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NEXT GIG: 8:30-11pm, at Big Apple Jazz. Singer Judi Silvano's quartet with Lewis Porter (synth), bassist TBA and drummer Rudy Royston performs at Big Apple Jazz: Bigapplejazz.com

I am trying to help Big Apple to become a "destination" for jazz lovers. What's not to like?: 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--you can bring your own wine ($3 corking fee per bottle)--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. If you're driving, parking is easy on 131st. Tel. (212) 283-JAZZ (5299). http://www.bigapplejazz.com/ezswoodshed.html#localtalent


10/26, 8:30-1am (three sets), $15, at Trumpets in Montclair, NJ. I'm on acoustic piano with Chris Brown on drums (from Roy Hargrove's band), Alex Hernandez on bass, and GUESTS TBA. All my students and New Jersey friends, please plan now on attending my first nightclub gig in NJ this year!

Sat., Nov.3, 8:30-11pm, at Big Apple Jazz. Salim Washington on saxophone, with Porter, Hakim Jami (bass), and Malik Washington (drums). Washington, a music professor at Brooklyn College, is also a charging post-Coltrane performer and composer.

CDs, and Podcasts:
-The recording of the "legendary" smoking second set from our Big Apple gig in June (the trio with Ratzo Harris and Rudy Royston) is available NOW at Artistowned.com. There are 4 tunes and each MP3 is 99 cents.

-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

THE LASTEST REVIEW is by Michael Rosenstein, Cadence, 9/07: "The pieces blend a penchant for freedom and a rich harmonic sensibility…Porter's lithe phrasing and nimble touch play off of drummer Sferra's loose swing and Di Castri's melodious stride. While this is certainly the freest session [of the CDs reviewed here], the trio always keeps a connection to the lyrical fabric of the pieces…. Listening to the way that Porter and Di Castri hand the melody back and forth on "Body and Soul" as they progressively stretch the theme into abstraction is a particular highlight."

Dr. Ana Isabel Ordonez, jazzreview.com: Anchored by a bold Italian rhythm section, famous pianist Porter renders this live recording in Siena, Italy with a lively glitter and amazing sense of assurance…The seven cuts on the album define an amazing music style which incorporates many elements of Contemporary jazz. The music has a definite groove with a mix of high energy and dexterity…Porter’s solo is remarkable on the standard “Body and Soul."

Glenn Astarita, ejazznews.com: "Simply stated, there's a lot going on under the hoodÉ [T]hey occasionally venture into free terrain, while offsetting the mix with spunky bop motifs and multihued contrasts...Porter delves into the Bill Evans School during his solo spot on the standard, 'Body and Soul.' Ultimately, the trio's somewhat meticulous and patiently rendered arrangements are founded upon depth and cunning use of space. It's not simply 'another jazz piano trio outing,' as subsequent listens divulge previously unnoticed surprises."

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.


-An extended recent WBGO radio interview that i feel good about is archived permanently: Go to www.wbgo.org and go to News, then go to Journal Archive, and click on July 6, 2007.

-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 Roy Haynes, Ira Gitler, and Phil Schaap discussing with me "Charlie Parker: The Myth Vs. The Reality"! You can subscribe to four talks for only $40 at: www.JALC.org

MY FALL CONCERTS AT RUTGERS-NEWARK will be with the great sax player Jeff Coffin from Bela Fleck's band (Dec. 5).

On Oct 23 I'll lecture and then perform at the University of Pennsylvania in Philly; on 10/24 I'll be at the University of the Arts.

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 speak and perfortm in Amsterdam Nov. 21-24, then I'll give a duo concert with Dave Liebman at the Coltrane conference at University of Tours, in France, Nov. 26, 2007. Then I will travel to Finland to be a keynote speaker at a conference and perform with their fine jazz faculty.

END of Lew's News