Chris Potter in the Sonoran Desert

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Way out in the Southwest. Chris Potter is an American jazz saxophonist, composer, and multi-instrumentalist. Recorded Tucson, AZ, Sonoran Desert, Spring, 2010.

Born in Chicago, Illinois, Potter spent most of his childhood in Columbia, South Carolina where his mother taught psychology at the University of South Carolina. He exhibited an early interest in all kinds of music and quickly became a prodigy, mastering several instruments including guitar and piano, and finally gravitating toward the alto and tenor saxophone.

Potter played his first professional jazz gig at age 13 and quickly developed a devoted local following. He attended college in New York City, first at the New School, and later at Manhattan School of Music.

Potter has released a number of albums as leader and has performed and recorded with many leading musicians including Patricia Barber, Kenny Werner, Red Rodney, Marian McPartland, the Mingus Big Band, Paul Motian, Ray Brown, Jim Hall, James Moody, Dave Douglas, Joe Lovano, Wayne Krantz, Mike Mainieri, Steve Swallow, Steely Dan, Dave Holland, Joanne Brackeen, Adam Rogers and many more.

His 1998 CD Vertigo was named one of the year’s top ten jazz CDs by both Jazziz magazine and The New York Times. He was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Jazz Instrumental Solo for his work on the Joanne Brackeen recording Pink Elephant Magic. His 2004 CD Lift: Live At The Village Vanguard was named one of the year’s ten best new jazz recordings by Fred Kaplan of Slate.

His 2006 release, Underground, on which he records with an electric, more “groove”-based ensemble featuring Craig Taborn on keyboard; Wayne Krantz on guitar; Nate Smith on drums and Adam Rogers, guitar on tracks 6 and 9), was followed closely by the 2007 release “Follow the Red Line: Live at the Village Vanguard”, featuring Adam Rogers on all six of its tracks. Another Underground group recording was released in 2009, Ultrahang.

Chris Potter currently lives in New York City with his wife and new baby and performs all over the world with his band Underground.

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