The world needs a little peace and perspective. But we also need a vehicle to deliver that. We need jazz. And the call for power-propelled musical healing has answered its own summons with a modern mainstream renaissance, headed by some of music's most prominent voices who've inserted the stories, the emotion and the energy of jazz into the forefront of recent sonic statements.

From Kendrick Lamar to Chance the Rapper, it's swing notes and syncopation that have offered the backbone to creatively juxtapose both the greatest unrest and the most profound joy in a year ricocheting between both. And artists like Grammy-winning jazz vocalist, Gregory Porter have been pillars, helping pave the way for the current revolution. Noted as one of the most revered jazz artists of the generation, the man with the hat and the creamy baritone voice has recently made chart history with his newly-released album Take Me To The Alley becoming the first jazz record to break into the UK's Top 5 for over ten years. People are listening and the vehicle won't stop now.

Congrats for all of your success this year with your new album. Where are you now and how has your summer been treating you?

I'm in London. I've been touring non-stop since this leg of the tour, since Glastonbury. Then we had the Canadian tour and now I'm back in the UK doing television. Then on to Hungary, Portugal, Spain and France. I'm just going to keep going.

What's most exciting about these shows in particular for you?

As cool as familiarity with the audience and festivals and venues can be, I also like new audiences that haven't heard of me before. I like the opportunity to create that new relationship with an audience that hasn't been to a show before. When I'm in Hungary, that will be my first show there in Budapest and I'm looking forward to it.

So from Thundercat to Kendrick Lamar and Chance the Rapper, all these artists have really integrated jazz at the forefront of all their music and they've been some of the biggest records of the year. Are we in a mainstream jazz renaissance and if so, what does that mean to you?

I feel like it is. I hope that it is. I hope that myself and Robert Glasper and Jose James, that we continue to make music and proliferate, in a way. I think what it means is, there are some things that happen in jazz in terms of, whether it be subject matter, of lyric or even just the political energy to the music, I think there's something that happens in that music that may not be as prevalent as in other music. So, I'm glad. This is an interesting time in politics all over the world and so I'm thinking that all the artists that you mentioned, the application of the current environment will find its way into the music. And that's good for jazz because it's a music that's alive.

What is it about jazz as a platform that is such a good vehicle to talk about things politically and creatively, particularly right now?

I love everybody's political ideas, but at the point in which they become discriminatory and isolationist and cruelly right-wing, it's time for some artistic push-back. So it's important for the Billy Holidays and the Abbey Lincoln's of today to say something about that.

In a way, that's you. You're one of the most successful jazz artists we currently have. What do you love about jazz that you want to share in your own current blend of jazz?

It just seems so free and unencumbered. It's not retrained by what a record company could tell you to say or do. The freedom to go from a message of love and the conditions of love - romantic, brotherly or social - you can go from that to protest and to political thought. That can be done in hip-hop and other music, but I find that sometimes, it happens less. I think the freedom that jazz affords the artist is something that attracts it to me and the emotion that can be poured into the music is something that's been attractive to me since I first started listening to music. I think of a song like 'Compared To What' by Les McCann and that sums up what I think jazz could and should be. Leon Thomas created a song called 'The Creator Has A Master Plan' and that's it. It can be a spiritual force and this thoughtful force that can move people's emotions and thought.

You put out your critically-acclaimed album Take Me To The Alley earlier this year and you were mentioning how the album was named after your mother and referencing her decision to go to Bakersfield to "be in a place where she was needed the most." Where do you feel like you're needed the most, whether that be physically or through your music?

Right now, the world is in so much turmoil that people are displaced and dislodged from their homes. I think about those places and the stories of mutual respect that I try to bring to the forefront. I think, for me, in terms of emotionally, it's a message to my family. I'm so fortunate to have my music thought of and placed and a category to be listened to a wider audience. It brings about these messages are in a way, a push-back to the negative energy that's in the environment at the moment.