Mahogany Hall Stompers at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 20th May 2015. (LtoR) Colin Graham (trombone), Chris Marchant (drums), Brian Gyles (band leader & trumpeter), ‘Southend Bob’ Albutt (banjo).). Photo by Mike Witt.
Mahogany Hall Stompers at Farnborough Jazz Club on 13th March 2015. (LtoR) Chris Walker (drums), Tim Huskisson (clarinet), Brian Giles (trumpet) & ‘Southend Bob’ Allbut (banjo). Photo by Mike Witt.
Roger Curphey (Baht-at) on double bass here with his pint. With Mahogany Hall Stompers at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 5th February 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.
It’s the MAHOGANY HALL STOMPERS here this coming Friday 20rd April 2018 at FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (Kent). Old friend band leader, BRIAN GILES (cornet) will have with him TIM HUSKISSON (reeds) and COLIN GRAHAM (trombone), plus ‘SOUTHEND BOB’ ALBUTT (banjo and vocals), CHRIS MARCHANT (drums) and ROGER CURPHEY (double bass). You can expect some dancing music and a happy relaxed evening (music from 8:00 till 11pm),
Following this lovely warm weather, I expect you have been gardening and will want a nice pint from our Shepherd Neame bar to reward yourselves. Our large car park is free, so no reason to stay at home.
Hosting this ‘live music’, as always, will be Keith & Diane
JOHN ‘flashback radio’ RUSCOE on guitar plays with Martyn Brothers Jazz Band on 30th June 2017 at Farnborough Jazz Club. Photo by Mike Witt.
Martyn Brothers at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent on 15th January 2016. (LtoR) Ben Martyn on double bass, Richie Howard on clarinet, Dom Coles on drums, Allen Beechey on cornet, Ian Beetlestone on piano, George Simmonds on trombone and John ‘flashback radio’ Ruscoe on guitar. Photo by Mike Witt.
Ben Martyn with his Martyn Brothers Jazz Band at Farnborough Jazz Club Friday 30th July 2017. Photo by Mike Witt.
The young and talented MARTYN BROTHERS JAZZ BAND are here again at our FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB on Friday, 30th April 2018. Dynamic brothers, BEN MARTYN (double bass&vocals) and EMILE MARTYN (drums), are joined by ALLEN BEECHEY (cornet), RICHIE HOWARD (clarinet), DEAN ROSS (piano) and not forgetting of course, JOHN ‘flashback radio’ RUSCOE (guitar). I believe this is the first time we have had Dean play for us here, so dont forget to give him our big warm Farnborough welcome please. Regulars and newcomers alike are welcome. The music is from 8:00pm till 11:00pm and we love to dance here. Of course, we enjoy a Shepherd Neame bar and have plenty of parking. By the way, just a reminder, these brothers are the sons of famous drummer and band leader Barry Martyn, so jazz is in their blood, well they spent their childhood in New Orleans and played with many great names out there. They often visit their Dad, who now lives in New Orleans.
‘Live’ jazz, just for you,
hosted by Diane and Keith
Ben Martyn, (d.bass) of Martyn Brothers Jazz Band at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent on 3rd April 2015. Photo by Mike Witt.
Dave Rance’s Rockin’ Chair Band, 10th June 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.
DAVE RANCE’S ROCKIN’ CHAIR BAND is our band booked for tonight at FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB. That being Friday, 6th April 2018, from 8:00pm till 11:00pm. Band leader, DAVE RANCE (trumpet & vocals) has booked JOHN AUST (clarinet), GORDON RUSHTON (trombonist), with COLIN FREE (double bass), DOUG PARRY (banjo & guitar) and HENRY HARRISON (drums). They fare from Leighton Buzzard and have travelled here a few times over the years. Their last time was in February 2017, so it would be nice of you all to give them a big welcome back. We have a lovely atmosphere here, so anyone new will always feel at home. Of course, we have plenty of parking space and a (club prices) Shepherd Neame bar to help.
So come and join your hosts
The Granties (Di & Keith)
Derek. Scoffield singing with Dave Rance’s Rocking Chair Jazz Band, 10june2016. Colin also played alto, tenor and bass saxes plus piccolo & vocals, plus a little bit of tap dancing too. Photo by Mike Witt
P.S. You may remember last time they were with us, they had DEREK SCOFIELD. He had a cataract operation a week, or so ago, so not here tonight, We are wishing him well soon, but please, a warm welcome to JOHN AUST. Colin played alto, tenor and bass saxes plus piccolo & vocals, and memorably, you may recall, did a little bit of tap dancing too – here is a photo of him. I will eventually upload the rest in due course. Also, you will notice GRAHAM WISEMAN was playing trombone with the band in 2016. Graham played here often. Remembering him tonight – although a warm welcome to GORDON RUSHTON too.
