American jazz giant Gregory Porter is hosting a solo concert tour in Mzansi

Jazz great Gregory Porter brings his first solo concert tour, An intimate evening with Gregory Porterin South Africa in January 2023, Showtime Management announced on Wednesday.

In association with Cape Talk, Porter will begin their tour at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens in Cape Town on January 21. The concert will begin at 7 p.m.

This is followed by three concerts in Johannesburg in association with 702 at Montecasino’s Teatro on January 26, 27 and 28. The concerts will begin at 8 p.m.

The two-time Grammy winner and seven-time nominee from New York is also an actor and recording artist. He previously performed in South Africa at the Joy of Jazz Festival in 2014 and 2015, respectively.

“Whether recording, broadcasting or living on stage, Gregory Porter is tall in stature and voice, but far bigger in the hearts of his South African fans,” said Tony Feldman of Showtime Management.

“We look forward to welcoming this musical giant back next year.”

Known for his warm baritone voice, Porter has earned comparisons with his idols Nat King Cole, Donny Hathaway and Stevie Wonder.

Signed to the prestigious Blue Note, he gained popularity for his third album liquid spirit, which reached No. 2 on the jazz charts and won a Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Album. It remains one of the most streamed jazz albums of all time with over 20 million plays.

In 2019, the musician launched and hosted his own podcast, The Hang, which has amassed two successful seasons to date and hosted a range of celebrity guests.

In early 2021, Porter released The PorterHouse with Gregory Porter, a six-episode cooking series in which he shares recipes inspired by his community, culinary experiences while on tour, and his own family cooking traditions.

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