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Chris Potter Circuits Trio / Kenny Garrett Quintet

  • SFJAZZ Miner Auditorium 201 Franklin St San Francisco, CA, 94102 United States (map)
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Tickets ($29 - $63)

"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.

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

[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
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
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