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Chris Potter and The Jazzgroove Mothership Orchestra


Sat 2 Jun 2012, 8:00pm

Where: The Forum, 154 Flinders St, Melbourne CBD, Victoria

Restrictions: All Ages

Listed by: JennyEF

When jazz legend Michael Brecker was asked how it felt to be the world’s best sax player, he replied "ask Chris Potter."

An exceptional soloist, accomplished composer and formidable bandleader, Chris Potter has performed and recorded with many of jazz’s leading lights, including Dave Holland, John Scofield, Herbie Hancock, the Mingus Big Band and Paul Motian among many others.

His recent collaboration with the Danish Radio Big Band – captured on the 2011 release Transatlantic – created a powerful and alluring new direction in large-ensemble jazz. In 2012, he brings that same creative force to a world-first collaboration with the Sydney's Jazzgroove Mothership Orchestra, showcasing Potter’s striking compositions alongside specially-commissioned Australian works.

The 17-piece powerhouse ensemble comprises many of Australia’s finest young improvisers, exploring styles from free jazz to heavy-duty swing to create a modern big-band sound steeped in tradition. Three-time nominees for "Australian Jazz Ensemble of the Year", individually the Mothership’s members have dominated Australia’s top prizes over the last decade, including the National Jazz Awards, the Freedman Fellowship, and the Australian Jazz Artist of the Year (Bell Awards).

Winner of the 2006 Montreux Jazz Festival’s International Vocal Competition, Kristin Berardi opens with works from her latest CD, Kristin Berardi meets the JMO, weaving her “evocative and finely crafted vocals” (Sunday Herald-Sun) with the vivid sounds of Australia’s leading jazz orchestra.