Lew's News

COME TO June 7 GIG; plus June 9, CD review, etc.

COME TO THIS ONE--nice atmosphere, only $10, great bass and drums, and we can play just what we want!: Thurs., June 7, 8:30-11pm, $10: Lewis Porter (synthesizer) returns to Big Apple Jazz with the fabulous Ratzo Harris (bass--with Kenny Werner, Joe Lovano, Jane Ira Bloom, etc. etc.) and Rudy Royston (Drums--with Javon Jackson, etc.) We really want a good crowd at this one--Big Apple is a delightful coffee-house atmosphere with great drinks and desserts available for purchase as well as jazz CDs and books and other gifts--COME TO THIS GIG!!! Located between W.131 and W.132 Streets at 2236 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd. (aka 7th Ave) Tel. (212) 283-JAZZ (5299). I usually find parking on 131 or 132 with no problem. http://www.bigapplejazz.com/ezswoodshed.html#localtalent

First review of my latest CD: Midwest Record (May 07) writes that Lewis Porter's new CD is "a sizzling trio date...Mixing experimental with traditional, these cats play up a storm."

Sat., June 9, 9 to 11:30 PM, $5: The Peter Hand Quartet returns to the Silvermine Tavern, with Peter Hand- guitar, Lewis Porter- synth, Harvie S- bass, and Chip White- drums. At The Silvermine Tavern, 194 Perry Avenue, Norwalk, CT. $5.00 Music Charge - One item minimum per person - No Music charge or minimum for dinner guests. Call for reservations and directions: 203-847-4558; 888-693-9967, or visit http://www.silverminetavern.com/.

SUMMER COURSE: June 15-July 13. For the first time I am offering a SUMMER M.A. JAZZ SEMINAR at Rutgers-Newark, Fridays 10-4pm, and a few other days, with lunch break. Topics will include the history of rhythm sections, Sonny Rollins, Clifford Brown, 60s avant-garde, fusion.

Looking ahead:
In late September, I will perform on synth with Badal Roy (world famous tabla master) and Vic Juris (GREAT guitarist) and South Indian veena artist Gopal Kumar at Rutgers-Newark, in a cooperative group improvising mostly on Indian ragas!! We have decided on the name Dharma for the group.

On Oct. 13, afternoon, I will perform (on synth) and discuss improvisation and creativity with the marvelous saxophonist/composer Jane Ira Bloom at the Philoctetes Center on E. 82 St.

I'll give a duo concert with Dave Liebman at the Coltrane conference at University of Tours, in France, Nov. 27, 2007 Then I will travel to Finland to be a keynote speaker at a conference and perform with local musicians.

CDs, and Podcasts:
-Remember, my new "live" trio CD Italian Encounter is now available at http://altrisuoni.com/ You'll see it right on the home page but you can also search for my name. The phenomenal bassist (Furio Di Castri) and drummer (Fabrizio Sferra) on this CD are famous in Europe and have worked with Lovano, Brecker, Chet Baker, Konitz, etc., etc. My previous CD Second Voyage is still there too, with Dave Liebman, Dan Faulk, Kenny Wessel, Harvie S, and Marcus Baylor. Around now, both should also be available at iTunes and eMusic! One track from each CD is at Lewisporter.com

-Allen Lowe's double CD Jews In Hell is out (see Allanlowe.com soon--website is not up yet). I am featured on a long piano solo (I use Allan's written theme and then improvise in the style of it; then I get more free); it also features (on separate tracks) Matthew Shipp and my friends Mark Ribot and Randy Sandke. among others. I am interviewed in the new Coltrane podcast series, and did some advising behind the scenes. It also features interviews with McCoy Tyner, Billy Taylor, Joe Lovano, etc. Subscribe for free: http://traneumentary.blogspot.com/

I was interviewed re Coltrane on Swiss radio (Italian language). You can hear it here: http://www.rtsi.ch/Musica/welcome.cfm (scroll down)