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Monday, February 26, 2018

Vintage River City photo.

John Carstairs Hallam sent me this vintage photo of the River City Jazzmen and would like to know more about it and the names of the musicians.
I recognise the late John Saxelby on clarinet and the current leader of the Maine Street Jazzmen, Herbie Hudson, on trombone. Can anyone complete the line-up?
Lance.
PS: I've seen the photo before, in fact it's probably on this site somewhere!

5 comments :

Dave Kerr said...

The picture you posted of the River City Jazz Band is in fact.
The Clem Avery Jazz Band. It was taken at the original New Orleans
Club in Melbourne Street now demolished. The band had a Thursday
night residency and I was a regular attendee before they moved to
the new club behind the Central Station now an Indian restaurant.
The line up in the picture is Clem Avery, trumpet, Lawrence McBriarty, trombone,
John Saxlby, clarinet, Doug Richardson, bass, Gordon Herrick, drums & Bill Walton
banjo. They played a mixture of New Orleans jazz and some King Oliver tunes.
Dave Kerr

Lance said...

Thanks for putting me right Dave. I should have recognised Billy Walton as we were both in the same cycling club around about this time - probably mid to late fifties.

Bill Walton said...

Bill Walton here, re photograph, it's not the River City it's the Clem Avery Jazzmen: left to right: John Saxlby-clt; Doug Richardson-bass; Clem Avery-tpt; Gordon Herrick-drums; Bill Walton-banjo; Laurence McBriarty-tmb.
Fancy you not recognising me, I am cut to the quick and inconsolable!
Regards
Bill (incidentally I look just the same now as on the photograph)

Carstairs said...

I'm not sure that I identified it as the River City. I recognised Clem and Lawrence, and made a guess at Dougie Richardson, but the others were before my time up here! I certainly didn't suss out the venue.

Lance said...

I'm afraid the River City idea was mine taken from one of the posters on the wall.
I'm off to Specsavers tomorrow!

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