Guitarist and composer Jackson Potter is a passionate musician who has achieved a significant amount of success in the time that he has been on the music scene. Raised in Saint Paul, Minnesota, Potter began playing professionally around the twin cities at age 16. In high school, he was a member of the Roseville Area Jazz Ensemble and Combo where he won numerous individual and group awards at Midwestern Jazz Festivals. From 2016-2020, he completed a Bachelor of Music degree at the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami in jazz guitar under the direction of John Hart. During this time, he gigged extensively with the Jackson Potter Trio and placed 2nd in the 2019 Wilson Center International Guitar Competition. In addition to leading his own group, Potter performed with GRAMMY award-winners Dafnis Prieto and Gonzalo Rubalcaba, GRAMMY Nominee John Fedchock, and many others. Jackson is currently studying with guitar virtuoso, Mike Moreno at the Manhattan School of Music on a scholarship. His debut album, Restless, that showcases both his guitar playing and composing talents, was released on October 8, 2021, on Wise Cat Records. The album received positive reviews from critics and was featured on RMR's Top Jazz Album Chart for the Year 2021. Since moving to New York City in 2021, Potter has made a name for himself as a bandleader by debuting his music at iconic venues such as Nublu and as a player performing at Dizzy's, Hermana NYC, and many other venues.
“Potter is simply amazing in terms of checking all the boxes so early in his career... Keep an eye on this young man–he’s an old soul with the energy of a young man, and the result is superb.” - Marc Phillips
“Jackson Potter can write and arrange and compose with the best of them. This guy has a home and a future in Jazz.” - Travis Rogers Jr.
“He's issued the kind of sound that got you into jazz in the first place. Killer stuff.” - Chris Spector