Art Porter,35, a Chicago jazz saxophonist, drowned...


November 26, 1996

Art Porter,35, a Chicago jazz saxophonist, drowned Saturday in western Thailand, Thai newspapers reported.

Mr. Porter's boat capsized during an outing in the Kratha Taek Reservoir, killing him and at least two other passengers, newspapers said.

He was to have performed at the Thailand International Jazz Festival '96, an event commemorating the 50th anniversary of King Bhumibol Adulyadej's reign. The king is a jazz musician and composer. Mr. Porter started playing the alto saxophone at 15, performing with his father's band in nightclubs in Little Rock, Ark. He studied at the Berklee College of Music and Northeastern Illinois University and released his first album in 1992.

Pub Date: 11/26/96

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