Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band, 19th August 2016

PHOENIX DIXIELAND JAZZ BAND will be here again at Farnborough Jazz Club on Friday 19th August 2016 They are a wonderful 7-pce band, who certainly know how to make an evening sparkle.  So here are the super musicians expected here and will be giving you a brilliant evening.  We will be having guest star MIKE BARRY on trumpet, also CHARLES SHERWOOD on clarinet, BILL TODD on trombone, for the front line. Plus for the’ engine ‘boys, ALAN CLARKE on drums, DAVE BARNES on piano, ROGER CURPHEY on double bass and JOHN STUART on banjo & guitar.  So let’s be seeing you.  Please keep jazz ‘live’.

Diane and Keith

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

TONY PITT’S ALL STARS are back at FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (Kent) on FRIDAY, 12th August 2016.  Now this will be Keith’s birthday, so we are celebrating, with a capitol C, as always.   Band leader and banjoist. TONY Pitt will be booking the fabulous stars, ALAN GRESTY on trumpet &vocals, DAVE HEWITT on trombone & baritone horn, AL NICHOLLS on soprano & tenor sax, ANDY LAWRENCE on double bass and JOHN ELLMER on drums and things.  What more can I say, but with these fantastic musicians, expect some humongous fun. Hey, it is also our photographer, Mike Witt’s birthday too.

Your hosts, Diane and ol’ Keith

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)

Lord Napier Hot Shots, 29th July 2016

We had a good turn-out for the LORD NAPIER HOT SHOTS’, who entertained us here at FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB on Friday 29th July 2016.  The boys in the band  were band leader MIKE JACKSON on trumpet &vocals, JOHN STEWART on trombone, PAT GLOVER on reeds &vocals, JOHN STEWART on banjo & guitar, MICK SCRIVEN on double bass, bass sax &vocals, plus BILL TRAXLER on drums.

Lord Napier Hotshots play at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on Friday, 29th July 2016. (LtoR) Mick Scrivens (bass sax), Pat Glover (clarinet), John Stewart ( banjo), Mike Jackson (trumpet), Mike Duckworth (trombone&fab socks) and Bill Traxler (drums). Photo by Mike Witt.

Lord Napier Hotshots play at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on Friday, 29th July 2016. (LtoR) Mick Scrivens (bass sax), Pat Glover (clarinet), John Stewart ( banjo), Mike Jackson (trumpet), Mike Duckworth (trombone&fab socks) and Bill Traxler (drums). Photo by Mike Witt.

Last week, I said these guys have played together for so many years, obviously showing they have a feel for their music – good old traditional jazz to dance and drink to.  So you obviously all agreed with me and some of you even turned up before we had set up – lovely enthusiasm thanks.  Here’s how the evening went.  They began with a happy little number called ‘All I Do Is Dream Of You’.  I remember Gene Kelly singing this one and was surprised to read that the film negatives of ‘Singing in the Rain’ were destroyed in a studio fire in 1978, although prints of the film survived, thank goodness, it is one of my all-time favourites.  I missed making notes for the next few numbers, with people arriving – even wrote ‘Chris’ sang a song (but missed writing the name of the song) and they didn’t have a Chris in the band –ha (they’re coming to take me away soon!) Oh yes Chris was in the audience!!!!

Lord Napier Hotshots play at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on Friday, 29th July 2016. (LtoR) Pat Glover (clarinet), Mick Scrivens (bass sax. (trumpeter Mike Jackson sings and John Stewart banjo), Mike Duckworth (trombone) and Bill Traxler's drums.. Photo by Mike Witt.

Lord Napier Hotshots play at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on Friday, 29th July 2016. (LtoR) Pat Glover (clarinet), Mick Scrivens (bass sax. (trumpeter Mike Jackson sings and John Stewart banjo), Mike Duckworth (trombone) and Bill Traxler’s drums.. Photo by Mike Witt.

Anyway, I did write Mike (J) sang ‘I’m Sorry I Made You Cry’, a tune that hasn’t been played here before and he sang it beautifully.  Then came a good old trad’ number ‘Royal Garden Blues’ and on came the dancers.  Not only did we enjoy it, but you could hear they enjoyed playing it too.  We were back on the dance floor with our ‘Farnborough Charleston Line-dancers’ to the ‘Charleston’ and do we have fun – not sure if anyone finds us in their way – view-wise, ha!

