Author Archives: Diane

Mardi Gras Jazzband, Friday, 18th August 2017

Leigh Henson (trumpet) and Rob Pearce (tombone) with Mardi Gras JazzBand play    at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on         19th February 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

Well, here we go again, another Friday (being 18th August 2017) and as usual, it is bound to be full of fun and great music, because we have the great ’MARDI GRAS JAZZBAND’ back again at FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (Kent).  Band leader & trombonist ROB PEARCE, has booked the following super musicians to join him, vocalist LEIGH HENSON on trumpet, JOHN ELLMER on (usually lots of) reeds, JAMIE PARSONS on piano, ROGER CURPHEY on double bass and not forgetting PAUL BAKER on drums.  Our lovely girls – Cath and Barb – will be behind the bar, serving you with a smile.  So come and join us – music will start at 8:00pm, ending at 11:00pm as usual.

Your hosts, Diane and Keith

Barry Palser’s Super Six, Friday 11th August 2017

Band leader Barry Palser, playing trombone with his own band, the ‘Barry Palser’s Super Six’, here at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 15th July 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

It’s always our pleasure to announce that BARRY PALSER’S SUPER SIX will be here again at FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB, Kent. Trombonist BARRY, also a great vocalist, has booked in ALLANLORD ARSENAL’ BRADLEY (trumpeter &vocals), TIM HUSKISSON (clarinet), TONY PITT (banjo &guitar), ANDY LAWRENCE (double bass) and JOHN TYSON (drums).  They are back this Friday, 11th August 2017 It will be Keith’s birthday too (well, actually on Saturday, but then he always celebrates for much more than one day), so please come and join us and have some fun too..

Your hosts

Diane and Keith


Mo Farah wins 10Kmeters Gold                                         at London’s 2017 IAAF Championships

Oh wow, COME ON MO FARAH – WONDERFUL.  Mo, you have just made me cry with happy emotion.  You are fabulous and I salute you.  What a wonderful achievement winning the Gold Medal for 10,000m race at IAAF World Championships at ‘YOUR’ London Stadium.  I can’t wait to see it – no haven’t seen it yet, but look forward to seeing you – tissues to the ready. 

Good luck tonight Mo – and Usain Bolt.


Diane & Keith

Just two of your millions – no billions of fans.

Update:  Our huge wishes to Usain Bolt – a great sportsman – sorry you didn’t achieve the gold again, but brilliant to still go out on a high.

George ‘Kid’ Tidiman’s All Stars, Friday, 4th August 2017

George ‘Kid’ Tidiman’s All Stars at Farnborough Jazz Club on 18th September 2015. LtoR) just hidden-John Sirett (d.bass), Tim Huskisson (cl), Denny Ilett (trmp), Bill Finch (drms), George ‘Kid’ Tidiman (trmb), ‘Southend Bill’ Allbut (bnj). Photo by Mike Witt.

Hey, I expect you were all wondering what happened to last week’s newsletter for our FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB.  Nothing serious, just extremely busy (sorry Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band).  This Friday, 4th August 2017 brings us that ever-young ‘Kid’ GEORGE TIDIMAN on trombone.  Yes, he’s back again to play for us with his ‘All Stars’, namely DENNY ILETT on trumpet, with TIM HUSKISSON on clarinet, ‘SOUTHEND BOB’ ALLBUT on banjo & vocals, JOHN SIRETT on double bass and BILL FINCH on drums.  These musicians really are Stars, playing such great numbers and will definitely encourage a ton of happiness in our little club.  All are welcome.   

So see you – ontime for an 8:00pm start – you won’t want to miss anything, I can assure you.

Your hosts,

Diane and Keith


Sussex Jazz Kings play at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 29th April 2016. (LtoR) Iain MCaulay (trombone), Pete Clancy (d.bass), Dave Stradwick (trumpet) and Bernard Stutt (clarinet) (hidden are Pete Lay on drums and Phil Durrell on banjo). Photo by Mike Witt.

Tonight, Friday 21st July 2017, we have old favourites, DAVE STRADWICK’S SUSSEX JAZZ KINGS to play for us.  Trumpet player&vocalist, DAVE has his usual band members BERNARD STUTT (clarinet), IAIN McAUALAY (trombone), PETE LAY (drums), PETER CLANCY (bass) and KEVIN SCOTT(banjo,guitar&vocals).   Keyboard not working, so no more words, just be there! Thanks.

Diane & Keith

Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces, Friday, 14th July 2017

John Bayne on bass sax (big Bertha) with Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces at Farnborough Jazz Club on 29th January 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

BOB DWYER’S BIX & PIECES jazz band will be here at FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB on FRIDAY, 14th JULY 2017.  Band leader BOB (trombonist &vocalist) will be joined by CHEZ CHESTERMAN (trumpet) and ALAN CRESSWELL (clarinet), plus the engine boys will include HUGH CROZIER (piano &vocals), JOHN BAYNE (double bass & a real treat on bass sax), DAVE PRICE (banjo &guitar) and GRAHAM CAULICOTTE (drums).   Unless you are new here, you will all know by now that this band will always play brilliantly for us.  You can expect variety and good dancing tempos to boot.  If you haven’t tried our club before, don’t be shy to give us a try.  You won’t be sorry, I’m sure you will enjoy the fun.  Lovely Shepherd Neame beer at club prices and plenty of free parking …..

and Diane and Keith will be your hosts for the evening.

