Bill Phelan’s Muskrat Ramblers, Friday, 25th May 2018


Bill Phelan’s Muscrat Ramblers at the Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent. 3rd October 2014.
Photo by Mike Witt

‘BILL PHELAN’S MUSKRAT RAMBLERS’ are set to be with us on Friday, 25th May 2018.  We at FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB enjoy having a variety of bands to suit most of your tastes and know Bill’s guys will make a great atmosphere for you.  I do hope to be ok for the whole evening myself this week, because these guys also know how to play great jazz and have fun at the same time!  Band leader, BILL on trumpet & flugabone, will have joining him ALAN CRESSWELL on clarinet, JOHN FINCH on trombone, plus engine boys, ANDY LAWRENCE on double bass,  JOHNNY McCALLUM on banjo & guitar (20yrs with Chris Barber) and PAUL NORMAN on drums).  Plenty of dancing to be enjoyed and listeners will not be disappointed either, with hopefully Bill playing his flugabone and John (F) on trombone, to ‘Sweet Georgia Brown’, plus Alan featuring to ‘Petite Fleur’ – I shall request these numbers, that’s for sure (perhaps my ‘Ciribiribin’ too).  Oh! I am a greedy what’s it!

Do join us – your jazz hosts

The Granties (Diane and Keith)

P.S. Can’t close without a P.S. nowadays – just a reminder though, ‘4-In-A-Bar+1’ are at Ye Olde Whyte Lyon, Locks Bottom this Sunday, 27th May 2018, from 3:00 till 6:00pm (see special ‘Page’ at top of our website about it).  A lovely venue where lovely food can be had, plus enjoy our quartet playing lovely dinner jazz (with many old standards).  This Sunday will have lots of romantic songs we will be playing for a lovely couple’s wedding at Leeds Castle next week – how about that – I’m petrified!  Come and support us – with that many lovely’s I mentioned, it’s got to be lovely!!!!!!

Tony Pitt’s All Stars, Friday 18th May 2018

Tony Pitt plays banjo as one of Barry Palser’s Super Six at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 12th February 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

 I just love it when TONY PITT’S ALL STARS come to play for us and they are here tonight, FRIDAY, 18th May 2018, at FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (Kent).  TONY (banjoist) always brings nothing but the best with him.  Judge for yourself, how’s this for a brilliant star-spangled bunch of musicians!  ALAN GRESTY on trumpet &vocals, AL NICHOLLS on soprano &tenor sax, GRAHAM HUGHES on trombone &vocals (hope he brings his harmonica too), ANDY LAURENCE on double bass and CHRIS NICHOLS on drums.  I think this is the first time for Chris, so come along with your huge Farnborough welcoming mat to make him feel at home and if you haven’t been to our jazz club before, then Chris will make you feel at home.  I am late again with this newsletter, but must mention last night!  We were invited to Jacquie and David’s new and highly successful ‘Foot Tappers Jazz Club’ at Seasons Restaurant, Knights Garden Centre, Chelsham, Surrey.  They had JJ (Jonathan Vinten Trio) with Bobby Worth and Stevie Thompson, who were superb as expected.  Their guest star was that magical singer, Sara Dowling.  Oh what a knockout she is.  I hate her …. Seriously, she is a delight.  She is a lovely looking young lady with a mind-blowing jazz voice.  Spit, spit, spit!  Keep your eye out for her … she is going places.  Well done Jacquie and David.

From Diane and Keith

P.S.  Just a little brag for Tony, not that he needs it –  but just to let you know that tomorrow, he is playing at Windsor!!  He will be playing in the King Edward Centre with the Silk Street Trio.  He hasn’t a clue how he is going to manage to get there.  Obviously, they won’t be able to go by car with traffic.  Anyway, we must let him leave promptly – no screaming for ‘more’!  He will need to leave early tomorrow morning (and I dont mean from us!) –  Keith said isn’t it nice to play for royalty two days running! Enjoy it Tony.


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Keith has Chelsea in the Cup Final too – hmmm.

Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band, 11th May 2018

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 the FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB here and we have the PHOENIX DIXIELAND JAZZ BAND coming to play for us on Friday 11th May 2018.  The guys playing will be PAUL HIGGS (iridescent trumpet), CHARLES SHERWOOD (clarinet), BILL TODD (trombone/voc), also (depping for Roger) DAVE MOSES (double bass), ALAN BERRY (pianist) and ALAN CLARKE (drums). 