Mike Duckworth plays muted trombone accompanied by Bill Traxler on drums. Seen here playing with Lord Napier Hotshots at Farnborough Jazz Club on 29th July 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

Mike Duckworth plays muted trombone accompanied by Bill Traxler on drums. Seen here playing with Lord Napier Hotshots at Farnborough Jazz Club on 29th July 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

Mick Scriven plays bass sax (big bertha as I call it) with John Stewart on banjo, seen here at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent). With Lord Napier Hotshots on Friday 29th July 2016. Photo by Mike Witt

Mick Scriven plays bass sax (big bertha as I call it) with John Stewart on banjo, seen here at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent). With Lord Napier Hotshots on Friday 29th July 2016. Photo by Mike Witt

Mick Scriven plays his Ned Steinberger electric upright 5 string bass, seen here at Farnborough Jazz Club, playing with Lord Napier Hotshots - 29th July 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

Mick Scriven plays his Ned Steinberger electric upright 5 string bass, seen here at Farnborough Jazz Club, playing with Lord Napier Hotshots – 29th July 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

I jotted down that Mick played big bertha (bass sax) – fabulous.  I gave my usual three ticks to the next number ‘Lou-i-Easy-An-I-A’, which meant they all did a lovely job with playing.  It is another happy jaunty number, so again plenty of dancing.  The next tune, ‘Hello Central, Give Me Dr Jazz’, must have had the dancers up too, including me because I didn’t write anything, except Mick sang and I recall he also has a great jazz voice!  ‘Let Me Call You Sweetheart’ was another tune with three ticks, but I think I was enjoying myself, I forgot to write anything (Cinzano time, I think – ha).  Then came ‘Somebody Loves Me’ and was sung by Pat who, as I have said before, has a very romantic voice and I had put my three ticks.  Lovely, because again he sang the last number, being that Fat’s Waller’s number ‘You Meet The Nicest People In Your Dreams’.  Oh, yes, congratulations Pam and Pat, on becoming great-grandparents again by two separate daughter-in-laws.  One born lunchtime Wednesday, the other early Thursday morning! That makes eight great-grand and nineteen grandchildren altogether, wow (congrats too, to Christine, who also had a great-grandchild).

Keep jazz ‘live’ by supporting us please.

Your hosts,

Diane and Keith

‘All I Do Is Dream of You’ – (m&l) Nacio Herb Brown (m), Arthur Freed (1934)
‘Charleston’- (m) James Price Johnson, (l) Cecil Mack (1923)
‘Hello Central, Give Me Doctor Jazz’ – Joe ’King’ Oliver & Walter Melrose (1926)
‘I’m Sorry I Made You Cry’ – N J. Clesi (1918)
‘Let Me Call You Sweetheart’ – (m) Leo Friedman, (l) Beth Slater Whitson (1910)
‘Lou-i-Easy-An-I-A – Joe Darensbourg (circa 1949)
‘Royal Garden Blues’ – Clarence Williams & Spencer Williams (1919) (not related
‘Somebody Loves Me’ – (m) George Gershwin, (l) Ballard MacDonald & Buddy DeSylva (1924)
‘You Meet the Nicest People in Your Dreams’ – (m) Al Hoffman & Al Goodhart, (l) Manny Kurtz (1939)

George Tidiman’s All Stars, 22nd July 2016

We really did have a super evening with GEORGE ‘KID’ TIDIMAN’S ALL STARS!  They were here on Friday, 22nd July 2016 at our FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB GEORGE (our ‘Kid’) had planned to have brilliant trumpeter, DENNY ILETT with him, but Denny had an unexpected prior family engagement.  However, we had KEN SIMMS take his place and what a treat – as we hadn’t seen him here for several years.  Joining them, were  superb clarinettist, TIM HUSKISSONI said last time they were here, what a front line!  Well it still was with Ken.  The ‘engine boys’ were banjoist ‘SOUTHEND BOB’ ALLBUT (the man with the ‘voice’), plus double bassist,  JOHN SIRETT and that drumming man, BILL FINCH.  Unfortunately Mike Witt had problems with his photos, but came up with this wonderful one of George.

How about this photo of our beaming 'Kid', George Tidiman on trombone, seen here with Ken Simms on trumpet.  Taken at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 22nd July 2016 with his own band ;George ;Kid; Tidiman's All Stars. Photo by Mike Witt.

