Porter Kilbert (June 10, 1921 – October 23, 1960) was a jazz alto and tenor saxophonist.
In September 1942, he replaced Preston Love as lead alto saxophonist in Nat Towles' band, before going on to spend two years with Benny Carter's band, playing in line-ups including Willard Brown, Curly Russell, Max Roach, Oscar Bradley, Ulysses Livingston, Sonny White, Teddy Brannon, Bumps Myers, Gene Porter, Alton Moore, J.J. Johnson, Shorty Haughton, Claude Dunson, Snooky Young, Freddie Webster, Gerald Wilson, and Jake Porter.
After a brief spell with Roy Eldridge's band, he joined Red Saunders' band in New York in September 1946. The band later took up residency at Chicago's Club DeLisa, and Kilbert would remain with the Saunders band until January 1952, when he left to form his own band.
In December 1946, he was in a line-up led by Coleman Hawkins, recording for Prestige, with Fats Navarro, Milt Jackson, JJ Johnson, Hank Jones, Curley Russell and Max Roach.
In 1947, he led an orchestra backing Clarence Samuels recording for Aristocrat.
In 1954, he was a member of the Horace Henderson big band and in 1955 and 1956, he participated in a series of "battles of the saxes" with Tom Archia at the C&C Lounge.
In 1960, having recorded the previous year for bandleader Quincy Jones, featuring as soloist on some of the tracks, he toured Europe with Jones' big band (with fellow altoist Phil Woods).
Birth and Death Data: Born June 10th, 1921 (Baton Rouge), Died October 23rd, 1960 (Chicago)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1946 - 1952
Roles Represented in DAHR: alto saxophone
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Decca||73335||1/31/1946||Baby that'll be the day||Roy Eldridge Orchestra||instrumentalist, alto saxophone|
|Decca||73336||1/31/1946||All the cats join in||Roy Eldridge Orchestra||instrumentalist, alto saxophone|
|Decca||73337||1/31/1946||Poor John||Roy Eldridge Orchestra||instrumentalist, alto saxophone|
|Decca||73338||1/31/1946||Ain't that a shame||Roy Eldridge Orchestra||instrumentalist, alto saxophone|
|Decca||81695||10/9/1951||Cold, cold heart||Horace Henderson Orchestra||instrumentalist, alto saxophone|
|Decca||81696||10/9/1951||I can't help it||Horace Henderson Orchestra||instrumentalist, alto saxophone|
|Decca||81697||10/9/1951||I ain't in the mood||Donna Hightower||instrumentalist, alto saxophone|
|Decca||81698||10/9/1951||Cry||Donna Hightower||instrumentalist, alto saxophone|
|Decca||82244||2/3/1952||Honest and truly||Donna Hightower||instrumentalist, alto saxophone|
|Decca||82245||2/3/1952||I found a new love||Donna Hightower||instrumentalist, alto saxophone|
|Decca||82635||4/4/1952||Kiss me baby||Donna Hightower||instrumentalist, alto saxophone|
|Decca||82636||4/4/1952||You had better change your ways||Donna Hightower||instrumentalist, alto saxophone|
|Decca||82637||4/4/1952||Don't you think I ought to know||Donna Hightower||instrumentalist, alto saxophone|
|Decca||82638||4/4/1952||The face in the mirror||Donna Hightower||instrumentalist, alto saxophone|
|Decca||82639||4/4/1952||Farewell blues||Donna Hightower||instrumentalist, alto saxophone|
|Decca||82640||4/2/1952||Don't cry baby||Floyd Smith||instrumentalist, alto saxophone|
|Decca||82641||4/2/1952||After hours||Floyd Smith||instrumentalist, alto saxophone|
|Decca||82642||4/2/1952||Me and you||Floyd Smith||instrumentalist, alto saxophone|
|Decca||82643||4/2/1952||You may be trash to someone||Floyd Smith||instrumentalist, alto saxophone|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Kilbert, Porter," accessed October 24, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/325228.
Kilbert, Porter. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 24, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/325228.
"Kilbert, Porter." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 24 October 2021.
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