Chris Potter Big Band
Chris Potter
Sing To Me

Chris Potter Big Band

w/ Gretchen Parlato, Adam Rogers, Craig Taborn, Reuben Rogers, & Eric Harland

MAR 17-20 | SFJAZZ Resident Artistic Director Chris Potter

Mar 17 - Mar 18, 2022
Miner Auditorium
ThuMar 17
7:30 PM

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FriMar 18
7:30 PM

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The most commanding saxophonist of his generation, Chris Potter premieres an evening-length song cycle for his 19-piece big band featuring vocalist Gretchen Parlato – and Potter himself, as soloist. Since childhood, Potter has been enamored of big bands – their collective power and orchestral possibilities. Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn have been his lodestars, along with Gil Evans. And like all worthy musical guides, they have inspired him to find his own compositional style, which is rich in detail, color, and mood. Potter is lyricist for a number of his new songs. Others are settings of texts by Paul Laurence Dunbar, Edna St. Vincent Millay, and Kabir Das, the 15th-century Indian mystic poet. Interpreted by an all-star band and Parlato, an exquisite artist, this ambitious new work is among the 2021-22 season’s highlights. And when Potter steps out front to solo, you can expect fireworks.

 

A monster saxophonist, Potter is one of the premiere improvisers of recent decades and a ubiquitous influence among younger players. Since emerging as a sideman 30 years ago with bebop trumpeter Red Rodney, he has played with everybody, from Pat Metheny to Steely Dan. A path-finding musician, he joins the SFJAZZ Collective this fall.

ABOUT CHRIS POTTER

The most commanding saxophonist of his generation, Chris Potter premieres an evening-length song cycle for his 19-piece big band featuring the sublime vocalist Gretchen Parlato.

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Bannus and Cecily Hudson

His work is remarkably free of clichés and default licks….daring yet precise, with clean edges and unexpected implications….he is something special.

DownBeat

His work is remarkably free of clichés and default licks….daring yet precise, with clean edges and unexpected implications….he is something special.

DownBeat

Personnel

Chris Potter tenor saxophone
Gretchen Parlato vocals
Adam Rogers guitar
Craig Taborn piano
Reuben Rogers bass
Eric Harland drums
+ Big Band TBA 

Easily the most compelling saxophonist of his generation

Detroit Free Press on Chris Potter

Personnel

Chris Potter tenor saxophone
Gretchen Parlato vocals
Adam Rogers guitar
Craig Taborn piano
Reuben Rogers bass
Eric Harland drums
+ Big Band TBA 

Easily the most compelling saxophonist of his generation

Detroit Free Press on Chris Potter

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