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The 5th Annual El Cerrito Jazz Festival is taking place on Saturday, February 9, 2019 in the ECHS Performing Arts Center! The festival will feature workshops, master classes, clinics, concerts, and adjudicated performances from top high school groups from around Northern California.

Headlining the evening concert is Chris Potter Circuits featuring Nate Smith (drums), and James Francies (piano). A world-class soloist, accomplished composer and formidable bandleader, saxophonist Chris Potter has emerged as a leading light of his generation. DownBeat called him “One of the most studied (and copied) saxophonists on the planet” while Jazz Times identified him as “a figure of international renown.” Jazz sax elder statesman Dave Liebman called him simply, “one of the best musicians around,” a sentiment shared by the readers of DownBeat in voting him second only to tenor sax great Sonny Rollins in the magazine’s 2008 Readers Poll.

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 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.

The festival’s distinguished panel of adjudicators and clinicians include guitarist Mike Dana from Fresno City College (retired), bassist Peter Dominguez from Oberlin Conservatory, trombonist Alan Ferber from New York University, trumpeter Jeff Jarvis from the CSU Long Beach, and saxophonist Kasey Knudsen from the Sonoma State University.

2019 Festival Documents and Schedule


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