Golden Eagle Jazz Band, 17th February 2017


Band leader and tenor banjo Kevin Scott plays for Golden Eagle Jazz Band at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 8th January 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

Last Friday was such a cold night with snow expected, but you all turned out anyway and we enjoyed a great evening.  Most of you hopefully got home before that snow, although when Johnny Baker, Ian, Keith and I left, it had laid and looked quite pretty.  However, this week is much warmer and so this Friday, 17th February 2017 is sure to be even busier.  Plus with the GOLDEN EAGLE JAZZ BAND being our band here (FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB) too, you are sure to enjoy yourself again.  Band leader, KEVIN SCOTT (tenor banjo) has booked the following guys, namely DAVE STRADWICK on trumpet, ALAN CRESSWELL on clarinet, ROY STOKES on trombone & vocals, MIKE BROAD on double bass and MIKE MURPHEY on drums & vocals.  They always give us a good time, encouraging plenty of dancing to some lively good old fashioned New Orleans jazz, the way it should be played, plus with this lot, plenty of banter and jokes between them too.

Keep up the support of ‘live’ jazz

Diane and Keith

Les Hanscombe’s Tailgate Jazz Band,10th February 2017


LES HANSCOMBE’S TAILGATE JAZZ BAND at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent), taken 10th October 2014

LES HANSCOMBE’S TAILGATE JAZZ BAND is set to return to our Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on Friday, 10th February 2017 Band leader LES, who plays super trombone & sings great too, has booked his usual musicians, BRIAN GILES on trumpet, BRIAN HART on reeds, DEREK PRING on sousaphone, plus OLLIE BENSON on banjo & guitar and JOHNNY BAKER on drums&vocals,  Hopefully, their journey here will be a far better one than last time.  However, let’s give them a warm welcome, just in case it isn’t.  We enjoy ourselves here at Farnborough Jazz Club and tonight, we especially intend doing so, being that Keith had such a close to death experience (come tonight to find out how!), so I intend to celebrate (I haven’t got all my ‘insurance dues’ in from all you owners of Keith’s paintings!).  Plenty of dancing, lovely bar and general fun – you bet.

Keeping jazz ‘live’ by your hosts,

Diane and Keith

Dave Rance’s Rockin’ Chair Band. 3rd February 2017


Dave Rance on trumpet with his Rockin’ Chair Jazz Band at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 12th June 2015. Photo by Mike Witt.

DAVE RANCE’S ROCKIN’ CHAIR BAND will be back at FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB on Friday, 3rd February 2017 from 8:00pm till 11:00pm Band leader, DAVE RANCE (trumpet & vocals) has booked DEREK SCOFIELD (clarinet, alto, tenor and bass saxes plus piccolo & vocals, and may well do a little bit of tap dancing too), plus CHRISTINE WOODCOCK (trombonist & vocals) and also MIKE BREWERTON (double bass), DOUG PARRY (banjo & guitar) and HENRY HARRISON (drums).  Christine runs her own band called  ‘Stackyard Stompers’.  It is her first time here, so please give her a warm Farnborough welcome.  Certainly this promises to be a thoroughly enjoyable fun-filled evening, so why don’t you get your bodies over for a taste.  We would like to see you all back to make up for the recent bad weather, supporting this happy little club of ours.  Usual time – 8:00pm till 11:00pm – plenty of parking space and club price bar.

Your hosts,

Diane and Keith

Sussex Jazz Kings, 27th January 2017


Sussex Jazz KIngs at Farnborough JC Sept2016

SUSSEX JAZZ KINGS celebrate a belated Burn’s Night at FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB THIS FRIDAY, 27th JANUARY 2017 – be there – please!  Perhaps wear something Scottish.  I was so worried when we had that thick fog.  Was that to be another cancellation?  It was so dense (15-30yds) all day yesterday (Wednesday) and was supposedly threatened to be with us for a few days. Yippee – NO, it’s gone and we can have those fabulous boys back to give us our weekly Feed of Farnborough Fun.   DAVE STRADWICK (trumpeter) tells me he has 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.  I certainly need my slimming exercises by way of dancing – ha!

Keep jazz ‘live’ by supporting your local jazz club.

Diane and Keith

P.S.  Sorry to have no newsletter updates (or photos) in a while – I’ll try to catch up soon, but too many personal commitments at the moment.

Lord Napier Hot Shots, 29th July 2016


Lord Napier Hotshots 29july2016

I know I shouldn’t tempt providence, but albeit cold, it looks quite promising weather-wise for Friday 20th JANUARY 2017 Certainly not the snow and ice we had last week.  We were actually mentioned on TV’s BBC news – A21 Farnborough and Biggin Hill as being the worst hit.  So I’m sure you will all be turning up in your hoards to see the ‘LORD NAPIER HOT SHOTS’ and enjoy them entertaining us here at FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB.   Band leader MIKE JACKSON (trumpet &vocals) has with him, MIKE DUCKWORTH (trombone), PAT GLOVER (reeds &vocals), LYNN SAUNDERS (banjo & guitar), MICK SCRIVEN (double bass, bass sax & vocals), not forgetting BILL TRAXLER (drums).  Being we have had no club since last year, we need to let our hair down – such a thought aye?  Seriously, it will be so nice to be back.  Hopefully we won’t be too stiff in the knees to dance.  See you on Friday.

Your hosts, Diane & Keith


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

Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces, Friday, 13th January 2017


Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces at Farnborough Jazz Club on 29th January 2016.  Photo by Mike Witt.

I bet you are desperate by now for some jazz to return to FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUBNo?  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 & harmonica), with JOHN LEE (reeds), plus 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


NO JAZZ AT FARNBOROUGH JC ON Friday, 6th January 2017

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.

Keith’s painting of my Christmas card for 2016 . Nice he has me quite slim aye! Oh yes, my knobbly knees are hidden this time – ha. Diane


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

Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band, 23rd December 2016


Bill Todd, Paul Higgs & Charles Sherwood enjoy playing with Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band at Farnborough Jazz Club on 11 March 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

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!),

‘Mardi Gras Jazzband’, 16th December 2016

Mardi Gras JazzBand at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on Friday 24th June 2016. Band leader Rob Pearce (trombone). and Paul Baker (drums) Photo by Peter Marr.

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