Lew's News

Lew’s News: Cachaca THIS Friday 7pm!; Tap at Linc Center 4/17!

"A Helluva Piano Player" (Jazz Times, 11/07)--SEE Lewis Porter.com for clips, links to Myspace etc.


Friday April 11, 7 to 8:30pm: Irene Jalenti, jazz singer from Italy, makes her NY debut at Chacaca (8th street near 6th avenue), with Lewis Porter on piano, and Newark grad students David Perrott, bass and Rob Smith, drums!

$15 Music Charge, $5 Minimum

Stay for the 9pm show by drummer Ronnie Burrage’s excellent band!

Cachaça Jazz ‘n’ Samba Club, 35 West 8th Street, Greenwich Village, NYC. http://cachacajazz.com/

Telephone (212) 388-9099



April 17, 2008

Hoofers young and old converge to celebrate this original African-American art form and its timeless connection to jazz. Dancers Harold "Stumpy" Cromer, Jared Grimes and Stephanie Larriere share the secrets to their syncopated steps with moderator Dr. Lewis Porter and demonstrate a few trademark moves. Tour the history of tap through rare film clips and, at the end of the evening, lace up your tap shoes for our high-flyin', high-steppin' tap jam. Make some noise, Bojangles, and leave your sneakers at home! http://www.jalc.org/jazzED/subs/jazz_talk.html

CDs, and Podcasts:


Lewisporter.com (click on Videos)




-You can watch my entire 100 minute lecture-performance with Jane Ira Bloom,10/13/07, here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=heUhq7V_VFE

-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: http://artistowned.com/DisplayArtist.cfm?artistid=166 There are 4 tunes and each MP3 is 99 cents.

-BOTH OF MY CDS are now at iTunes and eMusic, but you have to search by title of each CD (Second Voyage; Italian Encounter).

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

So far Italian Encounter has received ONLY rave reviews! THE LATEST REVIEWS: Barry McRae in Jazz Journal International, January 2008:

Porter…can most certainly practice what he preaches…He has produced an album that offers genuine creativity as well as an intriguing selection of material…Porter and di Castri enjoy a meaningful conversation of committed subtlety.

Herb Young in IAJRC Journal, Dec. 07:

They communicate with each other beautifully. They all have “ears.”…”Body and Soul” gets very original treatment…My favorite is “Lester Young Samba.” It really swings in a modern way…I could not digest this disc in a single hearing. However, repeated plays did release a lot of music to me.”


John Bookof Music For America writes:  The collected experiences of three fine musicians in one powerful and moving CD…it sounds like they've been a trio for most of their lives. The chemistry between these three musicians come from a love of jazz, music, improvisation, and creativity, even in a track like the standard "Body And Soul" the listener has no idea where things are going to go, but just moving through the song is part of the fun.

Thomas Conrad in Jazz Times (11/07):

<<Lewis Porter must now be known as a helluva piano player who happens to have several day gigs (as a professor, author and consultant)…Porter plays…long rhapsodic single-note runs. "Body and Soul" is a rapt, patient encounter, the melodic  narrative acknowledged but time taken for subplots and glittering corollaries.>>

NEW REVIEW by Jerry D'Souza at allaboutjazz.com:

<<The empathy between them is remarkable and makes for a delightful concert…. Porter can indulge in a melody and draw it out, exposing its spell charmingly. He illuminates his runs with little spaces and in a welter of notes that tumble and roar. He also has a penchant for unleashing a thunderous chord unexpectedly, but it sits perfectly in the frame of his progression….Each of the musicians brings an enterprising vision and an edge to even the most lyrical of tunes, a prime example being “Lester Young Samba.”…”Again and Again (ii-V-I),” a lovely ballad, is perfectly mainstream. Porter weaves a rich melodic tapestry, his vivid colors brushed with a flurry or daubed with resolute emphasis.>>

Marc Medwin in AllAboutJazz-NewYork, 11/ 07:

<<"Body and Soul" traveled the spaceways, the journey back to the head near miraculous…The intense dialogues of Bill Evans' groups are invoked…The originals here are equally engaging…This is a well-programmed and refreshingly varied disc.>> 


-Allen Lowe's double CD Jews In Hell is out (see Allanlowe.com). 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 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 and 31 of the 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/