Jazz Insights: The Bassman Playeth

Local jazz bass-guitarist Joe Potenza’s dad provided a cool variety of instruments for his family, while growing up in Providence. He tried them all, and got to favor the bass-guitar.
Joe began gigging with several of Rhode Island’s excellent musicians, including legends, trumpeter John Allmark, pianist Mike Renzi and reed great Dino Govoni. They taught him the music business.
For nearly a decade, he held down a regular gig at the Rosmarin Restaurant, (now The Back-Stage Kitchen) at the Hotel Providence. It was one of the Capital City’s best happening, until closing during the pandemic.
This summer Joe performed in a trio, with pianist (and vocalist) Eden Casteel and guitarist Ro Sati, at Luigi’s Restaurant in Johnston. Other performances included pianist Paul Buono and reedman Dino Govoni.
Keep your eyes on Motif for up and coming events , that will include our local favorite, Joe Potenza