One of the most studied (and copied) saxophonists on the planet.” —DownBeat magazine

Chris Potter

Saxophone – Jazz Institute Online


hris Potter brings so much to SJW. As one of the most adventurous and thoughtful improvisers on the jazz scene, he connects deeply with SJW students, assisting them with their own journeys toward mastery of their instruments and of the music. His performances at the Stanford Jazz Festival are electrifying. Approachable and generous, Chris is always a huge hit at SJW.

A world-class soloist, accomplished composer, and formidable bandleader, Grammy Award nominated saxophonist Chris has emerged as a leading light of his generation. Potter’s music showcases limitless creativity and a vibrant sense of swing, prompting critics, musicians, and fans alike to cite him as the one of the finest saxophonists today. The New Yorker calls Potter, “A tenorist who can remind you of Joe Henderson at his craftiest, he employs his considerable technique in the service of music rather than spectacle.” With his 2019 Edition Records release, Circuits, Potter makes a return to groove, echoing music from his Underground era. Joined by keyboardist and SJW alumnus James Francies and SJW faculty artist drummer Eric Harland, Potter’s new music thrives on the band’s chemistry, blending a vibrant soundscape of electronics, melodies with unforgettable hooks, and surprising turns of phrase, all played with relentless energy.

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, such as Herbie Hancock, Dave Holland, John Scofield, the Mingus Big Band, Jim Hall, Paul Motian, Dave Douglas, Ray Brown and many others.

More Talent from Jazz Institute Online

More Talent from Jazz Advanced Intensive

More Faculty Woodwinds