Tony Karavis plays trumpet with Golden Eagle Jazz Band at Farnborough Jazz Club, 24 November 2017. Photo by Mike Witt.
It’s EASTER GOOD FRIDAY, 30th March 2018 and we have a golden band for you – the GOLDEN EAGLE JAZZ BAND here at the FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (Kent) Band leader, KEVIN SCOTT, who plays tenor banjo, has booked TONY KARAVIS on trumpet, ALAN CRESSWELL on reeds, GEORGE ‘KID’ TIDIMAN on trombone & vocals, CHRIS THOMPSON on double bass and PETE LAY on drums. They play the best of New Orleans traditional jazz, with the right tempos for us dancers. Come and enjoy yourselves enjoy a drink and maybe win an Easter Egg for yourself (instead of the kids) in the raffle and start off your Easter holiday by winding down to some lovely fun music.
Diane and Keith, the Granties
Allan ‘Lord Arsenal’ Bradley plays trumpet for Barry Palser’s Super Six at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 12th February 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.
Hi Jazzers, come and join us to listen and dance to BARRY PALSER’S SUPER SIX here this Friday, 23rd March 2018 at FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB. BARRY, with his powerful (but beautifully toned) trombone, will have ALAN ‘Lord Arsenal’ BRADLEY (trumpet &vocals), TIM HUSKISSON (clarinet & sax), plus the strong engine playing of TONY PITT (banjo &guitar), ANDY LAWRENCE (double bass) and JOHN TYSON (drums) – you won’t get better stars than these (yes superstar) musicians. We can honestly say, you will get more than your money’s worth. So get your glad-rags on and please join us ….
Diane and Keith (the Granties)
Plus Sunday’s gig too, ‘4-IN-A-BAR+1’, who play ‘Smooth Dinner Jazz’ at YE OLDE WHYTE LYON, LOCKS BOTTOM, Kent this SUNDAY, 25TH MARCH 2018, 3:00PM-6:00PM, The musicians playing this month are JOHN LEE on tenor sax, TIM HUSKISSON on piano (note he’s playing clarinet Friday), TIM PHAROAH (double bass), with KEITH GRANT (drums) and me (DIANE), singing a few songs. (Always the last Sunday of each month). Treat yourself and book a roast lunch (Tel: 01689-852631) served between 12:00 & 5:00pm. Last time everyone loved the music, with many enjoying the newish chef’s Sunday roast. This delightful Shepherd Neame pub (dated 1626) is situated in Locks Bottom, BR6 8NE, next door to Sainsbury’s & PRU Hospital. Sainsbury’ parking has changed on Sundays £2 ‘til 4:00pm (refundable for goods Sainsbury’s) with a walk-thru to pub at far right corner (face Sainsbury’s).
George ‘Kid’ Tidiman (trombonist) brings his ‘All Stars’ to Farnborough Jazz Club, (Kent). 6 July 2017. Photo by Mike Wit
Denny Islett plays trumpet with George ‘Kid’ Tidiman’s All Stars at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent). 7July2017. Photo by Mike
This FRIDAY, 16TH MARCH 2018, GEORGE ‘KID’ TIDIMAN’S ALL STARS will give you one a crackin’ evening here at FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (Kent), because with our ‘Kid’ GEORGE, (trombone), will be non-other than DENNY ILETT (trumpet), what a player aye? Of course, I’m prejudiced about TIM HUSKISSON on clarinet, he plays piano with our Sunday quartet and I just love his talent. Then we have the great engine backing them, who will be ‘SOUTHEND BOB’ ALLBUT on banjo (with his rich baritone voice), JOHN SIRETT on double bass and BILL FINCH on drums. Such a delightful band, with plenty of atmosphere going on. I must mention, can you believe we were boiling hot last time they were here back in July, with the temperature at 28o. Now we are in for another bitterly cold spell, although not till after we slip our Friday in and the ‘Beast from the East’ hits us on Saturday or Sunday! So enjoy coming out to us, you may be stuck indoors again for a couple of days afterwards.
The Granties (Diane and Keith)
Mike Barry, Band leader & trumpeter singing at Farnborough Jazz Club(Kent) in 2017. Photo by Mike Witt.