How about this photo of our beaming ‘Kid’, George Tidiman on trombone, seen here with Ken Simms on trumpet. Taken at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 22nd July 2016 with his own band ;George ‘Kid’ Tidiman’s All Stars. Photo by Mike Witt.

 George sang ‘Satchmo’ style just brilliantly, the the first tune I’ll mention, being ‘Basin Street Blues’. What a wonderful ‘full on’ effort made by everyone.  Well, it is a cracking number, don’t you think?  Then an equally brilliant one followed, ‘Hello Central, Give Me Dr Jazz’.  Bob sang this time and you know I just love the deep classic sounds coming out of his vocal cords.  I noted George’s solo was superb, with him holding a note for a long time and not just once either!  They then announced the next number as being ‘Mabel’s Dream’.  I recall Ken saying ‘We’re going to do the nightmare version’ – ha.  Then ‘Chattanooga Stomp’? I must have been dancing to it, because I hadn’t written any notes and I do recall I enjoyed it.  It was an extremely hot evening and the musicians had not let up!  So it was lovely they chose to play this following one, being ‘Tishomingo Blues’, everyone got up to dance (with it being a nice slow number for everyone to be able to dance, without feeling they might collapse (phew).  Then ‘Cake Walkin’ Babies’ was another number.  There were some lovely solos by everyone.  Bob’s next rendition was ofThe Bird With the Funny Names’, which he did for his solo performance (I think this is ‘The 57th Snowflake’, being the Brownies’ camp song).  What a funny man Bob is – and clever too.  How does he remember all the words!  What’s more, how does he find all these obscure numbers to play?  Then what about the next, ‘I’ll Be Glad When You’re Dead, You Rascal You’? It was another one that George sang ‘Louis’ style and can he do it wonderfully – and with everyone playing fabulous solos again.  We had a gorgeous bit of playing from both Ken and Tim with Yama Yama Blues’ and I think it could possibly be the first time this number has been played here (although Mike Barry’s Uptown Gang played ‘The Yama, Yama Man’ for us back on 28 November 2014 – different song – ha)  For a hot night, they ‘went out’ on a hot number ‘Panama (Rag)’.  How do these musicians do it?  Oh what an exciting ending.  So many smiles from everyone leaving the club … and being on a high myself, I didn’t get to sleep till 4:00 in the morning hmmmmmm!

Your hosts

Diane and Keith

‘Basin Street Blues’ – Spencer Williams (1926)
‘Cake Walkin’ Babies’ – (m) Chris Smith & Clarence Williams, (l) Henry Troy (1925)
‘Chattanooga Stomp’ – Alphonse Picou & Joe ‘King’ Oliver (1923)
‘Hello Central, Give Me Doctor Jazz’ – Joe ’King’ Oliver & Walter Melrose (1926)
‘I’ll Be Glad When You’re Dead You Rascal You’ – Lovin’ Sam Thaird (1929)
‘Mabel’s Dream’ – Ike Smith (1923)
‘Panama (Rag)’- Charles Seymour (1904)
‘The Bird With the Funny Names’ – The 57th Snowflake – The Brownies Song
‘Tishomingo Blues’ – Spencer Williams (1917)
‘Yama Yama Blues’ –Spencer Williams & Clarence Williams (no relation) (1919)

Your hosts

Diane and Keith

Barry Palser’s Super Six, 15th July 2016

Oh happy day, we had the talented BARRY PALSER’S SUPER SIX back again at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent on Friday, 15th July 2016Band leader BARRY, who plays trombone &vocals, had GARY WOOD on trumpet (Gary was last here 4th March with Jonny Boston’s Hot Jazz), plus  GOFF DUBBER on clarinet, TONY PITT on banjo, ANDY LAWRENCE on double bass and JOHN TYSON on drums.

'Barry Palser's Super Six' play at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 15th July 2015. (LtoR) Barry Palser on trombone, Andy Lawrence on double bass, Gary Wood on trumpet, John Tyson on drums, Tony Pitt on drums and Goff Dubber on clarinet. Photo by Mike Witt.

‘Barry Palser’s Super Six’ play at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 15th July 2015. (LtoR) Barry Palser on trombone, Andy Lawrence on double bass, Gary Wood on trumpet, John Tyson on drums, Tony Pitt on drums and Goff Dubber on clarinet. Photo by Mike Witt.

