World-class jazz saxophonist Chris Potter heads for Warrington

World-class soloist, accomplished composer and formidable bandleader, saxophonist Chris Potter has emerged as a leading light of his generation.

And the people of Warrington will have an opportunity next month to experience his talent, accompanied by The Inner City Ensemble, live at Pyramid arts centre.

Online jazz, blues and roots music magazine Down Beat 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 described Chris as “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 improviser 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 including Herbie Hancock, Dave Holland, John Scofield, the Mingus Big Band, Jim Hall, Paul Motian, Dave Douglas, Ray Brown and many others.

For this second edition in the Jazz Directors Series, presented by Band on the Wall and partners, Potter is performing with the Inner City Ensemble, an evolving group of the UK’s most promising emerging professional musicians, selected through an open call application process.

The Jazz Directors Series is a two-year residency and touring project which brings together emerging UK professional jazz musicians with an internationally revered jazz director.

Tickets for the show on Friday 14 April are available online.

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