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Bebop Spoken There

Andrew Hadro: "It seems to me that everybody just puts out an album, they go through the motions, spend the money and they just sort of throw it out there into the sea of CDs and hope something comes back" - (DownBeat June 2018).

Jonnathan Blake (Blindfold Test): “Maybe it's someone from New Orleans who has lived in New York for a minute.” (DownBeat June 2018).

Today Friday May 25

Afternoon

Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. Tel: 0191 251 3928. 1:00pm. Free.

Swing Manouche - Bishop Auckland Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. Tel: 03000 269 524. 1:00pm. £5.00.

Evening

Jerron ‘Blind Boy’ Paxton - Sage Gateshead. 7:45pm. £15.30. NRFH. Solo blues, multi-instrumentalist, influences include Fats Waller & Blind Lemon Jefferson.

Shatner’s Bassoon - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8:00pm. £8 (£6 in advance).

Lindsay Hannon - Vicolo: Live in the Lane, Tyneside Cinema, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6QG. 8:00pm. Free.

Baghdaddies - Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 6:00pm. Online booking: £10.00. + £1.37 booking fee. The Whitley Bay Carnival ‘Big Ball’ featuring debut of the Baghdaddies’ big band line-up.

Nick Pride & the Pimptones - Cumberland Arms, James Place Street, Byker, Newcastle NE6 1LD. Tel: 0191 265 6151. 6:00pm. Free.

Swamp Hoppers - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.

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!!

John Taylor said...

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

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Bebop Spoken Here -- Here, being the north-east of England -- centred in the blues heartland of Newcastle and reaching down to the Tees Delta and looking upwards to the Land of the Kilt.
Not a very original title, I know; not even an accurate one as my taste, whilst centred around the music of Bird and Diz, extends in many directions and I listen to everything from King Oliver to Chick Corea and beyond. Not forgetting the Great American Songbook the contents of which has provided the inspiration for much great jazz and quality popular singing for round about a century.
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Lance (Who wishes it to be known that he is not responsible for postings other than his own and that he's not always responsible for them.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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