Band leader Barry Palser, playing trombone with his own band, the 'Barry Palser's Super Six', here at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 15th July 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

Band leader Barry Palser, playing trombone with his own band, the ‘Barry Palser’s Super Six’, here at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 15th July 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

I told you not to miss a minute of their playing and of course, you all turned up to enjoy Barry’s band.  Such a delight to have practically a full house.  Barry is such a great personality and we all love him!  Poor ol’ things though.  His wife, (sound engineer and roadie) Bridget, unfortunately broke her leg (way back in March) which hasn’t healed yet and has it in a brace.  As most of you know, Barry had a hip replacement – Bridget’s left leg and Barry’s right hip!  They want to know if there is somewhere they can sign up for a three-legged race please?  That’s musician’s humour for you – it has been hard for them, but they joke about it (like someone else I know (J)!)  Now to try and choose which numbers to tell you about (they were all good!)

Well, I’ll start the ball rolling with ‘It’s Only A Paper Moon’, because Barry played and sang it to Bridget (I think he might love her, don’t you think?).  Then Barry dedicated their next number to someone he played with many years ago – Stan (who has gone now) and that tune was ‘Hindustan’.  I wrote in my notes, ‘Rip Roaring and fab’ with lovely drumming from John and gave it three ticks, meaning brilliant!  I also gave three ticks to the next number, ‘As Long As I Live’.  The floor was packed with our line-dancing and just so much fun.  Keith said this was one of his favourites, reminding him of his ‘Steering Wheel Club’ days in Chelsea, because he used to play it all the time there.  ‘Hello Dolly’ was sung next by Barry and was the number to bring on the dancers – also a packed floor.

I must mention a lovely little family – Ann and Mike Witt’s family (our volunteer photographer), were visiting from Sidney, Australia.  Their young granddaughter, Jos’, danced to the next number ‘Route 66’, (sung by Gary).  In fact she danced to several numbers with her Mum, Karen, (with Dad – Andy – looking on, proudly). What lovely dancers they are too.  We have a wonderful picture of this, but it keeps loading up sideways (another Windows 10 quirk – I will work out what is wrong and add it at a later date).

Joc takes over with the raffle draw, here at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) UK on 15th July 2016. The band - 'Barry Palser's Super Six', Photo by (Granddad) Mike Witt.

Jos takes over with the raffle draw, here at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) UK on 15th July 2016. The band – ‘Barry Palser’s Super Six’, Photo by (Granddad) Mike Witt.

 

 

 

Lovely Joc, with Diane enjoy dancing here at Farnborough Jazz Club, (Kent) UK on 15th July 2016, with jazz band 'Barry Palser's Super Six'. Joc' and her Mum, Dad & brother - Karen, Andy & Noah ) are here from Sidney, Australia, Photo by (Granddad) Mike Witt

Lovely Jos, with Diane enjoy dancing here at Farnborough Jazz Club, (Kent) UK on 15th July 2016, with jazz band ‘Barry Palser’s Super Six’. Joc’ and her Mum, Dad & brother – Karen, Andy & Noah ) are here from Sidney, Australia, Photo by (Granddad) Mike Witt.

Goff Dubber (reed player) seen here singing, as one of 'Barry Palser's Super Six, here at the Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 15th July 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

Goff Dubber (reed player) seen here singing, as one of ‘Barry Palser’s Super Six, here at the Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 15th July 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

Then a ‘Jack Teagarden’ number ‘Music To Love By’ was a feature number for Goff, which he sang beautifully.  What lovely playing Goff – great banjo too Tony.  Oh I have missed off some wonderful tunes (nearly giving their whole repertoire away!)  However, I must mention Satchmo’s number, ‘Mac The Knife’, sung by Barry – what a number.  They all excelled, as they did with the next song, one of my favourite jazz numbers, ‘Christopher Columbus’, I could hear it played, time after time.

Goff Dubber playing clarinet as one of 'Barry Palser's Super Six', here at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 15th July 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

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

Goff Dubber playing alto sax, as one of 'Barry Palser's Super Six, here at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 15th July 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

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

Andy Lawrence playing double bass as one of 'Barry Palser's Super Six, here at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 15th July 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

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

Tony Pitt, playing banjo as one of 'Barry Palser's Super Six, here at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 15th July 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

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

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.

