Mahogany Hall Stompers, Friday 23rd June 2017

Chris Marchant (drums) & ‘Southend Bob’ Albutt (banjo) of Mahogany Hall Stompers at Farnborough Jazz Club, 13Mar2015. Photo by Mike Witt.

We are going to have a lovely little evening here at FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (Kent) with the MAHOGANY HALL STOMPERS, being so used to playing for us. They are back this coming Friday 23rd June 2017.   Band leader BRIAN GILES (cornet) has booked JOHN ELLMER on ALL THE reeds, COLIN GRAHAM on trombone, plus ‘SOUTHEND BOB’ ALBUTT on banjo and vocals (Bob has such a rich baritone voice).  He also has CHRIS MARCHANT on drums and ROGER CURPHEY double bass.  All are welcome here.  We have a Shepherd Neame club bar, with club prices – come and try their new Spitfire lager.  There’s plenty of free parking, so no reason to stay at home.

Especially with Keith and moi (Diane) hosting your evening

Nothing like ‘live’ music.  

P.S.  By the way, don’t forget, we are back at Ye Olde Whyte Lyon, Locks Bottom, Kent, (next to Princess Royal  University Hospital) this coming Sunday afternoon (25th June 2017) 3:00 till 6:00pm Our band,‘4-in-a-bar+1’, plays smooth jazz, with our KEITH (GRANT) on drums, JOHN LEE on tenor sax, DAVE BARNES on piano, TIM PHAROAH on doublss and I (DIANE) sing a few songs.  I think my nerves are improving and I hope I am sounding better, so please come along and enjoy the ambience of this sixteenth century pub.  Why not book a Sunday lunch on 01689-852631 (their lovely new chef is great) – food is between 12.30pm-5:30pm.  The Sainsbury’s Superstore car park behind the pub is free on Sundays.

New Orleans Z’hulus from Belgium, Friday, 16th June 2017

New Orleans Z’hulus Jazz Band on UK Tour with Emile Martyn (drums), Dan Vercruysse (trumpet) and Philippe De Smet (trombone), play at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent on 22nd May 2015. Photo by Mike Witt.

We have a great band for you – the NEW ORLEANS Z’HULUS from Belgium playing for us tomorrow night, Friday, 16th June 2017. Their last appearance here at FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (Kent) was two years ago, so make the most of this visit, because we may have to wait a long time again for their next visit.  As you can see and as I said last time, this band has a wonderful International flavor, (a couple of changes from last time).  We have trumpeter DAN VERCRUYSSE, who is from BELGIUM.  Then there’s trombonist PHILIPPE DeSMET, who also fares from BELGIUM.  Plus clarinettist BOSS QUEROD, who is from FRANCE.  Then we have three English musicians.  First of all, a great treat for you, banjoist, PAUL SEALEY (10yrs with Chris Barber’s Band).  Second, there’s leader of the band, BRIAN TURNOCK.  Brian lives between U.K. and Belgium and plays double bass. Brian has recorded with many ‘greats’ such as George Lewis and Lil Armstrong,  Plus third, of course you all know drummer EMILE MARTYN, who lives between U.K. and U.S.A, (frequently visiting his Dad, famous band leader Barry Martyn – now living in New Orleans).  I am really looking forward to having this band back again at Farnborough.  We are so lucky to have such talent here, don’t you think.

So come and join us, your hosts,

Diane and Keith

‘Lord Napier Hot Shots, Friday, 9th June 2017

Lord_Napier Hotshots play at Farnborough Jazz Club on 16oct2015. Wot about those fab socks of Mike Duckworth (trombone)! Photo By Mike Witt.

The ‘LORD NAPIER HOT SHOTS’ will be making their way over to our FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB this Friday, 9th June 2017 to inject us with our weekly shot of jazz.   There will be a couple of changes in the band, so do have a look at the line-up.   MALCOLM WALTON (trumpet) will be joined by MIKE DUCKWORTH (trombone) [typeface same colour as Mike’s fun socks!], PAT GLOVER (reeds &vocals), as well as JOHN STEWART (banjo & guitar), plus MICK SCRIVEN (double bass, bass sax & vocals) and GRAHAM CAULICOTTE will be playing drums.  Last week was far too hot to dance any fast ones, in fact not much dancing at all, although they were great to listen to, but I believe this coming Friday will be much more pleasant, so put your dancing shoes in your bags and see you on Friday for that weekly exercise (and fun of course).

