Lewis Porter

Lewis’s Contributions

03/14/13    Community Articles

Summer Jazz Courses at Rutgers-Newark and ONLINE!

We offer two graduate level courses this summer: An online version of Lewis Porter's Historiography Course, and an in-person seminar, meeting 6 days, where Dr. Porter will take your requests of topics to cover!


11/13/12    Features

Dave Liebman: When Miles Came Calling

In this book excerpt, the saxophonist reflects on working with the Prince of Darkness


January/February 2006    DVDs

The Manhattan Project
The Manhattan Project

Taped before an audience in a Manhattan studio in 1989, this no-frills DVD features Wayne Shorter, the late Michel Petrucciani, Stanley Clarke and Lenny White in a program of six well-known tunes (including Jaco Pastorius' "Dania," which they don't seem...


January/February 2006    DVDs

Roots: Salute to the Saxophone/The Gadd Gang (Double Time Jazz Collection, Vol. 5)
Various Artists

The first half of the DVD features a two-hour 1992 live program with saxophonists Chico Freeman, Sam Rivers, Arthur Blythe and Nathan Davis, with pianist Don Pullen, bassist Santi Debriano and drummer Idris Muhammad. Davis, a respected educator whose playing...


January/February 2006    DVDs

A Life in E Flat
Phil Woods

Filmed in 2004, this 64-minute documentary, while worthwhile, is hardly a biography. It consists of a day in the studio (recording the CD This Is How I Feel About Quincy), interspersed with brief interview excerpts. (A bonus feature is an additional 22 minutes...


October 2005    Features

Thelonious Monk and John Coltrane: Evidence

A Recently Discovered Live Recording Featuring Thelonious Monk and John Coltrane Sheds Light on Their Relationship. Lewis Porter on the newly discovered Carnegie Hall concert featuring Thelonius Monk and John Coltrane.

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About Lewis Porter

Lewis Porter, (Lewisporter.com), long known as a jazz educator and author of books including the most celebrated volume on John Coltrane, is also very active as a jazz pianist, keyboardist and composer. Known for a free and open attitude, he contributes to many types of musical situations. Dr. Porter has appeared in concert internationally with such masters as Dave Liebman, Ravi Coltrane, Judi Silvano with Joe Lovano, Jeff Coffin, Jane Ira Bloom, Wycliffe Gordon, Joe Morris, Marc Ribot, George Garzone, Mark Dresser, Gerry Hemingway, Alan Dawson, Gregg Bendian and many others. He is a regular member of the Indian-influenced
quartet Dharma Jazz with Badal Roy (Dharmajazz.net).

His three-movement concerto for saxophone and orchestra will be performed by Dave Liebman at Harvard on April 19, 2012. He has recorded three CDs as a leader for the Altrisuoni label--Second Voyage, Italian Encounter (live in Italy), and Transformation (duets with fellow pianist and Berklee professor Marc Rossi); and he appears on the Dharma Jazz CD Just Four, the duo CD with clarinetist and NJIT Professor David Rothenberg, and on the forthcoming Liebman/Marc Ribot quintet CD on Enja!

The critics have said that Porter is “A helluva piano
player” (Jazz Times). "Mixing experimental with traditional, [he]
plays up a storm." (Midwest Record) “Porter is a deep thinker.”
(Swing Journal). His music is “founded upon depth and cunning use of space" (ejazznews.com). Porter was nominated for a liner-note Grammy in 1996. You can follow his occasional blog of his new jazz research here:

WEBSITE: Lewisporter.com