Mardi Gras Jazzband, 30th September 2016

The MARDI GRAS JAZZBAND will be back to delight you all, with their wonderful jazzy and happy attitude to life, to entertain you here at our FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (Kent) on Friday, 30th SEPTMBER 2016.   The musicians with leader and trombonist ROB PEARCE, will be LEIGH HENSON on trumpet &vocals, JOHN ELLMER on reeds-a-plenty, TIM HUSKISSON on piano, MARC EASENER on double bass &Sousaphone and PAUL BAKER on drums.  You will certainly enjoy what you hear, even what you see – ha, so make sure you don’t miss this evening – 8:00pm start.

Keep Dancing’

Diane and Keith

Sussex Jazz Kings, 23rd September 2016

We’ve got the SUSSEX JAZZ KINGS, who are great fun and will certainly ensure you make whoopee at the FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB, this Friday, 23rd September 2016.  These guys are great favourites of everyone and are leader DAVE STRADWICK on trumpet,  IAIN MCAULAY on trombone, BERNARD STUTT on clarinet, KEVIN SCOTT on banjo, PETER CLANCY on d.bass &sousaphone and PETE LAY on drums.  So we start at 8:00pm till 11:00pm.  All are welcome.  Plenty of dancing will be the order of the evening.

Your hosts,

Diane and Keith

‘BATTLE OF BRITAIN’ ANNIVERSARY- Art & Jazz FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB 16th September 2016.  CELEBRATING BIGGIN HILL’S PART IN THE BATTLE.

BATTLE OF BRITAIN ANNIVERSARY Art&Jazz FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB 16September 2016  CELEBRATED BIGGIN HILL’S PART IN THE BATTLE.

“Never, In The Field Of Human Conflict Was So Much Owed By So Many To So Few”

Sir Winston Churchill on the RAF after the ‘Battle of Britain’

Winston Churchill, Prime Minister - wears a helmet during an air raid warning in the 'Battle of Britain', September 1940.

Winston Churchill, Prime Minister – wears a helmet during an air raid warning in the ‘Battle of Britain’, September1940. (photo obtained from Wikipedia)                 

Air Chief Marshal Sir Hugh Dowding wa the head of RAF Fighter Comman during the Battle of Britain and the main architect of its success. Hugh Dowding (right) with King George VI and Queen Elizabeth at Bentley Priory, the Headquarters of Fighter command, in September 1940. (Details and photo obtained from BBC)

Air Chief Marshal Sir Hugh Dowding was the head of RAF Fighter Command during the Battle of Britain and the main architect of its success.  Hugh Dowding (right) with King George VI and Queen Elizabeth at Bentley Priory, the Headquarters of Fighter command, in September 1940. (Details and photo obtained from BBC’s website)

We celebrated this year’s ‘BATTLE OF BRITAIN’ 76th ANNIVERSARY with an art exhibition to show Keith’s Grant’s  Spitfire and jazz watercolour paintings, plus a special fun jazz band called ‘THE FENNY STOMPERS JAZZ BANDThis all happened here at our FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB in Kent.  Unfortunately we had missed that very special marker – the 75th – last year due to my family circumstances, but we certainly celebrated in style this year.  It was a fancy dress party (although was optional of course) and some great photos will follow to show off the brilliant effort by some.  The band intended giving us plenty of entertainment with a 1940’s flavour and that they certainly did. DENNIS VICK (leader) was playing clarinet, DAVE MARCHANT played trumpet & harmonica, JOHN LEE  played trombone, BRIAN VICK (Dennis’ brother) played banjo, DAVE ARNOLD played both double bass & Sousaphone and KEN JOINER played drums.

The Fenny Stompers play at Farnborough Jazz Club's 'Battle of Brittain' Anniversary fancy dress party on 16th September 2016. (LtoR) Dave Arnold (Sousaphone), Dennis Vick (clarinet), Ken Joiner (drums), Dave Marchant (trumpet), Brian Vick (banjo) and John Lee (trombone). Photo by Mike Witt.

The Fenny Stompers play at Farnborough Jazz Club’s ‘Battle of Britain’ Anniversary fancy dress party ,16th September 2016. (LtoR) Dave Arnold (Sousaphone), Dennis Vick (clarinet), Ken Joiner (drums), Dave Marchant (trumpet), Brian Vick (banjo) and John Lee (trombone). Photo by Mike Witt.

'Battle of Britain' Pilots 15th September 1940.

‘Battle of Britain’ Pilots 15th September 1940.

The celebrations were in honour of those RAF boys (and they were boys, most of them) from 15th September 1940 (not just 15th either)  and the band did them proud.  We are just over three miles away from Biggin Hill (on the flight path too) and Keith remembers, as a little boy, standing on his front doorstep, seeing all the Spitfires and Hurricanes, during the fighting off of the enemy bombers, making them fail their mission to annihilate London.  Although there are many pubs close by, that these lads frequented, we are also literally just seven miles away from perhaps the most famous one, The White Hart, in Brasted, Kent.  This was where footprints were found on the ceiling, left by the WRAFS being held up by pilots (who were letting off steam) to ‘walk the ceiling’.  So you see, they were fun seeking and would have loved this band and the antics they got up to (sadly, I’m told the pub no longer holds any original memorabilia – I wonder if the footsteps have been removed).

The band played plenty of dance numbers for us and I shalll try to ‘draw a picture’ of how the evening went.  I was so busy and so I’m afraid I failed to write my notes down, but can tell you, ‘Canal Street Blues’ was super and we all got up to perform our line-dance – I wasn’t drunk, but I did go wrong a few times (leaving us laughing) and no, I’m not getting old – or decrepit either!!! What did you say?

