Arts & Entertainment Industry Forum: Torkanowsky-Porter-Moore Trio

Pianist David Torkanowsky, drummer Stanton Moore, and bassist George Porter, Jr. perform live (09/09/2016).

About George Porter, Jr.

Best known as the bassist and singer of The Meters, George Joseph Porter, Jr. is recognized as an early innovator of funk. Porter made a name for himself early in his career working with New Orleans legends including Allen Toussaint, Earl King, Lee Dorsey, Johnny Adams, Irma Thomas, and The Lastie Brothers. Throughout subsequent decades, he rose to become an in-demand session and performance musician, performing and recording with household names including the Soul Rebels Brass Band, Dr. John, Paul McCartney, Robbie Robertson, Willy DeVille, Robert Palmer, Patti Labelle, Jimmy Buffett, David Byrne, Harry Connick Jr., Warren Haynes, Tori Amos, and Snooks Eaglin, among others.

Currently, George performs with his own group, Runnin' Pardners, and also in The Trio with Johnny Vidacovich. In 2008, he performed and recorded with John Scofield's Piety Street Band, along with Jon Cleary and Ricky Fataar. In 2010, he replaced Reed Mathis in Bill Kreutzmann's band, 7 Walkers, while Runnin' Pardners performed at New Orleans' Voodoo Experience festival.

About Stanton Moore

Funk, rock, and jazz drummer Stanton Moore is a New Orleans native best known as a founding member of the jam band Galactic. Since his 1998 debut album All Looked Out!, Moore has also established a successful (and diverse) solo career, recording with acts including jazz/funk keyboardist Robert Walter and the heavy metal band Corrosion of Conformity, among others.

Moore also tours nationally with his own act, The Stanton Moore Trio, featuring Robert Walter and guitarist Will Bernard, and performs with Garage A Trois, a band he co-founded with Skerik, Mike Dillon, and Marco Benevento. Together with Kevin O’Day, he organized the all-star New Orleans brass band Midnite Disturbers.

In addition to his career as a musician, Stanton teaches the New Orleans style of drumming internationally, and is considered a leading expert in drumming instruction, having released scores of books, videos, and columns. Following Hurricane Katrina, he helped found the Tipitina’s Foundation music workshops, helping youth in New Orleans gain opportunities to learn and perform with professional musicians.

In 2009, Stanton started The Stanton Moore Drum Company, releasing a vintage-style signature 4.5” x 14” titanium snare drum that he co-designed with Ronn Dunnett.

About David Torkanowsky

Considered one of New Orleans’ premiere keyboard players, David Torkanowsky started playing piano at the age of three. During his high school years, David often gigged at the side of veteran New Orleans musicians. Working with gifted artists as drummer Walter Lastie, trumpeter Sam Alcorn, bassist John Breaux, and even pianist Errol Gardner provided him with an incredibly opportunity to learn music performance hands-on from living legends.

After training at Boston’s prestigious Berklee College of Music, Torkanowsky returned to New Orleans and gigging, where he would team up with drummer John Vidacovich, saxophonist Tony Dagradi, bassist James Singleton and guitarist Steve Masakowski and form the influential Astral Project. David’s discography lists over 95 releases as a pianist or producer, including the New Orleans C.A.C. Jazz Orchestra’s Mood Indigo (1997, Rounder Records), on which he was arranger and conductor, and Steppin’ Out (1988, Rounder Records).

In 2016, David joined Loyola University New Orleans as a keyboard and contemporary ensemble instructor.