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.
|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|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Porter, Yank," accessed July 29, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/338190.
Porter, Yank. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 29, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/338190.
"Porter, Yank." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 29 July 2021.
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