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Primary Instrument: Composer/conductor

Born: September 19, 1960

James Porter writes, plays and sings jazz songs: vehicles for jazz music-making, rather than self-standing songs with a set arrangement. A song is about meaning while jazz is about music-making (and rock about attitude). James Porter writes songs that are meant to be improvised on from the start, so that he hardly ever sings them as he wrote them, and his writing process focuses on the pleasure a musician would derive from improvising on them. He started learning the guitar when his sister dated a progrock guitarist back in the late seventies, playing by ear as much as from charts, writing down the music the piano or the guitar dictated...
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Featured recording “The James Porter Songbook”

The James Porter Songbook

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    James Porter All Stars
    The James Porter Songbook


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