Jacksonville area high school and college students and members of the public got a chance recently to learn from a pioneer when jazz sax genius Chris Potter held a free Master Class at Jacksonville University as part of a visit to the community.
Potter answered questions and offered playing and performance tips to those in attendance March 8 at Terry Concert Hall at JU. He performed the next evening in Terry Theater at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts, with accompaniment by The Mica Bethea Big Band. Among others, the band's members include John W. Ricci, Director of Jazz Studies at JU; JU Professor of Jazz Piano Scott Giddens; and JU senior trombone player Corey Wilcox.
The events were sponsored by the JU College of Fine Arts and co-organized by Ricci.