2021 April Coronaviras Update

Hi  everyone, 

It has been such a long time since posting anything – this virus has hit us all extremely hard and taken so long to beat, hasn’t it.  We have lost some wonderful friends – both star-quality musicians and audience friends along the way – too sad to mention names yet.  I will do so when their memories are not so  raw to me. 

We are being asked when will we be starting up again?  We all have to wait until Covid-19 is kicked into oblivion and then, the Government, the Brewery and the venues can all give the say-so.  We will book bands and then, contact you all about a start date.  I hope you are going for your vaccinations, because it maybe ‘a must’ to come to the jazz venues – certainly when it can be held indoors.

Looking forward to seeing you all soon – Luv Diane and Keith xx.

Coronavirus Cancellation

Due to the Coronavirus and after much deliberation, we have taken the action to cancel Farnborough Jazz Club and Ye Olde Whyte Lyon Pub Sunday sessions, until further notice. This will most likely be for three months, unless this virus is sorted.

We hope you will keep yourselves positive thinking, still listen to your music and make yourselves watch programs to make yourselves laugh. Please, to all you lovely musicians, keep playing at home and don’t give up on us in the future …. and everyone, look out for our grand return. In the words of Christine, who was going to sing with me on Friday, ‘We’ll Meet Again’.

Luv Diane and Keith

Mardi Gras Jazzband, Friday, 13th March 2020

The MARDI GRAS JAZZBAND is back to entertain you this Friday, 13th MARCH 2020 at our FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (Kent).  Trombonist band leader, ROB PEARCE has booked trumpeter LEIGH HENSON and JOHN ELLMER, with his many reed instruments to front the band. In the engine room will be JAMIE PARSONS, playing piano, with STEVE SMITH on double bass and drummer DOMINIC COLES.  Rob tells me he has some new tunes for us to enjoy, so looking forward to seeing you all. Don’t worry – we won’t have a crowd of 5,000 and I promise not to enforce your forfeit and kiss you, so you will be safe to come out and enjoy yourselves. Just a reminder, music starts at 8:00pm – ending at 11:00pm. You can get a few dances in during that time, as well as a few pints too – Keith can vouch for that (I suppose I can as well – hmmm).  I’ve even got back to bringing out the red tablecloths. Bring your family with you, this band appeals to ‘young tastes’ too, being the music is a real Mardi Gras party flavour. Your hosts, Diane and Keith

(I hope to obtain a photo of Jamie later)

Lovely pic of John Ellmer on tenor sax with Tim Huskisson on piano, Rob Pearce on trombone and Leigh Henson on trumpet part of the Mardi Gras JazzBand at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 19th February 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.


Dominic Coles on drums with Mardi Gras Jazzband.

Steve Smith (double bass) with Mardi Gras Jazzband plays Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent)

George ‘Kid’ Tidiman’s All Stars. 6th March 2020

Hi everyone, ‘GEORGE ‘KID’ TIDIMAN’S ALL STARS’ will be here tomorrow, Friday, 6th March 2020 at FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (Kent). Trombonist GEORGE’S STARS will be PETER LEONARD (trumpet), ALAN CRESSWELL (clarinet), DEREK PRING (double bass – I wonder if he’ll bring his sousaphone), JOHN SMITH (banjo) and KEITH GRANT (drums).  I think we will be lucky with the weather tomorrow night – warmer and not wet! So, grab your dancing shoes and join us for some cheering up music. £10 entrance.   Cath and Barb will serve you at our ‘Shepherd Neame’ bar, the music is from 8:00pm till 11:00pm and we have free off-road parking. What more do you need to brush of those blues of recent events and join us, your hosts Diane and Keith?  

George ‘Kid’ Tiidman at Farnborough Jazz Club 23nov2018. Photo by Mike Witt.

I’ll try to get back with some photos tomorrow.

Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces, Friday 28th February 2020

It’s BOB DWYER’S BIX & PIECES band back here at FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (Kent) to entertain us tonight – Friday 28th February 2020. I’m so amazed how quickly another weekend is looming up on us. BOB was playing with Keith’s band last Friday, and I was telling you he would be back with his own band ‘next week’ and here we are already. Anyway, trombonist & singer BOB has booked MALCOLME WALTON to play trumpet, with PAULA JACKMAN on clarinet, plus HUGH CROZIER on piano & vocals, GRAHAM COLLICOTT on drums and MIKE BENNET on double bass. Lovely regular JOHN BAYNE unfortunately is unwell, so his Doctor has advised him to stop playing for a while.  Anyway, I think it might be the first time both Paula and Mike have played for us here at Farnborough, so please give them both our best Farnbronian welcome, won’t you. Come and join us for another wonderful evening’s entertainment Happy birthday to Christine and Ken – that’s presuming their families don’t pinch them from us …. Your hosts Diane & Keith

As I promised, I returned to sort some photos out, but found problems, such as my newsletter for Bob’s last gig in October 2019, seems to have disappeared.  I am soo tired having only had 3-4hours sleep last night, plus to sort something out for both Paula and Mike would take too long, so will just leave you with this one of  JOHN BAYNE and to wish him a quick recovery and send everyone’s love (I know Mike will not let you down on double bass).


John Bayne plays ‘Elephant Stomp’ with the ‘Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces’ at Farnborough Jazz Club, 30jan2015. Photo by Mike Witt.

Grantie’s Dixie Six, Friday, 21st FEBRUARY 2020

I’m so excited because Keith has his own GRANTIE’S DIXIE SIX playing this Friday, 21st FEBRUARY 2020 at Kent’s FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB.  I’m sure he will be swinging this lovely Dixieland jazz band along like a good’ern. Why do I say that? Well, because he has just acquired a fabulous set of Zilgian cymbals that he just can’t wait to play. I know you will all love his great big grin too. Hey and what about the band! Well we have a fabulous body of musicians to entertain you. How about this – we have PETE RUDEFORTH on trumpet (also sings), plus tenor sax player JOHN LEE, trombonist BOB DWYER (another singer) and swinging away in the engine room will be TIM HUSKISSON on piano and ROGER CURPHEY on double bass, who, I’m sure, will be calming Keith down at the same time – hmmm).  I’m hoping to sing a song on the night. The music begins at 8:00pm and goes on until 11:00pm. Don’t forget, we have free off-road parking. Still only £10 entrance and you will have some first-class jazz. Your hosts, Keith and Diane.

P.S.  We (thats ‘4–In-A-Bar+1) will be playing this Sunday, 23rd February 2020 2.:30pm-5:30pm – at Ye Olde Whyte Lyon, next to Princess Royal Hospital in Locks Bottom, Orpington, Kent, Curser onto our page (top of the website) for further details.  We play relaxing ‘dinner music) and is very popular. (John Lee, Tim Huskisson, Roger Curphey, Keith Grant and myself – Diane Grant.

‘Granties Dixie Six’ at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent 8feb2019. Photo By Alan Walker.


Grantie on drums with ‘Granties Dixie Six’ at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent 8feb2019. Photo by Alan Walker.


‘Granties Dixie Six’, Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent 8Feb2019. Photo by Mike Witt.

Another great photo of Roger Curphey (double bass) – a real action one playing with Alan Clarke (drums) for Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 5th June 2015, Photo By Mike Witt.




Mike Barry’s Uptown Gang, Friday, 14th February 2020 being St. Valentine’s Night

It’s MIKE BARRY’S UPTOWN GANG who will be entertaining you at FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (Kent) tomorrow night, Friday, 14th FEBRUARY 2020 – ST. VALENTINE’S NIGHT. 

MIKE BARRY plays trumpet and in his happy band he will have TIM HUSKISSON on reeds, ‘WHISPERING’ MIKE HOLT on trombone (who also sings), JOHN STUART on banjo & guitar, ROGER CURPHY on double bass and PAUL NORMAN on drums.  Last time Mike had his Uptown Band, we were apologising for cancelling the week prior and the fact that we have only had to do so twice in 30years (always due to extreme bad weather) and that was two years ago. Since then, we have cancelled both Januarys and sod’s law, we have had the warmest Januarys – NO SNOW!!!! Anyway, ‘live’ jazz is what we offer, so just in case of snow in February March and April, come and join us for some fun – we do enjoy ourselves.

