Some good news for a miserable January day? GREGORY PORTER is back … and how! Today, (Thursday 16th January) the “JAZZ CAT IN THE HAT” has released a new single… ‘Revival’. More good news…. ‘Revival’ heralds a new album….’All Rise’ which is set for release on 17th April. Released on Decca/Blue Note, the LP will be Gregory’s first since 2017’s ‘Nat King Cole & Me’ and it will feature all new, original material – a mix, we’re told, of “jazz, soul, blues, and gospel” featuring “heart-on-sleeve lyrics imbued with everyday philosophy and real-life detail’.
Album production is down to Troy Miller (Calvin Harris, Rag’n’Bone Man, Amy Winehouse) while the musicians include Porter’s long-time loyal band mates, a handpicked horn section, a 10-member choir, and the London Symphony Orchestra Strings.
2020 will also see Gregory take the position of ‘Guest Curator’ at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival, performing there on 5th May, and he will embark upon a major UK tour (9-26 May), with a series of arena shows as well as four nights at London’s Royal Albert Hall.