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Johnny Rodgers (1941-2016)


A tribute by Kenneth Hall
Johnny Rodgers was born at Stanstead, Essex in April 1941, was raised there, lived most of his life there, and finally died there on 3rd January 2016, after fighting long and hard against Hodgkin's Lymphoma, a form of cancer.

At school, Johnny first learned to play the violin, but when he found a clarinet in the school's music room he smuggled it out and taught himself to play it. Seeing how keen he was, his father bought him a new one. He became the only clarinet player in the school's orchestra, and was soon playing it in the school's jazz band.

After leaving school he played with various local musicians until he joind a band with Gentleman Jim McIntosh called All The King's Jazzmen. In 1963 he joined the Savoy Jazzmen with Barry Palser and played with them for 35 years. In recent years he has played with The Gambit Jazzmen, The Yerba Buena Celebration Band, Mike Barry's Uptown Gang and his own Hot Six.

"Not only a really nice guy, we have lost a wonderful clarinet player. He will be sorely missed."
(Pete Lay)
     
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