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Martyn Brothers Jazz Band,22nd June 2018

Ben Martyn (double bass) leads his own band ‘Martyn Brothers’ (Dominique Coles on drums) at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 15th April 2016. Photo: Mike Witt.

JOHN ‘flashback radio’ RUSCOE on guitar & Dom Coles on drums  in the Martyn Brothers Jazz Band on 30th June 2017 at Farnborough Jazz Club. Photo: Mike Witt.

The MARTYN BROTHERS JAZZ BAND will be charging the air again at our FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB on Friday, 22nd June 2018.  BEN MARTYN (double bass &vocals) had booked Alan Grestie to play, but poor Alan was taken ill and hospitalised with a serious flu bug this week, so Ben has booked one of my favourites, ROB PEARCE on trombone.  A bit of a different sound, liken to The Louisiana Five Jazz Band of the 1920’s (only the second band to ever record their music) – should be a great evening.  Rob, just like Ben, travels frequently back and forth to New Orleans, so sure to give his all.  They will be joined by RICHIE HOWARD (clarinet), DEAN ROSS (piano) [sorry no photo of Dean as yet], JOHN ‘flashback radio’ RUSCOE (guitar) and DOM COLES (drums).  They are very popular in central London clubs and show their versatility, although certainly play the real New Orleans traditional style jazz for us here.  Regulars and newcomers, come and see what fabulous young musicians they are and enjoy a couple of Shepherd Neame pints at the same time, soaking in the atmosphere.  The music is from 8:00pm till 11:00pm (plenty of free parking).   

It’s ‘Live’ jazz

hosted by Diane and Keith   

Guest Rob Pearce, seen here with his own band, Mardi Gras at Farnborough JC 24jun2016. Photo by Peter Marr

Richie Howard (cl) & Dom Coles (drums) with Martyn Bros at Farnborough Kent 15jan2016 Photo by Mike Witt.


P.S. ‘4-In-A-Bar+1’ are performing at Ye Olde Whyte Lyon, Locks Bottom this Sunday, 24 June 2018, from 3:00 till 6:00pm (see special ‘Page’ at top of our website about it).  An excellent venue, where appetising Sunday roasts can be enjoyed, whilst being entertained with dinner jazz.  This month, Tim is unable to play for us, as he has a charity gig he does every year.  But we have an equally talented guest pianist, Alan Berry.  You have got to come to listen to us, we really are good.

Remember three weeks ago, we were booked for a lovely couple’s (Donna and Kenny) wonderful wedding at Leeds Castle (Kent).  Their wedding was just as expected, so beautiful.  I was very proud of ‘my boys’, they certainly were the business.  They looked very elegant too, in their DJ’s AND I don’t remember making any faux pars with my singing either.

Alan Berry on piano and Roger Curphey on double bass seen here with Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band on 23 February 2018 at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent. Photo by Alan Walker


John Lee on tenor sax seen here with Laurie Chescoe’s Reunion Band at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent UK. Photo by Mike Witt.

Lord Napier Hot Shots, 15th June 2018


Lord Napier Hotshots play at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on Friday 26th February 2016. (LtoR) Bill Traxler (drums) Pat Glover (clarinet), Mike Jackson, (trumpet), Lynn Saunders (banjo) and Mike Duckworth (trombone) (luv the yellow & black striped socks). Photo by Mike Witt.

The ‘LORD NAPIER HOT SHOTS’ are returning to the fold here at FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB tonight. Friday 15th June 2018.  The musicians will be MIKE JACKSON (trumpet), PAT GLOVER (clarinet), MIKE DUCKWORTH  (trombone), LYNN SAUNDERS (banjo), BILL TRAXLER  (drums) and PETE CLANCY  (double bass).  I had a quick look back and was reminded they kindly agreed to cancel their last gig here, because that Friday, (2nd March 2018), we had severe snow.  Oh! and by the way, we have only closed a maximum of three times over three score years, not bad aye!  But I’m sure it is going to be a lovely evening, see you all for a swinging time.  If you haven’t been before, don’t feel nervous to come and join us, we only eat people on a Saturday.

Diane and Keith – your hosts

Mike Barry’s Frisco Fanatics, Friday 8th June 2018


Mike Barry, Band leader & trumpeter singing at Farnborough Jazz Club(Kent) in 2017. Photo by Mike Witt.

Mike Barry, Band leader and trumpet player 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

MIKE BARRY’S FRISCO FANATICS are coming to town (well the country side – ha) bringing that ‘West Coast jazz’ sound this Friday, 8th June 2018MIKE is bringing some great guys with him especially for you to enjoy both listening and dancing to, at our Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent (BR6 7BA in the Sports Club).  These lovely musicians are to be TONY TEALE on clarinet, LES HANSCOMBE on trombone & vocals, GRAHAM BARTON on piano, JOHN SMITH on banjo, COLIN GRAHAM on sousaphone and BRIAN STAPLEY on drums.  Mike says this band is looking at 1900’s-20’s West Coast sound as played by such bands as ‘Firehouse Five Plus Two’, ‘The Original Salty Dogs Jazz Band’ and ‘Turk Murphy & His Frisco Jazzband’, plus ‘Bob Scobey’s Frisco Band.  All of which had enjoyed the likes of Armstrong’s Hot Five, ‘King’ Oliver Original Dixieland Jazz Band, ‘Bix’ Beiderbecke and not forgetting ‘The Original Dixieland Jazz Band’.   I asked Mike about his cornet and he said it’s a hybrid instrument called a ’cornet-trumpet’!   Well if all this info doesn’t pull you in to our fun jazz club in your hoards (preferably by coach) to enjoy, I don’t think anything will.

Come and join us, your hosts

Diane and Keith (the Granties)

Golden Eagle Jazz Band, 1st June 2018


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Alan Alan Cresswell plays clarinet,, accompanied by Kevin Scott playing with Golden Eagle Jazz Band at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 17th June 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.




Tony Karavis plays trumpet with Golden Eagle Jazz Band at Farnborough Jazz Club, 24 November 2017. Photo by Mike Witt.





GOLDEN EAGLE JAZZ BAND will play at the FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (Kent) tonight, Friday 1st June 2018.    Band leader, KEVIN SCOTT, who plays tenor banjo & sings, has booked TONY KARAVIS on trumpet, ALAN CRESSWELL on reeds, plus ROY STOKES on trombone & vocals, CHRIS THOMPSON on double bass and MALC MURPHEY on drums.  Keith and I are unable to be with you, so you will have a lot of fun with your hosts, John and Len (the two 007’s) – always ready to make the evening successful making sure everyone enjoys themselves, just like this band does.  So be there and enjoy.

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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Farnborough Jazz Club wish to add to all the worldwide congratulations and huge wishes for a wonderful wedding day to THE happy couple, Meghan and Prince Harry.  Don’t let anything mar your special day.  It is plain for all to see you love each other.  Such an exciting day to look forward to tomorrow.

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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.