Born: May 10, 1978
Internationally acclaimed and Grammy Award-winning trumpeter and composer Charlie Porter first cut his teeth on the New York jazz scene in the late ’90s, while simultaneously studying classical trumpet performance at The Juilliard School under the tutelage of famed trumpeter and composer Wynton Marsalis. Though he has a strong penchant for improvised music, Charlie has since delved into many projects from jazz and classical to Arabic, Indian, African, Australian Aboriginal and Korean music, seeking to find common ground among all good music and avoiding the pigeonholing of genre labels.
Though he has recorded many albums as a side musician, Porter has two recent albums as a leader that have been garnering high praise. He recently released his second album as a leader “Immigration Nation,” recorded in New York City, on the Origin Arts label in late November 2019. It has been hailed by Jazziz Magazine as a joyful but tempered expression of optimism...poignantly voiced...nuanced performance,” “sublime…Joyous… Fascinating by Jeff Krow of Audiophile Audition, and as “a sterling merger of politics and music” by Chris Spector of Midwest Record.
Previously, he released the debut eponymous album, “Charlie Porter,” in 2018, which featured a who’s who of Portland jazz musicians, including the legendary Mel Brown and Chuck Israels. It was hailed as A testament to Porter's prodigious talent and imaginative creativity” by All About Jazz and as technical wizardry” by DownBeat Magazine.
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Porter's playing is fluid, expressive, and magnificent -DownBeat Magazine
“…technical wizardry -DownBeat Magazine
“…prodigious talent and imaginative creativity -All About Jazz
Porter's excellent stylish playing draws you in; you hang on each note -Palm Beach Post
“…honest and engaged fully with the embodiment of what jazz is musically” -Paul Rauch, All About Jazz
“…unorthodox and sophisticated -Oregon Artswatch
“He is an incredibly proficient instrumentalist, with a fluid and expressive style that feels like a fresh twist on
the hard-bop establishment.” Jazz Society of Oregon
“…virtuosic trumpet playing first of all, without sacrificing musicality” -Randy Brecker
Fiery and intelligent -Wynton Marsalis
With his creative soul, stylistic prowess, and effortless technical skills, Charlie Porter is taking what can be
played on the trumpet to new heights” -Wayne Bergeron
“Very innovative and creative, great sound, fantastic technique, and control -Arturo Sandoval
Willing to teach
Intermediate to advanced
As a clinician, I generally help explain concepts in music and jazz that will help musicians grow harmonically and
rhythmically. I speak from experience of what has helped me, as well as generally accepted practice concepts and
techniques that work with regard to phrasing, developing an individual sound, keeping good time, etc.
I've taught clinics at Portland State University, University of Oregon, Palm Beach College, University of Denver, Clark
College, Tallinn Conservatory of Music and Dreyfoos School of the Arts.