Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band, Friday 15th December 2017

Paul Higgs playing his lovely iridescent green trumpet playing for Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band here at Farnborough Jazz Club on 22nd January 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

Drummer Alan Clarke with Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band seen here at Farnborough Jazz Club on 22nd January 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.








The PHOENIX DIXIELAND JAZZ BAND, bringing their wonderful ray of sunshine, will be here at the FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB this Friday 15th December 2017.  PAUL HIGGS will be playing his iridescent trumpet as magically as ever for us and joining him will be CHARLES SHERWOOD, playing clarinet, with BILL TODD playing trombone &vocals, ALAN CLARKE playing drums, DAVE BARNES playing piano & vocals and ROGER CURPHEY playing double bass.  They present a wonderful program of exciting music for you, always something great to both listeners and dancers alike.  Come and enjoy them, I’m sure you will not be disappointed .  Besides, we have very nice Shepherd Neame bar staff too, plus a friendly atmosphere.

Come and your jazz hosts,  Diane and Keith

Mardi Gras JazzBand, Friday, 8th December 2017

John Stewart on guitar and Paul Baker on drums with Mardi Gras Jazzband at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 13th May 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

The MARDI GRAS JAZZBAND’ will be our band here at FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (Kent) this Friday, 8th December 2017Trombonist ROB PEARCE (band leader) has booked  LEIGH HENSON on trumpet, JOHN ELLMER with all his reeds, JOHN STEWART with his banjo and guitar,STEVE SMITH on bass and PAUL BAKER playing drums. After a fabulous evening last week, they have a brilliant act to follow, but Rob’s boys will have little trouble following, we have no doubt.  So get down here, with your dancing shoes and be a part of the happy atmosphere we ALL create.

Your hosts, as always, (well during the last two months anyway – to the day, hmm)

The Grantees

Tony Pitt’s All Stars, Friday 1st December 2017

Tony Pitt’s All Stars at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 9th October 2015. (LtoR) John Tyson (drums), Al Nichols (tenor sax) and Tony Pitt (banjo). Photo by Mike Witt.



Giants Pete Rudeforth (trumpet) and John Tyson (drums play at Farnborough JC, Kent 11sep2015

Dave Hewitt plays baritone horn, with Tony Pitt’s All Stars at Farnborough JC, Kent 29may2015. Photo by Mike Witt.

John Day, double bass (photo from Kenny Ball Junior and his Jazz Band’s website (

We really are thrilled to have TONY PITT’S ALL STARS play for us again, because the musicians Tony gets truly are ‘stars’ in their own right.  They return this FRIDAY, 1st December 2017 at our happy FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (Kent) I can’t believe we are already reaching December – when did our ‘summer’ happen?  TONY (banjoist) will have with him this time  PETE RUDEFORTH (trumpet&vocals), DAVE HEWITT (trombone) and AL NICHOLLS (soprano & tenor sax) and JOHN TYSON (drums).  Plus we have JOHN DAY (double bass) who, like Tony and Pete, has played in the Kenny Ball, Acker Bilk and Chris Barber Bands (Tony also played in The Alex Welsh Band).  Tony was here just five weeks ago with a few different stars and what an evening we had then (as he says – hot foot tapping traditional jazz and as I say ‘at its best’ to listen to, or dance to).  I told you they were all top notch guys and to get here early, because we would expect a great turnout.  You did and even with several regulars missing (due to illnesses and late holidays etc.), we still had a fabulous turnout winning evening.  Obviously, with many regulars back, we’ll surely have a mind-blowingly exciting evening again – so come on one and all, join us again – enjoy ….

with your hosts,

Granties Di & Keith

P.S. So sorry I was absent last Friday, without a letter from my mum too.  I know, I always insist one from all of you, but I couldn’t find a pen before rushing off to my brother in A&E.  Keith had a hard evening, coping with many problems.  But cope, he did and was grateful for those of you who helped – thanks everyone.  By the by, thanks to the Premier Inn, off M1’s J9 (next to Harvester) who were so kind to my sister and to me.  If you need to stop anwhere in that area, use them.  The staff were all wonderful, every one of them.

P.P.S.  Also, thanks for not forget our smooth Dinner Jazz gig last Sunday (‘4-IN-A-BAR+1’ at YE OLDE WHYTE LYON, LOCKS BOTTOM, Kent).  It was packed out and it sounds like I wasn’t missed at all, well, apart from driving Keith home, ha ha.  Reminder on that one, we will be back Christmas Eve 3-6pm, for a Special (still free too).   I’ll try harder to learn my words …. hmm.  This Sunday is instead of New Year’s Eve day Sunday, which is the last one in December.