Dave Rance on trumpet with his Rockin’ Chair Jazz Band at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 12th June 2015. Photo by Mike Witt.
It’s FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (Kent) calling and YIPPEE – WE ARE OPEN TONIGHT, Friday, 9th March 2018 and it’s with MIKE BARRY’S UPTOWN GANG.
Oh dear, I have just heard MIKE has had a nasty fall, badly hurting his knee and sadly will not be with us tonight. However, he has got hold of band leader &trumpeter DAVE RANCE to take his place. Dave will have the usual UPTOWN GANG, namely TIM HUSKISSON on reeds, ‘WHISPERING’ MIKE HOLT on trombone (who also sings), JOHN STUART on banjo & guitar, ROGER CURPHY on double bass and GRAHAM COLLICOTT on drums. Thank goodness that very cold spell looks like it has gone and Spring is on its way – those lovely little flowers are appearing. Don’t you just love this time of year, when we have something to look forward to. Sorry about cancelling last week, but we have only had to do so twice in nearly 30years (always due to extreme bad weather), not bad aye! Let’s hope we don’t have to resort to that again this year. Anyway, we’re sure you will all be back feeling hungry for some jazz and Dave, with Mike’s band, is just what you (and I) need. Hey, ‘live’ jazz is what we offer, so get down here (or up, depending on where you live!) and join us for that fix.
Your hosts, Diane and Keith
The ‘LORD NAPIER HOT SHOTS’ have kindly agreed to cancel their gig here at FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB this Friday, 2nd March 2018. The musicians were to have been MIKE JACKSON on trumpet, PAT GLOVER on clarinet, MIKE DUCKWORTH on trombone, LYNN SAUNDERS on banjo, BILL TRAXLER on drums and PETE CLANCY on double bass.
A reluctant decision has been made! We feel it would be sensible to cancel this Friday’s Jazz. There are too many of you ‘gung-ho’ jazz lovers, who would make the effort to support us and we would be putting you all in danger of falling over, as the situation is today, let alone on Friday. This also includes Bill, with his drums, plus whoever brings the sound equipment – not easy in icy conditions. But with the forecast being blizzards, it could be impossible to get into the clubhouse anyway. So this way, it will be less stressful for me to get in touch with you all – I have a few days to make the many phone calls to those of you who are not on a computer! It is a difficult job, as some of you who don’t come very often, just might decide to come this Friday.
Well, what a wicked situation. The weather forecast has been horrible for Friday – blizzards, etc., forecasted! What upsets me is the mere fact that we cancelled the whole of January, in case of such an event, but had absolutely no sign of bad weather at all. We had planned on visiting Dick and Sheila at Sidcup Jazz club, only to find they were closed for the whole month too, due to renovations. What do they call it – sod’s law!
Hopefully we can look forward to better weather the following Friday, 9th March 2018. We have Mike Barry’s Uptown Gang.
Diane & Keith
Here are a couple of photos taken by Alan Walker and kindly sent to us for the website – thanks Alan.
Alan Berry on piano and Roger Curphey on d.bass with Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band, 23February2018 Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent. Photo by Alan Walke
Alan Berry plays piano with Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band on 23February 2018 at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent. Photo by Alan Walker.
I will try to return with a small write-up at a later date – Di.
Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent. Xmas party on 15th December 2017. Paul Higgs (trumpet), Charles Sherwood (clarinet), Bill Todd (trombone), Dave Barnes (piano), Roger Curphey (d.bass) and Alan Clarke (drums). Photo by Mike Witt.
The PHOENIX DIXIELAND JAZZ BAND, as Brucie (Sir Bruce Forsyth) would say, ‘you are our favourite’ at FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (well one of them, ha). They and are here this Friday 23th February 2018. The musicians will be PAUL HIGGS (iridescent trumpet), CHARLES SHERWOOD (clarinet), BILL TODD (trombone/voc), ALAN CLARKE (drums), ROGER CURPHEY (double bass) and this time, pianist ALAN BERRY. Alan has played with many greats. For many years, he worked with the jazz programme ‘The Jazz Club’ on BBC Radio (now Radio 2). Be prepared to hear some fabulous jazz and I know you’ll leave with a big smile on your face.
Your hosts, Diane and Keith
P.S. DON’T FORGET 4-IN-A-BAR+1 playing Smooth Jazz this Sunday afternoon, 25th February 2018, 3:00-6:00pm at Ye Olde Whyte Lyon, see ‘PAGE’ above, next to ‘HOME’