Gregory Porter has the most beautiful baritone voice, and with it he makes great, soul-inflected jazz. He’s recently released an album of Nat King Cole songs, called Nat King Cole and Me. Porter obsessed over Cole as a kid growing up in Bakersfield, and the music sounds both classic and fresh. But Porter is also a terrific songwriter. And like another role model, Bill Withers, Porter writes about his struggles against racism, always with a message of non-violence and love — something he learned from his church organ playing mom. Porter may look a little goofy in his signature Kangol hat with earflaps, but his singing is sublime.  Details here. 

A Jazz Singer for All Times 6 December,2017Cy Musiker

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Cy Musiker

Cy Musiker co-hosts The Do List and covers the arts for KQED News and The California Report.  He loves live performance, especially great theater, jazz, roots music, anything by Mahler. Cy has an MJ from UC Berkeley’s School of Journalism, and got his BA from Hampshire College. His work has been recognized by the Society for Professional Journalists with their Sigma Delta Chi Award for Public Service in Journalism. When he can, Cy likes to swim in Tomales Bay, run with his dog in the East Bay Hills, and hike the Sierra.

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