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Tommy Potter

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.

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.

Birth and Death Data: Born September 21st, 1918 (Philadelphia), Died March 1st, 1988 (Philadelphia)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1953 - 1955

Roles Represented in DAHR: string bass

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 84899 7/23/1953 Blues in lament Benny (Bennie) Green instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 84900 7/23/1953 Blow your horn Benny (Bennie) Green instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 84901 7/23/1953 Expense account Benny (Bennie) Green instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 84902 7/23/1953 Takin' my time Benny (Bennie) Green instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 88922 11/21/1955 Long ago (and far away) Gramercy Five ; Artie Shaw instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 88923 11/21/1955 I remember you Gramercy Five ; Artie Shaw instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 88924 11/21/1955 More than you know Gramercy Five ; Artie Shaw instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 88925 11/21/1955 My funny valentine Gramercy Five ; Artie Shaw instrumentalist, string bass  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Potter, Tommy," accessed June 12, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/338247.

Potter, Tommy. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 12, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/338247.

"Potter, Tommy." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 12 June 2021.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/338247

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