The GOLDEN EAGLE JAZZ BAND are returning to the FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (Kent) tonight, Friday 15th November 2019. Traditional jazz at it best. KEVIN SCOTT is a happy, cheerful soul and leads the band with strong qualities when playing banjo, singing and generally making us laugh with his humour. As a result, his band are very loyal to him. Playing tonight are TONY CARAVIS (trumpet), ALAN CRESSWELL (reeds) with ROY STOKES (trombone & vocals), plus CHRIS THOMPSON (double bass) and MALC MURPHEY (drums & vocals). That’s some great entertainment for just £10. With a club priced bar and plenty of free off-road parking. Your hosts are Diane and Keith.
MIKE BARRY is about to give us all a fabulous treat with the ‘birth’ of his latest band, and he’s calling it ‘MIKE BARRY’S SWINGING DIXIES’. You really shouldn’t miss it – this Friday, 8th November 2019. Band leader and trumpeter MIKE has put together the following swinging musicians, namely reed player, GOFF DUBBER, trombonist & singer MIKE HOLT and pianist GRAHAM BARTON, plus double bassist ANDY LAURENCE and drummer JOHN TYSON. Together, they will make brilliant music for you to ‘swing’ your hearts away to. What a fabulous sound they are bound to make. Mike tells me to look out for a special tune – third song in the second set. It is a tune he doesn’t think bands play today, but was a tune played big time in the ‘swinging’ era. He also tells me to bring my dancing shoes, so I’m passing that message onto all of you. Come on, get down to the club on Friday, or – as a dear friend used to say to everyone, after a great evening – “boy, did you miss a night”. So, for £10 entrance, a bit more for use at our club-priced bar and even if you don’t dance, wear some comfortable shoes, so you can tap away all evening to the music. How’s that for excitement. Join us, your hosts Diane and Keith. Make it a great success to show Mike, his enthusiastic efforts have been well worthwhile. Phew, did I write that? Di xx
UPDATE – I was as disappointed as all of you players, that you didn’t win, but why were you so very down – you won – into the Final! What an achievement – Please, never think your ‘second place’ medal wasn’t worth having! I was so disappointed seeing you take your medals off. I know I am nobody, but I was so proud of you. You must set an example to others – especially young kids. It is worth being second, third and fourth in the world. I am screaming, thank you all for putting England somewhere, where we are all proud. My two sisters were at 1966 World Cup game (and one sister was involved with that team) FABULOUS!
Hey, this is just a quickie, because I am getting things ready for our jazz club for tonight (1st Nov) – See below for ‘Granties Dixie Six’ newsletter. We shall be getting up – quite tired, but will soon be worked up with excitement, I’m sure, for this wonderful final (thank goodness, our neighbours are rugby fans too). We spent this morning, watching Wales and New Zealand play, with a disappointing result, for us, but well done New Zealand. As for tomorrow’s game, may the best team win – Keith and I will be thinking positive and screaming ‘Come on ENGLAND’ – yeah!
This Friday, 1st November 2019 is to be Keith’s own band – GRANTIES DIXIE SIX – appearing here at our own FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB here in Kent. My drumming man, KEITH GRANT is bringing you again a fabulous evening of swinging jazz. For this occasion, Keith has booked MALCOLME WALTON to play trumpet. Malcolm played with the band back in July and what a super evening that was too. The rest of the guys will be tenor sax player JOHN LEE, trombonist BOB DWYER (Bob, as most of you know, also has a great voice), plus TIM HUSKISSON, playing piano, ROGER CURPHEY, playing double bass and I will be singing a couple of songs. As usual, get there for 8:00pm and £10’s-worth of great enjoyment. Your hosts Keith and Diane
The following photos were taken by Alan Walker 6th September 2019:
TONY PITT’S ALL STARS will be performing for us again this FRIDAY, 25th October 2019, here at the FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (Kent). TONY, who plays banjo and guitar, has some pretty fabulous musicians joining him again (as always). They will be ALAN GRESTY on trumpet &vocals, TIM HUSSKISON on clarinet &soprano sax, GRAHAM HUGHES on trombone (& possibly vocals), ANDY LAURENCE on double bass and JOHN TYSON on drums. The evening starts at the usual time of 8:00pm, ending at 11:00pm. We have a Shepherd Neame bar at club prices (with Kath and Barb to ‘pour the pints’), plus a dance floor for our dancers (hey, please note ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ lovers, we play the right music here too!!!!). We only charge £10. Must mention too, we have free off-road parking. All are welcome – your hosts, Diane and Keith
Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) take pride in presenting the best every Friday evening and will continue to do so, This week, 4th OCTOBER 2019, is definitely no exception, because BARRY PALSER’S SUPER SIX’ is back to warm you hearts and make your feet tap. BARRY himself of course, plays trombone. He tells me he has PETE RUDEFORTH on trumpet and TIM HUSKISSON on clarinet and sax. Of course and the boiler-room boys this time will be ANDY LAWRENCE (double bass), JOHN TYSON (drums) and TONY PITT (banjo and guitar). With this wonderful euphony of sounds produced by these musicians, I’m sure you will all turn up – plus some new people too please, aye? The session will start at the usual time of 8:00pm and goes on till 11:00pm. We have a Shepherd Neame bar (at club prices) served by Cathy and Barb. We have plenty of free off-road parking too. All hosted for £10 entrance by Diane and Keith. P.S. have managed to upload a couple of photos on the last Barry Palser’s Super Six newsletter (9aug2019).
