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Charlie Porter

Multi-Genre Trumpeter, Composer & Educator

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As a multi-genre trumpeter and composer, Charlie Porter takes an all-encompassing approach to music. He has been steadily forging a strong reputation in music, both abroad and on the New York City music scene. Charlie has toured throughout most of the United States and abroad as both a bandleader and sideman. His quartet was selected by Jazz at Lincoln Center and the U.S. Department of State in 2010 to tour Asia, including India, Sri Lanka, Dhaka, Bangladesh, and Turkey. Previously, in 2007, his quartet toured West Africa under the same program, where they performed in Sierra Leone, Togo, Nigeria, Côte d’Ivoire and Cameroon. Charlie also toured with the JALC “All-Star” quartet in 2008, which toured extensively in India, China and Africa. As a core member of The Absolute Ensemble, an electro-acoustic crossover chamber orchestra lead by Kristjan Jarvi, Charlie has toured Germany, Italy, Sweden, France, Belgium, Austria, Finland, Norway, Greece, Denmark, Switzerland, England, Brussels, Holland, Latvia, Estonia, Australia, and New Zealand. Charlie also toured the U.S. extensively with the internationally acclaimed Dallas Brass in their 2009/10 season, playing both trumpet and Eb alto horn. Recently, as the brass coach for the Baltic Youth Orchestra, Charlie has also traveled to Lithuania. Throughout Charlie’s travels, he has gained experience in performing for a wide variety of communities and fostering cultural exchange with local musicians and audiences. As one of the resident groups in Carnegie Hall’s “Musical Connections” program, the Charlie Porter Quartet plays an active role in performing for disadvantaged audiences in the NYC community. As a New York-based freelance trumpeter, Charlie has also performed with many professional orchestras, such as The New Jersey Symphony, The American Symphony Orchestra and The Garden State Philharmonic as well as on numerous New York broadway shows, such as “The Apple Tree” and “South Pacific.” As a composer, Mr. Porter was commissioned by Chamber Music America and The Doris Duke Foundation in 2005 to compose a piece, “The Buddy Bolden Suite,” for his septet, which was then premiered at The Jazz Gallery and JALC’s Dizzy’s Club to sold-out crowds. Among the many awards to his credit, he was the first ever to be awarded 1st Prize in the National Trumpet Competition in both Jazz and Classical divisions and was a semi-finalist in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Trumpet Competition in Los Angeles.

My Jazz Story

Published on: 2018-09-14

My grandmother got me listening to jazz music as a young boy, but I wasn't really hooked until I heard Wynton Marsalis perform live, when I was 13 years old. My grandmother took me backstage to meet Wynton and he gave me a little lesson. He told me to go home and "listen to Louis Armstrong and play what you hear." I've been hooked ever since!