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Friday February 09, 2018

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Columbia-Reared and World-Renowned Saxophonist Chris Potter Returns for Inaugural ColaJazz Fest
By: Kyle Petersen

The [ColaJazz] festival feels like a culmination of [trumpter Mark Rapp’s] efforts to raise the profile of jazz in the capital city, particularly in the wake of the tremendous loss of saxophonist and scene patriarch Skipp Pearson last year. This is true in large part thanks to the presence of headliner Chris Potter, one of the giants of contemporary jazz and quietly one of the biggest musical success stories to ever come out of the city.

Potter went to Dreher High School and spent a few years as a child wunderkind in the local scene before splitting for the more fertile pastures of the Big Apple when he turned at 18. He got his training at the New School and the Manhattan School of Music as he developed a reputation as a sterling sideman for the likes of Red Rodney and Paul Motian, gradually establishing himself as a powerful bandleader and sophisticated composer his own right, leading The New York Times to call him “the most commandingly skilled saxophonist of his generation, an improviser of deft insight and athletic poise.”

Potter, while conceding it’s been awhile since he performed in the city, still thinks fondly about his days in the local scene.

Read more about Chris Potter and the inaugural ColaJazz Fest here