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2016 Impact Award

Gregory Porter

Gregory Porter

Brought up in a musical household, Gregory found his jazz influence early on in life. He describes his childhood home as always having a soundtrack. Whilst studying at San Diego State University on a football scholarship, Gregory performed in small jazz clubs landing him a role in the musical, It Ain’t Nothing But the Blues, where a New York Times review called him a “powerhouse”.

Amazingly, Gregory Porter didn’t record his first album, Water, until he was nearly forty. He then went on to release his second album, Be Good, in 2012, before recording his Grammy Award winning album, Liquid Spirit. Since then, he’s conquered the West Holts Stage at Glastonbury Festival, crossed into the dance genre with a Disclosure collaboration (after the duo heard him on Jazz FM) and has recorded his fourth album, Take Me to the Alley.

Gregory Porter received Jazz FM Awards for Live UK Show of the Year in 2013 and International Jazz Artist of the Year in 2016. It was fitting that he was recognised for his extraordinary impact on the global music scene, particularly in bringing jazz to wider audiences.

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