Your hosts, Diane & Keith

P.S. Only beautiful and happy people are allowed at Farnborough – so if you are ugly and miserable, then sorry, I’m afraid you can’t come in!!!!!!  Oh, I’ve just thought, you better make an appearance, otherwise everyone will think you were not allowed in – ha ha.

Yerba Buena Celebration Jazz Band, 2nd June 2017

Yerba Buena Celebration Jazz Band at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 3rd June 2016. (LtoR) Mike Barry (2nd trumpet&vocals), Dave Rance (1st trumpet&vocals) & George ‘Kid’ Tidiman (trombone) & Pete Lay (drums).  Photo by Mike Witt.

It’s exactly a year ago since ‘YERBA BUENA CELEBRATION JAZZ BAND’ appeared here at FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (3rd June to be exact) and now they will return tonight, Friday 2nd June 2017.  This amazing 8-pce jazz band base their style on the great ‘Lu Watters’ Yerba Buena Jazz Band.  The guys in the band will be DAVE RANCE on 1st trumpet, plus he sings, MIKE BARRY is on 2nd trumpet, who also sings.  then there’s GOFF DUBBER   on clarinet, plus  GEORGE ‘KID’ TIDIMAN on trombone (‘Kid’ was in their original band), plus pianist HUGH CROZIER, including drummer PETE LAY, and JOHN ARTHY on tuba and certainly not least NICK SINGER playing banjo.  There you go, you just cannot miss this one.  Last year, you all came out of the woodwork to listen to them and we expect to see you all again this time too.  So get there early and I know you will enjoy yourselves, especially for dancing.

We don’t lie here – enjoy our ‘live’ jazz.

Your hosts, Diane and Keith

Tony Pitt’s All Stars, Friday 26th May 2016

Tony Pitt’s All Stars (Tony on banjo) at Keith’s special birthday, Farnborough Jazz Club 14th August 2015.    Photo by Mike Witt.

We at FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (Kent) take tremendous pleasure in telling you we have the very talented  TONY PITT’S ALL STARS back again and appearing this FRIDAY, 26th MAY 2017.  Band leader TONY (banjoist) has SIMON NELSON (cornet & vocals), DAVE HEWITT (trombone) and AL NICHOLLS (soprano & tenor sax), plus ANDY LAWRENCE (double bass) and JOHN ELLMER (drums).    Simon is new to Farnborough, so I looked him up to learn what I could about him and found a write-up about him, having guested with the band ‘Stars of British Jazz’ (  Anyway, if you read last October 28th’s newsletter, then you are sure to have enjoyed that evening and will be back again for more of this professional and fun-loving entertainment too.  If you didn’t make it that night, be sure not to miss this one.  We would like a sell-out to show these great stars we love them.  See you for 8:00clock start.

Your hosts for this ‘live jazz’

Diane and Keith

P.S.  Another reminder for you, once again, it is this Sunday, 3:00pm-6:00pm, 28th May 2017 that ‘4-In-A-Bar+1’, who play ‘smooth Dinner Jazz’, are appearing again at Ye Olde Whyte Lyon, Locks Bottom, Kent.  We have a change of musicians (for May and June) and will be John Lee (tenor), Dave Barnes (piano), Tim Pharoah (double bass), with Keith Grant (drums) and Diane, singing a few songs.  (Always the last Sunday of each month).  Why not book a roast lunch (tel: 01689-852631) served between 12:00 & 5:00pm.

Barry Palser’s Super Six, Friday 19th May 2017

Barry Palser at Farnborough Jazz Club 11sep2015. Photo by Mike Witt.

We are thrilled to tell you BARRY PALSER’S SUPER SIX are here with us again at FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB, Kent this Friday, 19th May 2017 Trombonist BARRY, also a great vocalist, will be joined by GARY WOOD (trumpeter &vocals),  JOHN CROCKER (clarinet, tenor sax & vocals), TONY PITT (banjo &guitar), ANDY LAWRENCE (double bass) and JOHN TYSON (drums).   That makes you all very lucky to be enjoying such talent in one place, so don’t miss them, make sure we are packed out.  Oh and repeating my words of last time – there are some pretty spectacular musicians in the world today, but each and every one of these guys can certainly match them any day.


Diane and Keith

’Mardi Gras Jazzband’, Friday, 12th May 2017

Mardi Gras JazzBand’s front line – John Ellmer (tenor sax), Leigh Henson (trumpe)t and Rob Pearce (trombone) at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 13th May 2016.         Photo by Mike Witt.

