The Baylor University Jazz Ensemble will present a concert with internationally acclaimed saxophonist/composer Chris Potter on Tuesday, February 20, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Jones Concert Hall, located within the Glennis McCrary Music Building. The Jazz Ensemble is a talented group of nineteen student musicians who perform under the leadership of Alex Parker, Senior Lecturer in Jazz Studies and Director of the Wayne Fisher Jazz Program at Baylor University.
Saxophonist Chris Potter has emerged as a leading light of his generation, a world-class soloist, accomplished composer, and formidable bandleader. Down Beat called him “One of the most studied (and copied) saxophonists on the planet.” Born in Chicago on January 1, 1971, his family moved to Columbia, South Carolina, when he was three. At age eighteen, Potter moved to New York to study at the New School and Manhattan School of Music, while also immersing himself in New York’s jazz scene and beginning his lifelong path as a professional musician.
The Baylor Jazz Ensemble will open its concert with an arrangement by Mike Bogle of Chick Corea’s “Got a Match?” and then a piece called “Two Against Nature” by Steely Dan’s Walter Becker and Donald Fagen. The ensemble will also play the Bob Curnow arrangement of Pat Metheny’s “See the World.”
Chris Potter will join the Jazz Ensemble for his setting of the traditional gospel blues tune “Got the Keys to the Kingdom.”
Mr. Potter will be the soloist in performances of four of his own compositions: “Totally,” “Quick,” “Noonday Sun,” and “The High Road.”
This concert is free of charge and open to the public. For more information, call the Baylor University School of Music at 254-710-3991.