Tommy Potter

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Tommy Potter
Tommy Potter with Charlie Parker, August 1947 Photo: William P. Gottlieb
Tommy Potter with Charlie Parker, August 1947
Photo: William P. Gottlieb
Background information
Birth nameCharles Thomas Potter
Born(1918-09-21)September 21, 1918
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
DiedMarch 1, 1988(1988-03-01) (aged 69)
Instrument(s)Double bass
Tommy Potter, left, with Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Duke Jordan, and Max Roach, c. August 1947
Photo: William P. Gottlieb

Charles Thomas Potter (September 21, 1918 – March 1, 1988)[1] was an American 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, Pennsylvania, United States,[1] Potter had first played with Parker in 1944, in Billy Eckstine's band with Dizzy Gillespie, Lucky Thompson and Art Blakey.[2]

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.[1]


As sideman[edit]

With Gene Ammons

With Al Cohn

With Tommy Flanagan

With Jimmy Forrest

With Stan Getz

With Willis Jackson

With Jo Jones

With Cecil Payne

With Freddie Redd

With Sonny Stitt

With Joe Williams

  • Together (Roulette, 1961) with Harry "Sweets" Edison

With Phil Woods


  1. ^ a b c Colin Larkin, ed. (1992). The Guinness Encyclopedia of Popular Music (First ed.). Guinness Publishing. p. 1982. ISBN 0-85112-939-0.
  2. ^ Paul Desmond Interviews Charlie Parker Archived 2011-07-06 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 28 June 2013.