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Charlie Porter is making his long-awaited debut album, that will showcase his original compositions and award-winning trumpet skills!
Charlie Porter is making his long-awaited debut album, that will showcase his original compositions and award-winning trumpet skills!
208 backers pledged $9,495 to help bring this project to life.

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Award-winning trumpeter & composer Charlie Porter is making his debut album! The self-titled album will feature ten varied, original compositions, as well as a little-known gem by Duke Ellington, only ever recorded once, in 1940.

With nine ensembles comprised of twenty-one of Portland's best jazz musicians, this album will showcase Charlie's writing and playing within a diverse spectrum of sound, from solo to sextet. It begins with a solo trumpet track, and then builds from duo up to sextet and then back down from quintet to solo trumpet, for the last track. The chiastic, or symmetrical structure of the album and the different instrumentation of each track help to conceptually unify the pieces, yet send the listener on a journey of musical diversity.

The performers will include: Mel Brown (drums), Jon "sticky" Lakey (bass), Alan Jones (drums), Tim Gilson (bass), Tim Rap (drums), Majid Khaliq (violin), David Evans (tenor sax), Dan Gaynor (piano), Tom Wakeling (bass), John Moak (trombone), John Nastos (alto sax), Christopher Brown (drums), Greg Goebel (piano), Dylan Sundstrom (bass), David Goldblatt (piano), Michael Raynor (drums), Bill Athens (bass), Chuck Israels (bass), Christopher Woitach (guitar) and George Colligan (piano).

The album will be available not only as a download or CD, but also as a vinyl record! So, for all of you audiophiles out there or lovers of vintage sound, your contribution can help, not only make the album possible, but enable us to put a limited edition Charlie Porter first pressing vinyl LP in your hands - how cool!

To those of you who supported the last two highly successful Kickstarter projects Charlie was involved in ("Joyful Noise" by the Chuck Israels Jazz Orchestra and "FilmHarmonic Brass Plays John Williams"), you are, no doubt, aware of how successful they turned out. Both albums have garnered high praise in reviews by prominent publications and airplay, worldwide.

Why Kickstarter? Think of it as pre-sales - for a minimum contribution of $10 you are essentially ordering this album in advance. For just $1 you can get a digital download of one of the tracks. If you can give more, we have some other great rewards (check them out to the right). Every bit helps, so please give what you can. Your contributions will help to ensure that we have what it takes to get this album off the ground. As you can imagine, there are lots of costs to cover, including: the recording studio & engineer, producer, mixing & mastering, licensing fees, fees for the musicians, cost of CD design and printing, etc. A minimum of $8,000 is necessary to cover these expenses. Any funds raised above this minimum goal shall be used for a PR campaign for the album.

Thank you for your support!

Risks and challenges

If we are not able to reach our funding goal, we will not receive the money that has been pledged. This means there will be no album or that it will need to be privately funded.

If we are funded, there could be other challenges. There could certainly be delays, since we are using a lot of different services and contractors to produce our album - this is a multi-step process with lots of components that have to come together to deliver a completed CD project. There are any number of unforeseen costs. There could even be licensing issues that may arise, as we are performing one non-original composition.

In any case, if funded, the rewards will be delivered, perhaps earlier or a little later than the anticipated dates.

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    One Track Digital Download

    You will receive a digital download for one track from the album. Everything helps, so thanks!

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    Full Album Digital Download

    You will receive a digital download of the album and be included in the "special thanks" section of Charlie Porter's dedicated website page for the album, as well as on social media sites.

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    Compact Disc (CD) of Album

    You will receive a CD of the album and be included in the "special thanks" section of Charlie Porter's dedicated website page for the album, as well as on social media sites.

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    Digital Download of Album & Sheet Music

    You will receive a digital download of the album as well as a digital download of all of the sheet music for the ten original compositions on the album.

    You will also be included in the "special thanks" section of Charlie Porter's dedicated website page for the album, as well as on social media sites.

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    Two Autographed CD's

    You will receive two physical CD's (one for you and one to give to a friend), both autographed by Charlie Porter.

    You will also be included in the "special thanks" section of Charlie Porter's dedicated website page for the album, as well as on social media sites.

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    Limited Edition Signed Vinyl LP

    You will receive a Limited Edition autographed Vinyl LP Record of the Album, as well as a digital download and be included in the "special thanks" section of Charlie Porter's dedicated website page for the album, as well as on social media sites.

