Chris Potter

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Chris Potter in performance at 2010 Monterey Jazz Festival
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Chris Potter in performance at 2011 Monterey Jazz Festival
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One of the top saxophonists in jazz today, Chris Potter has a tone on tenor that can be as beautiful as Stan Getz’s but also an explorative style that sounds unlike anyone else. Born in Chicago on New Year’s Day in 1971, Potter grew up in Columbia, South Carolina. As a child, Potter played guitar and piano, before switching to alto; he was initially inspired by Paul Desmond and Johnny Hodges. In time he would master tenor (his main instrument), soprano, bass clarinet and flute. Potter was a bit of a prodigy, getting his first gig when he was 13. At 18, he played alto and occasional piano with Red Rodney, working on and off with him during the next five years. Potter moved to New York to attend the New School and the Manhattan School of Music. He worked with the Jazz Mentality and John Hart, making his debut as a leader in 1992 with his Criss Cross CD, Presenting Chris Potter. After guesting on a Marian McPartland CD, Potter signed with the Concord label, which gave him greater exposure. He worked with Paul Motian, Renee Rosnes, John Patitucci, Steely Dan, the Mingus Big Band, Steve Swallow, Joe Lovano, Mike Mainieri, Joanne Brackeen and Jim Hall. He also recorded with Kenny Werner, Ray Brown and James Moody, and his 1997 CD Unspoken featured him in a quartet with John Scofield, Dave Holland and Jack DeJohnette. In 1998 he joined both Dave Douglas’ quintet and Dave Holland’s sextet and big band. Two years later he became the youngest recipient of Denmark’s prestigious Jazzpar Prize. In recent years, Potter has recorded as a leader for Verve and Sunnyside. When not heard with Dave Holland, Potter often leads his own stimulating combo.

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Articles on Chris Potter

11/05/13    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

Jim Hall & Chris Potter to Open JALC’s A Side/B Side Series Nov. 22-23

05/29/12    Concerts    By Jack Losh

Chris Potter at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival, 5/5/12

01/15/12    The Gig    By Nate Chinen

2011: The Year in Gigs

03/18/11    Jazz Video Guy    By Bret Primack

Chris Potter: Way Out Southwest

January/February 2010    Albums    By Josef Woodard

Live at the 2007 Monterey Jazz Festival
The Monterey Quartet

January/February 2010    Albums    By Josef Woodard

Live at the 2007 Monterey Jazz Festival
The Monterey Quartet

11/25/09    Concerts    By Josef Woodard

Berlin Jazz Festival

06/27/08    Concerts    By Chris Walker

Playboy Jazz Festival

November 2007    Albums    By David R. Adler

Follow the Red Line: Live at the Village Vanguard
Chris Potter Underground

June 2006    Features    By Bill Milkowski

Michael Brecker: A Musician's Quilt

March 2006    Features    By David R. Adler

Chris Potter: The Potter Principle

July/August 2005    Brass Tracks    By Mike Shanley

What Now?
Kenny Wheeler

July/August 2005    Brass Tracks    By Mike Shanley

What Now?
Kenny Wheeler

06/19/05    Concerts    By David R. Adler

Wayne Shorter Quartet & Dave Holland Quintet in New York

June 2005    The Gig    By Nate Chinen

Potter's Field

October 2004    News    By Tad Hendrickson

Radiohead: The New Standard Bearers?

08/02/04    Concerts    By Larry Appelbaum

Toronto Downtown Jazz Festival 2004

July/August 2004    Saxophonics    By Chris Kelsey

Lift: Live at the Village Vanguard
Chris Potter Quartet

05/17/03    Concerts    By Chris Walker

Playboy Jazz Festival 2003

November 2002    Albums    By Aaron Steinberg

Traveling Mercies
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June 2002    At Home    By Russell Carlson

Chris Potter

07/16/01    Concerts    By Bill Milkowski

Estoril Jazz Festival 2001

07/02/01    Concerts    By Bill Milkowski

Dave Douglas Live in Vancouver

June 2001    Gearhead    By Christopher Porter

Chris Potter: Shop Talk

June 2001    Albums    By Steve Smith

Gratitude
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December 1997    Features    By Bill Milkowski

Chris Potter: Raising the Bar

April 1997    Albums    By Chuck Berg

Moving In
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Albums

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Moving In

Concord Records
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Gratitude

Verve

This Will Be

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Traveling Mercies

Verve
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Lift: Live at the Village Vanguard

Sunnyside
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What Now?

CAM Jazz

Underground

Sunnyside
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Follow the Red Line: Live at the Village Vanguard

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Song for Anyone

Sunnyside
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Live at the 2007 Monterey Jazz Festival

MJF Records
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