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Mardi Gras JazzBand, Friday, 19th July 2019

We’re going to the MARDI GRAS, why not come too.  It’s this Friday, 19th July 2019 at our FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (Kent).  That is when the MARDI GRAS JAZZBAND will be with us, bringing the New Orleans sparkle of magic with them… they go regularly.  I promise, you will hanker to go there yourselves, but if you cant, just grab some of that magic from here.

The musicians are trombonist band leader, ROB PEARCE and with him will be LEIGH HENSON on trumpet & flugelhorn, plus JOHN ELLMER, who usually brings all manor of reed instruments with him to play. ROGER LEWIN is back for his second visit to us, playing piano (although he had played here some years ago).  Then there will be STEVE SMITH on double bass and of course, PAUL BAKER on drums, smiling away at the back. 

I shall be wearing my beads they gave to me, during their last visit here.  Yep, looking forward to a bit of fun and dance the night away.  Come on … join us – your hosts, Diane and Keith. P.S A rush job in the end, Sorry, I found I had repeated photos, plus unable to find a picture of Steve (sorry Steve). Hopefully my time will be more peaceful soon to allow me to sort out and publish the lovely photos sent to me from both Alan Walker and Mike Witt.

Mardi Gras Jazzband at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) 1st March 2019. Showing off their cheeky socks at Diane’s request . L to R: Pete Clancy (d.bass), John Ellmer (many reeds), Leigh Henson (trumpet/flugelhorn), Rob Pearce (trombone), Paul Baker (drums) and John Stewart (banjo/guitar). Photo by MIke Witt.

Mahogany Hall Stompers, Friday 12th July 2019

FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (Kent) welcomes back the MAHOGANY HALL STOMPERS tomorrow night, Friday 12th July 2019.  Band leader and cornet player, BRIAN GILES, will be joined by TIM HUSKISSON playing clarinet & alto sax, with COLIN GRAHAM playing trombone.  The engine boys will be ‘SOUTHEND BOB’ ALBUTT playing banjo & singing, JOHN SIRET playing double bass and BARRY CRICKMORE playing drums.  I can’t remember how many years we have had Brian with us (way before I had this website).  He is a lovely man and musicians love playing with him, so come along and join us and hear some happy jazz.  We are still enjoying this beautiful weather – can I suggest you come out and savour a lovely warm summer evening with us – perhaps buy yourself a shandy or something – yes, of course we still have our bar!  See you tomorrow night at 8.00pm (till 11.00pm).  Hosted by Diane and Keith PS I had to add this photo of Southend Bob – from 2010, he hasn’t changed much, has he! Actually none of them have from 2015 either.

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.
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.
‘Southend Bob’ Albutt (banjo & vocals) of The Original Eastside Stompers Jazz Band at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent, UK, on 21st May 2010. Photo by Howard Leigh
John Sirett plays double bass with George ‘Kid’ Tidiman’s All Stars at Farnborough Jazz Club on 18th September 2015. Photo by Mike Witt.

Granties Dixie Six, Friday 5th July 2019

Don’t miss the great jazz of GRANTIES DIXIE SIX in our own FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (Kent).  We are here tonight, Friday 5th JULY 2019.  Get a load of some brilliant swinging Dixieland jazz – enough to get your heart beating, feet tapping and plenty of hands clapping too (or I’ll eat my hats).  Let me tell you who Keith has playing with him this week.  We have MALCOLM WALTON playing effortlessly beautiful trumpet and by the way, Malcolm also has a super jazz voice. Also playing is our fabulous tenor sax player, JOHN LEE.  Then there is terrific trombonist, BOB DWYER (of ‘Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces fame).  You all know Bob has a deliciously romantic jazz voice too.  TIM HUSKISSON is playing superb piano (needing no introduction AT ALL, I love him – well not in the same way that I love Keith ha ha).  Plus, the great swinging bass player, ROGER CURPHEY.  Sorry, I might sing a song, or two and of course, my/your KEITH GRANT will be swinging away in the background on drums too (maybe this time, you will witness him catch that stick (he has managed to on occasions, I promise you).  So, don’t be late (8:00pm start), see you later – your hosts, Diane and Keith.  P.S. I’m sorry I didn’t get time to do a newsletter for GOLDEN EAGLE JAZZ BAND last week – I’ll do one over this weekend to say who played for you.  I hear you supported them well (as you always do) thanks… Diane xx

Malcolm Walton with Bob Dwyer's Bix & Pieces at Tunbridge Wells Jazz Club Feb 2018 (photo Pete Curtis)
Malcolm Walton with Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces at Tunbridge Wells Jazz Club Feb 2018 (photo Pete Curtis)
Bob and his band – Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces, Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent. Taken 10 July 2015. Photo by Mike Witt
John Lee takes a solo (engine boys – Tim Huskisson on piano, Alan Morgan on d.bass & Keith Grant on drums. ‘Granties Dixie Six’, Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent 8Feb2019. Photo by Mike Witt
What a picture, what a photograph! These two likely lads are Roger Curphey and Paul Higgs seen here with Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band at Farnborough Jazz Club on 22nd January 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.
Tim Huskisson plays piano with ‘Jonny Boston’s Hot Jazz’ band on tour at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent, UK 4th March 2016. Photo Mike Witt.
Keith Grant has sit-in on drums with Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent 17th October 2014. Photo by Mike Witt
Diane Grant sings with ‘Granties Dixie Six’ at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent 8feb2019. Photo by Mike Witt

