In this section, you will find clips from Jerry's latest CD, plus reviews and liner notes. To purchase the CD or other items, including Jerry's Blues Harmonica Masterclass, please click here: Purchase
A Sampling of Reviews...
"An amazing amalgam of songs that meld blues and jazz for one of the artist's most innovative releases ever - a sonic send-off of American music." Westchester Wire
“This CD exudes class, sophistication and style. Portnoy’s Mississippi saxophone wails like a tenor with swinging intensity and drive. Jerry . . . kicks out all the jams on a harmonica tour de force that just oozes savoir faire. He is fluid and sinuous one moment and is boogieing [sic] hard and edgy the next. His own stuff is brilliant and funny as hell or deeply moving. This silver disk is all gold.” Long Island Blues Society
“[Portnoy’s] skills are undeniable and there are moments on the CD where his playing is truly sublime.” Illinois Entertainer
"Portnoy has few equals as a harmonica player, blues or otherwise. The Boston-based virtuoso radiates an insouciant charm playing Lullaby of Birdland, his pacing expert, and his splendid speech tones anoint Stormy Weather with a regal sort of world-weariness." Down Beat
"Jerry Portnoy shows tremendous versatility on this CD. . .. Down in the Mood Room is an exciting mix of jazz and blues and is sure to please the most discriminating listener." jazzreview.com
"The blues-meets-jazz format works so well here, even straight-ahead jazz compositions such as George Shearing's Lullaby of Birdland and Horace Silver's Doodlin' sound fresh from the sheets. .. . In an era when lesser musicians attempt to reinvent themselves by jumping aboard the swing bandwagon, Portnoy remains several steps ahead of the game." Chicago Sun-Times
"Few can blow the Mississippi saxophone like Jerry Portnoy. . . Portnoy is a harp man extraordinaire. Rarely has Portnoy has as much freedom and control as on this new album . . The sound is intimate, warm, and downright big. Portnoy's harmonica speaks with a human voice . . . This is a rock solid album of harmonica-driven jazz and blues with a good dose of hot guitar [Duke Robillard] by two of the best in the business." Vintage Guitar
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Liner Notes by Music Critic Tom Ellis
Notes on the CD: Produced by Duke Robillard. Recorded at Duke's Mood Room, Pawtucket, RI. Engineered and Mixed by Tom Hiller. Assistance by Jack Gauthier, Debi Viner. Mastered by Jonathan Wyner at M Works, Cambridge, MA.
Jerry Portnoy plays Hohner Harmonicas, Magic Harmonicas and custom harmonicas by Joe Filisko.
Special thanks to Billy Flynn, Bill Bentley, Pierre Beauregard, Jimmy Gordon, Mike Turk, Kim Wilson, Rick Estrin, Darrell Nulisch, Mr.Music, Bob & Barb Lefkowitz; Anna Portnoy, Nick Portnoy, Catharine Bennett, Beth Greely, Sam Savage, Mark Carpentieri, Robin Cohn, Jonathan Tamkin, Richard Rosenblatt, James Whitney and Eli Whitney.
Cover and CD Photography by Duke Robillard.
Louis Armstrong photo courtesy of Louis Armstrong House and Archives at Queens College/CUNY. Muddy Waters and Big Walter Horton photos courtesy of D. Shigley. Design by Yellow Inc.