55th Annual Grammy Nominations


Some awesome artists getting recognized with the 55th Grammy nominations this year. Super glad to see our boy Frank Ocean, Alabama Shakes, The Black Keys, M.I.A., Florence & The Machine, The Roots, Bjork, and Miguel, amongst many others making the list.

And once again, we are thrilled to see so many great projects we worked making the nominee list as well. A big congrats to Robert Glasper, Esperanza Spalding, and Anthony Hamilton for snagging more than one nomination, too! The 55th Grammys will air on February 10. For a full list of the nominees, click here.

Best Pop Solo Performance
Set Fire To The Rain [Live] – Adele

Best R&B Performance
Thank You – Estelle
Gonna Be Alright (F.T.B.) – Robert Glasper Experiment ft. Ledisi

Best R&B Song
Pray For Me – Anthony Hamilton
Refill – Elle Varner

Best R&B Album
Black Radio – Robert Glasper Experiment
Back To Love – Anthony Hamilton

Best Traditional R&B Performance
Real Good Hands – Gregory Porter

Best Improvised Jazz Solo
Cross Roads – Ravi Coltrane

Best Jazz Vocal Album
Radio Music Society – Esperanza Spalding

Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s)
City Of Roses – Esperanza Spalding

Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical
The Absence – Melody Gardot

Best Long Form Music Video
Radio Music Society – Esperanza Spalding

Next Step July Winner: Sean Haefeli


Hella excited about this July Next Step winner of ours! Berlin based pianist, vocalist, lyricist, and composer Sean Haefeli mesmerized us with his vocal jazz that’s sprinkled with welcome notes of Jose James and Gil Scott-Heron.

Others have referenced Last Poets, Roberta Flack, Michael Franti, Bobby McFerrin, and Gregory Porter when speaking about his music. Looks like dude has a pretty fail proof thing going on as far as many are concerned.

Sean’s sound blends jazz, soul, hip hop, and spoken word to birth warm, honest, and intimate music perfect for cozying up to as winter approaches. RISE marks his third album, which similar to his previous two, is self-produced and released. Below, you can stream the entire album and also download the title track for free!

Touring will begin in late October through November of this year. On, November 16 catch a special performance on Mijke’s Middag Live on Dutch radio station Radio 6.

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Video: Gregory Porter – “Be Good (Lion’s Song)”


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Soul and jazz singer Gregory Porter recently released the first video from his Be Good album and it’s just too precious. Based on the title track, “Be Good (Lion’s Song),” the video is an adorable depiction of a darling father and daughter duo’s silly antics, and their run in with a dancer lady that frolicks about town.

Directer Pierre Bennu expounds:

“The dance of love is something that can be done alone but it is also fun with somebody else,” says Bennu. “I wanted to show two characters; one who was so busy dancing alone, never looking to have a partner… and another so desperate for love that he would do whatever it took to get it. What that character finally realizes is that all he needed to offer forth was himself.”

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NYC: Gregory Porter Show @ Highline Ballroom – March 16


For those of us that can’t get enough of Gregory Porter and his new album, Be Good, there is more ear lovin’ to be had! New Yorkers can enjoy the extraordinary singer for a night of croons and swoons at the Highline Ballroom on March 16. Check for details below! More tour dates happening as well!

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Event Details
Gregory Porter Live @ Highline Ballroom
Friday, March 16th, 2012
Doors 6PM / Show 7:30PM

Advance Price: $12.00
Door Price: $15.00
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All ages
General Admission Seating

Highline Ballroom
431 W. 16th Street
New York, NY

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Gregory Porter Releases ‘Be Good’ + MP3 & Tour Dates


Grammy nominated soul savant Gregory Porter dropped his Be Good album today and after reveling in “1960 What?” these past few months, we must say that we are quite ecstatic.

Snuggle up with the nearest fine thang and prepare yourself for rich horns and soothing tones that’ll take you higher and higher.

Also, “Real Good Hands” is available for a free download as iTunes Single of the Week – grab that!

East Coast Tour Dates + More TBA
2/23 – NYC, Smoke Jazz and Supper Club
2/26 – NYC, Smoke Jazz and Supper Club
3/16 – NYC, Highline Ballroom
3/28 through 3/31 – Detroit, MI, Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe
4/3 – Pittsburgh, PA, The Cabaret at Theatre Square
4/4 through 4/7 – Detroit, MI, Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe

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Gregory Porter – “Be Good”

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