JOHN LAPORTA

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John LaPorta (13 April 1920–12 May 2004) was a Philadelphia-born jazz clarinetist and saxophonist. LaPorta's sound has been compared to that of fellow jazz experimenter Jimmy Giuffre. He is usually considered a member of the "Cool" school in jazz and his improvisations identify him as a well-schooled, thoughtful player. LaPorta began studying clarinet at the age of nine and studied methods at the Mastbaum School in Philadelphia, where one of his classmates was fellow clarinettist Buddy DeFranco. He also studied classically with Joseph Gigliotti of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and, later, Leon Russianoff at the Manhattan School of Music. LaPorta also developed his sense of jazz from such prominent figures as Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Lester Young and Herschel Evans. He picked up both alto and tenor saxophone. As a teenager he played with Philadelphia bands alongside such players as Charlie Ventura and Bill Harris. In the early 1940s he joined read more...
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JOHN LAPORTA The John LaPorta Quintet with Louis Mucci album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The John LaPorta Quintet with Louis Mucci
Cool Jazz 1954
JOHN LAPORTA Three Moods album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Three Moods
Cool Jazz 1955
JOHN LAPORTA Conceptions album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Conceptions
Cool Jazz 1956
JOHN LAPORTA The Most Minor album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Most Minor
Cool Jazz 1959
JOHN LAPORTA 8 Men in Search of a Drummer album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
8 Men in Search of a Drummer
Cool Jazz 1961
JOHN LAPORTA The Clarinet Artistry of John LaPorta album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Clarinet Artistry of John LaPorta
Cool Jazz 1983
JOHN LAPORTA Life Cycle album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Life Cycle
Cool Jazz 1999
JOHN LAPORTA Theme and Variations album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Theme and Variations
Cool Jazz 2002

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JOHN LAPORTA south american brothers album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
south american brothers
Cool Jazz 1956
JOHN LAPORTA Alone Together (with Bob Winter) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Alone Together (with Bob Winter)
Cool Jazz 1981

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JOHN LAPORTA Complete Debut Recordings album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Complete Debut Recordings
Cool Jazz 2008

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