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The Career Of Chris Potter

Jazz Unlimited for June 9, 2019, will present “The Career of Chris Potter.”  Downbeat Award winner Chris Potter was born in Chicago, but was raised in South Carolina.  He was a professional musician by the age of 13 and after completing his schooling at the New school and Manhattan School of Music, began playing with Red Rodney.  A very in-demand player who plays all the reed instruments, Potter has worked and recorded with a wide range of musicians, including Patricia Barber, Kenny Werner, the Mingus Big Band, the Dave Holland Quintet and Big Band, Urbie Green, Rene Marie, Dave Douglas, Scott Colley and Paul Motian as well as his own groups, the Chris Potter Underground and Underground Orchestra.

The Slide Show has my photographs of some of the artists heard on this show.

The video is of Chris Potter (ts) Johnathan Lovett (keys) Dustin Retzlaff (b) and Jay Ware (d) playing "Donna Lee" at the 2018 Cola Jazz Festival in Charleston S.C.

Dennis Owsley has broadcast a weekly jazz show for St. Louis Public Radio since April 1983. He holds a Ph.D. in organic chemistry and is a retired Monsanto Senior Science Fellow and college teacher. His show, Jazz Unlimited, airs every Sunday from 9:00 p.m. to midnight. The show has the largest jazz audience in St. Louis and was named Best Jazz Radio Show in St. Louis for the years 2005-2007 and 2009 by the Riverfront Times. In celebration of his 25 years on the air, January 24, 2008 was proclaimed Dennis Owsley Day" in the City of St. Louis. He is the 2010 winner of the St. Louis Public Radio Millard S. Cohen Lifetime Achievement Award. Dennis is also a noted photographer, and his exhibit, In the Moment: Photographs of Jazz Musicians, ran from September 23, 2005 to January 21, 2006 at the Sheldon Art Gallery. He is a lifetime student of jazz history and teaches short courses on the subject. Dennis is the author of the award-winning book City of Gabriels: The History of Jazz in St. Louis 1985-1973, published in 2006.

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