4-star review on “For Joe” in Downbeat magazine Jan 2014

Guitar Player magazine review, Jan 2014

Just Jazz Guitar Magazine November 2013 issue cover story

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The jazzumentary A Not So Average Joe documents the historic two day recording session of the tribute album For Joe honoring Joe Pass.

It was recorded using the same personnel that Joe had on his 1964 Pacific Jazz album For Django: John Pisano on second guitar, Jim Hughart on bass, and Colin Bailey on drums, Joe's working band for many years.

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Capri recording artist and educator Frank Potenza is a protege of the late, great Joe Pass and an active  composer and performer with nine 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, Brother Jack McDuff, and many others.

Frank toured and recorded as a member of the Gene Harris Quartet from 1996 to 2000 and is a featured soloist on Alley Cats, Gene's last recording for Concord Records. He currently plays solo concerts and also leads his own groups, touring in support of his latest Capri Records Ltd. release entitled For Joe.

He is a full Professor and Chair of the Guitar Program 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.

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Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame

Frank was inducted into the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame in April 2017.

He and the other inductees can be viewed at the Class of 2017 page.

On April 23, the jazz inductees performed in a concert at the Greenwich Odeum in East Greenwich, RI.

Next to Frank are (L-R) Billy Osborne, Dan Moretti, John Allmark, Marty Richards and brother Joe Potenza.