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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

River City Jazzmen - John Potts info wanted.

I have been searching the Internet for information on the early days of the band, and found your website. Long, long ago I was friendly with John Potts, who was a founder member of the band, and its trumpet player.
In those days I lived in Heaton and was a keen jazz listener in and around Newcastle but, sadly, I never learned to play an instrument, despite the opportunities I had. John and I first met when we attended Heaton Grammar School in the fifties. The school had a fine array of musicians and jazz fans among its pupils who became close friends.I left Tyneside in 1962 and lost touch with my former school pals. Do you know where John is now? Any information that you have about him post-1962 would be of interest. Thanks
George Simpson.

5 comments :

gordon solomon said...

Hi, Gordon Solomon here. I'm afraid I can't help you directly. However the Just Jazz magazine June 2005 had a feature on the River City including a photo of the original band with John Potts,- in a following issue (perhaps July or August) John had responded with a letter. If anyone has collected past editions perhaps they might be able to help you.
Cheers.

Lance said...

If you scroll down my Home Page to "Blog Archive" and seek out January 9, 2010 you will find the article Gordon refers to re-printed although not the letter from John.

Lance said...

Talking to Herbie Hudson - fellow founder member of the RCJ - he informs me that John Potts is alive and well and playing in Canada.
I googled "John Potts, trumpet Canada" and came up with the Fig Leaf Jazz Band whose trumpet player is indeed a John Potts. Could it be the same guy? Watch this space.

Unknown said...

I lived in Canada between 1973 and 1981 and got to know a chap who had played with the high level ranters. He lived with wife and young children on Balliol. Played a violin as I recall. Does anyone know who this person was ie his name?? Would be nice if I could facebook him as a ghost from the past!!

Unknown said...

http://www.highlevelranters.co.uk/hlr02.htm

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