'Battle of Britain' Annivertsary celebrations with The Fenny Stompers at Farnborough Jazz Club,  Kent.  (LtoR) The 'engine'  boys, being Dave Arnold on Sousaphone, Ken Joiner on drums and Brian Vick on banjo. Photo by Mike Witt.

‘Battle of Britain’ Annivertsary celebrations with The Fenny Stompers at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent. (LtoR) The ‘engine’ boys, being Dave Arnold on Sousaphone, Ken Joiner on drums and Brian Vick on banjo. Photo by Mike Witt.

Dennis Vick takes a solo, whilst Dave Marchant looks on. (LtoR) Dave Arnold (Sousaphone), Dennis Vick, Ken Joiner (drums), Dave Marchant and Brian Vick (banjo), plus( not in view) John Lee (trombone), members of The Fenny Stompers at Farnborough Jazz Club's 'Battle of Brittain' Anniversary fancy dress party on 16th September 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

Dennis Vick takes a solo, whilst Dave Marchant looks on. (LtoR) Dave Arnold (Sousaphone), Dennis Vick, Ken Joiner (drums), Dave Marchant and Brian Vick (banjo), plus( not in view) John Lee (trombone), members of The Fenny Stompers at Farnborough Jazz Club’s ‘Battle of Britain’ Anniversary fancy dress party on 16th September 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

Anyway, John was featured to play the next number, being Honeysuckle Rose’.  He is a lovely trombone player and played with such feeling.  Then I loved them playing ‘Chimes Blues’, such a wonderful rendition (especially on the second time, they played so softly and so in tune (the front line that is), playing the ‘bells’ brilliant.  Next came Brian’s feature.  He played ‘The World is Waiting for the Sunrise’ just spectacularly.  It’s a lovely tune and has been played by other bands here, but not too often, well done Brian.  ‘Swinging Shepherd Blues’ was a number played next for the brewery (SHEPHERD NEAME), who supply our club with our bear  They played it so well too, especially Dennis.

Dave Marchant on trumpet, whilst Sue & Diane sing 'I Scream, You Scream, We all Scream for Ice Cream' with The Fenny Stompers at f'arnborough Jazz Club, Kent, for 'Battle of Brittain' Anniversary fancy dress party on 16th September 2016.. Photo by Mike Witt.

Dave Marchant (trumpet) Sue & Diane sing ‘I Scream, You Scream’ with The Fenny Stompers at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent, for ‘Battle of Britain’ Anniversary fancy dress party 16Sept2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

‘I Scream, You Scream, We all Scream for Ice Cream’ came next.  Now I had been telling Dennis on the telephone, how I was going to be singing in a gig with Keith (for the first time,) on the following Sunday.  I told him how shy I was about singing and was very nervous.  How I wouldn’t sing at our club as it was a paying audience!  Well the little ‘xzyxz* (if you know what I mean) got me up to sing with the band.  Of course he had the placards up for me to follow the (few) words.  This was with Ken’s wife Sue.  Dennis also pulled Trudy from our audience, to hold the words up for everyone to sing along, plus she played the maracas.  The audience loved it, because it was such a laugh.

The previous week , it was requested to have a brolly parade, so the band performed ‘Bourbon Street Parade’ for us.  Steve (one of our regulars) brought his collection of  handmade umbrellas, complete with flashing electrics.  It certainly added to the whole atmosphere.

Penny and Bob take part in the brolly parade to 'Bourbon Street Parade' by The Fenny Stompers Jazz Band at Farnborough Jazz Club's 'Battle of Britain' Anniversary fancy dress party on 16th September 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

Penny and Bob take part in the brolly parade to ‘Bourbon Street Parade’ by The Fenny Stompers Jazz Band at Farnborough Jazz Club’s ‘Battle of Britain’ Anniversary fancy dress party on 16th September 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

Steve and Diane take part in the brolly parade to 'Bourbon Street Parade' by The Fenny Stompers Jazz Band at Farnborough Jazz Club's 'Battle of Britain' Anniversary fancy dress party on 16th September 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

Steve and Diane take part in the brolly parade to ‘Bourbon Street Parade’ by The Fenny Stompers Jazz Band at Farnborough Jazz Club’s ‘Battle of Britain’ Anniversary fancy dress party on 16th September 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

Then came the piece-de-resistance!  They performed their next number ‘Me and Jane, In A Plane’.  How fantastic they were, with John coming out to – and around the audience, playing his trombone, as if to be the gunfire of a Spitfire or Hurricane, dive bombing. They all had on leather caps with goggles and RAF scarves – they were brilliant.  I know it isn’t unique, but was so very well done and another feature to add to the atmosphere of the evening.

The Fenny Stompers at Farnborough Jazz Club's 'Battle of Brittain' Anniversary fancy dress party on 16th September 2016. The band perform in their pilot gear, to ''Me & Jane in a Plane'. (LtoR) Dave Arnold (Sousaphone), Dennis Vick (clarinet), Ken Joiner (drums), Dave Marchant (trumpet) and Brian Vick (banjo). With John Lee on trombone, goes flying about shooting around the audience. Photo by Mike Witt.

