With so much ‘humming and harring’, we have made a decision that due to the snow we have here in Farnborough (just as the sun came out too- ha), to regretfully cancel tonight’s jazz. We have already received phone calls from people letting us know the weather is so bad where they are, so they will not be coming. Although the forecast says we have sun, it is worrying as to the possible icy conditions after 11:00pm and your home-going time. We haven’t taken this decision lightly (in fact Keith and I will probably go to a pub to celebrate my birthday, as I couldn’t do so yesterday). However, if anything happened to any of you, our friends, I could not forgive myself. Let’s make up for it next week – aye! What a bloomin’ start to the new year! Diane and Keith
I bet you are desperate by now for some jazz to return to FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB? No? Oh well, BOB DWYER’S BIX & PIECES will certainly change all that. This is the band who makes some fabulous music and I have chosen them to celebrate my birthday (no cards or pressies thanks) on Friday, 13th January 2017. Trombone player BOB, has MAX EMMONS (trumpet & hopefully harmonica), with JOHN LEE (reeds), HUGH CROZIER (piano &vocals), JOHN BAYNE (double bass &bass sax), DAVE PRICE (banjo &guitar) and GRAHAM CAULICOTTE (drums). Let me remind you all, that music starts at 8:00pm and ends at 11:00pm. Hopefully we are all over the dreaded bugs which seem to have hit almost everyone during the break. So now we can party again with plenty of dancing and to enjoy our bar, served by Ian, Kath and Barb.
‘Live’ jazz – nothing quite like it, so come and enjoy yourselves with
Diane and Keith
Sorry to remind you, but our Farnborough Jazz Club will NOT BE OPEN this week – Friday, 6th January 2017. Keith and I will be taking an extra week’s break than usual, for the first time in over 30 years, to put our feet up (I should be so lucky – ha!). I have told you before, however, I found one person, who had forgotten, so please pass on the message. Thanks.
Our Christmas party went well and although not as packed as all our previous years, was still well attended by so many of our friends, as well as a few new people and so again was a great evening. Please, if you have any photos or films of the evening, could you kindly let us have copies? We were entertained by Phoenix Dixieland, who were terrific. As you know, I have so many newsletters to catch up with saying how the various evenings went, so will fill you in with this Christmas one in due course.
We hope you had a lovely Christmas and wish you all a Peaceful and Happy, Healthy & Wealthy New Year for 2017.
So many of us have been down with this dreaded flu-like cold, so I’m sure you will be welcoming this day off to recuperate and if you haven’t had it (lucky b*x!z!*r), you will be pleased not to be mingling with all of us who have.
Love to everyone,
Diane and Keith
Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent
It’s our Christmas party-time already, here at the FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB this Friday 23rd December 2016. The PHOENIX DIXIELAND JAZZ BAND will be supplying the music for us. Those super guys in the band will be PAUL HIGGS on trumpet, CHARLES SHERWOOD on clarinet and BILL TODD on trombone &vocals, plus ALAN CLARKE on drums. Then there’s DAVE BARNES on piano & vocals, with ROGER CURPHEY on double bass, plus JOHN STEWART on banjo& guitar. Everyone is welcome and you don’t have to be a member. Just bring a great big smile with you and a feeling of good cheer to join in the fun. We will be having a fancy dress evening with no particular theme (although optional of course), a brolly parade and lots of raffle prizes too. The entrance fee is £15. You can bring your own food – and candelabras if you wish. Come and join us to some wonderful ‘live’ music.
It will be our last jazz evening of the year, not returning until my birthday celebration on 13th January 2017. So Keith and I want to thank all the bands who have supported our jazz club over the years. Also, our lovely bar staff AND to audiences who maintain the lovely atmosphere we have. Here’s wishing you all A Very Merry Christmas and A Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year.
With much love from your host and hostess
Keith and Diane
(sorry our phone is not receiving calls and yes we have paid the bill – ha!),
The ’MARDI GRAS JAZZBAND’ will again be set to entertain you at FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (Kent) on Friday, 16th DECEMBER 2016. Trombonist & band leader ROB PEARCE, will be joined by trumpeter & vocalist PETER LEONARD, reads man extraordinaire, JOHN ELLMER, pianist TIM HUSKISSON, bassist and Sousaphone player MARC EASENER and including drummer PAUL BAKER. As I said last time, you will certainly enjoy what you hear, even what you see, so again join us this evening for an 8:00pm start.
