Chris Potter

Genres: Jazz
Descriptive "tags": jazz saxophone contemporary jazz funky modern creative jazz Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s

Biography

1 January 1971, Chicago, Illinois, USA. A highly-gifted and forward looking player, Potter was raised in Columbia, South Carolina where he played piano before taking up both the tenor and alto saxophone. He began playing the local clubs when he was only 13, before moving to New York in 1989. Potter spent four years playing saxophone, and occasional piano, in Red Rodney’s quintet, and graduated from the Manhattan School of Music in 1993. Potter played in a heavily bebop-influenced style during his time with Rodney but following the trumpeter’s death in 1994 he has expanded his musical horizons, demonstrating a refreshing sense of adventure in his exploration of harmony and odd melodic structures on several sessions as a leader. Potter has also recorded with the Mingus Big Band, Marian McPartland, Paul Motian, John Scofield, John Patitucci, Dave Holland and Steely Dan, and as part of the Jazz Mentality alongside Steve Elmer (piano), Ralph Hamperian (bass)...

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