The Fenny Stompers at Farnborough Jazz Club’s ‘Battle of Britain’ Anniversary fancy dress party on 16th September 2016. The band perform in their pilot gear, to ”Me & Jane in a Plane’. (LtoR) Dave Arnold (Sousaphone), Dennis Vick (clarinet), Ken Joiner (drums), Dave Marchant (trumpet) and Brian Vick (banjo). With John Lee on trombone, goes flying about shooting around the audience. Photo by Mike Witt.

John Lee on trombone, with Ken Joiner on drums and Brian Vick on banjo, members of The Fenny Stompers at Farnborough Jazz Club's 'Battle of Britain' Anniversary fancy dress party on 16th September 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

John Lee on trombone, with Ken Joiner on drums and Brian Vick on banjo, members of The Fenny Stompers at Farnborough Jazz Club’s ‘Battle of Britain’ Anniversary fancy dress party on 16th September 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

We managed to fit in another line-dance to ‘Come on and Stomp, Stomp, Stomp’, which was a great number to do to, even at a Charleston beat!  Then, to round off the evening, they sang the ‘White Cliffs of Dover’ with obvious audience participation.  Our lovely bar staff kept us ‘happy’ with ‘Spitfire’ and ‘Master Brew’ flowing (among other drinks of course) and for this special occasion, SHEPHERD NEAME kindly gave some bottles of ‘Spitfire’.   Although we had possibly some twenty regular supporters missing, due to holidays, we had a wonderful nucleus of fairly regulars and a great time was had by all.  Everyone enjoyed Keith’s paintings and he sold some too.

Dave Marchant takes a solo on trumpet, plus Dennis Vick of The Fenny Stompers at Farnborough Jazz Club's 'Battle of Britain' Anniversary fancy dress party on 16th September 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

Dave Marchant takes a solo on trumpet, plus Dennis Vick of The Fenny Stompers at Farnborough Jazz Club’s ‘Battle of Britain’ Anniversary fancy dress party on 16th September 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

Dennis Vick (clarinet), Ken Joiner (drums), Dave Marchant (trumpet) and John Lee (trombone) both playing the maracas, with Brian Vick (banjo) and out of view Dave Arnold (Sousaphone) members of The Fenny Stompers at Farnborough Jazz Club's 'Battle of Britain' Anniversary fancy dress party on 16th September 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

Dennis Vick (clarinet), Ken Joiner (drums), Dave Marchant (trumpet) and John Lee (trombone) both playing the maracas, with Brian Vick (banjo) and out of view Dave Arnold (Sousaphone) members of The Fenny Stompers at Farnborough Jazz Club’s ‘Battle of Britain’ Anniversary fancy dress party on 16th September 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

Nothing like jazz and art together,

Your hosts, Diane and Keith

‘Canal Street Blues’ – Joe ‘King’ Oliver (1923)
‘Bourbon Street Parade’ – Paul Barbarin (c. 1953)
‘Honeysuckle Rose’ – (m) Fats Waller, (l) Andy Razaf (1928)
‘Chimes Blues’ – Joe ‘King’ Oliver (1923)
‘The World is Waiting for the Sunrise’ – (m) Ernest Seitz (l) Gene Lockhart (1918) Seitz conceived aged 12yrs1904
‘Swinging Shepherd Blues’ – (m) Morris ‘Moe’ Koffman, (l) Rhoda Roberts & Kenny Jacobson (1958)
‘Me and Jane, In A Plane’ – Leslie Edgar & Joseph George Gilbert (1927)
‘Come on and Stomp, Stomp, Stomp – Jack Mills (Chris Smith, Irving Mills also credited) (1927)
‘I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Ice Cream’ – Howard Johnson, Billy Moll & Robert King (1927)
‘White Cliffs of Dover’ – (m) Walter Kent, (l) Nat Burton (1941)

Just a reminder of last year’s newsletter. I wrote of the Monday after last year’s celebrations (Battle of Britain’s 75th Anniversary at Biggin Hill).  It was about my wonderful day watching a lone ‘Spitfire’:

N.B.  Today (23rd September 2015) is the first day of the Autumn Equinox.  The South Pole will see a glimpse of daylight for the first time in six months and the North Pole enters six months of dark – hmmm.  Here in Kent, it is a beautiful morning – sunny and hot, with not a cloud in the wonderful blue sky.  I had been swimming early this morning.  Stopped off at Holwood Farm, Shire Lane (near Biggin Hill) for some tea and scones.  I sat outside in the sun and enjoyed a lone Spitfire, with its black & white striped D-Day markings on its wings, obviously enjoying himself and still around after Monday’s commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain   How I wish I had been up there with him.  However, I feel lucky to be alive on such a glorious day, one to remember.

Xtra…. This was all repeated this morning (25th September 2015). The ‘Spitfires’ are from Biggin Hill Heritage Hanger – see their website: www.flyaspitfire.co.uk  – you can hire a flight with them – think of this, if you need an idea to give a very special present to that someone who has everything.  I also found out that Wednesday’s pilot was Don Sigourney and today’s was Richard Verral, who both flew on the D-Day Commemorations

I shall also be back to fill you in on this evening too – including photos.

Ye Olde Whyte Lyon Public House, built in 1626 (photo copyrite 2013).

Ye Olde Whyte Lyon Public House, built in 1626.   Shepherd Neame (photo copyrite 2013).

4-IN-A-BAR+1 to play at YE OLDE WHYTE LYON

Sunday, 18th September 2016 3:00pm till 6:00pm

We also had a special date for you to enjoy and this was KEITH GRANT’S QUARTET, 4-IN-A-BAR+1 playing smooth jazz at YE OLDE WHYTE LYON in Locks Bottom (Kent).  It was held indoors (Publican Tim had decided not to take a chance with the weatherc, They also have great bar staff, serving tasty SHEPHERD NEAME’s ‘SPITFIRE’ (among other drinks of course, such as ‘Master Brew’).

