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date: 23 August 2019

Porter [Portnoff], Lewis (Robert )locked

  • Gary W. Kennedy


(Robert )

(b Scranton, PA, May 14, 1951). Musicologist and educator. His family changed its surname from Portnoff to Porter around 1952, after moving to North Decatur, Georgia; from 1958 Porter grew up in New York, where he learned violin from the ages of ten to twelve and took up piano. While studying psychology at the University of Rochester (1968–72) he took music courses at the Eastman School, led his own jazz trio, and began on alto saxophone (1971). Following graduate work in counseling at Northeastern University in Boston (MEd 1976) he studied music theory at Tufts University (MA 1979), at which he served as the school’s first jazz band director, conducted the symphonicwinds, and taught jazz history and other courses (1977–86). Concurrently, he completed a doctoral degree in musicology at Brandeis University (1983), where he founded and directed the school’s jazz ensemble (...

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