September 6, 2004

Art Porter Fund Established

Jeff Lorber's Shades Of Soul calls for donations to Art Porter fund.

artporter_bw.jpgAlthough the late, great smooth jazz saxophonist Art Porter died almost eight years ago, you can still hear his music on a new album by the group called Shades of Soul, which features keyboardist/composer Jeff Lorber, guitarist Marlon McClain and bassist Nathaniel Phillips.

Porter died tragically on November 23, 1996, after a boating accident off the coast of Thailand, two years after he laid down tracks for the Shades Of Soul project that wasnít released until last month. Tragically, Artís wife, Barbi, died a few years later from cancer, leaving two teenage boys, Art Porter III and Arrington Porter. Now, Shades Of Soul is asking for your help to support Art junior and Arrington. Those who want to contribute can do so by writing to:

Art Porter Jr. Childrenís Education Fund
P.O. Box 166035
Little Rock, AR 72216

This isnít the first time that Smooth Jazz artists and fans have helped the Porter kids. A couple of years ago, the smooth jazz community and friends of the late saxophonist pulled together to help them with a special benefit featuring Lorber, Brenda Russell, Kirk Whalum, Steve Cole and Peter White and others. They performed two special concerts in Chicago and raised about $20,000 for the Porter childrenís college fund.

Posted by Brian Soergel at September 6, 2004 6:21 PM