Monte-Carlo Jazz Festival
- Date: 29 November 2021
- Venue: Opera Garnier Monte-Carlo
- Concert type: Seated concert
- Opening doors: 08:00 pm
- Beginning of the concert: From 08.30 pm
- Dress code: Jacket required – Proper attire required
- Minimum age: 7 years
- Mail: [email protected]
- Official website: www.gregoryporter.com
- Face covering Required
Rocked by Marvin Gaye's soul music and Nat King Cole's jazz, Gregory Porter made his debut on Broadway where he was quickly spotted in the musical It Ain't Nothin' But the Blues (1999). This success allowed him to direct his own musical Nat King Cole & Me in 2004. Grammy Awards, parties with Stevie Wonder and concerts for the Queen of England followed, but the artist remained humble. According to him, his immense success is based on a theory: "My voice rocked me as a child, and I think it's the same for others who hear me sing. I try to heal myself with these songs."
If someone tells you he's back, you'll reply that you already knew that! You probably heard it like an earthquake echo. The explanation for all this? The sixth studio album, All Rise, marks a return to original compositions by the baritone who loves lyrics steeped in sensitivity blending jazz and soul, blues and gospel. The album displays Gregory Porter's artistic evolution: his art is both intimate and universal. After composing the album Nat King Cole & Me in 2017 revealing for the artist the saving side of writing, Porter persuaded himself to collaborate in his next opus with an orchestra. Bolstered by this latest revelation, All Rise is filled to the brim with songs that tell us about love but also protest, because the road to recovery is bumpy.
"Yeah, you can tell I sent some heavy stuff," says the singer, referring to the talent on his latest record.
While the strings are being recorded at Abbey Road Studios, the heart of the All Rise album originates in two different locations: Los Angeles, at Capitol Studios - a mythical venue - and in a small, cozy studio in the Saint-Germain-des-Prés district of Paris, a historic landmark in the literary and jazz spheres.
"All Rise is the phrase we hear when a judge enters the room, and everyone stands up. But in thought, I hear "we all rise," it's not just about one person. We are all uplifted by love, that's my political thought and that's also my truth that comes from my roots, the personality of the blues, the character of the black people, the idea that our condition can be improved by love."