UK's finest gypsy jazz guitarist - “He's brilliant” - George Harrison
The UK's finest gypsy jazz guitarist, GARY POTTER is a world class talent and award winner who enjoys enormous popularity both as a jazz and country guitarist not only here but also in Europe, the USA and
Australia. His incredible technique and versatility are influenced by the great Django Reinhardt, Bireli Lagrene, Charlie Parker and Wes Montgomery. Gary's recordings have featured extensively on BBC Radio 2’s Michael Parkinson Show
Born 1965 in Liverpool, Taking up guitar in his youth, Gary Potter played in country music bands at the age of 12. He had a spell in the USA, drawing approving attention in Nashville, Tennessee, where he was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame. Potter also drew inspiration from early rock ‘n’ roll before becoming interested in jazz, and especially the playing of Django Reinhardt, whose records he admired. His outspoken admirers have included many fellow guitarists, including Chet Atkins and George Harrison. By the 90s, Potter was best known for his jazz work and in 1994 came second in the guitar section of the British Jazz Awards. He also appeared in the television documentary, The Django Legacy (1999). Among his accompanists in the 00s have been guitarist Nils Solberg, bass player Andy Crowdy and violinist Christian Garrick. In addition to performing, Potter also composes and arranges music and he teaches internationally.