Jazz, Blues, & More

Gregory Porter

When: Fri., May 24, 8:30 p.m. and Sat., May 25, 9 p.m. 2013

In an age when few taboos remain, world-renowned jazz singer Gregory Porter chooses to exercise a little restraint. It's how he pulls off the song "Magic Cup," which is full of double-entendre and includes a line about “grinding beans and steaming cream," yet still manages to leave listeners wondering whether he's talking about coffee or lovemaking. “Unfortunately, it’s not so popular today because people just kind of want to tell you right to your face exactly what it is they’re talking about: ‘Put your leg on me,’” Porter says. But while the slyness of his lyrics may seem like a relic of bygone eras, Porter's voice — a honeyed baritone with incredible expressive power — will always be in style. And with a longtime team of collaborators backing him, he's winning audiences over worldwide. —Paul Bowers.

Approx. one hour, 15 minutes. Part of Spoleto Festival USA.

Price: $27-$30/general admission, $45/reserved

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