The quartet was KEITH GRANT on drums, JOHN LEE on tenor sax, TIM HUSKISSON on piano, TIM PHAROAH on double bass and the ‘+ 1’ being me (Diane), and I did manage to sing a few songs too, even though I hiccupped a little!

Diane and Keith

Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces, 9th September 2016

BOB DWYER’S BIX & PIECES (a seven piece band) is one of our favourites, will be back at FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB tonight, Friday, 9th September 2016 Trombone player BOB, will have with him young ALLEN BEECHEY on trumpet, and special guest PETE CURTIS will be on reeds, HUGH CROZIER on piano &vocals, JOHN BAYNE on double bass &bass sax, DAVE PRICE on banjo &guitar and GRAHAM CAULICOTTE on drums.  That line-up should be super, so get your glad-rags on and come on down to happy Farnborough.  See you all tonight.

Diane and Keith

See above – three new pages

‘BATTLE OF BRITAIN’ ANNIVERSARY with Art & Jazz FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB 16th September 2016    plus

Ye Olde Whyte Lyon Public House, Shepherd Neame - built in 1626 (photo copyrite 2013).

Ye Olde Whyte Lyon Public House, Shepherd Neame – built in 1626 (photo copyrite 2013).

4-IN-A-BAR+1 to play at YE OLDE WHYTE LYON Sunday, 18th September 2016, 3-6pm; and

About Peter Abbott – England’s Para-Olympian goalkeeper’

Martyn Brothers Jazz Band, 2nd September 2016

MARTYN BROTHERS  will be playing here at FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB on Friday, 2nd September 2016.   BEN MARTYN is on double bass &vocals and EMILE MARTYN on drums.  They have booked for us, giant trumpeter, PETE RUDEFORTH (back from playing with  CHRIS BARBER in Belgium).  Also with them will be RICHIE HOWARD on clarinet, IAN BEETLESTONE on piano and JOHN ‘flashback radio’ RUSCOE on guitar.   What more can you ask for, you can expect some exciting and energetic jazz, so come and enjoy yourselves.  Don’t forget, as well as listening, we will dance too – ha, We also have great bar staff, who serve Shepherd Neame ‘Spitfire’ and of course, plenty of parking space.  If you haven’t been here before, everyone is welcome.  Music is from 8:00pm till 11:00pm.

Keep jazz ‘live’,

Hosted by Diane and Keith

Laurie Chescoe’s Reunion Band, 26th August 2016

Presenting that great star ‘LAURIE CHESCOE and his REUNION BAND’ here again at the FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB, Kent on Friday, 26th August 2016.  Drummer and leader, Laurie, will be joined by ALLAN ‘Lord Arsenal’ BRADLEY on trumpet & vocals, JOHN LEE on reeds, MIKE POINTON on trombone, COLIN BRAY on piano, sax & xylophone, JIM DOUGLAS on banjo & guitar and PETER SKIVINGTON on bass guitar & bass ukulele.  A fantastic line-up – as always. Be sure not to miss them, because wherever they are, you always have fun.

Jazz at it best with

Diane and Keith

P.S.  My computer (as many of you know) has been playing up!  One thing it has been  doing is popping irritating messages (to the side).  One continuously tells me (since I took on Windows 10), my scanner is no longer activated (it’s just popped up again this second!!!). Anyway, I looked into the control panel and fiddled and suddenly I found ‘it’ asking me to scan.  I quickly looked for something and came up with the following and as you can see, the SCANNER WORKED (even though the it’s popped up AGAIN just a second ago – hysterical isn’t it.  However, I thought you would enjoy the following:

Laurie Chescoe's Good Time Jazz appeared at the Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent. Friday, 23rd October 1998. Run by Diane and Keith Grant.

Laurie Chescoe’s Good Time Jazz appeared at the Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent.              Friday, 23rd October 1998.   Run by Diane and Keith Grant.

Laurie Chescoe's Good Time Jazz appeared at the Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent. Friday, 23rd October 1998. Run by Diane and Keith Grant.

Laurie Chescoe’s Good Time Jazz appeared at the Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent.                   Friday, 23rd October 1998.   Run by Diane and Keith Grant.

N.B.  If you click on page, it will enlarge so you can read it.

 

Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band, 19th August 2016

PHOENIX DIXIELAND JAZZ BAND were on top form at Farnborough Jazz Club on Friday 19th August 2016.  They’re a wonderful 7-pce band who certainly know how to make an evening really sparkle.  Although we love and missed Paul Higgs on trumpet, it was a fantastic surprise to have MIKE BARRY take over on trumpet.  He seemed to play better than ever, perhaps being relaxed, not having to run his own bands (with an ‘s’).  So here are the super musicians we had playing here, giving us a brilliant evening.  As already mentioned, we had MIKE BARRY on trumpet, plus CHARLES SHERWOOD on clarinet, BILL TODD on trombone, ALAN CLARKE on drums, DAVE BARNES on piano, ROGER CURPHEY on double bass and JOHN STUART on banjo & guitar.  I know I always say it, but again, what a wonderful evening of fun jazz.

Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band play for Farnborough Jazz Club on 19th August 2016. (LtoR) John Stuart (banjo), Bill Todd singing (trombone), Alan Clarke (drums), Mike Barry (trumpet), Roger Curphey (double bass), Charles Sherwood (tenor sax) and Dave Barnes (piano). Photo by Mike Witt. (wedding next day-hence decorations)

Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band play for Farnborough Jazz Club on 19th August 2016. (LtoR) John Stuart (banjo), Bill Todd singing (trombone), Alan Clarke (drums), Mike Barry (trumpet), Roger Curphey (double bass), Charles Sherwood (tenor sax) and Dave Barnes (piano). Photo by Mike Witt. (wedding next day-hence decorations)

At The Jazz Band Ball’ was their starter for ten.  Everyone taking brilliant solos – certainly a great number to greet people arriving with.  Two people who had arrived out of the blue, were the lovely dancing couple, Linda and John, who travel, I believer from Hastings to get to us, got up to the very next number,  ‘Dr Jazz’, what a great beginning, with the band giving wonderful solos everywhere again.

'Front liners' for Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band. Seen here at Farnborough Jazz Club on 19th August 2016. (LtoR) Bill Todd (trombone), Mike Barry (trumpet) and Charles Sherwood (tenor sax ), plus Roger Curphey (double bass). Photo by Mike Witt.

‘Front liners’ for Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band. Seen here at Farnborough Jazz Club on 19th August 2016. (LtoR) Bill Todd (trombone), Mike Barry (trumpet) and Charles Sherwood (tenor sax ), plus Roger Curphey (double bass). Photo by Mike Witt.

John Stuart, playing guitar for Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band at Farnborough Jazz Club on 19th August 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

John Stuart, playing guitar for Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band at Farnborough Jazz Club on 19th August 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

John Stuart, playing banjo for Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band at Farnborough Jazz Club on 19th August 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

John Stuart, playing banjo for Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band at Farnborough Jazz Club on 19th August 2016. Photo by Mike Witt

My next choice to relate to you was their lovely version of ‘Chinatown, My Chinatown’, with their fantastic Chinese intimations (the only thing missing for me was ‘Ying tong, Ying tong’ etc,) – great drum solo from Alan.  Then Bill sang ‘Rockin’ Chair’.  I do love that Hoagy Carmichael song.

Hoagy Carmichael circa 1927-1930

Hoagy Carmichael circa 1927-1930

Hoagy Carmichael circa 1953

Hoagy Carmichael circa 1953

Then it was Dave’s turn to sing and he chose to do ‘I Can’t Give You Anything But Love Baby’, with the ‘front line’ singing ‘Shuby Duby’, ha.  Wow did they boom out the next number brilliantly too – ‘That’s A Plenty’.  Where do they get their energies from?

Dave Barnes seen here playing piano for Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band at Farnborough Jazz Club on Friday, 19th August 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

Dave Barnes seen here playing piano for Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band at Farnborough Jazz Club on Friday, 19th August 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

Charles Sherwood seen here featured playing clarinet to 'Petite Fleur', with Dave Barnes on piano for Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band at Farnborough Jazz Club on Friday, 19th August 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

Charles Sherwood seen here featured playing clarinet to ‘Petite Fleur’, with Dave Barnes on piano for Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band at Farnborough Jazz Club on Friday, 19th August 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

The tune that followed was a feature one for Charles, who excelled himself with ‘Petite Fleur’.  He has mastered his clarinet to a beautiful level, so a joy to listen to.  The next number that I love, ‘Someday, You’ll Be Sorry’ is one that Keith and I sing to one-another (a lot) in unison (for obvious reasons, so have to mention it) ha.  Plus their last one was ‘Bourbon Street Parade’, Oh yeah.  Wonderful!  Another lovely dancing great.  So if you missed the evening … and many of you did, due to your holidays (yuk – all coming back rusty looking), this is what you missed … Mike was great with these guys, being so relaxed and obviously old muckers too.  Anyway, hopefully we will see you all back soon.

Bill Todd takes a solo for Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band at Farnborough Jazz Club on Friday, 19th August 2016. (LtoR) John Stuart (banjo), Bill Todd (trombone) and Alan Clarke (drums). Photo by Mike Witt.

Bill Todd takes a solo for Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band at Farnborough Jazz Club on Friday, 19th August 2016. (LtoR) John Stuart (banjo), Bill Todd (trombone) and Alan Clarke (drums). Photo by Mike Witt.

 Charles Sherwood again, but this time, on tenor sax, with Dave Barnes on piano, playing for Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band at Farnborough Jazz Club on Friday, 19th August 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

Charles Sherwood again, but this time, on tenor sax, with Dave Barnes on piano, playing for Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band at Farnborough Jazz Club on Friday, 19th August 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

Here's Charles Sherwood playing alto sax for Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band at Farnborough Jazz Club on Friday, 19th August 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

Here’s Charles Sherwood playing alto sax for Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band at Farnborough Jazz Club on Friday, 19th August 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

Diane and Keith

‘At The Jazz Band Ball’ – (m) Nick LaRocca, Larry Shields (1917) (l’s added 1950 by Johnny Mercer)
‘Bourbon Street Parade’ – Paul Barbarin (c. 1953)
‘Chinatown, My Chinatown’ – (m) Jean Schwartz, (l) William Jerome (1910)
Doctor Jazz’ – Joe ‘King’ Oliver & Walter Melrose (1926)
‘I Can’t Give You Anything But Love, Baby’ – (m) Jimmy McHugh, (l) Dorothy Field (1928)
‘Petite Fleur’ – Sidney Bechet (1952)
‘Rockin’ Chair’ – Hoagy Carmichael (1929/30)
‘Someday, You’ll Be Sorry’ – Louis Armstrong (1947)
‘That’s A Plenty’ – (m) Lew Pollack (1914), (l) Ray Gilbert (decades later – anyone know the year please?)

