Jennifer Porter is an award-winning musician, actor and screenwriter. A musician’s musician, Jennifer has sung with Classical and Jazz Orchestras, including the world famous Glenn Miller Orchestra, and smaller combos including her own quintet. She is also an accomplished Blues pianist, and has played with C.J. Chenier, Nathan and The Zydeco Cha-Chas, and Ils Sont Partis. Her musical repertoire spans from Jazz and Blues to Country and Opera (She originally trained as an Opera singer and a classical pianist), and she has been known to perform every style in a single concert. She is also a prodigious vocal arranger and stellar Music Director. In 1989 Jennifer was the first vocalist in Maine inducted into the prestigious musical honor society, Pi Kappa Lambda, which recognizes excellence in both musical performance and academics. She has recorded 7 albums to date, and will be releasing her newest album, “These Years,” recorded with Legendary producer Jay Newland, later this year. Her album Easy Living (2014), with Grammy-Winning producer, Lawrence Manchester, was nominated for a 2015 Independent Music Award in the Jazz With Vocals category, and was heard on jazz stations around the country, including KJAZZ in Los Angeles, WWOZ in New Orleans, and Public Radio International’s Jazz After Hours. Scott Yannow, author of The Jazz Singers, describes Jennifer as “blessed with a beautiful voice and an infectious musical spirit” He further states that Jennifer “simply swings, does not waste a note, and every sound she creates is lovely…(She) always uplifts the classic material she sings, making it sound both timeless and new”.
With Dana Packard, Jennifer co-founded The Originals Theatre Compan in 1988, and Honey Tree Films in 1998. Her more than 80 stage credits at SRT include Betty in Chapatti, Rose in The Woolgatherer, Scarlett in Coyote Ugly, Bella in Angel Street, Rita in Educating Rita, Aldonza in Man of La Mancha and Patsy Cline in Always...Patsy Cline.
Jennifer starred in, and composed and performed the film score for BALLAD OF IDA AND DOOB (1999) and wrote, starred in, and composed and performed the film scores for the critically acclaimed MR. BARRINGTON (2003) now available in several languages, and the multiple award-winning 40 WEST (2011) with Wayne Newton. For her work on 40 WEST, Jennifer received Awards of Meritfor Acting and Original Score from The Accolade Competition, Gold Prestige Awards for Acting, Original Score and Original Song, and a Silver Prestige Award for Original Screenplay.
Jennifer holds a second degree black belt in Tai Jujitsu, and has advanced training in Kali and Jeet Kun Do. In her spare time she enjoys gardening in her extensive gardens, and learning new languages (she is fluent in Spanish, and proficient in German.
Jennifer is a proud member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, the Writers Guild of America, SAG / AFTRA, and Actors’ Equity Association.