projects

 

 

Duo Projects

I have performed with many artists in duo, from Joe Lovano, Dave Liebman, Jerry Bergonzi, Ben Monder to two-piano concerts with Vijay Iyer, Ethan Iverson. I can put together individual events, or a terrific series, with some of the following artists (depending on availability):

--Chien Chien Lu on vibraphone: Sensational musician from Taiwan, already touring with Jeremy Pelt. Here you can see her trading with pianist Victor Gould in Jeremy Pelt's band--she is featured starting around 41:20:

https://youtu.be/WU1p818rGu8

--James Brandon Lewis on tenor saxophone (see Video): He is a critically acclaimed saxophonist, composer, recording artist and educator. Lewis has received accolades from New York Times, Q Magazine and cultural tastemakers such as Ebony Magazine, who hailed him as one of the “7 Young Players to Watch” in today's scene:

http://www.jblewis.com/bio

 --Luke Stewart on bass--co-director of Capitol Bop in Washington DC.

 --Dominic Duval Jr on bass--as sensational as his legendary bassist father.

And:

—Trumpet and multi-brass virtuoso Omar Kabir—he’s American but also well-known in Germany where he lived for years.

--Rudy Royston on drums

--Mike Rabinowitz on bassoon (well known for his work with the Mingus groups at the Jazz Standard ).

--Ray Suhy on guitar (well known in rock circles, amazing jazz-rock player)

--Rob Thomas on violin

--Abraham Burton on sax (also well known from the Mingus band)

ETC.

 

Porter-Scarff Quartet

Lewis Porter - Phil Scarff Quartet: Indian Ragas and Jazz

Lewis Porter – piano, keyboards
Phil Scarff – saxophones
John Funkhouser – bass
Bertram Lehmann – drums

Celebrated pianist Lewis Porter combines forces with jazz and Indian-music saxophonist Phil Scarff in this dynamic quartet. From contemporary treatments of traditional Indian classical fare, to melodic originals, East emerges from West and the audacious emerges from the contemplative. Critics raved about the group's debut CD, "Three Minutes to Four," on the leading Massachusetts label Whaling City Sound. The other three members are based in Boston, but will travel.

 

Ray Suhy-Lewis Porter

Jazz-rock guitarist Suhy is nothing short of astounding. A guitarist to note! An astounding performance of improvised music by composers and instrumentalists. Porter in the last couple of years is emerging as one of the New York centric artist of real depth both as composer and pianist. Joris Teepe on bass and Rudy Royston on drums complete this dynamic quartet.

 

WestSide Improvisation Group (WIG)

This delightful cooperative quartet features guitar legend Dom Minasi (Blue Note Records etc.), Porter, bass virtuoso Ratzo Harris, and in-demand drummer Jay Rosen. The “feel” of the group is something like the late Eric Dolphy—quirky, witty, exploratory, and sometimes very swinging!