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Chris Potter

Chris Potter, saxophonist, was raised in Columbia South Carolina. Noticed as a youth by Marian McPartland, he finished high school and then went to New York to study at the Manhattan School. While still a student, he began playing with Red Rodney’s band, the first of his many high profile gigs, and began a career that has since earned him a place as one of modern jazz’s most respected and in-demand players. He has toured and recorded with Jim Hall, Ray Brown, James Moody, Steve Swallow, Larry Carlton, Paul Motian, Steely Dan, and many others. The youngest musician ever to receive Denmark’s prestigious Jazzpar Prize, Chris Potter’s work on Joanne Brackeen’s Pink Elephant Magic also earned him a Grammy nomination for Best Jazz Instrumental Solo.