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Lewis Porter – Phil Scarff Quartet: Indian Ragas and Jazz

August 16, 2019 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm


Lewis Porter – Phil Scarff Quartet: Indian Ragas and Jazz

Lewis Porter – piano, keyboards
Phil Scarff – saxophones
John Funkhouser – bass
Bertram Lehmann – drums

Celebrated pianist Lewis Porter combines forces with jazz and Indian-music saxophonist Phil Scarff in this dynamic quartet. From contemporary treatments of traditional Indian classical fare, to melodic originals, East emerges from West and the audacious emerges from the contemplative. Critics raved about the group’s debut CD, “Three Minutes to Four,” on the leading Massachusetts label Whaling City Sound.

Pianist, composer, educator, and Grammy-nominated author Lewis Porter, Ph.D., was recently the subject of articles in major jazz magazines. DownBeat says he “is in a prolific phase of his career… By any measure, Porter is experiencing a…musical flowering.” He has performed or recorded across the USA and Europe with Terri Lyne Carrington, John Patitucci, Tia Fuller, Dave Liebman, Wycliffe Gordon, Ravi Coltrane, Marc Ribot, and many others.

Saxophonist and composer Phil Scarff performs Indian classical music and jazz, and leads the acclaimed world-jazz ensemble, Natraj, which has performed domestically and in India, Ghana, and elsewhere. He has shared the

spotlight with icons of Indian classical music including saxophone great Kadri Gopalnath, Chitravina Ravikiran, Shashank, and Trichy Sankaran, as well as African master drummers Godwin Agbeli and Abubakari Lunna.

Bertram Lehmann’s supple and fluid drumming makes him highly sought after in jazz, Latin, and world-music idioms. He has performed or recorded with Paquito D’Rivera, Dave Liebman, Randy Brecker, and many others worldwide.

John Funkhouser (www.johnfunkhouser.com) has performed with Grammy nominated singers Luciana Souza and Tierney Sutton, and has toured Canada, Europe, and the Far East with many others.


August 16, 2019
8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
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