07/01/16 - Sad news again, our bass player and friend of many years, Hugh Potter, passed away yesterday evening after a short illness. He is missed by many friends. Details of funeral arrangements will follow. - Jon Critchley
Hugh started playing bass during his 6th form year at school and as a student at Liverpool University he played in the Liverpool University Jazz Band. In the annual Inter-Varsity Jazz Contests of 1957 and 1958 gained the award of “Most Outstanding Musician”. After graduating he played for 2 years with the Ken Morrell Trio in Sunderland, followed over the years with traditional to modern bands including: the Dave Ellis Trio, the Deian Hopkin Quartet, the John Rubin Trio, the Terry Hawkes Band, The Dave Saul Duo and the John Dunbavand Trio, backing those artists mentioned above, as well as Bruce Adams, Alan Barnes, Roy Williams and Campbell Burnap. His major influences included Ray Brown, Percy Heath, Leroy Vinnegar and Red Mitchell.
Hugh joined the Original Panama Jazzband in 1991. He was a great musician, a good friend and leaves a huge gap in many people's lives.
A very good player. Only met him a couple of times, but liked him as a fine musician and a good guy.
On the two occasions we played the same gig, it was
noticeable how we respected each others’ musical space,
which I like
So sorry to hear about Hughie Potter passing away. A great bass player, and really nice guy. We played together a great deal in Liverpool in the sixties, Mardi Gras, Royal Tiger, and for some years at the Blue Angel.
When his mother was getting old and a bit confused, he went to immense lengths personally to look after her. Very kind.
Sad news indeed.
Unfortunately I will be unable to go to his funeral as I am currently out of the country.
Hugh will be very much missed. What a fine Bassist he was. Hugh was a perfect Gent as well.
I can recall a night at the Albert Dock in the late 90,s
when he played with our band I had locked myself
out of my car, Hugh ran me home to St.Helens to pick up
the spare keys .A 50 mile round trip.
God Bless you Hugh.
So sorry to hear about Hugh Potter. I have fond memories of working with him many times, and would like to be kept informed of the details of his final gig.
Oh no!! So sad to hear about Hughie Potter, a lovely bass player and member of the Panama. Please pass on our deep sympathy to Hugh's family. All the Merseys will be sad about that. We knew him well - he has played with us many times over the years. He was a fine bass player in his day, able to play different styles of jazz, small group, traditional, big band - he could do them all. He was so accurate and swung like the clappers. He became a little deaf but still a great musician. He will be very much missed around here.
Dear me. Another one gone. I've known and played with Hugh on and off for many years.
Kind regards. Roy Gregory
I was very sorry to learn of Hughie's death. I'm afraid I only heard him play two or three times, but I depped for him several times in the early eighties (when I was a raw beginner, and Dave Saul or John Dunbavand was desperate), and I clearly remember the evening when drummer Trevor Carlisle recommended (over fish and chips) that I try to model my playing on Hugh's. It was good advice, and well-meant. I've depped for him more recently with the Panama; so I guess I managed it! My sincere condolences to Hugh's friends and family, the OPJB and and all those who played with him down the years.
So very sad to learn about Hugh. I remember him playing near Denbigh with our band and also on the odd occasion that I depped with OPJB many years ago, a fine bass player.
He will surely be sadly missed by the band, yet another great loss to the rapidly declining jazz fraternity both north and south. Please convey deepest sympathies to his family and the Original Panama Jazzband.
It's was with sadness that I read that my old pall Hughie had passed away. He was a great guy and musician and will be missed by all who knew him. My condolences to his family.
Just read your
newsletter and very sad to hear of Hughie's death. I was
at Liverpool university in the early sixties playing in
Rhythm Club bands and Hughie was thought of as some
monster player. Later I played with him several times
H.P. no longer with us - sad news indeed.
Impeccable time, swing, dynamics &
flowing bass lines.
I'd like to add my tribute to the many voices who
remember Hugh Potter with such affection and admiration.
He was a very fine Bass player with a lovely 'singing'
tone, and one of the very few bass players who was
able to make my piano sound just a little bit like
Garner and Peterson !
Thank you Hugh
Dear friends ,