Mike Barry’s Uptown Gang, Friday 21st June 2019

MIKE BARRY’S UPTOWN GANG are here tonight, Friday, 22nd June 2019. So get your best bib and tucker on, plus your dance shoes and join us here at our  FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (Kent),  Trumpeter MIKE has got GOFF DUBBER on reeds, ‘WHISPERING’ MIKE HOLT on trombone & vocals, JOHN STEWART’s on banjo & guitar, with ROGER CURPHEY on double bass and GRAHAM COLICOTT on drums.  There you go, what a lovely line-up that is.  I can almost smell the atmosphere already/  Sorry I know I was a bit optimistic with that heatwave I mention last week – some weather forecaster quoted 25degrees somewhere, then we never saw that quoted again , but it certainly looks lovely today, so we may even be able to have the doors open for you tonight.  Lovely…. So come and join us – your hosts Diane and Keith.

George ‘Kid’ Tidiman’s All Stars. Friday, 14th June 2019

Hey guys and dolls, come on over and visit us – here at FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (Kent).  We have heard we are ‘Having a Heatwave’.  At the same time, you can say hi to GEORGE ‘KID’ TIDIMAN and his ALL STARS.  They are playing for us this Friday, 14th JUNE 2019.  We want a special turn-out this Friday – why?  Well just to celebrate a sunny June (just think positive – we’ve had enough rain, wouldn’t you say?).  Anyway, GEORGE’s Stars are to be PETER LEONARD playing trumpet, TIM HUSKISSON playing clarinet & sax, JOHN SIRET playing double bass, ‘SOUTHEND BOB’ ALBUTT playing banjo, plus BILL FINCH is to be on drums.   Oh yes, we have a new Dutch beer called Amstell bier Lager, so try it out on Friday. Diane and Keith

Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band, Friday 7th June 2019

I remember PHOENIX DIXIELAND JAZZ BAND played for my 71st birthday back on FRIDAY, 10th January 2014, here at FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB and did me proud.  They had played for us on many occasions before and have done so many times since.  Yes, they are our band for you tonight, 7th JUNE 2019.  PAUL HIGGS, was on trumpet that night, as was ALAN CLARKE on drums and ROGER CURPHEY on double bass too, They will be back with us tonight, along with CHARLES SHERWOOD on clarinet/ sax, BILL TODD on trombone and vocals, with ALAN BERRY on piano . The leader of the then 7-pce band in 2014, was our long-term clarinettist friend ROBIN COOMBS, who has since retired to Cornwall parts.  Also in the band was trombonist NORMAN BULL, plus DAVE BARNES on piano, with banjo and vocalist LYNN SAUNDERS.  By the way, Norman played with Keith (in their teenage band) ‘The Orion Dixielanders’, Roger played in bands with Keith from 80’s till present day, namely ‘Mac White Quartet’, Spirit of Bechet’ and our present ‘Four-In-A-Bar+1’ and Lyn played in ‘The KGB’ – ‘The Keith Grant Band’ during the 80’s (that was until Keith broke a shoulder, an arm, a wrist and many bones in his hands) – hmmm I nearly gave him concussion. Consequently he gave up drumming till recent years. See you all tonight – Yes we will be there – your hosts Diane and Keith

Granties Dixie Six, Friday 31st May 2019

GRANTIES DIXIE SIX are here tonight, Friday 31st May 2019. Yep, back here by popular demand in our own FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (Kent).  The band made its debut entrance a couple of months ago in February and was a wonderful success with most of our audience – it was full on brilliant swinging Dixieland jazz.  So, let me fill you in as to who we have in the band again tonight.  Firstly, we are thrilled to have PETER LEONARD playing trumpet and singing.  He has played here on many occasions with various bands and I can tell you, he is super.  Joining him, we have the brilliant magical tenor sax playing of JOHN LEE.  Plus, another wonderful vocalist, BOB DWYER on trombone (he has his own band, regularly here – ‘Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces).  TIM HUSKISSON is playing piano (well, he needs no introduction).  Roger Curphey is getting back to his old self, but I said rest for one more time – for the moment he has a motorway journey to get here.  So, we have KEITH DONALD on double bass – he is a ‘great’ swingin’ bass player too.  I’ll be singing two songs and of course, we have my own KEITH GRANT on drums (you never know, you might actually witness Keith catching a stick tonight!).  See you later jazzers – your hosts, Diane and Keith. 

