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Gregory Porter, Roy Hargrove and Roberta Gambarini in Cork

Gregory Porter, Guiness Cork Jazz Festival, 2012

Gregory Porter‘s final numbers Real Good Hands followed by 1960 What? brought a full house in Cork’s 650-seater Everyman Theatre unanimously to its feet. Alto saxophonist Yosuke Sato had burned through his solos with real conviction. After the show Porter was straight there manning a CD stall in the foyer, and must have sold about 100 CDs, and posed for photos with 30-40 audience members.

After the interval of tonight’s concert in the 2012 Guinness Cork Jazz Festival.Roy Hargrove‘s quintet played a generous mega-set, finishing just before midnight, with vocalist Roberta Gambarini guesting with the band on a couple of numbers. Hargrove himself may have got the strongest and most heartfelt applause when he sang on September in the Rain. The band ended Farewell Symphony-style, each member in turn walking off, to leave bassist Ameen Saleem alone on stage to bring the night to a deeply sonorous, satisfying allargando close.

Roberta Gambarini, Guiness Cork Jazz Festival 2012

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  1. I was at the gig in Cork. gregory Porter was immense and Roy Hargrove's band terrific but I felt Roberta gamberini got a raw deal here. was there an issue with herself and Roy ? I was right at the stage and when Roberta came on she looked anything but happy.Did anyone else feel that too ?d

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