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' playing at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 15th July 2016. (LtoR) Gary Wood (trumpet), Andy Lawrence (double bass), John Tyson (drums) and just out of view -Tony Pitt (banjo), Goff Dubber (clarinet) and Barry Palser (trombone). Photo by Mike Witt.

‘Barry Palser’s Super Six’ playing at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 15th July 2016. (LtoR) Gary Wood (trumpet), Andy Lawrence (double bass), John Tyson (drums) and just out of view -Tony Pitt (banjo), Goff Dubber (clarinet) and Barry Palser (trombone). Photo by Mike Witt.

Then came a feature tune for Gary.  The number being ‘Fly Me To The Moon’.  Wow Gary, marvellous – say no more!  Now although there was another brilliant number in between, I’ll go to their last number When The Saints Go Marching In’ and as you can guess, it was a brilliant one to end the evening.  Everyone took a time leaving the club, as they were all ‘buzzing’ (still on a high).  Thank you ‘Super Six’, lovely stuff.

You ARE what keeps Jazz ‘Live’!

Your hosts, Diane & Keith.

P.S. Good news, our land-line is now working.

‘As Long as I Live’ – (m) Harold Arlen, (l) Ted Koehler (1934)
‘Christopher Columbus’ – Glen Miller, Joe Garland & Andy Razaf (1959)
‘Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words)’ – Bart Howard (1954)
‘Hello Dolly’ – Jerry Herman (1964)
‘Hindustan’ – (m) Harold Weeks, (l) Oliver G Wallace (1917)
‘It’s Only A Paper Moon’ – (m) Harold Arlen, (l) E.Y. Harburg & Billy Rose (1933)
‘Mac The Knife’ (The Threepenny Opera) – (m) Kurt Weill, (l) Bertolt Brecht (1928) (translated Marc Blitzstein (1954)
‘Music To Love By’ – Leonard Feather (tbn)
‘Route 66’ – Bobby Troup (1946)
‘When the Saints Go Marching In’ – origins unknown -Derived from (m) James Milton Black (l) Katherine Purvis (1896) re-publ 1927

Bob Dwyer’s BiX & Pieces, 8th July 2016

It was lovely to have BOB DWYER’S BIX & PIECES (a seven-piece band) back at our FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB.   They were here on  Friday, 8th July 2016.  Leader & trombonist BOB, had booked BERNIE HOLDEN on clarinet & alto sax, HUGH CROZIER on piano & vocals, JOHN BAYNE on double bass & bass sax and DAVE PRICE on banjo & guitar.  He also had a couple of guests joining them, namely CHEZ CHESTERMAN on trumpet and GRAHAM CAULICOTTE on drums.  Unfortunately, I had a back problem and so Keith had to go without me to sort out the club … no red table cloths, no refreshments for the band – well that’s not true, they helped themselves and Keith had to kiss everybody (ha – not really).  I eventually scrambled myself down to the club, I think about 9.00pm.  However, I hadn’t brought anything with me to write my notes, so I can’t tell you what tunes they played.  Although, I can say (after a couple of drinks) I did manage to dance a little (even if rather stiffly), that’s the power of their playing.  Oh, I must tell you of the youngster who was bought along by John (I think) and who had a few sit-ins with the band.  His name is MIKE PRESTAGE and he played a ‘mean’ trumpet.  I think he will, or should have a brilliant musical career ahead of him (if he wants).  I am sorry we have no photos again (still no Mike) and although I took some with my old mobile, I have been unable to transfer them to my laptop.  Hopefully, I can get it to work at a later date.  Anyway, Good ol’ favourite’s, ’Barry Palser’s Super Six’ are back this Friday (15th July), so see you all then.

Your ‘Live’ Jazz Hosts,

Diane & Keith (yes we are alive too – ha)