‘Hershey and the Hotshots’ playing for the first time at Farnborough Jazz Club on 4th December 2015. (LtoR) Paul Taylor (trombone), (Keith Grant has sit-in on drums), Roger Curphey (double bass), Peter Leonard (trumpet&vocs), Tim Huskisson (clarinet&alto sax) and (out of view) Andrew Clancy (piano) and drummer Graham Caulicott dances with Jill. Photo by Peter Marr.
John Lee takes a solo (engine boys – Tim Huskisson on piano, Alan Morgan on d.bass & Keith Grant on drums. ‘Granties Dixie Six’, Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent 8Feb2019. Photo by Mike Witt
Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces at Farnborogh Jazz Club on 29Jan2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

Sorry Keith (D) – will upload phot later if time, or tomorrow – need to locate one. Di

Mardi Gras Jazzband, 24th May 2019

It’s MARDI GRAS time tonight, Friday 24th May 2019 at our FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (Kent).    That is when the MARDI GRAS JAZZBAND do their stuff. These guys make regular visits to New Orleans and so they do really know their stuff, often wearing lovely happy blazers, complete with Mardi Gras beads. You will be sure to enjoy the true spirit of New Orleans tonight.  The musicians trombonist band leader, ROB PEARCE has booked, is LEIGH HENSON on trumpet & flugelhorn, plus of course JOHN ELLMER on his many reeds and PAUL BAKER on drums. Joining us for the first time is ROGER LEWIN on piano. So please let’s give him a great big warm Farnbronian welcome. Your  hosts, Diane and Keith

Mardi Gras Jazzband at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) 1st March 2019. Showing off their cheeky socks at Diane’s request . L to R: Pete Clancy (d.bass), John Ellmer (many reeds), Leigh Henson (trumpet/flugelhorn), Rob Pearce (trombone), Paul Baker (drums) and John Stewart (banjo/guitar). Photo by MIke Witt.

Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces, Friday 17th May 2019

BOB DWYER’S BIX & PIECES will be our band for you on Friday 17th May 2019, here at our FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (Kent).  Hey yous, what a band it will be too! Band leader, trombonist & singer, BOB has a wonderful treat in store for you this coming Friday. He has booked Chris Barber’s other trumpet player, namely Mike “Magic” Henry (we have had Chris’ other trumpeter, Pete Rudeforth play for us here). But what annoys me, is I might not be here myself, so I hope you can come back again some day please, Mike. I am sure you will enjoy playing with the rest of Bob’s lovely band, who are SARAH SPENCER (clarinet, alto & tenor saxes), HUGH CROZIER (piano and singing), JOHN BAYNE (double bass & bass sax) and of course GRAHAM COLLICOTT (drums).  Oh what a brilliant band I shall be missing! So music lovers, dont miss it yourselves too. Please come and support Keith for me and keep jazz ‘live’. Diane. Sorry Sarah, probs with photos, hence old pic not with the band. HOORAY – I WONT BE MISSING THIS – I AM NOT AWAY!

Mike ‘Magic’ Henry, trumpeter for many well known bands & musicians, presently being The Chris Barber Big Band for 20plus years. Photo from Chris’ photos.
Bob Dwyer and his Bix & Pieces at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) 29Jan2016. Photo by Mike Witt.
Hugh Crozier (piano) with Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces at Farnborough JC 29th January 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.
Sarah Spencer Denmark 2008
Graham Collicotte plays drums with Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces at Farnborough Jazz Club on 29th January 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.
John Bayne on bass sax (I call it ‘big Bertha’) with Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces at Farnborough Jazz Club on 29th January 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

Martyn Brothers Jazz Band, Friday 10th May 2019

It’s the MARTYN BROTHERS JAZZ BAND – one of my favourite bands – they know how to play New Orleans jazz just how it is meant to be played (they live eat and play it) and they are back here again at our FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB tonight, Friday, 10th May 2019.   BEN MARTYN plays double bass and sings an EMILE MARTYN, who plays drums, have booked one of my favourite musicians, namely ROB PEARCE, who is on trombone.   Rob also has his own band and often plays here, namely The Mardi Gras and just like Ben and Emile, also travels frequently back and forth to New Orleans.  They are to be joined by RICHIE HOWARD on clarinet and RICHARD SIMMONS on piano (sorry, no photo of Richard for the moment).  As I said last time they were here, they are very popular in central London clubs and show their versatility, but certainly play the real New Orleans traditional style jazz for us here and ooze fun for us too.  So come and see what fabulous young musicians they are.  The music is from 8:00pm till 11:00pm (plenty of free parking). It’s ‘Live’ jazz, hosted by Diane and Keith  

Ben Martyn (double bass) leads his own band ‘Martyn Brothers’ at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 15th April 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.
Emile Martyn (he is a ‘Hot drummer’) of Martyn Brothers at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent 6Feb2015. Photo by Mike Witt
Richie Howard plays clarinet with Martyn Brothers at Farnborough Jazz club, 15th January 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.
Rob Pearce, band leader of Mardi Gras JazzBand, plays trombone at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 19th February 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.