Neil Osborne has generously given a sponsorship to the Farnborough Jazz Club, so our very special thanks Neil, for your warm-heartedness.

Your hosts, Diane and Keith


‘That will cost you a pint Mike’.
Colin Dobson, well known on trumpet with Billy “Wakey, Wakey” Cotton Band) talking to Mike Barry (left) at Farnborough Jazz Club.
26th September 2014
Photo by Mike Witt.

Mike Barry, seen here with his XXL Band 26 September 2014 at Farnborough Jazz Club. Photo by Mike Witt.

Tim Huskisson (clarinet) and Denny Islett (trumpet), two of George Tidiman’s All Stars at Farnborough Jazz on 19th December 2014 Club Party Night at Farnborough. Photo by Mike Witt.


Mike Barry’s Uptown Gang (Front Line) at Farnborough Jazz Club on 8th April 2016. (LtoR) ‘Whispering Mike’ Holt (tmb), Mike Barry (trp),      Goff Dubber (alto sax). Photo by Mike Witt.

Smiley John Stewart on Banjo with Mike Barry’s Uptown Gang at Farnborough Jazz Club on 8th April 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

Roger Curphey plays double bass with Mike Barry’s Uptown Gang at Farnborough Jazz Club on 8th April 2016. (just showing John Stewart on banjo). Photo by Mike Witt.


Paul Norman plays drums for ‘Bill Phelan’s Muscrat Ramblers’ at Farnborough Jazz Club on 27th May 2016.     Photo by Mike Witt.








Golden Eagle Jazz Band, Friday 7th February 2020

YES – YES – YES (trumpet blast)– WE ARE BACK!   YOU KNOW YOU HAVE MISSED US – YOUR FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (Kent)!!!!!  It’s a whole new decade – and whether you are happy, or sad about it – a whole new retrieved independence – and I’m not even going to mention the word – ha, ha!  Let’s get back to jazz – dancing – and whether you are going to commiserate or celebrate, let’s enjoy ourselves.  Keith and I have missed our Fridays just as much as you.  It will be a great evening and should be a sell-out (like our Christmas dos) – so don’t miss this FRIDAY, 7th FEBRUARY 2020, our first of the year – yippee.

It’s the GOLDEN EAGLE JAZZ BAND and these Golden Boys are banjo player, singer & very funny joker (although sometimes corny, but don’t tell him I said so – he,he) band leader – KEVIN SCOTT.  He will be joined by TONY CARAVIS playing trumpet, ALAN CRESSWELL playing reeds (singer too) and SIMON WYLD playing trombone, plus JOHN SIRET playing double bass and MALC MURPHEY playing drums (another singer).  These musicians (and I will cut and paste the following) will make sure your feet are tapping, your faces are fixed with big smiles and you will go away at the end of the evening, brimmed full of happiness. What more can I say, except if you haven’t been before, make this your first visit, entrance will cost you just £10. You will not be disappointed – we love to dance, have friendly bar staff (namely Ian [who is the Football Club’s President – Sports Club’s secretary], Kath and Barb), a great raffle, plenty of free off-road parking – so see you tomorrow -7th for some great ‘live’ jazz.  (sorry – will need to return later with some photos). 

Your hosts, Diane and Keith.

Mardi Gras Jazzband, Friday, 20 December 2019

(this is an old Christmas cartoon painting by Keith  to Diane)

MARDI GRAS JAZZBAND is to be our FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (Kent)’s last jazz band of 2019 AND this Friday, 20th DECEMBER is not only our last gig of the year, but OUR CHRISTMAS PARTY TOO.   We always have a wonderful turnout every year (whoever we have playing) and so you all help us make our parties swing full of fun and excitement.  This year’s band will be bringing tons of their fun and excitement too.  It is MARDI GRAS JAZZBAND’s first time of playing our Christmas gig because ROB PEARCE (with his lovely wife, Lisa Jane) plus some of the other guys in the band, often spend Christmas in New Orleans.  Most of you know, trombonist Rob leads this band and the fun they have in New Orleans means ‘party time’ – hence their great band name.  Rob is bringing with him, PETE RUDEFORTH to play trumpet, with JOHN ELLMER on his many different reed instruments,  The brilliant engine will be PAUL BAKER on drums, plus STEVE SMITH on double bass and JOHN STEWART on banjo &guitar.  We have already received many bookings, so if you want to be included, then book your seat as soon as possible please, so not to be disappointed in missing out – you don’t have to be a member.  It does help me to organise the tables, if you phone beforehand (Tel: 07704190009, or email: dianehorder@gmail.com). You can bring your own food and candelabras, though not your own drink pretty please, we must help the Sports Club make it worth their while keeping their club-priced bar open for us.  Oh! and yes, we always include many more raffle prizes at our Christmas parties.   So start your Christmas frivolities with our party …. plenty of dancing and off-road free parkingOne last thing, we will be closed throughout January, so our next club date will be 7th February – with Golden Eagle Jazz Band starting our new year 2020 off.  Best wishes for Merry Christmas, a Happy Healthy New Year and thanks for supporting us during 2019 – from Diane and Keith – your hosts.