Tony Pitt’s All Stars, Friday 12th August 2016

TONY PITT’S ALL STARS came to help us celebrate Keith birthday, here at FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (Kent) on FRIDAY, 12th August 2016.  We were celebrating with a capitol C, as always.   Band leader (and banjoist) TONY had manage to get those fabulous stars (well Tony is an extra special musician), ALAN GRESTY on trumpet &vocals, DAVE HEWITT on trombone, AL NICHOLLS on soprano & tenor sax, ANDY LAWRENCE on double bass and JOHN ELLMER on drums.  What more can I say, but with these fantastic musicians, I told you to expect some humongous fun and that we did!

Tony Pitt's All Stars came to Farnborough Jazz Club for Keith's birthday on 12th August 2016. (LtoR) Dave Hewitt (trombone), (hidden) Andy Lawrence (double bass), Alan Gresty (trumpet), (hidden) John Ellmer (drums), Al Nichols (tenor sax) and Tony Pitt (banjo). Photo by Mike Witt.

Tony Pitt’s All Stars came to Farnborough Jazz Club for Keith’s birthday on 12th August 2016. (LtoR) Dave Hewitt (trombone), (hidden) Andy Lawrence (double bass), Alan Gresty (trumpet), (hidden) John Ellmer (drums), Al Nichols (tenor sax) and Tony Pitt (banjo). Photo by Mike Witt.

With so many photos, I have put them all at the end of the write-up this time.  Now about their first tune, it was Mama’s Gone, Goodbye’ and what a tremendous job they did, especially Al, being it was the first time he had played it – what a pro’ aye.  Then came ‘Blues My Naughty Sweetie’ and did they give it their all (I recall Tony played a fabulous solo), especially as it was a hot night).  This was followed on with ‘Pennies From Heaven’ and brought on all the dancers – well, it was very hot evening and this was such a lovely slow number.  I believe Alan sang, although we had so many friends arriving for Keith’s birthday and hadn’t written it down.  Now, my next choice was ‘Carry Me Back to Ol’ Virginie’.  (I recall Tony saying Alan had requested this number be played.)  We did our line-dance to this, although not ideal, plus I had my ankle ‘go’ on me, so had a hard job, but we enjoyed it.   John was brilliant with a great drum solo intro to ‘Hindustan’, a fabulous favourite with so many trad bands.  Next, Tony made an announcement, telling us the next number was dedicated especially to Keith.  It was ‘When I Grow Too Old To Dream’.  Yes, everyone had a laugh at that.  Another tune to mention (written by Lovie Austin, a famous 1920’s band leader ranked alongside Lil Harding Armstrong) was ‘Traveling Blues’.  Al played super tenor sax.  I was so fed up I couldn’t dance, it is such a great one to dance to.  Oh, I must mention ‘Saint Louis Blues’, what a great jazz song and I put several ticks – to make sure I’d mention it.  Wow, they were all excellent, playing – all of them, I mean! Great trumpet, fabulous tenor sax, super trombone (Tony, you surely can pick ‘erm – musicians aye).  Keith got me up to dance, pretty impossible really with my ankle keep ‘giving way’ on me, but Keith ended up dancing a duo with John’s drum solo.  Keith is actually doing his own form of tap dancing (he had impossible shoes on too), but being a drummer, he is wonderful with his footwork.  Everyone thought he was brilliant – the band thought he might have a heart attack at any moment – ha.   (I haven’t told Keith yet, but my son-in-law (Scott) filmed this and hopefully it will look as good as it did on the night.  Scott promised to get it to me soon and I shall put it here for you to see,)  Their last number was Blue, Turning Grey Over You’, which is Tony’s theme song.  Keith joined me on the dance floor – awhh, how romantic again.  You must put Tony’s next date here in your diaries, being Friday, 28th October 2016.

Your hosts, Diane and ol’ Keith

‘Blue, Turning Grey Over You’ – (m) Fats Waller, (l) Andy Razaf (1929)
‘Blues My Naughty Sweetie Gives to Me’ – Charles McCarron, Casey Morgan & Arthur Swanstrom (1919)
‘Carry Me Back to Old Virginny’ – James A. Baland (1878) – re-written in 1940, but retired
‘Hindustan’ – (m) Harold Weeks, (l) Oliver G Wallace (1917)
‘Mama’s Gone, Goodbye’ – A J Piron & Peter Bocage (1923)
‘Pennies From Heaven’ (m) Arthur Johnston, (l) Johnny Burke (1936)
‘Saint Louis Blues’ – W.C. Hanley (1914)
‘Traveling Blues’ – Lovie Austin (1924)
‘When I Grow Too Old To Dream’ – (m) Sigmund Romberg, (l) Oscar Hammerstein II (1935)
Andy Lawrence on double bass and John Ellmer on drums of Tony Pitt's All Stars at Farnborough Jazz Club, playing for Keith's birthday on 12th August 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

Andy Lawrence on double bass and John Ellmer on drums of Tony Pitt’s All Stars at Farnborough Jazz Club, playing for Keith’s birthday on 12th August 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

 

Andy Lawrence plays double bass and John Ellmer plays drums for Tony Pitt's All Stars at Farnborough Jazz Club for Keith's birthday on 12th August 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