Mike Barry’s XXL Band, FRIDAY, 1st July 2016

It was great to see the return of MIKE BARRY’s XXL BAND to FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (Kent) on FRIDAY, 1st July 2016..  I can’t believe it was back in February 2015 they last played here, but we do have all three of Mike’s band play for us (this one, plus ‘Uptown Gang’ and ‘Yerba Buena Band’).  This band has obviously MIKE himself on trumpet, TIM HUSKISSON on reeds, LES HANSCOMBE on trombone, GRAHAM BARTON on piano, BRIAN STAPLEY on drums and TED SIMKINS on double bass.  They can now be known as MIKE BARRY’s XL BAND because they, well Mike has lost one&half stone – Wow, how’s that?  Well done Mike.  So obviously, they played with a lot of energy, starting with ‘Canal Street Blues’, such a wonderful number to get everyone in the mood – yeah!  ‘Beale Street Mama’ was another excellent tune to choose, I can hear Mike announcing it and finishing the title with the words “I’m Coming To Get You”… luv it.  I have to say the whole band were brilliant when they played ‘Savoy Blues’.  I particularly noted the front line boys playing beautifully in harmony.  Another number to mention is ‘Washington and Lee Swing’.  This is an old American high school football ‘fight’ song.  It was also used in Red Nichols film, ‘The Five Pennies’, a film I probably saw in 1960’s and remember being absolutely excited by (gonna watch it again over the weekend!).   Moving on … ‘Hello Central Give Me Dr Jazz’ sung brilliantly by Les.  A tune enjoyed being played by most bands too.  I had a wonderful dance – the cha, cha, cha, with Steve to ‘The Isle of Capri’.  I just loved it, although I think it should have been a tango – ha.  Oh well, we are so relaxed here, nobody worries.  During the interval, I announced Colin & his wife Jo Dobson, were in the audience.  Colin had been trumpeter for The Billy Cotton Band Show (of ‘Wakey, Wakey’ fame).  It is to be Colin’s 87th birthday on Monday (4th) and their 65th wedding anniversary this Thursday (7th), fabulous – congrats.  It will also be bass player Ted’s wife, Francis’ birthday too (on Wednesday 6th) I believe Francis is about my age – 30several and a bit more!  So the band returned and played ‘Happy Birthday’ to them all.  (by-the-way, Jo told me she had married a toy-boy as her next birthday (in October) will be her 88th).  ‘Hold That Tiger’ (probably played for Jo) is another exciting tune, sung by Les, with wonderful solos from Tim and Ted and surely the whole band were exhausted at the end of this one.  This tune is apparently another old American high school ‘fight’ song.  Now dear ol’ Mike performed to my next song choice – and I mean ‘performed’.  He ‘spoke’ all the famous lines of ‘Ashes to Ashes’ just superbly, which lead on to them playing ‘Didn’t He Ramble’.  They played fabulously, I can’t fault anyone as they were all so good.  Their last number was ‘Down By The Riverside’, ending another thoroughly wonderful evening full of great talent and lots of laughs.  Sorry, no photos, Mike is still away, and although I took some photos with my very old mobile phone, they are ‘trapped’ in it and will take me a time to work it out again!, Although don’t hold your breathe as to what they will be like.  Anyway, keep coming for more jazz!  We have a different band here every Friday evening.

Diane and Keith

P.S. Yerba Buena Jazz Band Newsletter of 26th June 2015 has now been updated.

‘Beale Street Mama’ – J Russel Robinson & Roy Turk (1922)
‘Canal Street Blues’ – Joe ‘King’ Oliver (1923)
‘Oh! Didn’t He Ramble’ – (m) Will Handy (i.e. J. Rosamond Johnson), (l) James Weldon Johnson & Bob Cole (1902)
‘Down By the Riverside (Study War No More)’ – traditional/Gospel song first published 1918
‘Hello Central, Give Me Doctor Jazz’ – Joe ’King’ Oliver & Walter Melrose (1926)
‘Tiger Rag’ – written & played by Original Dixieland Jazz Band (1917) (many others claim!)
‘Savoy Blues’ – Edward ‘Kid’ Ory (1927)
‘Isle of Capri’ – (m) Wilhelm Grosz (aka Hugh Williams), (l) by Jimmy Kennedy (1934)
‘Washington & Lee Swing’ – (m) Mark W Sheafe, Thorton W Allen (wrote notes 1909), (l) Clarence A (Tod) Robbins (1910)

