Acclaimed jazz vocalist Gregory Porter will headline the June10th Symphony Center Presents Jazz series (photo courtesy of Mr. Porter).
Clef Notes Chicagoland Journal for the Arts
The Symphony Center Presents (SCP) Jazz series will conclude its season with a concert featuring Grammy Award-winning vocalist Gregory Porter at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, June 10. Chicago native and Thelonious Monk International Trumpet Competition winner Marquis Hill and his Blacktet will open for Porter, who will return to the SCP Jazz series for the first time since his Symphony Center debut in 2013. Attracting the attention of critics and cross-over audiences with his diverse catalog of tunes that draw on country, gospel, pop and R&B sources, Porter has been called “a singer-songwriter known for his rafters-raising baritone,” by The New York Times.
He won the Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album for his 2013 release Liquid Spirit and released a much-anticipated follow up, Take me to the Alley, on the Blue Note label in May 2016. Porter’s hits “Hey Laura” and “Be Good,” captured the attention of many listeners and led to TV appearances on The Tonight Show and Jimmy Kimmel Live. For the June 10 concert, Porter will mix his chart-topping songs with tunes including “Holding On” and “Don’t Lose Your Steam,” from his new release. Porter will be joined by Jamal Nichols (bass), Emmanuel Harrold (drums), Chip Crawford (piano) and Tivon Pennicott (saxophone).
Trumpeter Marquis Hill, the 2014 winner of the prestigious Thelonious Monk Competition, and his Blacktet will deliver the evening’s opening set. Originally from Chicago’s Chatham neighborhood, Hill has quickly become one of today’s leading jazz artists. Hill and his fellow musicians--Christopher McBride (alto saxophone), Justin Thomas (vibraphone), Joshua Ramos (bass) and Makaya McCraven (drums)—will perform selections from his soon-to-be released, The Way We Play. The new collection of jazz standards pays homage to Hill’s formative years in Chicago and includes new versions of Horace Silver’s “Moon Rays,” Donald Byrd’s “Fly Little Bird Fly,” and a cover of “Maiden Voyage,” by fellow Chicago native and iconic jazz pianist Herbie Hancock.
Tickets for all SCP Jazz Series concerts can be purchased by phone at 800-223-7114 or 312-294-3000; online atcso.org, or at the Symphony Center box office: 220 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60604.