Gregory Porter

with special guest DJ Richie 1250

Gregory Porter


An artist whose music is at once timeless yet utterly of its time, Gregory Porter has confirmed his standing as his generation’s most soulful jazz singer-songwriter.

‘This was an uplifting, extraordinary show. Porter is without doubt the next great jazz vocalist of our time.’ The Upcoming (U.K.)

The Grammy-winning jazz, soul and gospel singer celebrates the release of his newest album Take Me to the Alley, the much-anticipated follow-up to his sensational 2013 release Liquid Spirit, and brings to Melbourne his smooth baritone voice and a concert of mesmerising and uplifting bluesy jazz and vintage soul renditions.

The charismatic Californian breathes life, vitality, fun and excitement into the musical genres he has loved from childhood. After injury derailed his sports career while still a student, he began performing in local jazz clubs, which is where he met saxophonist, composer and pianist Kamau Kenyatta. Kenyatta became Porter’s mentor, introducing him to other like-minded artists subsequently landing a lead role in a new Broadway musical It Ain’t Nothing But the Blues. The gates were open for Porter; his debut album, Water, appeared in 2010, and was followed by a second, Be Good. Grammy nominations and awards, platinum album sales and TV appearances followed.

The giant American with the deep, rich voice can croon like Nat King Cole, soar like Marvin Gaye or rage like Gil Scott-Heron. Wielding one of the most captivating baritone voices in music today, Porter emits enormous soul that conveys both the emotions and intellect of any given song without relying on vocal histrionics. Experience in concert Porter’s amazing gift for writing poignant songs full of emotional immediacy and hooky melodies in an unforgettable performance by an artist at the peak of his game.

Gregory Porter will sign merchandise and CDs in the ground floor foyer following the concert.

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre


Join us in the foyer from 6:30pm as our foyers are transformed into a thriving music hub with free pre-concert DJ’s and drinks.

We are excited to announce that drinks can be brought into Elisabeth Murdoch Hall for this concert; however the bar will be closed during the performance. Grab a drink and enjoy the show!