Tim Porter is a mandolinist with wide-ranging musical interests. He is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the National Jazz Museum in Harlem, and lectures and performs in the US, and Europe, including the annual Festi Jazz Festivals in Saint Cezaire, France. He presents and develops innovative courses for the National Jazz Museum in New York. He regularly performs with the Contemporary Ensemble in New York, and has performed with jazz greats such as Roni Ben-Hur and Steve Williams; with blues and folk musicians including Guy Davis, Earl White, and Sparky and Rhonda Rucker; and with Celtic vocalist, Kerrin Kennedy Perkins, among many others. Tim and his band Trio Tisajo was chosen to perform and represent Harlem at both the initial production in 2016 and this past year’s production of the Harlem Havana Cultural Exchange Festival. He serves on the boards of WBGO Newark Public Radio where he was formerly board chair, the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York, the New School University, the National Jazz Museum in Harlem, and formerly served on the board of the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago, where he was for a time board chair. In 2012, Tim was Co-Executive Producer and wrote the liner notes for the acclaimed jazz CD, Our Thing. More recently, he wrote the liner notes for the groups’ second album, Manhattan Style, released on the Jazzheads label.
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