Mardi Gras JazzBand, 24th June 2016

We had the MARDI GRAS JAZZBAND at FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (Kent) on Friday, 24th June 2016.  They had a couple of changes to their usual line-up, giving us band leader and trombonist, ROB PEARCE, with LEIGH HENSON on trumpet &vocals, JOHN ELLMER on reeds-a-plenty, PAUL HIGGS on piano (that’s right, not green trumpet), STEVE SMITH on double bass and PAUL BAKER on drums.  I said it promised to be spectacular, and it was.  We had a lovely treat, as we also had a couple of guests, one being Pete Smith, who was drummer for Monty Sunshine.  Pete is Steve Smith’s father, so they got to play with one-another, when Pete had a couple of sit-ins.  The other guest was singer, Barry Vegas, yes he entertained us last time and everyone loved him, he was very professional.  It was a great pity, because poor Mike, who takes photographs for us, was not with us.  He had broken a rib – quite painful, so no photographs.  Luckily, ‘Brown Ale’ Pete was there and took a couple, because he was ‘roadie’ with Monty Sunshine, so took a couple of Pete Smith.  Unfortunately, the pics didn’t cover all musicians – such a pity, sorry to our two Paul’s.   Steve and Pete (father and son) were only just captured together in one.  [If anybody else took photos, please could you send copies to me for publishing here, thanks].

Mardi Gras JazzBand at Farnborough Jazz Club on Friday, 24th June 2016. (LtoR) John Ellmer on plenty-of-reeds, just see Steve Smith (double bass), Leigh Henson (trumpet) (Steve's father has sit-in) Pete Smith (drums), Rob Pearce (trombone). (Not seen) Paul Higgs (piano) & Paul Baker (drums). Photo by Peter Marr.

Mardi Gras JazzBand at Farnborough Jazz Club on Friday, 24th June 2016. (LtoR) John Ellmer (on plenty-of-reeds), just see Steve Smith (double bass), Leigh Henson (trumpet) (Steve’s father has sit-in) Pete Smith (drums), Rob Pearce (trombone). (Missed) Paul Higgs (piano) & Paul Baker (drums). Photo by Peter Marr.

So here’s how the evening went anyway.  Their first two numbers were ‘Aint Misbehaving’ and ‘Darktown Strutters’ Ball’, which was sung by Rob, with fabulous solos from the two Pauls, one on piano (what a star) and one on drums (yep, another star).  ‘Dinah’ is a fun number, sung by Leigh with John (playing tenor sax) singing in harmony.  As for ‘St. James Infirmary’ I jotted down that John, not only sang, but played brilliant bass clarinet – I should think quite a hard instrument to play (he obviously has an enormous set of lungs).  Fantastic piano from Paul, plus Rob and Leigh wonderful on trombone and trumpet.  It is so hard to describe how amazing the evening was to someone who wasn’t there.  It is that magic, I often speak of.  They were playing their hearts out – having so much enjoyment themselves.   Such a lovely bunch of guys, it’s why Keith and I will not give up until hopefully, we ‘kick the bucket’.

Mardi Gras JazzBand at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on Friday 24th June 2016. (LtoR) John Ellmer (reeds & saxes), Leigh Henson (trumpet), Pete Smith sits in on drums (Monty Sunshine's drummer) and band leader Rob Pearce (trombone). Not pictured is Paul Higgs (piano) and Paul Baker (drums) Photo by Peter Marr.

Mardi Gras JazzBand at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on Friday 24th June 2016. (LtoR) John Ellmer (reeds & saxes), Leigh Henson (trumpet), Pete Smith sits in on drums (Monty Sunshine’s drummer) and band leader Rob Pearce (trombone). Not pictured is Paul Higgs (piano) and Paul Baker (drums) Photo by Peter Marr.

To continue … They have to play the next one, ‘Mardi Gras’ (John on clarinet this time), with Rob singing.  It is so hard for me not to mention all of their numbers, such as ‘Memphis Blues’, especially because I wrote no notes, just remembered it was great.  Then they invited Barry over to sing.  Oh what a super voice he has – I’m sure he sings at lots of high class night clubs, he’s certainly worth being booked.  He sang ‘Almost Like Being In Love’ and yes we were all up dancing too.  Then he sang ‘Alright, Okay, You Win’, plus others.  What a great guy he is – thanks Barry.  Their third set had songs such as ‘If I Had You’ – and in the middle, John played the theme song of ‘007’ and absolutely brilliantly – not only is that talent, but so full of humour – don’t you just love it.  Paul also ‘replied’ and played something with the same  humour, but I missed it! Another great tune they played with ALL of them playing just beautifully – John on bass clarinet and then clarinet to ‘Tin Roof Blues’.  Then, ‘Wang Wang Blues’ (a (No.1 hit for six weeks in 1920, selling over 1million copies and winning a gold disc) sent us all on our way, with that Paul Whiteman number ‘swinging’ in our heads, but not before I had a terrific dance with Keith (with Keith’s legs akimbo and me having a hard time keeping up with him – I think I landed on my feet though!  Mardi Gras will be back on 30th September.  See you next week for Mike Barry’s XXL Band.

