Lew's News

CONCERT 7/14;BGO interview;iTunes;Downloads!

NEXT GIG: 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 available, 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:
-STARTING THIS WEEK, the recording of the second set from our last Big Apple gig (the trio with Ratzo Harris and Rudy Royston) will be available at Artistowned.com. There are 4 tunes and each MP3 will be something like $1.50.

-BOTH OF MY CDS are now at iTunes: Do a Power Search for Porter in genre Jazz, and click on Show All. They old one is at eMusic too, and soon the new one will be added!

My new "live" trio CD Italian Encounter is also 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. One track from each CD is at Lewisporter.com

Swing Journal July 2007 p.192 says that my new CD reveals a "deep thinker...who thrills us with intriguing note choices~~a very uncommon approach and worth listening to."

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

-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.

-MY MOST RECENT INTERVIEW IS AVAILABLE NOW THROUGH Friday 7/13 AT: http://www.wbgo.org/news/journal/index.php

-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:
ANOTHER SEASON OF "JAZZ TALK" AT JALC begins on Nov. 8 (now on Thursdays) with Ira Gitler, Phil Schaap and others discussing with me "Charlie Parker: The Myth Vs. The Reality"! You can subscribe to four talks for only $40 at: http://jalc.org/jazzED/subs/jazz_talk.html

MY FALL CONCERTS AT RUTGERS-NEWARK will feature the amazing Badal Roy and Vic Juris (Sept 19) and the great sax player Jeff Coffin from Bela Fleck's band (Nov. 14). These are free and open to all, Wednesdays at 2:30pm.

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.

On Oct 23 I'll lecture and then perform at the University of Pennsylvania in Philly.

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.