September 7, 05
Vol. 21 , No. 01
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Frank Potenza Quartet: An Evening of Jazz
FRANK POTENZA, guitar
LLEW MATTHEWS, piano
LUTHER HUGHES, bass
PAUL KREIBICH, drums
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2005
Azica recording artist Frank Potenza is a protege of the legendary jazz guitarist Joe Pass. A graduate of Boston's Berklee College of Music, Potenza is an active educator, composer, arranger, and performer with six solo albums to his credit. In addition to his extensive freelance recording career, he has performed in concert with such jazz luminaries Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Pass, George Van Eps, Mundell Lowe, Bud Shank, Mose Allison, and James Moody, to name a few. Potenza moved to Los Angeles in 1980 and is an associate professor of studio/jazz guitar at the USC Thornton School of Music.
Llew Matthews has played and recorded with Kenny Burrell, Ernie Andrews, Lena Horne, Jackie McLean, Bobby Hutcherson, Buddy Collette, and others. In 1987 Llew became musical director, conductor & pianist for song-stylist Nancy Wilson, and served as a cohesive force on her recent musical variety television show, "Red, Hot & Kool."
Luther Hughes has performed with Quincy Jones, Joe Henderson, Carmen MacRae, Buddy DeFranco, Kenny Burrell, Mundell Lowe, Lionel Hampton, Roncho Sanchez, Pat Metheny, and others.
Paul Kreibich has performed with Mose Allison, The Woody Herman Band, Scott Hamilton, Joe Pass, Lee Konitz, Conte Candoli, Kenny Burrell, Ray Charles, and many others. Frank, Luther, and Paul were all members of the Gene Harris quartet until Harris' untimely passing in January 2000.
This evening's performance will be in the mainstream jazz style and will include selections from Frank's recent Azica releases First Takes (2005) and The Legacy (2003). It will consist of standard songs from the Great American Songbook, some original material, and some jazz classics. Jazz nights at the Athenaeum are supported with generous funding from the Gould Center for Humanistic Studies.