Chris Potter Quartet

Saturday, April 7, 2018 at 8:00PM
Fine Arts Center Concert Hall


World-class soloist, accomplished composer, and formidable bandleader Chris Potter has emerged as a leading light of his generation. All About Jazz wrote about the saxophonist, “Among Potter’s many gifts are his sense of narrative and body language. In a live setting, one can appreciate the architecture of both his tunes and his solos, all while marveling at the sheer musculature of his relationship to the reed.”

Pre-show talk with Chris Potter in the Concert Hall Lobby at 6:15pm

Ticket Prices
$35, $25; Five College Students & Youth 17 and Under $10
Please call the Box Office to see if you or someone in your party is eligible for a discount.
Accessible Seating Available by calling the Box Office at 413-545-2511


Artist Webpage:
Artist Facebook:

The Chris Potter Quartet can be heard on the new ECM release The Dreamer Is The Dream, featuring Chris Potter on saxophone, David Virelles on piano, Joe Martin on bass, and Marcus Gilmore on drums. Their focus is on producing original music influenced by the jazz tradition and other genres that speaks a unique contemporary jazz language.

A world-class soloist, accomplished composer, and formidable bandleader, Chris Potter is considered a leading musical light of his generation. A potent improvisor and the youngest musician ever to win Denmark’s Jazzpar Prize, Potter’s impressive discography includes 15 albums as a leader and sideman appearances on more than 100 albums. He was nominated for a Grammy for his solo work on In Vogue and was prominently featured on Two Against Nature, Steely Dan’s Grammy-winning album from 2000. Potter has performed or recorded with many leading names in jazz, including Herbie Hancock, Dave Holland, John Scofield, the Mingus Big Band, Jim Hall, Paul Motian, Dave Douglas, and Ray Brown.

His recordings show his penchant for risk-taking and genre-bending. They include Unspoken (1997), with bassist and mentor Dave Holland, drummer Jack DeJohnette, and guitarist John Scofield; Vertigo (1998); Gratitude (2001); Traveling Mercies (2002); Lift: Live at the Village Vanguard (2004), with bassist Scott Colley, drummer Bill Stewart and keyboardist Kevin Hays; Underground (2006); Follow The Red Line: Live at the Village Vanguard (2007); The Sirens (2013); and Imaginary Cities (2015).

“Among Potter’s many gifts—he is one of the great jazz composers and saxophonists—are his sense of narrative and body language.” All About Jazz


“Daring yet precise, with clean edges and unexpected implications….[Potter] is something special.” Downbeat


“Sensational jazzer with deeply groovy band” Victoria Nasjonal Jazz Scene (Oslo, Norway)

Theo Croker
Theo Croker Quintet

Wednesday, November 15 at 7:30 p.m.
Bowker Auditorium

Theo Croker is a young trumpeter, singer, and bandleader who has earned the attention of top
musicians. “There are good, great, and nice musical players, but then there are phenomenal instrumentalists such as Theo, writes Donald Byrd. “I would place Theo in a class of musicians who will redirect the flow, change and alter the current of today’s New Jazz.” Produced by Dee Dee Bridgewater, his most recent recording, Escape Velocity, is a sprawling, genre-bending journey through bop, soul, funk, R&B, and beyond. He brings his quintet to the FAC for an evening of
inspired music.

The Message
The Message
Donald Harrison, Billy Pierce, Brian Lynch, Sullivan Fortner, Carl Allen and Essiet Essiet

Thursday, February 22 at 7:30 p.m.
Fine Arts Center Concert Hall

The Message includes mostly former Jazz Messengers, the banner under which Art Blakey organized some of the most iconic bands in jazz history. The Message has toured occasionally over the years, when these busy jazz frontiersmen come together to revisit their hard-bop roots. The band's musical focus is arrangements of Jazz Messenger pieces composed by some of the most esteemed musical tunesmiths in the jazz canon: Wayne Shorter, Cedar Walton, Benny Golson, Lee Morgan, Freddie Hubbard, with a sprinkling of band originals out of the Messenger's swingin', hard-bop tradition.

Pre-show talk in Bowker Auditorium at 6:30pm.

Cameron Carpenter
Cameron Carpenter: International Touring Organ

Friday, April 27 at 8 p.m.
Fine Arts Center Concert Hall, Chamber Seating

Cameron Carpenter is smashing the stereotypes of organists and organ music, and all the while generating international acclaim unprecedented in his field. Carpenter’s repertoire—including the complete works of J. S. Bach, film scores, and original compositions and hundreds of transcriptions and arrangements—is probably the largest and most diverse of any organist. “Extravagantly talented… the audience’s response was raucous… everything he touches turns fantastical and memorable.” The New York Times



Florence Bank New England Public Radio Hotel UMass