See you all for some special ‘live’ jazz

Diane and Keith

Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces, Friday, 4th May 2018

Bob Dwyer, trombonist & leader of ‘Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces’ at Farnborough Jazz Club on 30th January 2015.                       Photo by Mike Witt.

 BOB DWYER’S BIX & PIECES is another favourite band of ours here at FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (Kent) and they are back on Friday, 4th May 2018.  

BOB (trombonist & vocalist) will be joined by MALCOLME WALTON (trumpet), SARAH SPENCER (clarinet, alto & tenor saxes), with HUGH CROZIER (piano &vocals), JOHN BAYNE (double bass &bass sax), DAVE PRICE (banjo &guitar) and of course  GRAHAM CAULICOTTE (drums).  Looks like (dare I say) spring is back again, so hope to see everyone join us for a great evening of dancing jazz.

Your hosts

Diane & Keith

Mardi Gras JazzBand, Friday, 27th April 2018

Rob Pearce of Mardi Gras JazzBand  seen here at Farnborough Jazz Club taken at Diane’s birthday party 12jan2018 by Mike Witt.

Super band leader, ROB PEARCE, who plays trombone, often visits New Orleans, so he just ‘lives’ his music.  Oh, by the way, he just recently got married too (just before Keith and I) to a beautiful young lady (Liz) who often joins him here at our FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB.  Tonight, 27th APRIL 2018, Rob’s super band will be LEIGH HENSON on trumpet, plus  JOHN ELLMER on his many reeds, JOHN STEWART on banjo & guitar, STEVE SMITH on bass and PAUL BAKER on drums. Looking forward to seeing you all tonight to dance the night away.

Your hosts – the Granties 

P.S.  I shall return tomorrow to update this photo.


John Lee plays tenor sax (seen here on 22nd April 2016 playing for for Laurie Chescoe’s Reunion Band (behind are Jim Douglas, Laurie and Pete Skivington) at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) . Photo by Mike Witt)


P.S. 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, 29TH APRIL 2018, 3:00PM-6:00PM,  The musicians are JOHN LEE on tenor sax, TIM HUSKISSON on 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).

Oh yes, also please read previous input about  info re heart attacks if you are on your own and what you can do.



Hi everyone, Steve Moyse sent this information to me (he had received from his son). Please copy it and send on to all your family and friends – as it is really important for everyone to know!

Let’s say it’s 7:25pm and you’re going  home (alone of course) after an unusually hard day at work.

You’re really tired, upset and frustrated. Suddenly you start experiencing severe pains in your chest that starts to drag out into your arm and up in to your jaw.  You are  about five miles from the nearest hospital.  Unfortunately you don’t know if you’ll be able to make it that far.  You have been trained in CPR, but the guy that taught the course did not tell you how to perform it on yourself.  


Many people are alone when they suffer a heart attack.  You are experiencing your heart beating irregularly and you begin to feel faint.  You probably only have about 10 seconds left before losing consciousness.  
However, you can help yourself by coughing repeatedly and very vigorously.

A deep breath should be taken before each cough and the cough must be deep and prolonged, just as you would when producing sputum from deep inside the chest. 

A breath and a cough must be repeated about every two seconds without let-up until help arrives, or until the heart is felt to be beating normally again.

Deep breaths get oxygen into the lungs and  coughing movements squeeze the heart and keep the blood  circulating.  The squeezing pressure on the heart also helps it to regain a normal rhythm.

In this way, heart attack victims can get help or to a hospital.

Tell as many other people as possible about this.  It could save their lives!

A cardiologist says, if everyone who gets  this message and kindly sends it to 10 people, you can bet that we’ll save at least one life. 
Rather than sending jokes,  please …… contribute by forwarding this as an email, it can save a  person’s life….

If this message comes around to you  ……more than once…..please don’t get irritated….. you need to  be happy that you have many friends who care about you and you are being reminded of how to tackle….Heart attacks…. when you are alone.  I hope you never have to go through this yourself.

Diane xxx 

Mahogany Hall Stompers, 20th April 2018


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


Martyn Brothers Jazz Band, 13 April 2018

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. 6th April 2018

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.


Golden Eagle Jazz Band, 30th March 2018

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.

Your hosts,

Diane and Keith, the Granties