P.P.P.S Our Farnborough Jazz Club’s Christmas party will be £15 entry.

Fancy Dress – Your choice (& optional).


(First time in over 25yrs at Farnborough – and before that, never at Badgers Mount Hotel)

Golden Eagle Jazz Band, 24th November 2017

Alan Cresswell plays clarinet,, accompanied by Kevin Scott playing with Golden Eagle Jazz Band at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 17th June 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

The FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (here in Kent) has booked the GOLDEN EAGLE JAZZ BAND to play Friday, 24th November 2017.   KEVIN SCOTT, who plays tenor banjo, has booked TONY KARAVIS on trumpet.  I think it is the first time Tony has played for us, so let’s give him our warm ‘Farnborough welcome’ please everyone.  Kevin has also booked ALAN CRESSWELL on reeds, ROY STOKES on trombone & vocals, JOHN SIRETT on double bass and MALC MURPHEY on drums & vocals.   This is another band who will make every effort to please you with their talent at playing New Orleans traditional jazz (Kevin gives out plenty of fun jokes too!).  We love to dance here, have a nice Shepherd Neame bar, with a lovely friendly audience you can join, plus plenty of free parking.  £10 entrance.  How’s that for a great Friday night not to be missed.

Your hosts,

The Granties (Diane and Keith)

Barry Palser’s Super Six, Friday 17th November 2017

John Tyson playing drums, as one of ‘Barry Palser’s Super Six’, here at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 15th July 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

BARRY PALSER’S SUPER SIX is a favourite band with everyone at FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB, Kent, so it will be good to see them again.  Trombonist BARRY will be joined by ALAN GRESTY (trumpet &vocals), JOHN CROCKER (clarinet & tenor), plus that wonderful engine, TONY PITT (banjo &guitar), ANDY LAWRENCE (double bass) and JOHN TYSON (drums) – certainly a powerfully talented load of musicians.  They are back this Friday, 17th November 2017, full of some wonderful music for you to dance and listen to with excitement, so please join us ….

Your hosts

The Granties (Di and Keith)


Mardi Gras JazzBand, Friday, 10th November 2017

Mardi Gras JazzBand at Keith & Diane’s Wedding 8oct2017, Donnington Manor Hotel. Band leader Rob Pearce-trombone, Leigh Henson-trumpet, John Ellmer-reeds, Jonathan Vinton-piano, Andy Lawrence-d.bass & Paul Baker-drums, Seen here sitting in – Keith on drums, Roger Curphey on d.bass & Diane singing ‘I cant give you anything but love’. Photo by Anje Jenn.

Oh my, the cold nights are certainly drawing in since the clocks ‘fell back’, but not to worry, the MARDI GRAS JAZZBAND’ (the band we had at our wedding) will warm the cockles of your hearts if you come this Friday, 10th November 2017I know a lot of you will agree and join us here at FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (Kent), so it should be another cracking good evening to last you another week.  Band leader trombonist, (and old married man) ROB PEARCE will be joined by LEIGH HENSON (trumpet), JOHN ELLMER (with all his reeds), JOHN STEWART (banjo/guitar), STEVE SMITH (double bass) and PAUL BAKER on drums – a lovely line-up.  Any newcomers, just to tell you, we enjoy dancing, we have plenty of free parking and of course, lovely Shepheard Neame’s beer.

Your hosts, The Grantees

P.S.  We received our first anniversary card – married 1 month – with the sentiments, ‘and they said it wouldn’t last!’ (thanks Jean).

Pedigree Jazz Band, Friday 3rd November 2017

The Pedigree Jazz Band shout ‘cheers’ from The Marston’s Brewery, Burton-upon-Trent DE14 2BG (their sponsors).

It’s the PEDIGREE JAZZ BAND (sponsored by THE MARSTON’S BREWERY) who are on tour here again in The South this Friday, 3rd November 2017 at 8:00pm.  They are appearing at our Farnborough Jazz Club with their special ‘A Salute to Trad Jazz’, which they have been performing for us since 2014.  You always enjoyed them, so we have them back.  Band leader CHRIS WALKER (clarinet) will perform with TONY MANN (trombone), ANDY CHISLETT (trumpet), with JOHN NODDINGS (banjo & guitar), KEN AMES (double bass) and of course COLIN LARN (drums).  Chris will be giving another bit of the history of ‘trad’ jazz and telling about the tunes composers and lyricists and the year they were written.  They come all the way from Burton-on-Trent, East Staffordshire, about 180 miles (3½hrs) from The North, although they are coming via Silvie’s Place, Warlingham (Wednesday 1st), then from Hastings 1066 the night before us.  Please give them a good ol’ Farnborough welcome and send them onto Kingsbridge Jazz Club in Devon, for their next gig (Tuesday 7th), with our cheers ringing in their ears.

Keep Jazz ‘Live’ by supporting it everywhere (especially us please).

Your hosts, The Granties

Tony Pitt’s All Stars, Friday 27th October 2017

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

Hey Ho, it’s non-other than  TONY PITT’S ALL STARS back again and appearing this FRIDAY, 27th October 2017 at FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (Kent).  Band leader TONY (banjoist) has booked stars ALAN GRESTY on trumpet, DAVE HEWITT on trombone and AL NICHOLLS on soprano & tenor sax, plus joining him in engine are ANDY LAWRENCE on double bass and JOHN ELLMER on drums. (See newsletter 28th October 2016). They’re top notch, so get here for 8:00pm kick off.

Plus don’t forget our Sunday gig too, ‘4-IN-A-BAR+1’, who play ‘Smooth Dinner Jazz’ at YE OLDE WHYTE LYON, LOCKS BOTTOM, Kent this SUNDAY, 29TH OCTOBER 2017, 3:00PM-6:00PM,  The musicians playing will be JOHN LEE (tenor), TIM HUSKISSON (piano), ROGER CURPHEY (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).

Your hosts for this ‘live jazz’

Are the Granties

Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band, Friday 20th October 2017

Lovely pic of John Ellmer on tenor sax at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 19th February 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

JOHN ELLMER will be playing his soprano sax as magically as ever for us tonight.  That will be here at the FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB tonight, Friday 20th October 2017The rest of this fun filled PHOENIX DIXIELAND JAZZ BAND to join JOHN will be CHARLES SHERWOOD playing clarinet and BILL TODD playing trombone &vocals.  Also ALAN CLARKE playing drums, DAVE BARNES playing piano & vocals and ROGER CURPHEY playing double bass.   So it would be very silly to miss them.  Therefore, how about joining us at 8:00pm and set yourselves up for a happy weekend of tonight’s jazz memories.  Dave also played piano at our wedding to entertain us all, whilst we were enjoying a drink in the main bar.

Your jazz hosts, 

The Granties

I was ‘Granted’ on 8th October 2017, then Keith and I enjoyed a couple of days honeymoon, returning on Friday, 13th October 2017 for Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces.


Keith & Diane’s Wedding Day 8oct2017 at Donnington Manor Hotel with the Mardi Gras Jazzband.  Leader Rob Pearce-trombone, Leigh Henson-trumpet, John Ellmer-reeds, Jonathan Vinton-piano, Andy Lawrence-d.bass & Paul Baker-drums, Seen here sittingin – Keith on drums, Roger Curphey on d.bass & Diane singing ‘I cant give you anything but love’. Photo by Anje Jen

Hugh Crozier (piano) and Dave Price (banjo) with Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces at Farnborough Jazz Club 18mar2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

Bob and his band – Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces, Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent. Taken 10 July 2015. Photo by Mike Witt

This week was the very first time ever that I had missed writing a newsletter to tell you of the band and the musicians who would be playing for us, since advertising our weekly Friday night jazz club some 25/30 years ago.  Well I had very good reason for missing it, simply due to my being ‘GRANTED’.



So sorry, but let me tell you briefly, we had the return of BOB DWYER’S BIX & PIECES, to FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB on Friday, 13th October 2017.  Trombonist &vocalist BOB, never complained we hadn’t advertised them, because it was a good turnout anyway.  MALCOLME WALTON was on trumpet, with TIM HUSKISSON on clarinet & tenor sax, HUGH CROZIER on piano &vocals, JOHN BAYNE on double bass &bass sax, DAVE PRICE on banjo &guitar and GRAHAM CAULICOTTE on drums.  Also MARILYN PRICE sang a couple of songs.  What a great jazz voice she has too.  Lovely evening.

Keep Jazz Live’ with your hosts,

The Granties