"Porter's playing is fluid, expressive, and magnificent"

-  DownBeat Magazine


About the album

With a sweeping collection of new music, acclaimed trumpeter/composer Charlie Porter gathers a dynamic group of forward-looking musicians to celebrate America's rich immigrant history. In a time when immigration policy has become a heart-wrenching polarizing topic, Porter felt compelled to reclaim the uniting power of the word 'immigrant' through art, knowing its healing capacity can be great when crafted with intention. This diverse cast presents twelve original compositions in two sets, 'Leaving Home' & 'New Beginnings.' The ensemble burns and soars while embracing many global influences that have found their way into the music, including elements from Porter's Lebanese/Greek/Italian heritage, all while fully living in the essence and language of jazz.

Personnel: Charlie Porter (trumpet, flugelhorn) Nick Biello (tenor saxophone) Oscar Perez (piano) David Wong (bass) Kenneth Salters (drums) Sabine Kabongo (vocals).

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What others are saying...
"Porter's playing is fluid, expressive, and magnificent"

-  DownBeat Magazine

"a joyful but tempered expression of optimism...poignantly voiced...nuanced performance"

-  JAZZIZ Magazine

"What is most striking about this record is that above and beyond an important and all inclusive social narrative, the music is honest and engaged fully with the embodiment of what jazz is musically. The narrative is expressed without the music being over-produced or obliged to that narrative. The multi-colored compositional content, and soulful playing by all participants magnifies two grand commonalities shared by the American people—that we are a nation of immigrants, and that jazz music is the means by which we most elegantly state our cultural identity."

-  Paul Rauch, ALL ABOUT JAZZ

"Impressionistic with an almost symphonic sweep, this is an old school/modern set with real boots on the ground feel. A sterling merger of politics and music."

-  Chris Spector, Midwest Record


-  Jeff Krow, Audiophile Audition

About the album

This self-titled debut album features ten varied, original compositions, as well as a little-known gem by Duke Ellington, only ever recorded once, in 1940, prior to this recording.

With nine ensembles comprised of twenty-one of Portland's best jazz musicians, this album showcases Charlie's writing and playing within a diverse spectrum of sound, from solo to sextet. It begins with a solo trumpet track, and then builds from a duo up to sextet and then back down from quintet to solo trumpet, for the last track. The palindromic form of the album and the different instrumentation of each track help to conceptually unify the pieces, yet send the listener on a journey of musical diversity.


John Nastos, David Evans (saxophones) John Moak (trombone) Majid Khaliq (violin) George Colligan, David Goldblatt, Dan Gaynor, Greg Goebel (piano) Christopher Woitach (guitar) Chuck Israels, Jon "sticky" Lakey, Tim Gilson, Tom Wakeling, Dylan Sundstrom, Bill Athens, Cary Mija (bass) Mel Brown, Christopher Brown, Alan Jones, Tim Rap, Michael Raynor (drums).

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What others are saying...
"Technical wizardry"

-  DownBeat Magazine

"A testament to Porter's prodigious talent and imaginative creativity"

-  All About Jazz

"It's different - very innovative and creative, great sound, fantastic technique, and control, great compositions! I think that it'll be very well received by music fans."

-  Arturo Sandoval

"Simply a winner in all respects. It's virtuosic trumpet playing first of all, without sacrificing musicality, and the whole album is so well structured without losing the excitement of spontaneity at the same time. This is one I'll be listening to many times over. This CD gets right to the MUSIC from the first phrase of 'Prologue' to the last note of 'Epilogue' and every note in between!"

- Randy Brecker

"With his creative soul, stylistic prowess, and effortless technical skills, Charlie Porter is taking what can be played on the trumpet to new heights. He makes the impossible sound effortless and beautiful. Charlie and the great musicians on this album have set the bar at the highest level. 'Charlie Porter' will surely inspire the next generation of young trumpeters, and some of us older ones too. Bravo Charlie!"


- Wayne Bergeron

"An album as inventive as this, and as full to bursting with sparkling performances from Porter and some of Portland’s best, deserves such deep listening and return engagement"

- Robert Ham



Photo by Reed Ricker


"Porter's playing is fluid, expressive, and magnificent"

-  DownBeat Magazine

"Porter's excellent stylish playing draws you in; you hang on each note"

-  Palm Beach Post

"Fiery and intelligent"

-  Wynton Marsalis

"Unorthodox and sophisticated"

-  Oregon Artswatch

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, Jay Thomas, 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. 


Some of Charlie’s most influential music mentors have included George Davis, Tony York, Sy Pryweller, Randy Sonntag, Wayne Miller, Raymond Mase, Mark Gould, Guy Touvron, Laurie Frink and Cecil Bridgewater.



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