Charlie Porter is an internationally-renowned trumpeter and composer. Photo: Supplied.

Giant of jazz to perform

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Jazz lovers are in for a treat with two amazing jazz concerts coming up at the Nelson Centre of Musical Arts over the next few months.

Next week, audiences will experience authentic New York jazz with two well-known and respected jazz musicians from the United States, followed by two Kiwi greats, concert pianist Michael Houstoun and Big Band jazz legend Rodger Fox, who will perform together in April.

Charlie Porter is an internationally-renowned trumpeter and composer who first cut his teeth on the New York jazz scene, while simultaneously studying classical trumpet performance at The Juilliard School under the tutelage of famed trumpeter and composer Wynton Marsalis.

He has toured the world as a sideman and bandleader in jazz and also as a classical soloist and chamber musician.

Performing with Charlie is Grammy-nominated drummer and percussionist David Rozenblatt, who has worked with a huge number of music legends including Paul Simon, Elton John, Bruce Springsteen, Usher and The Killers.

With a sweeping collection of new music from his latest album ‘Immigration Nation’, Charlie has gathered this dynamic group of forward-looking musicians to celebrate America’s rich immigrant history.

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.

Charlie Porter Quartet at Nelson Centre of Musical Arts, Thursday 27, February, 7pm, tickets $30 (+ service fee). For more information click here.