Keith and my next two performances of ‘4-In-A-Bar+1’ at Ye Olde Whyte Lyon, Locks Bottom will be SUNDAY 29th DECEMBER 2019 and SUNDAY 26th JANUARY 2020


Mardi Gras Jazzband .show off their crazy socks at the request of Dane at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent.  1st March 2019. L2R Pete Clancy, John Ellmer, Leigh Henson, Rob Pearce, Paul Baker and John Stewart. Photo by Mike Witt.

Mardi Gras Jazzband at Farnborough Jazz Club March 2019 – that’s Rob Pearce under that hat – with John Stewart on banjo


Pete Rudeforth on trumpet, seen here with John Tyson on drums playing with Barry Palser’s Super Six at Farnborough JC 11Sep2015 . Photo by Mike Witt.

Rob Pearce, trombonist and leader of Mardi Gras JazzBand at Farnborough Jazz Club, 1st March 2019. Photo by Mike Witt.

John Ellmer plays sax with Mardi Gras JazzBand at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) 1Mar 2019.

John Stewart on banjo with Mike Barry’s Uptown Gang at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent, on 28th November 2014.  Photo by Mike Witt.






Paul Baker (drums) with Mardi Grass JazzBand at Farnborough Jazz Club 1Mar2019, Photo by Mike Witt.

Steve Smith (double bass) with Mardi Gras Jazzband Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent)


Barry Palser’s Super Six, Friday 13th December 2020


Barry Palser (with his own band) at Farnborough Jazz Club, 27feb2015. Photo by Mike Witt.

‘BARRY PALSER’S SUPER SIX’ are playing here at FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (KENT) tomorrow night, Friday 13th December 2020. As most of you are aware, Barry has had a stroke, so we want you to turn up to give especially strong support.  It needs to be strong enough to reach Barry in hospital, in Cambridge (I believe in ESP), so he knows we care.  You know, that is how far he and Bridget travelled here (& back home) to bring you his special magic, so not much to ask you to do something in return please, aye! The rest of Barry’s gang will all be turning up to entertain you – we have COLIN GRAHAM stepping in for Barry (on trombone of course), with ALAN GRESTY on trumpet, TIM HUSKISSON on clarinet &alto sax, TONY PITT on banjo &guitar, ANDY LAWRENCE on double bass and JOHN TYSON on drums. Such a brilliant load of musicians, you know you want to come anyway – yeah. So be here for an 8:00pm start (if you need to order a taxi, the music ends at 11:00pm).  For all you newbies, we have a Shepherd Neame bar (at club prices) served by Cathy and Barb, We have a great atmosphere – love dancing – £10 entrance  – plenty of free off-road parking, so why not give us a try .  Hosted by Diane & Keith.  

P.S. Please don’t forget, next week is our Christmas party. We need to hear from you please – you’ll be entertained by the  ‘MARDIE GRAS JAZZBAND’  who will definitely put you in the party mood – something they specialise in.  Entrance is £15.  There will be many more prizes to win in our special raffle (if you turn up tomorrow night, you will receive a free raffle ticket for you to enter in next week’s party).  Please either book with Diane tomorrow night, (Keith will forget to tell me, bless him!), or you can send an email – dianehorder@gmail.com or phone 07704190009 to book. Sorry if you have left a message on our landline, we will not have heard it, because the phone is still out of order!