It all began with Nat King Cole's album. It was the velvet tones of this legendary jazz vocalist that shaped young Gregory Porter. The reminiscence of the first album with his family home brought the artist into a world where he was trying to sing like Cole, or as he says, to heal with singing.
As a young boy, Porter felt Nat King Cole was singing to him. Today he sings in concert halls all over the world, charming with his unusual vocal abilities and also his charismatic personality. His first album "Water", released in 2010, proved a great success, and the next ones "Be Good" and "Liquid Spirit" became so popular that the latter was downloaded through streaming services more than 20 million times ! This is an all time record in the jazz album category. The list of his successes is very long i.a. a Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album. The fans of Gregory Porter's talent point to his signature cap. "It's just my jazz hat," he replies.
Mikołaj Rykowski PhD
Musicologist and clarinetist, doctorate, and associate at the Department Music Theory at the Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznań. Author of a book and numerous articles devoted to the phenomenon of Harmoniemusik - the 18th-century practice of brass bands. Co-author of the scripts "Speaking concerts" and author of the spoken introductions to philharmonic concerts in Szczecin, Poznań, Bydgoszcz and Łódź.