Lew's News

Vision Fest Panel SUNDAY; CONCERT JULY 14!

1. Sunday June 24 at 3 pm, FREE; Panel Discussion- What is "Serious" Music?, with Hamid Drake, Patricia Nicholson, Dr. Lewis Porter, Roscoe Mitchell, and folks from Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust and Meet the Composer. Moderated by Michael Heller (graduate of Rutgers-Newark M.A. jazz program, now working on Ph.D. in music at Harvard); AT Angel Orensanz Foundation, 172 Norfolk Street, just south of Houston St. Turn left onto Essex, right onto Stanton, right onto Norfolk. http://www.visionfestival.org. Followed by an excellent concert at 5pm ($30 advance, $35 day of show)

2. Saturday night July 14 at Big Apple at 8:30-11pm, $10: Lewis Porter (synthesizer) returns to Big Apple Jazz with bassist Corcoran Hout and the fabulous drummer Rudy Royston and SPECIAL GUESTS (sax, etc.). We really want a good crowd at this one--Big Apple is a delightful coffee-house atmosphere with burgers, fish, soft drinks and desserts availabl, 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); B, C and 2, 3 Trains to 135th or the M2 bus stops right in front. Tel. (212) 283-JAZZ (5299). http://www.bigapplejazz.com/ezswoodshed.html#localtalent

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.

Swing Journal July 2007 p.192 says that the new CD is "meditative and thrilling...Very fine piano playing."

Midwest Record (May 07) writes that this is "a sizzling trio date...Mixing experimental with traditional, these cats play up a storm."

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. Second Voyage is also available at iTunes and eMusic, and soon the other will be too! 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 featured in Episode 21 of 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/

Looking ahead:
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.