Mulligan Stew June 25th 2016-Gregory Porter Interview

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Gregory Porter is no ordinary jazz singer. He has become, arguably, the most unlikely star in popular music. He has gone from playing jazz in Harlem until 4am for $30 a night to playing for royalty in the best concert halls in the world.

Gregory’s prime mentor was his late mother Ruth, a preacher who raised him along with his seven siblings alone in Bakersfield, California. His mother’s presence still informs his writing, and he can name a handful of songs that can be directly attributed to her. Gregory grew up hooked on Nat King Cole, but was more interested in sports until an injury sidelined his athletic aspirations and propelled him toward a singing career.

Gregory was 30 when he started his career, and it took 20 years to become an “overnight success”. He found worldwide stardom with the Grammy Award-winning, platinum selling 2013 jazz/gospel/R&B album Liquid Spirit, and followed it up earlier this year with the touchingly confessional Take Me to the Alley. WhenTake Me to The Alley was released, it broke into the top five of the charts, the first jazz record to do so since Jamie Cullum’s Catching Tales in 2005. It’s fair to say that Gregory is his generation’s most successful jazz and soul singer-songwriter.

Terry David Mulligan will chat with Gregory about his longtime bandmates, headlining the Edmonton and Vancouver Jazz Festivals, and his plan to tour the world in 2016.

PLAYLIST:

welcome to Mulligan Stew Playlist www.mulliganstew.ca
Darlene Led Zeppelin Coda
Last Night The Travelling Wilburys Travelling Wilburys Collection
No woman. No cry Bob Marley and the Wailers Easy Skankin’ Boston 78
www.canadahouse.com coming UP – Interview with Gregory Porter
No more cheap wine Colin Linden 40 years of Stony Plain
I’m all right Madeleine Peyroux Half the perfect world
This is Mulligan Stew – Year 20 with Terry David Mulligan
Broken Bones Mark Knopfler Tracker
Cold Rain The High Bar Gang Someday the Heart will trouble the Mind
Gregory Porter Interview MulliganStew.ca
The In Crowd Gregory Porter Liquid Spirit
Gregory Porter Interview
Take me to the Alley Gregory Porter Take me to the Alley
Liquid Sprits – Claptone Re-Mix Gregory Porter Liquid Spirit
Mulligan Stew @ckuaradio Playlist www.mulliganstew.ca
Gregory Porter Interview Part Two
Don’t lose your steam Gregory Porter Take me to the Alley
Blinded by the Light (live) Bruce Springsteen Session band Live in Dublin
SOB Nathaniel Rateleff and the Night Sweats Edmonton Folk festival Sampler
www.coyotesbanff.com Mulligan Stew Hour Two
The Denial Twist White Stripes Get behind me Satan
Driven to tears (live) Sting Hope for Haiti Now
Boogie at Russian Hill John Lee Hooker Boom Boom
Mulligan Stew @ckuaradio playlist www.mulliganstew.ca
Here comes my girl (live) Tom Petty and the heartbreakers The Live Anthology
The Ironic Twist Jimmy Vaughn Out There
So Young The Rolling Stones Some Girls Bonus tracks
Ruby Tuesday Shawn Colvin and Steve Earle Colvin and Earle
Next week on The Stew The JUNO COUCH returns for Canada Day weekend
Love Shines Ron Sexsmith Long Player Late Bloomer
Nobody The Doobie Brothers World Gone Crazy
Thank you for listening Have a GREAT CANADA DAY next week The Juno Couch Returns

 

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