Andy Lawrence plays double bass and John Ellmer plays drums for Tony Pitt’s All Stars at Farnborough Jazz Club for Keith’s birthday on 12th August 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

 

Dave Hewitt plays trombone, with Alan Gresty on trumpet and Al Nichols on tenor sax, front line of Tony Pitt's All Stars, seen here at Farnborough Jazz Club for Keith's birthday on 12th August 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

Dave Hewitt plays trombone, with Alan Gresty on trumpet and Al Nichols on tenor sax, front line of Tony Pitt’s All Stars, seen here at Farnborough Jazz Club for Keith’s birthday on 12th August 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

The 'Engine' of Tony Pitt's All Stars play for Keith Grant's birthday (co-promoter of Farnborough Jazz Club) on 12th August 2016. (LtoR) Andy Lawrence (double bass), John Ellmer (drums) & Tony Pitt (banjo). Photo by Mike Witt (also a b'day boy).

The ‘Engine’ of Tony Pitt’s All Stars play for Keith Grant’s birthday (co-promoter of Farnborough Jazz Club) on 12th August 2016. (LtoR) Andy Lawrence (double bass), John Ellmer (drums) & Tony Pitt (banjo). Photo by Mike Witt (also a b’day boy).

 

Tony Pitt plays banjo with his own 'Tony Pitt's All Stars and John Ellmer on drums, They were here at Farnborough Jazz Club for Keith's birthday on 12th August 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

Tony Pitt plays banjo with his own ‘Tony Pitt’s All Stars and John Ellmer on drums, They were here at Farnborough Jazz Club for Keith’s birthday on 12th August 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

 

Andy Lawrence (d'bass) and John Ellmer (drums) play for (jazz co-promoter) Keith Grant's birthday at Farnborough Jazz Club with Tony Pitt's All Stars on 12th August 2016. Photo by Mike Witt (also b'day a boy)

Andy Lawrence (d’bass) and John Ellmer (drums) play for co-promoter Keith Grant’s birthday at Farnborough Jazz Club with Tony Pitt’s All Stars on 12th August 2016. Photo by Mike Witt (also b’day a boy)

 

Front line of Tony Pitt's All Stars Jazz Band, playing for co-promoter, Keith Grant's birthday at Farnborough Jazz Club on 12th August 2016. (LtoR) Dave Hewitt (trombone), Alan Gresty (trumpet), Al Nichols (soprano sax) plus Andy Lawrence behind (d.bass). Photo by Mike Witt (also a  b'day boy).

Front line of Tony Pitt’s All Stars Jazz Band, playing for co-promoter, Keith Grant’s birthday at Farnborough Jazz Club on 12th August 2016. (LtoR) Dave Hewitt (trombone), Alan Gresty (trumpet), Al Nichols (soprano sax) plus Andy Lawrence behind (d.bass). Photo by Mike Witt (also a b’day boy).

 

My granddaughter Zianna, joins me with the raffle draw at Farnborough Jazz Club with Tony Pitt's All Stars on Keith's birthday, 12th August 2016. Photo by Mike Witt (also a b'day boy)..

My granddaughter Zianna, joins me with the raffle draw at Farnborough Jazz Club with Tony Pitt’s All Stars on Keith’s birthday, 12th August 2016. Photo by Mike Witt (also a b’day boy).

 

Jackie Free’s Chicagoans, 5th August 2016

JACKIE FREE’S CHICAGOANS appeared at our FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB for the very first time on 5th August 2016..  What a bountiful of talent in this band.  Last week, I said I was quite excited at the thought at them coming, because it is always fun to have new sounds at the club.  I just have to put this photograph of Jackie Free as a 24year old, playing with the legend himself.  What an accolade Jackie.

Jackie Free plays with Louis Armstrong in London, 1956. Jackie said it was the highlight of his musical career. He would have been just 24years of age. ©Jackie Free.

Jackie Free plays with Louis Armstrong in London, 1956. Jackie said it was the highlight of his musical career. He would have been just 24years of age. ©Jackie Free.

So now let me introduce you to the musicians in Jackie’s band.  First of all, JACKIE FREE himself plays trombone, euphonium &vocals.  Then, with him was (an old friend) MIKE COTTON on trumpet, JOHN CROCKER on clarinet &saxes, TIM HUSKISSON on piano, MURRAY SALMON on double bass and  MARTIN GUY on drums.

Great front-liners John Crocker on clarinet , Mike Cotton on trumpet and Jackie Free on trombone playing with 'Jackie Free's Chicagoans' at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on Friday 5th August 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

Great front-liners John Crocker on clarinet , Mike Cotton on trumpet and Jackie Free on trombone playing with ‘Jackie Free’s Chicagoans’ at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on Friday 5th August 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

They have all played here individually with other bands, apart from Murray.  We were originally to have Pete Rudeforth on trumpet, but he needed to (understandably) bail out for a gig with Chris Barber in Belgium, then we were to have Gary Wood.  Unfortunately Gary was taken ill at the last minute and unable to make it, so Mike kindly stepped in.  Phew, what a line-up we had anyway, aye, one you just couldn’t miss.  John Crocker had been abroad for several weeks, so asked if we had missed him.  I of course, said ‘No’ (with a question sound to my voice).  ‘Fickle’ was JC’s remark back – ha ha.  Of course anyone would miss him – what a player aye!  Well he was with Chris Barber for 30yrs, plus he played for Elton John.  With such players, Jackie had to be special, to command such talent and so, yes it was a special evening and if you missed it, hard luck.

