As a multi-genre trumpeter, Charlie Porter has a rich diversity of experience ranging from performing with small & large jazz ensembles to performing classical solos, chamber music and orchestral literature with major symphony orchestras. Charlie has toured throughout most of the United States and abroad in Europe, Asia, the Baltic States, the Middle East and Africa as both a bandleader and as a sideman with musicians such as Joe Zawinul & Paquito D’Rivera. In addition to his own quartet being selected twice by Jazz at Lincoln Center to tour abroad as part of the Rhythm Road, he toured a third time as a member of the JALC All-Star Quartet. He currently holds the trumpet chair in Chuck Israels Jazz Orchestra and The Alan Jones Sextet (both based in Portland, OR). In classical musical settings he has performed regularly with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and The American Symphony Orchestra as well holding the solo trumpet chair in the Absolute Ensemble (conducted by Kristjan Järvi, bassoon played by Martin Kuuskmann – both from Estonia) since 1997, who’s recent album “Bach Reinvented” was nominated for a Grammy Award. Charlie also toured the U.S. extensively with the internationally acclaimed Dallas Brass in their 2009/10 season, playing both trumpet and Eb alto horn. He currently performs as part of the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival. Throughout Charlie’s extensive travels, he has gained experience in performing for a wide variety of communities and fostering cultural exchange with local musicians and audiences. As one of the former resident groups in Carnegie Hall’s “Musical Connections” program, Charlie’s quartet performed for disadvantaged audiences through the NYC area and was featured on CBS This Morning. As a composer Charlie was commissioned by Chamber Music America and The Doris Duke Foundation in 2005 to compose “The Buddy Bolden Suite” for his jazz septet, which was then premiered at The Jazz Gallery and JALC’s Dizzy’s Club to sold-out crowds. Among the many awards to his credit, he was the first ever to be awarded 1st Prize in the National Trumpet Competition in both Jazz and Classical divisions and was a semifinalist in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Trumpet Competition in Los Angeles. As a freshman at Juilliard, Charlie won the quadrennial Trumpet Concerto Competition and performed as a soloist with the Juilliard Orchestra at Allice Tully Hall, NYC. Charlie holds a Bachelor’s degree from The Juilliard School in classical trumpet performance and a Master’s degree from Manhattan School of Music in jazz performance. His mentors have included Wynton Marsalis, Raymond Mase, Mark Gould, Laurie Frink, Dominic Derasse, Cecil Bridgewater, Sy Pryweller & Wayne Daniels. A recent transplant to the West Coast, Charlie performs in Portland, Seattle and Vancouver and teaches regularly.