GRAMMY AWARD WINNERS GREGORY PORTER AND LEE RITENOUR HEADLINE COLTRANE JAZZFEST’S SATURDAY LINE-UP
Critically acclaimed jazz singer/songwriter Gregory Porter and jazz guitar powerhouse Lee Ritenour will headline the first day of the John Coltrane International Jazz and Blues Festival on Sat., Sept. 1, 2018.
Porter is an acclaimed jazz vocalist, singer/songwriter. His body of work consists of five albums. Three of those albums have been GRAMMY nominated and two have won the GRAMMY Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album. TAKE ME TO THE ALLEY won in 2016 and LIQUID SPIRIT, won in 2014. His critically-acclaimed previous albums, BE GOOD (2012) and WATER ( 2010),were also Grammy nominated.
LIQUID SPIRIT has sold one million albums worldwide and become the most downloaded jazz album of all-time with over 20 million streams. The album sold platinum in the U.K. and Germany. Porter also earned a GRAMMY nomination for Best Traditional R&B Performance for the ballad “ Hey Laura .”
One of the most successful jazz artists of his generation, Porter first appeared as a featured performer for the 2016 Coltrane Jazzfest. To this day, his performance is talked about by people in the area who were in attendance. He has won a second Grammy Award since then and has another chart topping album that’s sure to be among next year’s nominees with NAT “KING” COLE & ME , released October 2017.
Ritenour has maintained a delicate balance between the individual creative vision and the group dynamic, since the beginning of his career. From one of his first sessions at 16 with the Mamas and Papas (who dubbed him “Captain Fingers” for his incredible dexterity while still a teen) to accompanying Lena Horne and Tony Bennett at 18, his forty year eclectic and storied career is highlighted by a Grammy Award win for his 1986 collaboration with Dave Grusin, HARLEQUIN. Since his early recordings in the 1970s, Ritenour has earned 19 GRAMMY nominations, numerous #1 spots on guitar polls, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Canadian SJ Awards, and a prestigious “Alumnus of the Year” Award from the University of Southern California. Ritenour has recorded more than 40 albums that have yielded 35 chart songs. He put his combination of diverse musical styles and brilliant technical chops to work on more than 3,000 sessions with a broad spectrum of artists,
In the 90s, Ritenour was a founding member of Fourplay, the most successful band in contemporary jazz, with keyboardist Bob James, bassist Nathan East and drummer Harvey Mason. The first Fourplay album in 1991 spent an unprecedented 33 weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s contemporary jazz chart.
The John Coltrane International Jazz and Blues Festival will be held September 1-2, 2018 in Oak Hollow Festival Park, High Point, NC. The yearly celebration of jazz and blues music honors Coltrane, a High Point, NC native son, who graduated from William Penn High School, now Penn Griffin School of the Arts. The two-day festival that happens over Labor Day weekend, has become a destination event for festival goers.
Ticket information and festival details are available www.coltranejazzfest.com .