Jackie Free's Chicagoans play for Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on Friday, 5th August 2016. (LtoR) John Crocker (clarinet &alto sax), Martin Guy (drums), Mike Cotton (trumpet), Murray Salmon (double bass), Jackie Free (trombone & euphonium) and Tim Husskison (piano). Photo by Mike Witt.

Jackie Free’s Chicagoans play for Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on Friday, 5th August 2016. (LtoR) John Crocker (clarinet &alto sax), Martin Guy (drums), Mike Cotton (trumpet), Murray Salmon (double bass), Jackie Free (trombone & euphonium) and Tim Huskisson (piano). Photo by Mike Witt.

Let me dangle some of what was played!   They began with ‘Back In Your Own Back Yard’, a happy number sung by Jackie, hey another super jazz voice (so many great voices about).  My next to mention to you is ‘Black and Blue’, quite a favourite with most, especially with this lovely hot weather, as it is a slow tune and allows us to dance with far less chance of collapsing!!

Here's Tim Huskisson on piano and Murray Salmon on double bass, with Jacki Free's Chicagoans at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on Friday, 5th August 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

Here’s Tim Huskisson on piano and Murray Salmon on double bass, with Jacki Free’s Chicagoans at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on Friday, 5th August 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

John Crocker plays clarinet with Jackie Free's Chicagoans at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on Friday, 5th August 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

John Crocker plays clarinet with Jackie Free’s Chicagoans at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on Friday, 5th August 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

I must mention John’s special feature.  Tim played a beautiful intro, with John playing exquisite tenor sax to ‘Tangerine’, mouth-watering stuff (he can repeat it anytime he likes here).  Then came almost the highlight of the evening (if everything else hadn’t been so wonderful before). (I know the picture shows John playing clarinet).  Anyway, Jackie asked if he may play the euphonium.  He used to play it over forty years ago, then gave it to his son.  When he found out his son still had it, he retrieved it and found he could still master it.  The tune he played is such a beautiful one and he played it superbly.  How on earth could he worry we might object!!!!!  The number was ‘Blame It On My Youth’, gorgeous. Such a shame we didn’t have a photo of him playing it, but next time perhaps.  They played ‘Chicago’ next and we managed to get a little line-dancing in.

Martin Guy on drums and Murray Salmon, on double bass - part of the 'engine' of 'Jackie Free's Chicagoans', seen here at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent).

Martin Guy on drums and Murray Salmon, on double bass – part of the ‘engine’ of ‘Jackie Free’s Chicagoans’, seen here at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent). Photo by Mike Witt.

I remember the next number had some lovely solos, but would like to make special mention of Martin and his fantastic drum solo with ‘Struttin With Some Barbeque’ and of course they all excelled with ‘At The Jazz Band Ball’.

 

John Crocker (clarinet), Mike Cotton (trumpet) and Jackie Free (trombone) seen playing at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) with Jackie Free's Chicagoans on 5th August 2016. Photo by Mike Witt

John Crocker (clarinet), Mike Cotton (trumpet) and Jackie Free (trombone) seen playing at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) with Jackie Free’s Chicagoans on 5th August 2016. Photo by Mike Witt

It was just lovely to have Mike back in the old place again, not having seen him for possibly twenty years, or more.  So to hear him featured with ‘Georgia On My Mind’ was lovely, his trumpet playing was so pure.  He then sang the next one too, ‘Kansas City, Here I Come’ and even topped it by playing a mouth organ too. Hmmm.

John Crocker plays tenor sax, Mike Cotton on trumpet and Murray Salmon on double bass, with Jackie Free's Chicagoans at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 5th August 2015. Photo by Mike Witt.

John Crocker plays tenor sax, Mike Cotton on trumpet and Murray Salmon on double bass, with Jackie Free’s Chicagoans at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 5th August 2015. Photo by Mike Witt.

Must include this photograph, with John playing tenor sax –  you have captured a wonderful stance just great Mike.  Thanks everyone for such an enjoyable evening, it is wonderful, once again to enjoy such talent, on our own turf too.

Well Jackie, Keith and I shall look forward to having you back to our Farnborough Club on 9th December 2016.  (Just a quick message for Gary Wood, get well soon Gary.)

Helping to Keep Jazz ‘Live’,

Your happy hosts, Diane and Keith

P.S. At long last, I have published the newsletter of our Halloween Party last 30th October 2015, complete with some lovely photos of our Witches from the Farnborough Coven.  Take a look back, you will enjoy what we got up to!!!!

‘At The Jazz Band Ball’ – (m) Nick LaRocca, Larry Shields (1917) (l’s added 1950 by Johnny Mercer)
‘Back In Your Own Back Yard’ – (m) Dave Dreyer, (l) Billy Rose (&some credit to Al Jolson) (1929)
‘Black and Blue (What Did I Do To Be So)’ – (m) Fats Waller, (l) Harry Brooks & Andy Razaf (1929)
‘Blame it on My Youth’ – (m) Oscar Levant, (l) Edward Heyman (1934)
‘Chicago, that Todd’ling’ Town’ – Fred Fisher (1922)
‘Georgia on My Mind’ – (m) Hoagy Carmichael, (l) Stuart Gorrell (1930)
‘Kansas City, Here I Come’ – Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller (1952)
‘Strutting With Some Barbeque’ – (m) Lilian Hardin Armstrong, (l) Don Raye (1941)
‘Tangerine’ – (m) Victor Schertzinger, (l) Johnny Mercer (1941)