Press Release: Celebrity Series of Boston Presents AZIZA

Dave Holland, bass; Chris Potter, tenor saxophone; Lionel Loueke, guitar; Eric Harland, drums

Saturday, May 6, 2017, 8pm — Sanders Theatre

For Immediate Release
Contact: Stephanie Janes PR, (617) 419-0445,
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(Boston) Celebrity Series of Boston will present AZIZA featuring bassist Dave Holland, tenor saxophonist Chris Potter, guitarist Lionel Loueke, and drummer Eric Harland on Saturday, May 6, 2017, at 8pm at Sanders Theatre, Memorial Hall, Harvard University, 45 Quincy Street, Cambridge. This performance is generously sponsored by Donna and Mike Egan and by the D.L. Saunders Real Estate Corp.

Tickets start at $30, and are available online at, by calling CelebrityCharge at (617) 482-6661 Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m., or at the Sanders Theatre box office, Holyoke Center, 1350 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge.

This performance marks the Celebrity Series debut for Dave Holland; this will be the second performance for Chris Potter, Lionel Loueke, and Eric Harland.

The all-star quartet AZIZA consisting of Chris Potter, Dave Holland, Lionel Loueke, and Eric Harland, premiered in front of a packed audience at the 2015 Winnipeg International Jazz Festival. After receiving a two-minute standing ovation, The Winnipeg Free Press exclaimed “No name, no problem as Jazz quartet gives near perfect performance.” The quartet is on their first United States tour in support of their debut recording, released in October 2016.

Of the new recording, released on Dare2 Records, The Guardian proclaimed, “this new quartet – led by double-bass legend Dave Holland and completed by virtuoso saxist Chris Potter and drummer Eric Harland – brims over with Latin, Caribbean and African influences. Harland’s foxily rocking backbeat on Aziza’s Dance shifts via a very catchy guitar hook into a cool and slinky jazz-rock cruiser while Potter’s inventiveness and playfulness spring surprises all through the set without sacrificing the groove.”

As a soloist, composer and bandleader, saxophonist Chris Potter has emerged as a leading light of his generation. DownBeat called him “One of the most studied (and copied) saxophonists on the planet” while Jazz Times identified him as “a figure of international renown” and saxophonist Dave Liebman called him simply, “one of the best musicians around.” He was nominated for a Grammy Award for his solo work on ‘In Vogue’ and has recorded with many of the leading names in jazz, such as Herbie Hancock, Dave Holland, John Scofield, the Mingus Big Band, Paul Motian, Ray Brown and others.

Bassist, composer, and bandleader Dave Holland is now in his fifth decade as a performer and his music possesses a rich and kaleidoscopic history. His career took off when he participated in the famous Miles Davis Band, which he left to devote himself to composing his own music. Over the course of his career, he has enjoyed strong collaborations with jazz legends, such as drummer Billy Higgins, pianist Hank Jones, Betty Carter and Herbie Hancock, with whom he last collaborated in 2008 on the album River: The Joni Letters, which won the 2008 Grammy for Album of the Year.

Guitarist and singer Lionel Loueke comes from Benin in West Africa and is one of the shining stars of the Blue Note label. His career includes major collaborations as a side man with Terence Blanchard, Charlie Haden, Cassandra Wilson, Herbie Hancock, Anjelique Kidjo and Carlos Santana.

Drummer Eric Harland is one of the most active figures on the current jazz scene, performing regularly with Charles Lloyd, Joshua Redman, Stefon Harris, Dave Holland’s Prism, and the SFJAZZ Collective. He has also worked with Betty Carter, Ravi Coltrane, Wynton Marsalis, Terence Blanchard, has participated in more than 200 albums and has received several Grammy nominations.

About Celebrity Series of Boston
Celebrity Series of Boston was founded in 1938 by pianist and impresario Aaron Richmond. Over the course of its 78-year history, Celebrity Series has presented an array of the world’s greatest performing artists, including Sergei Rachmaninoff, Arturo Toscanini, Ignace Paderewski, Artur Rubenstein, Vladimir Horowitz, Glenn Gould, Fritz Kreisler, Jascha Heifetz, Isaac Stern, Andrés Segovia, Kirsten Flagstad, Marian Anderson, Luciano Pavarotti, Béla Bartók, Igor Stravinsky, Martha Graham, Ballet Russe De Monte Carlo, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Mstislav Rostropovich, and the New York City Opera Company.

The Celebrity Series has been bringing the very best performers–from orchestras and chamber ensembles, vocal and piano music, to dance companies, jazz, and more–to Boston’s major concert halls for 78 years. The Celebrity Series of Boston believes in the power of excellence and innovation in the performing arts to enrich life experiences, transform lives and build better communities. Through its education initiatives, the Celebrity Series seeks to build a community of Greater Boston where the performing arts are a valued, lifelong, shared experience–on stages, in schools, at home– everywhere.

The Celebrity Series of Boston, Inc. receives generous support from Amy & Joshua Boger, the Barr Foundation, Leslie & Howard Appleby, the Boston Cultural Council, The Boston Foundation, the Stephanie L. Brown Foundation, Charlesbank Capital Partners LLC, the Susanne Marcus Collins Foundation, Deloitte LLP, Donna & Mike Egan, Foley & Lardner LLP, Gabor Garai & Susan Pravda, David & Harriet Griesinger, Zachary Haroutunian and the Garbis & Arminé Barsoumian Charitable Foundation, Paul L. King, the Liberty Mutual Foundation, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Joseph McNay, the National Endowment for the Arts, the New England Foundation for the Arts, Eleanor & Frank Pao, The Peabody Foundation, PTC, the Cynthia and John S. Reed Foundation, the Royal Little Family Foundation, the Stifler Family Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. Henri A. Termeer, Michael and Susan Thonis, Tufts Health Plan, Sanjay & Sangeeta Verma, Nancy Richmond Winsten, Anonymous, and many others.


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