Brilliant – the guys in the MARDI GRAS JAZZBAND’ have agreed to play for us again here at FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (Kent) on Friday, 12th May 2017Keith and I always enjoy them because they really make the evening swing.  Trombonist & band leader ROB PEARCE, will have with him vocalist LEIGH HENSON, on trumpet, JOHN ELLMER on reeds, JAMIE PARSONS on piano, DAVE MOSES on double bass and not forgetting PAUL BAKER on drums, now how’s that for a great line-up.  So see you all for an 8:00pm start.

Before I close, I just want to tell you of the wonderful party a lot of us went to yesterday (Tuesday) to celebrate Brian ‘The Hat’ Stout’s life.  What a party it was too!  I’m sure Brian would have been thrilled to know (that as he requested) Rima and his lovely family arrange and made sure it was such a great ‘do’.  There were so many of his friends from the cycling clubs and the various jazz clubs too, joining in the celebration – we all really enjoyed ourselves, with many hats being worn.  Now we know we have a dancer where he’s gone to – and if there’s no cycling, I’m sure he will quickly arrange for that too aye.

Diane and Keith

Brian ‘The Hat’ Stoat (2017) was a keen cyclist, lover of jazz and a great dancer (2)

Brian ‘The Hat’ Stoat (2017) was a keen cyclist, lover of jazz and a great dancer (1)


Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band, Friday 5th May 2017

Alan Clarke of Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band, plays at Farnborough Jazz Club on11 March 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

The PHOENIX DIXIELAND JAZZ BAND consists of a lovely lot of musicians for your enjoyment, namely super talented guest star MIKE COTTON on trumpet, with sweet playing CHARLES SHERWOOD on clarinet and brill BILL TODD on trombone & vocals, with fabulous drumming man ALAN CLARKE, plus our super-duper  DAVE BARNES on piano & vocals, with ROGER CURPHEY – I’m not going to say too much about him – he will only get to big for his boots, but he plays double bass and hey I suppose that goes for our big JOHN STEWART – too, he’s on banjo & guitar.  Anyway, we have them here again at the FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB this Friday 5th May 2017, so make your way here without fail for this great seven-piece jazz band.  By the by, so sorry I left half-way through last week’s fabulous band from Holland.  It was horrible to hear how absolutely great they were throughout and to have missed out, especially the drum solo. I knew we were to be given that treat.  However, this week, Alan will be terrific too on Friday, he is an amazing drummer as well.  He is a fine teacher (see attached, Alan playing ‘Take Five’ – accompanied by a beautifully elegant Linda King on piano).  Thanks to everybody for taking my place, dealing with the raffle tickets – Steve and Susan on the ‘mike’.  I don’t know exactly what was wrong with me last Friday, just felt very ill, but thanks for the many phone calls/texts enquiring after me and will see you all this Friday.

And certainly with ‘Live’ music, without a doubt

With your hosts, Diane and Keith

P.S.  Our next date at Ye Olde Whyte Lyon will be Sunday, 28th May 2017 (last Sunday of the month) and if you see above title page, please note that Dave Barnes (on here at Farnborough on Friday), will also be playing piano on that Sunday for ‘Dinner Jazz’


Storyville Jassband from Holland, Friday 28th April 2017





               Storyville Jassband from Holland 2017,

STORYVILLE JASSBAND from HOLLAND, who gave us a wonderful evening back in August 2015 are on tour and back here again this FRIDAY, 28th APRIL 2017 at our FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB.  The band members are MICHEL MULLER (trumpet/vocals), HENK VAN DE VEN (clarinet), PETER DOBBE (trombone/ guitar/vocals), HENK VAN MULLIGEN (banjo), HEIN VAN ROOIJEN (double bass) and STEF GEURTS (drums).  It will be Michel’s first time of playing here at Farnborough, but Stef was here before with the Limehouse Jazz Band back in 2014.  I’m looking forward to seeing them again, if you read my newsletter about their evening here in August 2015, you will see I tell of them bringing the ‘house down’.  I said how their band leader for 40years, Ruud Nieuwenhuijzen, was ill with ALS (cannot eat or speak, except through a computer).  He was in the audience with his wife and friends.  I am so extremely saddened to learn that he died in July 2016.  So I should like you all to join us on Friday to give the band a happy welcome and let them know we intend to give them a good time!

Diane and Keith

ALS, or amyotrophic laterals sclerosis, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. A-myo-trophic comes from the Greek language. “A” means no. “Myo” refers to muscle, and “Trophic” means nourishment – “No muscle nourishment.