Cliff Porter (a.k.a. Cliff Notes) - Jelly Bread
Born and raised in Reno, Nevada, Porter was exposed to a wide variety of music! But at the early age of five his uncle, legendary blues guitarist Lil Joe Blue introduced him to the blues and a drum set. After a few years his uncle wanted to take him on tour, but family feared he was still too young.
Porter has never taken lessons, but has studied at the School of Sight and Sound, meaning if he can see it or hear it, he can play it! Porter said, “Growing up playing in church, you had to know how to listen to the music for changes all the time, because The Spirit will change the natural flow of a song at any moment”, so Porter has always played with that type of awareness throughout his career. He was section leader through high school, even though he couldn’t read the music, he explains it as God-given talent.
In Porter’s professional career he has played in a touring Gospel drama, Make up your Mind, also with a nationally-touring quartet 4 with God, where they opened for Kirk Franklin, Blind Boys of Alabama, and many others. He has also been the musical director for a number of tribute shows, and Las Vegas touring bands as well.
Currently Porter is the lead singer and drummer for Jelly Bread, A high energy funk, soul, and jam band, which received Band of the Year in northern Nevada 2012, as well as Album of the Year, with their sophomore CD “No Dress Code”. The band tours the country and plays festivals. He is considered the conductor of the band, because most often times takes songs to different places on the fly, Guess that’s those gospel roots! Porter has also become the drummer for singer Whitney Myer from NBC’s The Voice.
Jelly Bread has opened and shared the stage with artists like JJ Grey, Soulive, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, Jonny Lang, Snoop Dogg, DJ Quik, Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds, Monophonics, Need to Breath, Lettuce, Galactic, and many more.