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Charlie Porter

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.

Charlie has toured the world as a side-man and band-leader in jazz and also as a classical soloist and chamber musician, performing and recording with many notable musicians and groups over the last twenty years ranging from jazz greats including Joe Zawinul, Mike Longo, Paquito D’Rivera, Ira Sullivan, Aaron Diehl, Mike Holober, Jimmy Greene, David Berger, Charli Persip and Chuck Israels to classical artists such as Simone Dinnerstein, Sarah Chang, and Joyce DiDonato as well as world-music greats Goran Bregovic, Marcel Khalife, and Kim Duksoo, among many others. He is also a founding member of the grammy-nominated electro-acoustic Absolute Ensemble, directed by Kristjan Jarvi. Charlie’s recent collaboration on opera star Joyce DoDonato’s crossover album “Songplay” earned him a Grammy Award for 2019.

Porter holds degrees from The Juilliard School and Manhattan School of music in jazz and classical performance. He was also a Fulbright Scholar at the Paris Conservatory. Before his college studies, he attended the Palm Beach County School of the Arts. Among many awards to his credit, Charlie was the first trumpeter to win 1st place in both the classical and jazz divisions of the National Trumpet Competition. As a composer, he has been commissioned by Chamber Music America and the Doris Duke Foundation.

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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

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Willing to teach

Intermediate to advanced

Clinic/Workshop Information

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.


Album Discography

Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Shag Bag




OA2 Records


Immigration Nation

OA2 Records


Garden Of Delights

Dot Time Records



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