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(2011) Art Porter Jr.’s 50th Birthday Celebration Aug. 3 would have been Little Rock-born jazz musician Art Porter Jr.'s 50th birthday. The saxophonist died in a boating accident in Thailand in 1996, not long after performing at a festival celebrating the reign of King Bhumibol Adulyadej.



To commemorate Porter’s life and work, Art Porter Music Education Inc., a nonprofit that provides scholarships to budding musicians, will present a week’s worth of music and events to celebrate the virtuoso musician’s life, which was cut far too short.

Porter’s father, Art Porter Sr., was also a renowned jazz musician, as well as an educator, entertainer and television producer. Initially, Porter Jr. got his start playing drums in his dad’s band. By his mid teens, he was drawn to the saxophone, and proved to be a prodigy. In fact, Porter Jr. was so young when he was playing in clubs with his father’s band that then-Attorney General Bill Clinton stepped in by supporting Act 321, known as the “Art Porter Bill,” which allowed underage musicians to play in bars with parental approval.

Art Porter Sr., Art Porter Jr., African American Art, Black Art, African American Music, Jazz, Contemporary Jazz, Smooth Jazz, KOLUMN Magazine, KOLUMNPocket City | 1992

Art Porter Sr., Art Porter Jr., African American Art, Black Art, African American Music, Jazz, Contemporary Jazz, Smooth Jazz, KOLUMN Magazine, KOLUMNStraight To The Point | 1993

Art Porter Sr., Art Porter Jr., African American Art, Black Art, African American Music, Jazz, Contemporary Jazz, Smooth Jazz, KOLUMN Magazine, KOLUMNUndercover | 1994

Art Porter Sr., Art Porter Jr., African American Art, Black Art, African American Music, Jazz, Contemporary Jazz, Smooth Jazz, KOLUMN Magazine, KOLUMNLay Your Hands On Me | 1996

Art Porter Sr., Art Porter Jr., African American Art, Black Art, African American Music, Jazz, Contemporary Jazz, Smooth Jazz, KOLUMN Magazine, KOLUMNFor Art’s Sake | 1998

Art Porter Sr., Art Porter Jr., African American Art, Black Art, African American Music, Jazz, Contemporary Jazz, Smooth Jazz, KOLUMN Magazine, KOLUMN


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