John LaPorta


Theme And Variations

  • Release Date: 24 Aug 1999
  • FCD-24776-2

Though relatively little known except among modern jazz cognoscenti and in jazz education circles (he was for 38 years on the Berklee College of Music's faculty), reedman/composer/arranger John La Porta boasts a most impressive--indeed, fascinating--résumé. Coming up during the big band era (most notably with Woody Herman's First Herd), La Porta was from the mid-1940s to the mid-'50s a major participant in the bebop, cool, and Third Stream movements. How many jazz players, after… MORE