Jennifer Porter

Music Reviews

“It is obvious that Jennifer has a beautiful voice, a real feeling for vintage lyrics and the ability to swing at every tempo… Audiences love her simple and effective delivery, her phrasing, and the beauty of her voice.” -Scott Yanow, author of ten books including The Jazz Singers

"Jennifer Porter’s strong and silky voice and picturesque lyrics create a sense of serenity…so light some candles, and settle down into relaxation…” -Sheri Dyer, Florida Newspapers

“Blessed with a beautiful voice and an infectious musical spirit... Jennifer simply swings, does not waste a note, and every sound she creates is lovely... (She) always uplifts the classic material she sings, making it sound both timeless and new.” –Scott Yannow author of The Jazz Singers

“Jennifer is wonderful!” –Mark Landesman, WWOZ, New Orleans, LA

"The singing, the musicianship, and song selections are outstanding!" - Bob Collins, WRHU, Hempstead, NY

"Wow!  VERY NICE!"  - Bob Bittner, WJIB, Boston, MA  

"This woman is a wonderful Jazz vocalist.  I thoroughly enjoyed her singing from a number of levels."  - Gary Alderman, WORT, Madison, WI

“Jennifer Porter is an incredibly talented woman. We are lucky to have someone of her caliber living right here in our own state where we can listen to her at any time.” –Chris Darling, WMPG, Portland, ME

“Jennifer Porter is a show-stopper!” -Maine Sunday Telegram

"Wow, what a voice!  Every time she approached the microphone to sing, a hush fell over the audience. No one wanted to miss a note.” -Casco Bay Weekly

“Jennifer Porter sings with beauty and grace.” -Journal Tribune

“A fantastic, beautiful voice..." -York County Star

Cadence Magazine

There is nothing innovative about JENNIFER PORTER’s EASY LIVING [Cougar Moon Music 004] but it is fresh. Ms. Porter has chosen her repertoire well [Easy Living/The Very Thought of You/Nice Work if You Can Get it/Crazy He Calls Me/But Not For Me/The Best Things in Life are Free/Gone With the Wind/Yesterdays/I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm/I Cover the Waterfront/Travlin’ Light/You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To/Where or When] as it complements her nice, somewhat smokey and distant, voice. And while she sings many of the songs associated with Billie Holiday there is no attempt to emulate her, she seems her own person. Her back-up [Sonny Barbato-p/Jim Lyden-b/Les Harris-dms/Matt Langley-sax/Jason Anick-vln/Vinny Raniolo-gtr] frequently steps out for solos that compliment the 1940s mood of the music. If you’re in the mood to be wooed it is a good bet this will do it.

Other JENNIFER PORTER recordings on Cougar Moon Music are HYACINTH BOY BLUE [77131], a collection of originals [circa 1997] in a mellow folkish pop vein backed by an acoustic quintet. Songs with impressionistic prose of wanting, introspection and love; touches of Joni Mitchell and Laurie Anderson.

A 2012 recording finds her again as a jazz singer on THE WAY YOU LOOK TONIGHT [Cougar Moon Music 003]. Again the repertoire is standards [The Way You Look Tonight/There’s a Small Hotel/Sophisticated Lady/I’ll Get By/A Foggy Day/Don’t Explain/No Greater Love/Ain’t Misbehavin’/ I’m Beginning to See the Light/Can’t Help Lovin’ That Man/Rollin’ in My Sweet Baby’s Arms] many of them beautifully handled in fresh interpretation. As with Easy Living, Porter delivers this material with an effortless suspended sincerity. Porter backs herself on piano and is joined by a small and tasteful combo which includes, among others, saxman Matt Langley (who has been a regular with Charlie Kohlhase) Trent Austin[tpt] and Kevin Barry [gtr].

Jennifer Porter also appears, as singer and pianist, on 40 WEST [Cougar Moon 79344735112] the original motion picture soundtrack recording for which she both composed and performed the music. The offering is made up mostly of soul-full, blues-tinged, new age-y piano deliberations. This obviously is a multi-talented woman with a wide range of musical ability and deserves to be more on the radar. But as concerns this column it is her two jazz vocal recordings [CM 003 & 004]which deserve one’s attention as there is magnificence there.

 

Film Reviews & Awards

“Ida & Doob's simple and poignant piano score composed and performed by Porter is essential to the success of the film.” -Journal Tribune

“Jennifer Nichole Porter is GREAT!  (as Lila in Mr. Barrington)” -Indie Promos

“(In Mr. Barrington) Lila's strength playing against her frailty -- what a fine line to walk! Miz Jennifer is so talented and excruciatingly beautiful.  Haunting, etherial and earthy all at once.” -Lynn Siefert, playwright (LITTLE EGYPT, COYOTE UGLY) and screenwriter (COOL RUNNINGS, COUSIN' BETTE.)

“Mr. Barrington is a deeply introspective film with an intriguing premise and a strikingly sensitive performance 
by screenwriter/star, Jennifer Nichole Porter.” -Brunswick Times Record

“The story is intriguing, and the music haunting...Lila is portrayed by Porter with wonderful perfection” -Tom Keene, Casco Bay Weekly

“Ms. Porter's performance is flawless, and up with the best.” - Marty Meltz, Portland Press Herald

“Porter's score is beautiful.” - Christopher Smith, Bangor Daily News

"Lila is beautifully portrayed by the talented Jennifer Nichole Porter, who also wrote the screenplay and the hauntingly romantic piano score. Her acting is stunningly sympathetic." - Mary Whipple, Amazon.com

“Porter makes for a formidable, if deeply bruised heroine…Her Maeve displays a patiently watchful inner strength; even at her most vulnerable, she holds onto a coiled agency.” -Dennis Perkins, Imagine Magazine

Independent Music Awards Nominee - Best Jazz With Vocals Album, Easy Living

Prestige Film Festival – Winner!

Gold Award: Leading Actress

Gold Award: Original Score

Gold Award: Original Song (Skin and Bone)

Silver Award: Writer/Script

 

The Accolade Competition - Winner!

Award of Merit: Leading Actress

Award of Merit: Original Score

Jennifer Porter and The Glenn Miller Orchestra

{Performing with The Glenn Miller Orchestra was} singer Jennifer Porter who joined the band for several selections and sang as if she was right where she belonged. “Pennies From Heaven” was a highlight, with the singer employing her sweet upper range as a chorus of five clarinets filled in behind her. “What a Difference a Day Makes” had her digging deep into her soulful side. “I Won’t Dance” had the sometimes-actress getting playful as the band accentuated the spirit behind the lyrics.