Chris Potter’s Underground Orchestra

Chris Potter’s Underground Orchestra


Chris Potter's
Underground Orchestra

Thursday, March 26, 7:30pm
at SFJAZZ Center, Miner Auditorium

Chris Potter
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Chris Potter’s Underground Orchestra

Saxophonist Chris Potter, called "one of the most studied (and copied) saxophonists on the planet" by DownBeat and "one of the best musicians around" by saxophone giant Dave Liebman, leads an expanded version of his supercharged Underground band, augmented by a string quartet. A restless explorer, Potter began his musical journey in the late 1980s with bebop veteran Red Rodney and laid the foundation for his current position as a leading light in jazz, sharing the studio and bandstand with a staggering list of major artists including Paul Motian, Dave Holland, Herbie Hancock, Jim Hall, Steely Dan and the Mingus Big Band, to name a few. From his star-studded debut forward, Potter has shown a singular focus and growth as a composer and improvisor, moving deftly from acoustic post-bop to the fringes of experimentalism and forming the funk-fueled Underground in 1995 with guitarist Wayne Krantz, keyboardist Craig Taborn and drummer Nate Smith. Since the release of the band’s 2009 crowd-funded CD Ultrahang (with guitarist Adam Rogers in place of Krantz), Potter has signed to Manfred Eicher’s ECM Records and toured the world with guitar god Pat Metheny’s Unity Band project. His new album for ECM, Imaginary Cities, finds him returning to the Underground project in this exciting new large group configuration. 

Artist Personnel

Chris Potter saxophones, bass clarinet
Mark Feldman violin
Joyce Hammann violin
Lois Martin viola
Isaiah Gage cello
Adam Rogers guitar
Joe Doubleday vibraphone, marimba
Craig Taborn piano
Scott Colley acoustic bass
Fima Ephron electric bass
Nate Smith drums

Artist Website

"The emergence of Chris Potter as one of the most dynamic young players in jazz has been fascinating to behold. " — Chicago Tribune
"His work is remarkably free of cliches and default licks….daring yet precise, with clean edges and unexpected implications….he is something special. " — DownBeat