Capri recording artist and educator Frank Potenza is a protege of the late, great Joe Pass and an active performer, composer and arranger 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 other jazz luminaries.

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, leads his own trios and quartets, and performs as a guest soloist with big bands.

He is a Professor in the Studio/Jazz 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. 

 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, 2017 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.

Frank Potenza Master Class “Chord Melody Guitar” Video - AVAILABLE at mymusicmasterclass.com

ALSO AVAILABLE: “Learning Jazz Standards” Video at mymusicmasterclass.com

  “Jazz Harmony Handbook” Video Course - AVAILABLE at truefire.com



Current Release: "For Joe" on Capri Records Ltd.

The documentary film "A Not So Average Joe' chronicles the historic two-day
recording session of the tribute album "For Joe", honoring Joe Pass.  

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

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