Michael Porter

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  • "Mike's music and his life were filled with humor, a..."
    - David Shore
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    - Mark Corneliussen
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    - Mark Corneliussen
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Michael Porter Another of the last jazz musicians of the world has been lost. Born February 16, 1952, and died of Huntington's disease on July 15, 2010. He was born in Pennysylvania to Geraldine Hillard, who also died of Huntington's disease. She and Robert Porter bore four other children before she realized she had inherited the dreaded gene. Two of Mike's brothers are afflicted. Mike graduated valedictorian of his high school class in 1970. He received his B.S.'s in dual majors, music education and Mathematics and an M.S. in music education at the University of Illinois in Urbana. He was introduced to music by his Italian neighbor Grandpa Primo, who taught him how to play the accordian. His mentor in college, Ron Dewar, taught him an appreciation for traditional Jazz, but his true hero was John Coltrane and he learned, or tried to emulate and infuse his style with those beautiful bent chords. He played with humor and communicated best when he was blowin' those horns. Be it a clarinet with the JazzberryJam, or or his hip little tenor solos with the Tucson Jazz Orchestra, or improv. duos with Tony Malaby, or trading 2's and 4's with friends, he was doing what he loved best until the disease crashed into his life around 1998. His decision was not to pass the huntington's gene, but he enjoyed the children and grandchildren of his mate forever, Lee Small. There will be no service. Just light a candle and listen or play some Coltrane, Dolphy, or Monk and remember Mike. There is a Huntington's support group in Tucson. Contact [email protected] for info. Arrangements by ADAIR FUNERAL HOMES, Dodge Chapel.

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Published in the Arizona Daily Star on Aug. 29, 2010
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