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AZIZA: Potter, Holland, Loueke, Harland

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The all-star quartet consisting of Chris Potter, Dave Holland, Lionel Loueke & Eric Harland, premiered in front of a packed audience at the 2015 Winnipeg International Jazz Festival. After receiving a two-minute standing ovation, The Winnipeg Free Press exclaimed “No name, no problem as Jazz quartet gives near perfect performance.” The quartet will go on their first United States tour in 2016, in support of their debut recording.

As a soloist, composer and bandleader, saxophonist Chris Potter has emerged as a leading light of his generation. 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” and saxophonist Dave Liebman called him simply, “one of the best musicians around.” He was nominated for a Grammy Award for his solo work on ‘In Vogue’ and has recorded with many of the leading names in jazz, such as Herbie Hancock, Dave Holland, John Scofield, the Mingus Big Band, Paul Motian, Ray Brown and others.

Bassist, composer, and bandleader Dave Holland is now in his fifth decade as a performer and his music possesses a rich and kaleidoscopic history. His career took off when he participated in the famous Miles Davis Band, which he left to devote himself to composing his own music. Over the course of his career, he has enjoyed strong collaborations with jazz legends, such as drummer Billy Higgins, pianist Hank Jones, Betty Carter and Herbie Hancock, with whom he last collaborated in 2008 on the album River: The Joni Letters, which won the 2008 Grammy for Album of the Year.

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