MARK MASTERS, conductor, American Jazz Institute Big Band
SCOTT ENGLEBRIGHT, LES LOVITT, KYE PALMER, RON STOUT, trumpet
DANNY HOUSE, RAY REED, BRIAN WILLIAMS, JERRY PINTER, woodwind
LES BENEDICT, DAVE WOODLEY, BOB MCCHESNEY, PETE BROCKMAN, trombone
MILCHO LEVIEW, piano
PUTTER SMITH, bass
RANDY DRAKE, drums
In addition to his career as a performer, John La Porta has taught during six decades, most notably at The Berklee College of Music in Boston, and is the author of numerous educational texts.
A highlight of his performing and recording career was as clarinet soloist in Igor Stravinsky's Ebony Concerto (1946) recorded for the Everest record label. La Porta participated in the 1957 Brandeis Music Festival, an important event in the development of the "Third Stream," a school of thought bringing the classical and jazz worlds together musically. John La Porta has recorded with Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, Lester Young, Charles Mingus, Dizzy Gillespie, Max Roach, Ray Brown, Lennie Tristano, Buddy Rich, Fats Navarro, and many others.
Please join us for an evening of jazz at the Athenaeum, featuring John La Porta and The American Jazz Institute Big Band.