George ‘Kid’ Tidiman’s All Stars, Friday, 24th March 2017


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.

It’s Our ‘Kid’ GEORGE TIDIMAN on trombone, back again to play for us.  What a happy atmosphere he brings to us too, especially as he has booked the best – DENNY ILETT on trumpet, with TIM HUSKISSON on clarinet, ‘SOUTHEND BOB’ ALLBUT on banjo & vocals( and what vocals), JOHN SIRETT on double bass and BILL FINCH on drums.  Great dancing and great laughter can be seen and heard – you betcha.  That will be here at Farnborough Jazz Club this Friday, 24th March 2017.  Hey, must remind you, our clocks spring forward 1 hour at 1:00am Sunday morning.  Yeah – that means Spring Time is really here – Yippee!

Diane and Keith, your hosts for some great jazz.

Early history (taken from /see Wikipedia for more info, go to:

British Summer Time was first established by the Summer Time Act 1916, after a campaign by builder William Willett. His original proposal was to move the clocks forward by 80 minutes, in 20-minute weekly steps on Sundays in April and by the reverse procedure in September.[6] In 1916 BST began on 21 May and ended on 1 October.[7] Willett never got to see his idea implemented as he died in early 1915.

Periods of deviation[edit]

In 1940, during the Second World War, the clocks in Britain were not put back by an hour at the end of summer. In subsequent years, clocks continued to be advanced by one hour each spring and put back by an hour each autumn until July 1945. During these summers, therefore, Britain was two hours ahead of GMT and operating on British Double Summer Time (BDST). The clocks were brought back in line with GMT at the end of summer in 1945. In 1947, due to severe fuel shortages, clocks were advanced by one hour on two occasions during the spring, and put back by one hour on two occasions during the autumn, meaning that Britain was back on BDST during that summer.[not in citation given][not in citation given][8]

An inquiry during the winter of 1959–60, in which 180 national organisations were consulted, revealed a slight preference for a change to all-year GMT+1, but instead the length of summer time was extended as a trial.[9] A further inquiry during 1966–67 led the government of Harold Wilson to introduce the British Standard Time experiment, with Britain remaining on GMT+1 throughout the year. This took place between 27 October 1968 and 31 October 1971, when there was a reversion to the previous arrangement.

Analysis of accident data for the first two years of the experiment, published by HMSO in October 1970, indicated that while there had been an increase in casualties in the morning, there had been a substantially greater decrease in casualties in the evening, with a total of around 2,500 fewer people killed and seriously injured during the first two winters of the experiment,[10][11] at a time when about 1,000 people a day were killed or injured on the roads.[12][13] However the period coincided with the introduction of Drink-Driving legislation, and the estimates were later modified downwards in 1989.[11]

The trial was the subject of a House of Commons debate on 2 December 1970[14] when, on a free vote, the House of Commons voted by 366 to 81 votes to end the experiment.[15]

Pedigree Jazz Band, Friday, 17th March 2017

Pedigree Jazz B at Marston’s Brewery 2017

Once again, the PEDIGREE JAZZ BAND are touring down south to entertain us here at Farnborough Jazz Club with ‘A Salute to Trad Jazz’.  Band leader CHRIS WALKER (clarinet) has joining him on this tour, TONY MANN (trombone), ANDY CHISLETT (trumpet), JOHN NODDINGS (banjo & guitar), KEN AMES (double bass) and COLIN LARN (drums).  Chris takes pleasure in giving us a little bit of the history of ‘trad’ jazz and telling about the tunes composers and lyricists.  Of course other bands do that, but Chris tells the story with a bit more involvement.  The band fare from Burton-on-Trent, East Staffordshire and is sponsored by THE MARSTON’S BREWERY.  They have been performing for us since 2014.  If you haven’t heard them before, then turn up on Friday, 17th March 2017 at 8:00pm and enjoy the performance.

Nothing like live music, particularly Jazz.

Your hosts, Diane and Keith

Mike Barry’s Uptown Gang, Friday 10 March 2017

Mike Barry, band leader, (with Roger Curphey) seen here with his XXL Band 26September2014

 MIKE BARRY’S UPTOWN GANG is set to play again for us this Friday, 10th March 2017 here at the Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent).  Band leader, MIKE BARRY, who plays trumpet & sings, has booked GOFF DUBBER on reeds, ‘WHISPERING’ MIKE HOLT on trombone (who also sings), JOHN STUART on banjo & guitar, ROGER CURPHY on double bass and GRAHAM COLLICOTT on drums.  I just can’t believe it has been almost a year since this particular band has played for us.  However, don’t forget Mike has four bands who play here, so that is why it doesn’t seem that long ago since we saw ol’ smiley face.  Anyway, I can’t wait to see this band of greats on Friday.  Come and join us, to make it another fabulous fun evening – the weather is on the up, so we expect to see more of you – lighter evenings and all that jazz!

Nothing like ‘live’ jazz,

Diane and Keith

‘New Orleans Heat’, Friday, 3rd March 2017

          Barry Grummet – Piano and Band Leader

Fabulous news for you.  We, at at FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB, have booked that well-known jazz band, ‘NEW ORLEANS HEAT’, to play here as part of their March 2017 tour.  They begin this tour with us on Friday, 3rd March 2017 They last appeared here July 2014 and we had so much fun with them then, that we are pleased they are travelling down and stopping off here again.  This is a highly popular 7-piece band and is led by BARRY GRUMMETT – on piano (from Loughborough).  He will be joined by RICHARD CHURCH on trumpet, ROGER BIRD on clarinet, DAVE VICKERS on trombone, ALAN BIRKENHEAD on banjo, MIKE BROAD on double bass and COLIN BUSHALL (from near Gloucester) on drums.  Yep, another great evening expected – certainly we don’t expect a quiet night aye!  Lots of dancing should be the ‘order of the evening’.  Oh – and we have a Shepherd Neame bar (with club prices), a friendly atmosphere and free parking.

Come and meet

Diane and Keith, your hosts.

Barry Palser’s Super Six, Friday 24th February 2017

Barry Palser’s Super Six at Farnborough Jazz Club, with Barry (trombone), John Crocker (reeds), Pete Rudeforth (trumpet), Tony Pitt (banjo), Andy Laurence (double bass) and John Tyson (drums) on 11sep2015. Photo by Mike Witt.

BARRY PALSER’S SUPER SIX are sure to give us all the exciting music we crave for each week at FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB, Kent.  So see you tonight – Friday, 24th February 2017.  BARRY, who plays trombone & vocals, has again joining him, PETE RUDEFORTH playing trumpet &vocals, with JOHN CROCKER playing clarinet, tenor sax &vocals, TONY PITT playing banjo &guitar, ANDY LAWRENCE playing double bass and JOHN TYSON playing drums.   Wowie, what a line-up aye!  There are some pretty spectacular musicians in the world today, but these guys can certainly match them anytime.

Now, you’ve got to join us two jazzers,

(Diane and Keith), haven’t you!

They start playing at 8:0pm – don’t miss their first number.

P.S.  Reminder – It is this Sunday, 3:00pm-6:00pm, 26th February that ‘4-In-A-Bar+1’, who play ‘smooth Dinner Jazz’, are appearing again at Ye Olde Whyte Lyon, Locks Bottom, Kent .  The musicians are John Lee (tenor), Tim Huskisson (piano), Roger Curphey (double bass), with Keith Grant (drums) and Diane, singing a few songs.  (Always the last Sunday of each month).  Why not book a roast lunch  (tel: 01689-852631) served between 12:00 & 5:00pm.

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