Hi everyone, the exciting MARDI GRAS JazzBand are back here tomorrow evening, this Friday, 27th September 2019 at our FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (Kent). Due to their enormous popularity, they have been approached for many dates, thus becoming fully booked all week and turning away many gigs. Of course, as they are regular visitors to New Orleans, they play lots of different and exciting songs and hence their great popularity. These super guys in the band are band leader, ROB PEARCE playing trombone, LEIGH HENSON on trumpet & flugelhorn, JOHN ELLMER, with his many reed instruments, plus ROGER LEWIN, playing piano, with STEVE SMITH playing double bass and lovely drummer, PAUL BAKER. I’m sure a lot of you will be looking forward to a bit of fun and to dance the night away so get here early, grab a seat, joining us your hosts, Diane ‘n’ Keith. (Ok – took me more than couple of hrs to publish these photos! Also, sorry Rob – didn’t have one of you – think you were over side of the room to Alan – Diane)
I just can’t believe it’s Friday already tomorrow. How time rushes on and here I am again to tell you who is on for you this week. Anyway, we have GEORGE ‘KID’ TIDIMAN’S ALL STARS back to play for us (Friday, 20th September 2019) at our FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB. Trombone playing band leader, GEORGE has booked to join him, PETER LEONARD playing trumpet, with TIM HUSKISSON on clarinet & sax, JOHN SIRET on double bass and ‘SOUTHEND BOB’ ALBUTT on banjo & vocals. Bill Finch is still not feeling well enough to venture down to our little club, so George has asked Keith (my KEITH GRANT) to play drums… Once again, I feel confident you will all come charging through the doors to enjoy a pint or three, maybe have a dance or two and tap your feet all evening to their wonderful jazz rhythms. So let’s be having you. Your hosts Diane and Keith
I have uploaded some new photos to Newsletter of George’s gig, dated and taken 12th April 2019, so please take a look, but having trouble – sorry, will AGAIN have to leave it for another time!!!!!
‘BENNY GOODMAN REMEMBERED’ – returns for a 2nd appearance here at our FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB, Kent this Friday, 13th September 2019. Last March was the band’s debut and as it was so successful, we have been requested to repeat the evening. TIM HUSKISSON will again play clarinet as BENNY GOODMAN, band leader, with COLIN BRAY playing vibraphone, as LIONEL HAMPTON and ALAN BERRY playing piano, as TEDDY WILSON. Also ROGER CURPHEY will be playing double bass, as SLAM STEWART, plus KEITH GRANT playing drums, as GENE KRUPA and (singing just a few songs – from bottle-fed brunette) DIANE GRANT singing as (actual blonde) PEGGY LEE (I know – try closing your eyes) …. As I said last time, although I’m nervous, I’m so excited to be singing with these brilliant musicians. I have only sung on a few occasions at the club because you do have to pay to come in, however – sorry, you still have to pay but only £10 for these fine musicians – hmmm. Doors will be open from 7:00pm, with music starting about 8:00pm, finishing at 11:00pm. Come early, as last time we had a full house. For certain, we will have a fantastic atmosphere – we always do. We enjoy dancing, we have a Shepherd Neame bar (served by Kath and Barb). We also have plenty of off-road parking. I think Jackie, John and possibly Len will be helping me at the door to greet you. Diane & Keith
GRANTIE is back this Friday, 6th September 2019 with his own band, GRANTIES DIXIE SIX here at Kent’s FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB. Drummer, KEITH GRANT will be helping to swing this lovely Dixieland jazz band along. He has a great guest star joining the band this week, non-other than PETE RUDEFORTH, who plays trumpet and sings with world-renown band leader, Chris Barber (I know, I’m name-dropping, but I’m allowed). Anyway, we also have fabulous musicians, tenor sax player JOHN LEE and trombonist BOB DWYER (he sings beautifully too) and swinging away in the engine room will be TIM HUSKISSON on piano and ROGER CURPHEY on double bass, both keeping Keith company (and in line – ha). I shall be so proud to sing a couple of songs with this fabulous host of musicians. Try to get there by 8:00pm, so’s not to miss a thing. Yes, it’s still only £10 to enjoy these top notch guys with us, Keith and Diane.