"Earla is a beautiful singer." -- Chet Baker
"Singer Earla Porch counts jazz trumpeter Chet Baker and Rex Reed among
her admirers, ...and they just might know what they're talking about!"
-- Derek Taylor, Cadence Magazine
"Earla Porch is a rare find among vocalists." -- Brian Mc Tavish,
jazz writer for the Kansas City Star
"She expresses great emotional and narrative power through
precise application of her finely tuned vocal skills" -- J.W. Wilson,
The New York Times
"Earla Porch is a jazz singer known to afficianados for
her exceptional clarity of tone and natural gift for interpreting the lyrics
of musical standards. Described by the late, great Chet Baker as a beautiful
singer, Earla captures an audience with her musicality and phenomenal strength
of emotion. She is one of a very few vocalists that can make a standard sound
new. She accomplishes this, not by over-the-top vocal dramatization, but by
a solid understanding of the music and a sensitivity to what the lyricist
is trying to express through the composition.
"Collections" and "Satin and Smoke" represent the culmination
of her efforts to date. Both CDs have met with excellent reviews and are modestly
priced for such a treasure in sound. Recorded over the course of two years,
"Collections" is a wonderful mix of both live club dates and studio
recordings. Earla is very much at home on the stand, whether it be a club
in the Roppongi district of Tokyo or a Kansas City recording studio a few
blocks from where she lives. This is a CD full of spirit and surprises. "Satin
and Smoke" is her very latest release, recorded in southwestern Connecticut.
This is perhaps her landmark recording - showing all the mastery that only
many years of high calibre performance can provide.
"Take the time to listen to the music samples here on this site and I
know you'll agree. Another facet of Earla's talent is visual. She has developed
into an accomplished artist. Her visceral abstract sculpture and powerful
line drawings show the same combination of strength and delicacy that is so
inherent in her vocal style. Her visual art may be viewed by accessing her
other web site via this link."
-- L. Lea Somerset, contributor to The Village Voice,
The Boston Herald, and The New York Times