Keep Jazz ‘live’
Your hosts, Diane and Keith
JACKIE FREE’S CHICAGOANS are at our FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB on 9th December 2016 to thrill us all again. This band appeared for the very first time on 5th August 2016 – look back at the write-up to know what a joy they were then. JACKIE FREE plays trombone, euphonium &vocals and once again, the talent joining him will be GARY WOOD on trumpet, JOHN ELLMER on clarinet & saxes, TIM HUSKISSON on piano, MURRAY SALMON on double bass and completing this ensemble, MARTIN GUY on drums. Hey, get here Friday, it’s sure to be right up your street, so be sure not to miss it – come join your hosts…
Diane and Keith
Another Reminder: Please let us know if you wish to attend our Christmas Party on 23rd December 2016. We have the PHOENIX DIXIELAND JAZZ BAND to entertain us. £15 entrance. We plan on fancy dress (your own choice and obviously optional), plus brolly parade. Extra raffle prizes too. You can bring your own food and candelabras and of course, you will enjoy yourselves and that is an order!
BOB DWYER’S BIX & PIECES is going to be the seven piece band for Friday, 2nd December 2016 at FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB. So if you are up for a lovely evening, don’t miss it. Trombone player BOB, will have CHEZ CHESTERMAN (trumpet), JOHN LEE (reeds), HUGH CROZIER (piano &vocals), JOHN BAYNE (double bass &bass sax), DAVE PRICE (banjo&guitar) and GRAHAM CAULICOTTE (drums). Music starts at 8:00pm and ends at 11:00pm, with plenty of dancing in-between.
‘Live’ music presented by your hosts,
Diane and Keith
P.S. Please let us know if you wish to attend our Christmas Party on 23rd December 2016. We have the PHOENIX DIXIELAND JAZZ BAND to entertain us. £15 entrance. We plan on fancy dress (your own choice and obviously optional), plus brolly parade. Extra raffle prizes too. You can bring your own food and candelabras and of course, you will enjoy yourselves and that is an order!
We have the GOLDEN EAGLE JAZZ BAND with us at our FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB this Friday, 25th November 2016. KEVIN SCOTT (tenor banjo) is the band leader and he has MIKE SCROXTON on trumpet, ALAN CRESSWELL will be on clarinet, ROY STOKES on trombone & vocals, MIKE BROAD on double bass and MALC MURPHEY on drums (KEN COLYER’S drummer for 7yrs). After last week, when we had a brilliant party-like evening, it will be a hard act to follow. However, this band can, because they also like to encourage you to enjoy yourselves. So if things are getting you uptight, with Christmas shopping looming up on you fast, then get yourselves over to us for the evening. You will find yourselves unwinding and ready for the World again, the next day. Their music begins at 8:00pm, finishing at 11:00pm and if you want, you can dance (however good, or bad you are), or just sit and listen. The bar has club prices, with pleasant staff to serve you Shepherd Neame beer etc., – so come on over and join your hosts, Diane and Keith for some ‘live’ jazz.
Hi everyone, it’s GEORGE ‘KID’ TIDIMAN’S ALL STARS on Friday! Yes, they’re back with us this Friday, 18th November 2016 at the FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB. Our ‘Kid’ GEORGE (trombone) has booked DENNY ILETT (trumpet), GOFF DUBBER (clarinet), ‘SOUTHEND BOB’ ALLBUT (banjo & vocals), JOHN SIRETT (double bass) and BILL FINCH (drums). Certainly well worth being there to enjoy, not only the fun of George, but the wonderful musicianship of all these guys. Keith and I will be there to host the evening, so join us please, to show these guys they are well appreciated. Also, the dance floor needs it’s weekly use.
Diane & Keith
P.S. Please go to the next entry too……
Reg. Charity No. 1085456
Gravesend Sailing Club ‘Alicia Project’
Sailability has applied for a £25,000 grant. Their main need is for installing wheelchair access. They have been short-listed and now need lots of votes (not your money). Please help by voting as follows:- (Voting closes 30th November 2016)
Go to OneFamily Foundation on your browser.
Register to vote.
Under ‘Community Projects’ find ‘Region’
Click ‘SE Region’ and find ‘Gravesend Sailing Club ‘Alicia Project’ Click ‘More’ and follow voting procedure.
Please get everyone you know to vote as well!
They need your votes for the following reason:-
To help improve disabled access to the club house.
Access to the clubhouse is very difficult for wheelchair users. At the moment, you have to go round the back, up a ramp, negotiate a couple of very tight turns, knock loudly and hope someone will open the door, then heave yourself over the step. This is a real barrier for existing users, for guests, and for expanding our base of Sailability members.
The plan is to install a wheelchair lift in the corner where Daisy lives, and a new pair of doors that can be opened by a disabled user with a key. This will make them independent of outside help. And crucially, give safe, legal access to the club.
But this costs money! Members have been extraordinarily generous over the pontoon and the crane, so they’re not asking for your money again! But they are asking for two minutes of your time.
They have a bid in for £25,000 from the One Family Foundation community awards. To win this money, they need your votes! For details of the project, and to vote, go to https://foundation.onefamily.com/projects/gravesend-sailing-club-alicia-project/
Voting closes on 30th November, so get voting now! And mention this to family and friends – the more votes, the greater their chances of getting the money for this important improvement to disabled access to the club house! Thanks.