My first time seeing this brother and I now see what the fuss is about. He wastes no time and begins his performance with his most well known song, Holding On to get the crowd started up. Speaking of holding on, he can definitely hold a note. If one weren't familiar with Mr. Porter's music, you still knew once he stepped on stage it was about that jazz. And he did not fail on this assumptive promise.
His band, complete with a stand-up bass, tenor sax, basic drum kit and the pianist on what appeared to be a baby grand, came ready to work. Each musician was proficient and played impressively. Porter, keeping in the spirit of jazz singers of old, demonstrated a control of his voice rivaling many musicians with instruments.
GP and the band truly captivated the crowd with a funky rendition of Papa Was a Rolling Stone" and killed it after with Musical Genocide with interpolations ranging from Melvin and the Blue Notes to Bob Marley. Mr. Porter absolutely lives up to the hype and I'm a believer
Words by Russell Dizer. Photo by Salihah Saadiq.