Concert Review: Gregory Porter Serenades The Orpheum With His Soulful Talents

Gregory Porter concert review, by Pamela Price - LATF USAGregory Porter will give you chills. The first time I heard the jazz vocalist sing was in the comfort of my own home through a bluetooth speaker. And while his voice is smooth and beautiful on record, nothing compares to seeing Porter live in concert.

On Thursday, the Grammy-winning artist performed at the legendary Orpheum Theater in downtown Los Angeles to a crowd of enthusiastic and loyal fans who swayed and sang along to such hits as ‘Holding On,’ ‘No Love Dying’ and the title song from his latest album, ‘Take Me to the Alley.’

Being a native of Southern California, the moment he stepped on stage wearing his signature hat, it seemed as though Porter felt right at home. At times he flowed from one song to another and in other moments, he stopped to speak about ideas of love and freedom. Porter certainly embodies, not only the presence of a jazz artist, but also that of a soul and gospel singer who can draw the audience in with his words, whether he is speaking or singing.

Gregory Porter concert review, by Pamela Price - LATF USAHe sang many songs off of his previous album, ‘Liquid Spirit,’ which won the Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Album in 2014. The theater energy almost felt as if we were in a church in the South as audience members moaned, whistled, applauded and cheered ‘amens’ throughout every tune, from ‘Hey Laura’ to ‘Musical Genocide,’ ‘Be Good’ and ‘Don’t Be A Fool.’  

Porter's powerful baritone instrument was complimented by the talents of his incredible band: Lakecia Benjamin (saxaphone), Emanuel Harrold (drums), Jahmal Nichols (standing bass) and last, but not least, Chip Crawford (piano).

Gregory Porter concert review, by Pamela Price - LATF USASolos from each musician often inspired the entire theater to stand and applaud. Benjamin is no doubt a saxaphonist who is a legend in the making. Over the years, she has played with the likes of Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys and The Roots. In the spotlight, she is certainly a one-woman-show. Crawford showed off his piano skills with each solo, delicately plucking the strings and hitting the keys for different musical effects.

After over an hour and thirty-minutes, Porter and his band still had the audience in a trance. We were treated to a two song encore before the singer exited. But that didn’t stop the band from jamming long after Porter waved goodbye.

If you are a fan of jazz, Gregory Porter should be the #1 artist on your radar. If he comes to a city near you, don’t miss this experience. It is unforgettable.

Gregory Porter concert review, by Pamela Price - LATF USACheck out Gregory Porter's tour dates:

09/10/16

Austin City Limits

Austin, TX, United States

14/10/16

Chapiteau de la Pépinière

Nancy, France

15/10/16

Lillehammer Hotel

Lillehammer, Norway

16/10/16

Cosmopolite Club

Oslo, Norway

17/10/16

Le Grand Rex

Paris, France

22/10/16

Halle aux Grains

Toulouse, France

23/10/16

Musical Theater Basel

Basel, Switzerland

25/10/16

Queen Mary II

On board the Queen Mary II, NY, United States

26/10/16

Queen Mary II

On board the Queen Mary II, M4, United Kingdom

27/10/16

Queen Mary II

On board the Queen Mary II, M4, United Kingdom

04/11/16

FORUM LEVERKUSEN

Leverkusen, 07, Germany

05/11/16

Stadthalle Aalen

Aalen, Germany

06/11/16

Ingolstädter Jazztage

Ingolstadt , Germany

08/11/16

Koninklijk Theater Carre

Amsterdam, 07, Netherlands

09/11/16

Simone Signoret-Theater

Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, France

11/11/16

Heineken Music Hall

Amsterdam, 07, Netherlands

13/11/16

Tbilisi Concert Hall

Tbilisi, Georgia

15/11/16

Barclays Teatro Nazionale di Milano

Milano, Italy

20/11/16

Weser-Ems-Hallen

Oldenburg (Oldb.), 06, Germany

21/11/16

BASF Feierabendhaus

Ludwigshafen am Rhein, Germany

22/11/16

Haus für Mozart

Salzburg, 05, Austria

23/11/16

Museumsquartier

Vienna , Austria

20/01/17

Jazz Weekend at Renee & Henry Segerstrom Center Concert

Costa Mesa , CA, United States

24/01/17

Granada Theatre

Santa Barbara, CA, United States

27/01/17

Jo Long Theatre

San Antonio, TX, United States

29/01/17

Music Hall Center

Detroit, MI, United States

03/02/17

The Contemporary Jazz Cruise on Celebrity Summit Cruise Ship

Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

17/02/17

LPR Presents at The Town Hall: Gregory Porter – Annual Valentine’s Concert

New York, New York, United States

14/04/17

Byron Bay Bluesfest

Byron Bay, NSW, Australia

19/04/17

Klub Wytwórnia

Lodz, LD, Poland

25/04/17

Compensa Koncertų Salė

Vilnius, Vilniaus, Lithuania

27/04/17

RADIANT

Caluire Et Cuire, France

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