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John LaPorta

At one point in time, John LaPorta looked like he was going to be one of the leading clarinetists in modern jazz. His cool tone and very advanced style (influenced by Lennie Tristano) seemed to be making him the Lee Konitz of the clarinet.

LaPorta showed great promise as a reedman, particularly for his skills as a bebop and Third Stream clarinetist, but chose to sidestep into the educator's chair. One of his first professional gigs was with Bob Chester's swing band, beginning in 1942. In '44 he joined the Herman aggregation and remained for two years, making his own imprint on what became a classic big- band sound. His taste and technique were impeccable on alto and tenor saxes and clarinet.

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Albums

Theme and Variations
Theme and Variations
Fantasy Jazz
2003
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Theme And Variations
Challenge Jazz
2002
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Conceptions
Challenge Jazz
1983
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The Clarinet Artistry...
Challenge Jazz
1983
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Jazz Moods/ Charles Mingus John Leporta
Jazz Moods/ Charles...
Fantasy Jazz
1954
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Videos

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