Gregory Porter Headlines Harlem Arts Salon Event

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Grammy-nominated baritone Gregory Porter, named by NPR as “the next great male jazz singer,” is now headlining the Harlem Arts Salon’s fundraising festival on Sunday, March 8th at MIST Harlem. This event is benefiting The Gloster Project, which is a free arts camp that provides underprivileged children in Southwestern Mississippi a chance to learn vocal performance, guitar and poetry along with healthy lunches. Porter will be joined on stage by New York Blues guitarist Tomas Doncker.T

he festival’s lineup also includes popular New York-based artists such as Afrikan Sciences, David A. Barnes, Hamiet Bluiett, Will Calhoun, Oliver Lake, Rachel Eliza Griffiths, Kellindo Parker, Queen Esther, Mark Peterson, Randy Weston, Quincy Troupe and Donald Smith. This news comes hot on the heels of Porter’s announcement that he will be performing at the twentieth anniversary of the V Festival in South Staffordshire alongside the likes of Calvin Harris, Ellie Goulding, Grandmaster Flash, Chvrches, Sam Smith, Kasabian, the Script, the Proclaimers, Tom Jones and Nero. Gregory most recently performed with Van Morrison at the Great Court at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire England.

Gregory Porter’s 2010 debut earned him a Grammy nomination for Best Jazz Vocal Album. His second album then earned him his second Grammy nomination for Best Traditional R&B Performance. His new album, Liquid Spirit, which hit number one on the UK Amazon Pop, is his first album for the legendary Blue Note Records label.

Tomas Doncker, who will be joining forces with Porter for this performance, got his start in the no-wave punk-scene that sprang out of New York in the early 80’s, which went on to inspire such artists as Living Colour, Fishbone and The Red Hot Chilli Peppers. He went onto to become a heavily sought-after session guitarist, playing with Bootsy Collins, Yoko Ono, Ivan Neville, and Bonnie Raitt. Doncker recently released his Big Apple Blues LP, which is a collaboration with poet Yusef Komunyakaa. Not only will the Harlem Arts Salon’s fundraising festival at MIST Harlem now feature headliner Gregory Porter, but will also include an art exhibit, silent art auction, poetry readings and food.

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