Chris Potter Circuits Trio & Kenny Garrett Quintet
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Chris Potter & Kenny Garrett
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Chris Potter Circuits Trio & Kenny Garrett Quintet

JUN 11–23 | 37th San Francisco Jazz Festival

Jun 21
Miner Auditorium
FriJun 21

Members Only

7:30 PM

$29 | $46 | $63

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Two of the most influential saxophonists in jazz share this powerful double bill with their current bands. This is a Members Only show.

"One of the most studied (and copied) saxophonists on the planet” (DownBeat), GRAMMY-nominated tenorist Chris Potter leads his new trio project, featuring rising keyboard master James Francies and drumming star Eric Harland. 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, fronting multiple ensembles and collaborating with a staggering list of major artists including Paul Motian, Pat Metheny, Dave Holland, Zakir Hussain, Herbie Hancock, Jim Hall, Steely Dan and the Mingus Big Band, to name a few.

Coming up as a teen through the Duke Ellington Orchestra and serving a memorable five-year stint with the iconic Miles Davis, Kenny Garrett is “one of the most admired alto saxophonists in jazz after Charlie Parker” (The New York Times). His 19-album output as a leader established the saxophonist as a masterful composer and savvy bandleader, with standout sessions including 1990’s African Exchange Student, 1997’s Songbook, 2003’s Standard of Language, and the expansive, GRAMMY-nominated 2006 release Beyond the Wall. Garrett received a GRAMMY nod for Five Peace Band Live, the 2009 collective project with Garrett, Chick Corea, John McLaughlin, Christian McBride, and Vinnie Colaiuta.

A tenorist who can remind you of Joe Henderson at his craftiest, he employs his considerable technique in the service of music rather than spectacle

The New Yorker on Chris Potter

A tenorist who can remind you of Joe Henderson at his craftiest, he employs his considerable technique in the service of music rather than spectacle

The New Yorker on Chris Potter

Personnel

CHRIS POTTER CIRCUITS TRIO
Chris Potter 
tenor & soprano saxophones
James Francies piano
Eric Harland drums

KENNY GARRETT QUINTET
Kenny Garrett 
alto saxophone
Vernell Brown piano
Corcoran Holt bass
Samuel Laviso drums
Rudy Bird percussion

Garrett is an intense performer who commands the stage with a strong presence and a personal sound that has been much copied but never matched.

Financial Times on Kenny Garrett

Personnel

CHRIS POTTER CIRCUITS TRIO
Chris Potter 
tenor & soprano saxophones
James Francies piano
Eric Harland drums

KENNY GARRETT QUINTET
Kenny Garrett 
alto saxophone
Vernell Brown piano
Corcoran Holt bass
Samuel Laviso drums
Rudy Bird percussion

Garrett is an intense performer who commands the stage with a strong presence and a personal sound that has been much copied but never matched.

Financial Times on Kenny Garrett

Watch & Listen

Chis Potter Circuits Trio

Hold It

Kenny Garrett Quintet

Backyard Groove

Chis Potter Circuits Trio

Hold It

Kenny Garrett Quintet

Backyard Groove