (2014). Though he maintains a rigorous international touring schedule, he now calls Bakersfield home and treasures the time he can spend with his wife and young son.
Grammy Award-winner Gregory Porter comes to the McAninch Arts Center (MAC) located on the campus of College of DuPage (425 Fawell Blvd.) Sunday, Feb. 15 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $49-$59 Parking is free. For tickets and more information visit AtTheMAC.org or call 630.942.4000.
About the MAC
McAninch Arts Center (MAC) at College of DuPage is located 25 miles west of Chicago near I-88 and I-355, and houses three performance spaces (the 780-seat proscenium Belushi Performance Hall; the 186-seat soft-thrust Playhouse Theatre; and the versatile black box Studio Theatre), plus the Cleve Carney Art Gallery, classrooms for the colleges academic programming and the Lakeside Pavilion. The MAC has presented theater, music, dance and visual art to more than 1.5 million people since its opening in 1986 and typically welcomes more than 75,000 patrons from the greater Chicago area to more than 230 performances each season.
The mission of the MACis to foster enlightened educational and performance opportunities, which encourage artistic expression, establish a lasting relationship between people and art, and enrich the cultural vitality of the community. For more information about the MAC, visit AtTheMAC.org. You can also learn more about the MAC on Facebook at facebook.com/AtTheMAC or on twitter at twitter.com/AtTheMAC.
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McAninch Arts Center (MAC) is supported in part by the College of DuPage Foundation. Established as a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit charitable organization in 1967, the College of DuPage Foundation raises monetary and in-kind gifts to increase access to education and to enhance cultural opportunities for the surrounding community. For more information about the College of DuPage Foundation, visit cod.edu/foundation or call 630.942.2462.
Programs at the MAC are partially supported through funding from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.
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