The Center for Jazz Studies at Columbia University

Howard “Stretch” Johnson was one of a number of African Americans who helped transform the United States from a racially exclusionary society to a multiracial democracy. Johnson’s memoir begins with his origins, in what he calls a “multiclass/multiethnic” family, in New Jersey and moves on to recount his career as a dancer in Harlem’s Cotton Club, a Communist youth leader, and a professor of Black Studies. Panelists who will be discussing Johnson's life and work include: Eve Boutilié-Oxby, grand-daughter of Howard E. Johnson and daughter of Wendy Johnson; Kevin Fellezs, Professor of Music...

The Chamber Jazz Ensemble includes: James Emery, guitar; John Lindberg, bass; Rob Thomas, violin. Since its formation in 1977 on the Lower East Side of New York City, the String Trio of New York has been delighting, inspiring and thrilling audiences around the world with its singular acoustic improvisations and compositions for violin, guitar and bass. The Trio has become a veritable institution of jazz and contemporary music and they have developed a unique, personal sound and a musical essence which is immediately recognizable. This element has been noted by critic Nat Hentoff, who...

The Louis Armstrong Jazz Performance Program at Columbia University, directed by Professor Chris Washburne, Presents:

Columbia Jazz Ensembles featuring Bobby Porcelli

Bobby Porcelli

Sunday, April 13, 2014, 8:00 p.m.


New York native Bobby Porcelli is one of Latin and Afro-Cuban jazz's most accomplished flautists and alto saxophonists. Bobby Porcelli has earned his stellar reputation through years of performing with the biggest names in Latin music. He joined the Tito Rodriguez Orchestra in 1963 and later the Machito Orchestra in 1965. Porcelli began playing with Tito Puente during 1966 and continued on with Puente for over 30 years. He is the only lead alto sax player to have played steadily with the "Big Three" from the Palladium Era (Puente, Machito, and Rodriquez). An exciting soloist influenced heavily by Charlie Parker and Sonny Still, Porcelli has performed and recorded with Mongo Santamaria, Eddie Palmieri, Chico O'Farrill, Willie Colon, George Benson, Joe Henderson, Cedar Walton, and Bobby Watson. An original member of T.S. Monk's sextet as well as the Monk on Monk Tentet, Porcelli currently performs with Arturo O'Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra.

With ensembles directed by Paul Bollenback, Ole Mathisen and Don Sickler.


Location: Columbia University Miller Theatre, 116th and Broadway

Free and open to the public


This concert is made possible by the generous support of The Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation.