Chris Potter Quartet, Monday, February 25, 2013

Chris Potter Quartet

Monday, February 25, 2013
Kuumbwa Jazz

“…one of the most dynamic young players in jazz.” – Chicago Tribune

Since bursting onto the New York scene in 1989, saxophonist Chris Potter has become a force of nature as a player, composer and arranger.  His accomplishments include sixteen albums as a leader with guest appearances on over 150 albums. He has gained accolades from the likes of Sonny Rollins, Dave Liebman and countless other saxophone icons.  Despite having collaborated with Steely Dan, Herbie Hancock, John Scofield and more, the true nature of Potter’s talents can best be seen with his quartet. His newest release, The Sirens (March 2013) is Potter’s ECM debut as a leader, an album of mood and melody inspired by The Odyssey, and both its epic atmosphere and timeless humanity.

Born in Chicago, Potter moved to Columbia, South Carolina at age three with his family.  He started his musical endeavors by playing guitar and piano before picking up the alto sax when he turned ten. He soon began gigging as a saxophonist and when Marian McPartland heard Potter perform at the tender age of fifteen, she informed him he was good enough to go on the road and tour, but he should finish school first! Potter later moved to NYC and studied at the New School as well as Manhattan School of Music.

A potent and natural-born improviser, Potter was the youngest musician to ever win Denmark’s Jazzpar Prize and has already racked up a Grammy nomination.  Perhaps most telling of his musical prowess is that the 2008 DownBeat Magazine reader’s poll ranked him second only to tenor sax icon Sonny Rollins in the saxophone category.  Looking back over his twenty years in the industry, Potter says “I’ve had a chance to learn a lot from all the leaders that I’ve worked with…it’s taught me that any approach can work, as long as you have a strong vision of what you want to do.”

His new album The Sirens retains the distinctive muscle and firepower that’s made Potter so influential but, unsurprisingly, presents some new perspectives as well.  It’s an eclectic album, but retains a continuity centered on the rapport between the musicians on the album (also appearing in his touring band): David Virelles (piano), Larry Grenadier (bass) and Eric Harland (drums). With this group behind him, the new music has a lyrical footing worthy of The Odyssey itself, with Potter declaiming lyrical lines over the dynamic rhythm section as coloristic keyboards shimmer like stars in the night sky.

Chris Potter Quartet

DATE: Monday, February 25, 2013
PLACE: Kuumbwa Jazz Center
ADDRESS: 320 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
TIME: 7:00 PM
PRICE: $25/Adv $28/Door, No Comps
TICKETS: Logos Books & Records, 1117 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz (831) 427-5100 and online at:
MORE INFO: or 831-427-2227

Media contact:
Tina Pelikan
212 333-1405

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