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Wide Angles: Remembering Michael Brecker

2019 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival presents Wide Angles: Remembering Michael Brecker with Guest Soloists Eli Degibri & Marcus Strickland + Chris Potter Trio w/ Eric Harland & James Francies

March 2, 2019 | 7:30 pm

- $39.50 – $59.50
Revolution Hall

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A world-class soloist, accomplished composer and formidable bandleader, saxophonist Chris Potter has emerged as a leading light of his generation. DownBeat called him “One of the most studied (and copied) saxophonists on the planet” while Jazz Times identified him as “a figure of international renown.” Jazz sax elder statesman Dave Liebman called him simply, “one of the best musicians around,” a sentiment shared by the readers of Down Beat in voting him second only to tenor sax great Sonny Rollins in the magazine’s 2008 Readers Poll. 

A potent improvisor and the youngest musician ever to win Denmark’s Jazzpar Prize, Potter’s impressive discography includes 15 albums as a leader and sideman appearances on over 100 albums. He was nominated for a Grammy Award for his solo work on “In Vogue,” a track from Joanne Brackeen’s 1999 album Pink Elephant Magic, and was prominently featured on Steely Dan’s Grammy-winning album from 2000, Two Against Nature. He has performed or recorded with many of the leading names in jazz, such as Herbie Hancock, Dave Holland, John Scofield, the Mingus Big Band, Jim Hall, Paul Motian, Dave Douglas, Ray Brown and many others. 

Potter enjoys working in a trio setting with a variety of acoustic bassists and drummers, feeling the absence of any chordal instrument as both a challenge to overcome and as a liberation from constraints. In this setting he often mixes original material with more standard pieces from the jazz and non-jazz repertoire.