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    Trumpet Lesson & Digital Download

    You will receive a one hour lesson (skype or in-person) with Charlie and a digital download of the album. You will also be included in the "special thanks" section of Charlie Porter's dedicated website page for the album, as well as on social media sites.

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    Trumpet Lesson & Autographed CD

    You will receive a one hour lesson (skype or in-person) with Charlie and an autographed CD copy of the album. You will also be included in the "special thanks" section of Charlie Porter's dedicated website page for the album, as well as on social media sites.

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    Printed Sheet Music & Signed CD

    You will receive printed sheet music (score & parts) for the ten original compositions on the album and an autographed CD copy of the album. You will also be included in the "special thanks" section of Charlie Porter's dedicated website page for the album, as well as on social media sites.

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    3 Autographed CD's & Poster

    You will receive three autographed CD's (one personally dedicated to you by Charlie Porter) and a signed poster of the album artwork.

    You will be included in the "special thanks" section of Charlie Porter's dedicated website page for the album, as well as on social media sites.

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    Vinyl LP, CD & Sheet Music (dig. down.)

    You will also receive a limited edition Vinyl LP and CD copy of the album. You will also receive a digital download of the sheet music (score & parts) for the ten original compositions on the album. You will be included in the "special thanks" section of Charlie Porter's dedicated website page for the album, as well as on social media sites.

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    Signed Vinyl LP & CD, & Sheet Music

    You will receive printed sheet music (score & parts) for the ten original compositions on the album. You will also receive an autographed Vinyl LP and CD copy of the album. You will be included in the "special thanks" section of Charlie Porter's dedicated website page for the album, as well as on social media sites.

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    YouTube Tutorial on Topic of Your Choice

    Charlie will make a thorough YouTube tutorial video on the topic of your choice and give you a shout-out in the video!

    You will receive two physical CD's (one for you and one to give to a friend), both autographed by Charlie Porter, as well as a digital download of the album and video.

    You will also be included in the "special thanks" section of Charlie Porter's dedicated website page for the album, as well as on social media sites.

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    "Brass Patron"

    You will receive one autographed limited edition LP, a physical CD (personally dedicated to you by Charlie Porter) plus four more autographed CD's to give to friends, an autographed poster of the album artwork, and a special thanks ON the actual album, under the "Brass Patrons."

    You will be included in the "very special thanks" section of Charlie Porter's dedicated website page for the album, as well as on social media sites.

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    "Silver Patron"

    You will receive two limited edition autographed LP's, five autographed CD's to give to friends, an autographed poster of the album artwork and a very special thanks, under the "Silver Patrons" ON the actual album.

    You will be included in the "very special thanks" section of Charlie Porter's dedicated website page for the album, as well as on social media sites.

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    Masterclass & Performance

    Charlie will come teach a Masterclass and perform with your ensemble, as a guest artist, for the day. (traveling fees apply outside of the Portland/Metro area. US only).

    You will receive 20 autographed CD's, to give to students or ensemble members, and 5 autographed posters of the album artwork.

    You will be included in the "very special thanks" section of Charlie Porter's dedicated website page for the album, as well as on social media sites.

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    30-Pack Trumpet Lessons with Charlie

    You will receive a package of 30 one-hour trumpet lessons with Charlie Porter, via skype or in-person (non-refundable or transferable).

    Additionally, you will receive one personally dedicated limited edition LP, three autographed CD's and a signed poster of the album artwork.

    You will be included in the "special thanks" section of Charlie Porter's dedicated website page for the album, as well as on social media sites.

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    "Gold Patron"

    A performance by the Charlie Porter quartet, at a function of your choice (traveling fees apply outside of Portland/Metro area).

    You will receive four limited edition autographed LP's, seven autographed CD's to give to friends, two autographed posters of the album artwork and a very special thanks, under the "Gold Patrons" ON the actual album.

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    "Platinum Patron" & "Executive Producer"

    You will receive the title of "Executive Producer" on the album, as well as being listed a "Platinum Patron."

    You will receive a performance by the Charlie Porter sextet, at a function of your choice (traveling fees apply outside of Portland/Metro area).

    You will receive seven limited edition autographed LP's, ten autographed CD's to give to friends (as well as 10 digital downloads), two autographed posters of the album artwork and a special framed edition LP of the album & artwork with an engraved dedication of thanks (autographed by Charlie).

    You will be included in the "very special thanks" section of Charlie Porter's dedicated website page for the album, as well as on social media sites.

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