Some may know pianist Randy Porter as saxophone great Charles McPherson’s frequent pianist. Others may know him from his annual performance and teaching at the Port Townsend Jazz Festival, or his performances with such greats as Freddy Hubbard, Art Farmer, Benny Golson, Arturo Sandoval, Karrin Allyson, Sheila Jordan, Diane Schuur, Wynton Marsalis and numerous symphony orchestras. Based in Portland, Oregon, he is without a doubt one of the city’s major contributions to the international jazz scene.
At age 20, bassist Jeff Johnson joined the band of renowned drummer Philly Joe Jones. In the decades since then, he has played with the greatest jazz musicians of several generations… including legends such as Chet Baker, Barney Kessel, Sonny Stitt, Benny Golson and Lee Konitz. Jeff is a two-time winner of Seattle’s Earshot Jazz “Northwest Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year” award.
Randy and Jeff have performed and recorded together for years. Randy and Anton have collaborated since 2006, and recorded together recently on Ed Reed’s Born To Be Blue CD. Jeff and Anton only recently met, performing under vocalist Jackie Ryan. This evening will mark the first performance of the three artists together. We can’t wait to hear what the chemistry will produce!