Azica recording artist and educator Frank Potenza is a protege of the late Joe Pass and an active educator, composer, and performer with seven solo albums to his credit. In addition to his extensive freelance recording experience, he has performed in concert with Dizzy Gillespie, George Van Eps, Joe Pass, Bud Shank, Mose Allison, James Moody, Harry “Sweets” Edison, Jack McDuff, Red Holloway, and many others.
Frank toured and recorded as a member of the Gene Harris Quartet from 1996 through 1999 and is a featured soloist on Alley Cats, Gene’s last recording for Concord Records. He currently leads his own groups in support of his latest Azica releases. His current release is a duo project with pianist Shelly Berg entitled First Takes.
He is a Professor and Chair of the Studio/Jazz Guitar Faculty at the Flora L. Thornton School of Music, University of Southern California. He holds a Bachelors degree from the Berklee College of Music in Boston Massachusetts, and a Master of Arts degree from California State University, Los Angeles.