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Andrew Scott Potter

Potter, Andrew Scott, drummer, percusionist, producer, composer; b. Chicago, IL, 18 September 1949. His father is Jack Potter and his mother is Jean Potter. He has six brothers.

He started playing jazz on bongos and congas with Malawi and Fred Anderson and Bill Brimfield in 1968, at places like the White Elephant, Safari Room, Northwestern Coffee House.

Side men also included, Fred Hopkins, Drasir Khalid, Jerome Cooper, Steve Mccall, Rufus Reid, Robert Shy, Al Radford and many others. His first recording was at this time with Malawi and it got some radio air play. Soon he also was playing professionally on drums.

He toured with the free street theater, and recorded with Eric Hochberg, and worked with other Chicago musicians like Steve Eisen, Steve Rodby, Steve La Spina, Ken Prince, Henry Johnson, Ari Brown, Duke Payne, Bunky Green, Kestutis Stanciouskas, John Cambell, Ross Traut, Chico Freeman, Cleavland Eaton, and Bob Long. He did jingles and recordings, including with Streetdancer, and toured with Minnie Ripperton.

He moved to New York City in 1978, and his first gig was with Michael Wolff and Alex Foster with sidemen John Scofield and Chip Jackson. Then, soon after he worked with Walter Bishop Jr with people like Carmen Lundy, Marcus Miller, Dave Shnitter, Ricky Ford, Clint Houston, and Sammy Figueira. Through working on the New York scene he worked for and with various top jazz talents like, Dr. Lonnie Smith and Richie Gart, Jim Beard, Tony Cimorosi, Jimmie Ponder, Steve Grossman, Sonny Sharrock (including a European tour), Ryo Kawasaki, Bruce Whitcomb, and Bruce Dunlap. He would go back to Chicago to play with Streetdancer at the Chicago jazz fest in front of 75,000 people, and, with Bunky Green at the Jazz Showcase. He started recording two records with David E., Tillman that got some air play. It included side men like Russel Blake, Walter Bishop Jr, Gary Bias, Justo Almario , Carmen Lundy, Bradly Bobo,Greg Alper and others.

He worked in the dance world as musical director four times for Sal Perneice, and he worked for Louis Falco helping them rehearse for the film Fame with dancers like Irene Cara, Michael De Lorenzo, Neisha Folks, and Gene Anthony Ray. He also did work for Jennifer Muller and Gail Conrad, including a European tour, Bebe Miller, Bertrom Ross, Clay Talifaro, Wilbert Bradley, and, in Brazil, samba dancers Edi Machado, Marja Nunes, and Clarice Albano.

He moved to Brazil in 1986, and, started working with Barrosinho, where he worked and recorded with people like, Paulo Russo, Luizao Maia, and Ricardo Mattos. They also did TV for Fernando Multedo, playing jazz, but, also recording for him. Andrew produced and recorded Edi Machado, placing two cds on the billboard world music charts. Over 168 stations played it in the USA. Edi did television shows singing over Andrew’s music. They also made video clips that were played in Brazil and the USA. They had Elza Soares as special guest and had side men like Luizao Maia, Paulo Russo , Tony Cimorosi, and Andres Biorsky.

In 1992, Andrew moved to the Brazilian city Florianopolis, and recorded two cds where he sang his own compositions. They received some airplay in the USA. In 1998, doing a video with Elza Soares he formed the Rio de Janeiro jazz trio with Paulo Russo and Dario Galante. They recorded three cds for mix house, two were considered for Latin Grammy nominations in the Latin jazz department. They toured Brazil, and got press about their new mix of meringue beats from Recife and jazz triplets and cross rhythms. He spent time in Recife and produced the Foclorico Group, Coco Raiz Do Arco and Verde. He got back together with Chicago group Streetdancer and they toured Europe and Chicago.

Andrew is married to Edi Machado with one son, Jack Joao Potter.


Malawi: Malawi (1972); Streetdancer: Rising (1976); Nanette Natel (two records in the 1980s); Streetdancer: Roughs (1996), Secrets (2000)

As producer and performer:

Hochberg and Potter: World Thing (1976); Potter and Tillman: New York To LA, Coasting (1980); Edi: Edi (1990), Arte Amada (1991); Andrew Scott Potter: The CD and CD-ROM (1996),

Acredito Em Voce (1998); Rio De Janeiro Jazz Trio: Marakablu (2000), Pulso Forte (2001); Potter, Perannzzetta, Russo: Oz (2003); Tillman and Potter: Return Of The Poets (2003);

Rio De Janeiro Trio: Bop Til You Drop (2003)


Worked on the film Fame, with Louis Falco and the dancers. Extra work on the film, Nighthawks With Sylvester Stallone, Billy De Williams and Rutguer Howard

Theater work:

Percussion on the play, Midsummer Night’s Dream, produced by Ellen Burstyn and starring Christopher Walken. Performed on the play They Were All Gardenias, starring Carmen Lundy,

Walter Bishop Jr, and Ricky Ford. Toured with the Free Street Theater, with Larry Riley


On television, clips have been played on Sounds Brazilian, in the USA, and, various shows in Brazil; Formula Unica, performance and interview; making of the movie Fame;

notice on video show from Brazil, and interview on Show Do Shock in Brazil.


Feature articles have been written about Andrew by Neil Tesser in the Chicago Reader, and he has received three star reviews in Downbeat for two records.

The Jornal do Recife had features by Jose Tteles and Marcos Toledo and mentions by Marcelo Perreira.

There’s also been features in the Diario Cataneirence by Anna Christina Lavratti, and in the Diario Pernambuco, features by Deoborah Nascimento.

There were mentions in the Jornal do Brasil in Tarik de Souza’s colunm and O Globo Pessoas by Cesar Tartaglia and Tania Neves, among many others.