Your hosts, Diane and Keith

‘Aint Misbehaving’ – (m) Fats Waller & Harry Brooks, (l) Andy Razaf (1929)
‘Almost Like Being In Love’ – (m) Frederick Loere, (l) Alan Jay Lerner (1955)
‘Alright, Okay, You Win’ – Mayme Watts & Sid Wyche (1955)
‘Darktown Strutters’ Ball’ – Shelton Brooks (1917) ‘Dinah’
‘If I had You’ – Ted Shapiro, James Campbell & Reg Connelly  (1927)
‘Mardi Gras (While We Danced)’ – (m) Alfred M. Opler, (l) Johnny Mercer (1931)
‘Memphis Blues’ – (m) W.C. Handy (1912), (l) George A. Norton (1913)
‘St. James Infirmary Blues’ – American Folk origin (18th century)
‘Tin Roof Blues’ – George Brunies, Paul Mares, Ben Pollack, Leon Roppolo & Mel Stitzel (1923)
‘Wang Wang Blues – Gus Mueller, ‘Buster’ Johnson & Henry Busse, (l) Leo Wood (1920)

Leslie Baguley (Up-date) 22 June 2016

LEEDS PLAY BILLS

I was delighted to come across the website of Leeds Play Bills, where I found copies of old posters advertised for sale.  Amongst them, was this posters of Jack Parnell’s presentation from Monday, 13th December 1954.  The show was presented by Stanley Dale and included Leslie, playing piano for Tony Brent at The Empire Theatre, Leeds.   

Title:             Tony Brent, Columbia’s Sensational Singing Star

ID:                 2003911_63860721

Theatre:       The Empire

Year:             1954

Description:  Monday, 13th December, 1954.

Tony Brent, Columbia's Sensational Singing Star

This Week at the Empire Theatre, Stanley Dale Presents a variety of performances including: Tony Brent, Columbia’s Sensational Singing Star, with Leslie Baguley at the Piano; Gladys Morgan, ‘…Britain’s famous comedienne with her laugh & company’; Billie Anthony, ‘…the new singing star, glamorous recorder of the big sale record ‘This ‘Ole House’; Eddie Arnold, ‘…impersonating the stars’; Duo Russmar, ‘…beauty in the balance’; Syd & Paul Kaye, ‘…young laughter raisers’; Kay & Katrina, ‘…steps in rhythym’ and finally, Brian Andro, ‘…on the wire’. There will be two performances every evening, at 6.00pm and at 8.15pm. Actors include: Tony Brent, Gladys Morgan, Billie Anthony, Eddie Arnold, Kay and Katrina, Brian Andro, Syd and Paul Kaye, Duo Russmar

 “© Leeds Library and Information Service”

It has given me much pleasure to obtain this poster for our website, for all Leslie’s relatives and friends to see.  I am sure you will also love their website and to discover all the various posters they have thought to retain and have copies on sale.   Well done Leeds Library and Leondis.

Their site is making available all the playbills in the Local Studies Library collection from a wide range of Leeds Theatres, such as The City Varieties, The Grand, The Princess and the Theatre Royal.  The site also contains some circus bills, such as those from Pablo Franque’s Circus.   They also have an image by Louis Le Prince. It is claimed Le Prince filmed the first ever moving images on Leeds Bridge in 1888.

The Leeds Playbills site is part of the Leodis digitisation project funded by the New Opportunities Fund.  Leodis is a photographic archive of Leeds. It is a project delivered by Leeds Library & Information Service. All images are © Leeds Library & Information Service unless otherwise specified.

All very fascinating and well worth a look.  Go to www.leodis.net/playbills

 Larger picture taken at The Bull Hotel, Wrotham, Kent, England 1986(LtoR) Girl unknow, Diane (just behind Leslie), Keith Grant, Elaine Dunnell (landlady of Bull Hotel, Wrotham, Kent) and Ann-Marie (her young daughter, sporting a fun hat). circa 1985, (Leslie played every Sunday lunchtime – sometime with Keith on drums).