Congrats, congrats on Eddie Dean’s article “Swing, or I’ll Kill You” (8/8) featuring Bill Potts. Potts deserves star treatment: He’s an extremely talented pianist, composer, and arranger. In fact, he’s the complete jazz package, a consummate professional and a very nice guy. To those who have been fortunate to have known Potts as long as his Arlington classmates (some of us for over 60 years), his name has always been synonymous with fine music.
The caption under his 1946 Washington-Lee High School yearbook reads: “Where there’s music, there’s Potts pounding the ivories.” And superlative international accolades have been directed to his CDs, for example, 555 Feet High, his work on Buddy Rich’s Big Swing Face, which includes Potts’ “Standing Up in a Hammock,” and my favorite, The Jazz Soul of Porgy and Bess. Your coverage on the recording of this Gershwin music album was particularly enjoyable and noteworthy.