Chris Potter performs at Hudson, North Sea Jazz 2010 (photo Sieb van Ineveld of jazz blog Turn Your Ears).

 Tenor Saxophone Luminary Chris Potter to Bring his Underground Orchestra to Logan Center

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Born in Chicago in 1971, tenor saxophonist Chris Potter burst onto the New York scene as a young prodigy when he was just 18 years old. Now, three decades later, he is one of the most celebrated players of his instrument and a recognized bandleader and composer. On Friday, May 17, Chris Potter will make his way to Jazz at the Logan at The University of Chicago for only the third ever live performance of his fully orchestrated Imaginary Cities suite by his Underground Orchestra.

Potter formed the Underground Orchestra, an expansion on his Underground Quartet, in response to an invitation to perform at Jazz at Lincoln Center. “There was an idea that it could be something that I hadn’t done before.” Starting with the quartet that has been the source of some of his most celebrated recordings, Potter added electric and acoustic bass, string quartet, and vibraphone and marimba. The Orchestra is unlike other jazz ensembles with strings. Potter says, “I didn’t want a classical-meets-jazz feeling. I wanted it all to be completely integrated… In places, the lines between the written material and improvised material would be a little blurred, and the strings would improvise, too.”

Chris Potter’s Underground Orchestra performs Friday, May 17 at 7:30 pm in the Logan Center for the Arts. The night before, Potter joins Chicago-based multi-reedist, composer and educator Geof Bradfield in a listening session in the Logan Center Performance Penthouse, presented in partnership with the Hyde Park Jazz Festival.

Now in its 75th year of bringing the world's best artists to Chicago, The University of Chicago Presents offers 26 unique performances in five distinct series in the 2018/19 season, from early music to classical, contemporary, jazz, and world music. Jazz at the Logan brings the spectrum of contemporary jazz - with its myriad influences from the past to the present - to the Logan Center concert stage with performances by world-class luminary artists. For more information about the upcoming concert or for tickets, visit