Photograph of Chris Potter (left) and Larry Appelbaum (right), 2019. Photo credit: Larry Appelbaum.
Every generation has its saxophone heroes in jazz: Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young, Charlie Parker and John Coltrane all continue to inspire players in every style on just about every instrument. One of the great saxophonists and multi-instrumentalists of this generation is the Chicago-born, Columbia, South Carolina-raised Chris Potter. For the past three decades he’s been drawing attention for his ambitious, critically acclaimed recordings as both leader and sideman and he’s appeared numerous times at the Library of Congress; first in 2004 as part of bassist Dave Holland’s Quintet, then in 2018 in an all-star trio with Danilo Perez and Avishai Cohen and most recently as a Logan Foundation Jazz Scholar in June of 2019, when he spent time immersed in the Library’s jazz collections and reflected upon that experience in this blog post. That night Potter participated in a special panel discussion celebrating Billy Strayhorn’s legacy climaxed by his extraordinary unaccompanied tenor saxophone medley of Strayhorn standards.
Chris Potter turned 49 yesterday, January 1, 2020.
Watch the world premiere of Maria Schneider’s Library-commissioned work “Data Lords,” and view interviews as well as a panel discussion with the Grammy Award-winning composer, arranger and bandleader.
The following is a guest post from Music Reference Specialist Robert Lipartito. November 14 marks the 300th anniversary of the birth of Johann Georg Leopold Mozart, composer, violinist, teacher, theorist, and one of music’s most famous stage parents. He is best known, of course, as father, teacher, manager, archivist, and personal secretary of Wolfgang Amadeus […]
The following post was written by Music Reader Services Librarian Katie Rodda and published on October 24, 2019 on NLS Music Notes, a Library of Congress blog for and about those who want, need or provide the special format music of braille, audio, and large print offered by the NLS Music Section. This week, on Thursday, November […]
This is a guest blog by Claudia Morales of the Music Division. The Music Division is ready to hit it with Tank and The Bangas this Friday, October 25, 2019, at 8:00 pm. Included in the 2018 list of Rolling Stones “10 New Artists You Need to Know”and winners of 2017 NPR’s Tiny Desk Contest […]
You can’t beat the next two weeks of Concerts from the Library of Congress programming, during which we will offer eight musical experiences that showcase a breadth of artistry and perspectives. Here’s a quick run-down so you can make your plans: Wednesday, October 23, 2019, 7pm Montpelier Room, Madison Building “Diversity and the Birth of […]
One year ago, I published a blog post declaring my excitement about a one-year countdown to Clara Schumann’s 200th birthday and highlighted Schumann’s manuscript cadenzas from the Library’s Whittall Foundation Collection, material that is digitized and available online. Now, finally, Clara’s big day has arrived! 200 years ago, in Leipzig, Germany, Marianne Tromlitz gave birth […]
Concerts from the Library of Congress returns for a 95th season, packed with an impressive and richly diverse roster of more than 95 free events, including concerts, lectures, films, panels, conversations with artists and more. 2019-20 is a year of visionary legacies. In February we begin an adventurous and in-depth Beethoven at 250 festival that […]
The following is a guest post by Library of Congress Jazz Scholar Aaron Diehl My visit to the Library of Congress in March was not my first introduction to its collections. In late 2016, jazz curator Larry Appelbaum kindly welcomed me to the Library in advance of a program I was creating featuring the music […]
The following is a guest post by Claudia Morales, Music Division THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS and WASHINGTON PERFORMING ARTS PRESENT FREE SUMMER CONCERTS ON THE LAWN Thursday evenings at 7pm, July 11 through August 15 Bring your dancing moves because our Concert Series is going to make you swing! The Library of Congress and Washington […]