Jazz Pianist, Composer, Historian, Author, Educator
What It Is: Conversations with Jazz Artist Dave Liebman
by Dave Liebman with Lewis Porter (Scarecrow Press, Studies in Jazz series, 2013).
The John Coltrane Reference
(N.Y.: Routledge, Dec. 2007), by Chris DeVito, Yasuhiro Fujioka, Wolf Schmaler, David Wild and General Editor: Lewis Porter. This large (ca.800 page) reference book represents the state of the art of Coltrane research.
John Coltrane: His Life and Music
Ann Arbor: U. of Michigan Press, 1998. Noted and award-winning study; published in French and Italian in 2007, Russian 2009; winner of award in France, “Best Jazz Book of the Year.”
Jazz: A Century of Change
New York: Schirmer Books, October 1997. A collection of rare historic articles from the 1800s through the 1990s, with text by Porter.
Jazz: From Its Origins to the Present
by Porter and Ullman, with Ed Hazell. Englewood, New Jersey: Prentice-Hall, 1992. Jazz history textbook, recommended by DownBeat magazine.
A Lester Young Reader
edited by L. Porter. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1991. A collection of classic articles about Youngm, and all of his interviews, annotated.
Twayne Publishers, 1985; reprinted, with revisions, U of Michigan Press, 2005. Mostly miusic analysis, with notation.