An artist like Gregory Porter comes around rarely in a lifetime. His will be a name that is spoken in conversations about ‘the greats’ and it’s so justly deserved. He has taken the music world by storm in recent years, bringing contemporary jazz to the masses; and it was our great privilege to hear him perform as part of the ‘Christmas at The Royal Albert Hall’ programme that is running throughout December. There are several fantastic live events taking place from comedy to dance and live music and choirs.
Gregory treated us to songs from his first festive album ‘Christmas Wish’ alongside some of his well-known classics, all performed with smooth, effortless expertise and style. He has a powerful clear voice which has hints of Nat King Cole snaking through it as though he was blessed by the ancestors.
The supporting orchestra and musicians were top tier, especially the sax player and the keyboard player who basically ‘took us to church’. We had many a goosebump moment at this concert especially during ‘Take Me to the Alley’. An immensely enjoyable foot-tapping hand-clapping experience all around.
Please do go and see Gregory Porter if you ever get the chance – his voice is warm, cosy, and sublime.