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Tommy Potter

Tommy Potter
William P. Gottlieb
Background information
Birth name Charles Thomas Potter
Born (1918-09-21)September 21, 1918
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Died March 1, 1988(1988-03-01) (agedĀ 69)
Genres Jazz
Instruments Double bass
Associated acts Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Billy Eckstine

Charles Thomas Potter (September 21, 1918 - March 1, 1988) was a jazz double bass player, best known for having been a member of Charlie Parker's "classic quintet", with Miles Davis, between 1947 and 1950.

Born in Philadelphia, Potter had first played with Parker in 1944, in Billy Eckstine's band with Dizzy Gillespie, Lucky Thompson and Art Blakey.[1]

Potter also performed and recorded with many other notable jazz musicians, including Earl Hines, Artie Shaw, Bud Powell, Count Basie, Sonny Rollins, Stan Getz, Max Roach, Eddie Heywood, Tyree Glenn, Harry "Sweets" Edison, Buck Clayton and Charles Lloyd.


With Gene Ammons

  • All Star Sessions (Prestige, 1950-55 [1956])

With Tommy Flanagan

  • The Tommy Flanagan Trio (Moodsville, 1960)

With Jimmy Forrest

  • Out of the Forrest (Prestige, 1961)
  • Sit Down and Relax with Jimmy Forrest (Prestige, 1961)
  • Most Much! (Prestige, 1961)
  • Soul Street (New Jazz, 1962)

With Willis Jackson

  • Please Mr. Jackson (Prestige, 1959)
  • Cool "Gator" (Prestige, 1959)
  • Blue Gator (Prestige, 1959)
  • Together Again! (Prestige, 1959 [1965]) - with Jack McDuff
  • Together Again, Again (Prestige, 1959 [1966]) - with Jack McDuff

With Freddie Redd

  • Freddie Redd in Sweden (1956)

With Sonny Stitt

  • Kaleidoscope (Prestige, 1950 [1957])
  • Stitt's Bits (Prestige, 1950 [1958])
  • Stitt in Orbit (Roost, 1962)

With Phil Woods


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