Saxophonist Chris Potter has been riding high with his group Underground featuring Craig Taborn on keyboards; Wayne Krantz and Adam Rogers on guitar; and Nate Smith on drums. The Grammy-nominated and critically-acclaimed musician recently debuted with his trio unit at Smoke Jazz Club in New York City. Although he continues to record and tour with Underground, Chris wanted to play in a trio setting featuring bassist John Patitucci and drummer Adam Cruz.
The Columbia, South Carolina native began playing several music instruments including the piano, guitar, and eventually studying the alto saxophone at age 9. He began playing professionally since the age of 13 and noticed by jazz legend Marian McPartland.
One of his first professional gigs while attending college was backing the late Red Rodney. It was with Red that Chris developed his chops as a be-bop jazz musician. He'd later record and tour with the likes of Paul Motian, Kenny Werner, the Mingus Big Band, Jim Hall, Joanne Brackeen, Dave Holland, and Steely Dan.
Look for Chris's upcoming ECM recording due to be released this spring. Also, look for Underground to tour this winter and early spring. For upcoming dates please visit him online at chrispottermusic.com.
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