Yank Porter

Yank Allen Porter (ca. 1895, Norfolk, Virginia – March 22, 1944, New York City) was an American jazz drummer.

Porter moved to New York City in 1926 and played there with Calvin Jackson until 1930. In the 1930s he worked with Charlie Matson (1932), Louis Armstrong (1933), Bud Harris (1933), James P. Johnson (1934, 1939), Fats Waller (1935–36), and Dave Martin (1936). In 1940 he played briefly with Joe Sullivan, then joined Teddy Wilson in a small group for the remainder of the year. He also did freelance recording with Benny Carter (1940) and Art Tatum (1941).

Birth and Death Data: Born 1895, Died March 22nd, 1944 (New York)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1933 - 1941

Roles Represented in DAHR: drums

Notes: Yank Porter's real name is Allen Porter.

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-75105 10-in. 1/28/1933 Snowball Louis Armstrong Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, drums  
Victor BS-75106 10-in. 1/28/1933 Mahogany Hall stomp Louis Armstrong Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, drums  
Victor BS-75107 10-in. 1/28/1933 Swing you cats Louis Armstrong Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 69356 10-in. 6/13/1941 Lucille Art Tatum and his Band instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 69357 10-in. 6/13/1941 Rock me Mama Art Tatum and his Band instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 69358 10-in. 6/13/1941 Corrine, Corrina Art Tatum and his Band instrumentalist, drums  
Decca 69359 10-in. 6/13/1941 Lonesome graveyard blues Art Tatum and his Band instrumentalist, drums  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Porter, Yank," accessed June 14, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/338190.

Porter, Yank. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 14, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/338190.

"Porter, Yank." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 14 June 2021.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/338190

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