Porter and Doncker lead a lineup that features some of the best blues and jazz artists in New York City, including Afrikan Sciences, David A. Barnes, Hamiet Bluiett, Will Calhoun, Rachel Eliza Griffiths, Oliver Lake, Kellindo Parker, Mark Peterson, Queen Esther, Donald Smith, Quincy Troupe, and Randy Weston. Kelvyn Bell is the musical director of The Harlem Arts Salon. The Gloster Project is an initiative of Margaret Porter Troupe Arts Projects. More information on the entire event is available on MIST Harlem’s official site.
Despite having now recorded and shared the stage with the likes of Van Morrison, Wynton Marsalis, and Christian McBride, Porter remains grounded and humbled by all the new accolades: “Sometimes I haven’t had a chance to absorb and enjoy some of the audiences that I’ve been in front of, especially icons such as Wynton and Herbie.” While Porter is deserving of their attention, he remains humble: “They have given me so much open-armed love - I couldn’t even fathom it two years ago.”
An integral member of New York City’s downtown "no wave" scene in the early 1980's, Doncker cut his teeth as a guitarist with groups such as James Chance & The Contortions, Defunkt, J. Walter Negro & The Loose Jointz, and many more. He eventually produced studio and songwriting sessions with Bootsy Collins, Yoko Ono, Grammy-nominated reggae vocal group The Itals, and Grammy-winning producer Prince Charles Alexander. Doncker has continued to work with an A-list of iconic musicians, including Ivan Neville, Bonnie Raitt, former P-Funk keyboardist Amp Fiddler, and 2013 Grammy nominee Shamekia Copeland. Doncker and his True Groove label have been featured in a wide range of prominent media, including CNN, Guitar World, The Source, and Huffington Post.
Doncker recently released Big Apple Blues, his second collaborative effort with poet Yusef Komunyakaa.
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