George ‘Kid’ Tidiman’s All Stars, Friday, 7th July 2017

George ‘Kid’ Tidiman’s All Stars at Farnborough Jazz Club on 1st April 2016. (LtoR) Tim Huskisson on clarinet, with Denny Ilett (trumpet) and George ‘Kid’ Tidiman (trombone). Photo by Mike Witt.

Ol’ George ‘Kid’ TIDIMAN has his full band on tonight here at Farnborough Jazz Club tonight, Friday, 7th July 2017.   George (on trombone) will have with him that wonderfully talented lot, DENNY ILETT on trumpet, with TIM HUSKISSON on clarinet, ‘SOUTHEND BOB’ ALLBUT on banjo & fantastic vocals, JOHN SIRETT on double bass and BILL FINCH on drums.  Come and join in the fun and dance all evening to this lovely band.  We will have all the doors and windows open, so with that lovely breeze, you shouldn’t feel as hot as it is right now, beautiful as it is (28˚)!

See you all later.

Your hosts, Diane and Keith

Martyn Brothers Jazz Band, 30th June 2017

Ben Martyn, (d.bass) & Emile Martyn (drums) of Martyn Brothers Jazz Band at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent 3Apr2015 Photo by Mike Witt

The FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB will be entertained by the young MARTYN BROTHERS JAZZ BAND tonight, Friday, 30th June 2017.  BrothersBEN MARTYN (who plays double bass and sings) and EMILE MARTYN (who plays drums) are sons of the famous drummer and band leader Barry Martyn.  The boys often visit their Dad, who now lives in New Orleans.

Having mislaid my mobile, I am not sure who is booked to play for us tonight.  Will it be the same as last time when we had that giant trumpeter, PETE RUDEFORTH? Also, will it be RICHIE HOWARD on clarinet, IAN BEETLESTONE on piano and JOHN ‘flashback radio’ RUSCOE on guitar?  Please get your butts down here and find out WHO WILL be entertaining us.  Come and enjoy listening or dancing to whoever, you surely love a surprise sometimes aye!  If you haven’t been here before, everyone is welcome.  Music is from 8:00pm till 11:00pm. .

‘Live’ jazz, don’t lose it.

Hosted by Diane and Keith

P.S.  I have just been told (thanks Steve), literally two minute ago, some pretty horrible and unbelievable news.  The wonderful venue, loved by so many, namely The Lord Napier, is no longer.  It has the builders in, knocking it down.  Unfortunately, it is the first I have heard of the possibility.  I am so disappointed to have been told too late,  Especially now being unable to do anything about it, not that I’m sure I could have.  It’s just that I feel so helpless.  I will return at a later date to write a little something about this wonderful pub.  So many lovely musicians have performed there, including Keith.  They must all be devastated.   Signed a saddened Diane.

Mahogany Hall Stompers, Friday 23rd June 2017

Chris Marchant (drums) & ‘Southend Bob’ Albutt (banjo) of Mahogany Hall Stompers at Farnborough Jazz Club, 13Mar2015. Photo by Mike Witt.

We are going to have a lovely little evening here at FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (Kent) with the MAHOGANY HALL STOMPERS, being so used to playing for us. They are back this coming Friday 23rd June 2017.   Band leader BRIAN GILES (cornet) has booked JOHN ELLMER on ALL THE reeds, COLIN GRAHAM on trombone, plus ‘SOUTHEND BOB’ ALBUTT on banjo and vocals (Bob has such a rich baritone voice).  He also has CHRIS MARCHANT on drums and ROGER CURPHEY double bass.  All are welcome here.  We have a Shepherd Neame club bar, with club prices – come and try their new Spitfire lager.  There’s plenty of free parking, so no reason to stay at home.

Especially with Keith and moi (Diane) hosting your evening

Nothing like ‘live’ music.  

P.S.  By the way, don’t forget, we are back at Ye Olde Whyte Lyon, Locks Bottom, Kent, (next to Princess Royal  University Hospital) this coming Sunday afternoon (25th June 2017) 3:00 till 6:00pm Our band,‘4-in-a-bar+1’, plays smooth jazz, with our KEITH (GRANT) on drums, JOHN LEE on tenor sax, DAVE BARNES on piano, TIM PHAROAH on doublss and I (DIANE) sing a few songs.  I think my nerves are improving and I hope I am sounding better, so please come along and enjoy the ambience of this sixteenth century pub.  Why not book a Sunday lunch on 01689-852631 (their lovely new chef is great) – food is between 12.30pm-5:30pm.  The Sainsbury’s Superstore car park behind the pub is free on Sundays.

New Orleans Z’hulus from Belgium, Friday, 16th June 2017

New Orleans Z’hulus Jazz Band on UK Tour with Emile Martyn (drums), Dan Vercruysse (trumpet) and Philippe De Smet (trombone), play at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent on 22nd May 2015. Photo by Mike Witt.

We have a great band for you – the NEW ORLEANS Z’HULUS from Belgium playing for us tomorrow night, Friday, 16th June 2017. Their last appearance here at FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (Kent) was two years ago, so make the most of this visit, because we may have to wait a long time again for their next visit.  As you can see and as I said last time, this band has a wonderful International flavor, (a couple of changes from last time).  We have trumpeter DAN VERCRUYSSE, who is from BELGIUM.  Then there’s trombonist PHILIPPE DeSMET, who also fares from BELGIUM.  Plus clarinettist BOSS QUEROD, who is from FRANCE.  Then we have three English musicians.  First of all, a great treat for you, banjoist, PAUL SEALEY (10yrs with Chris Barber’s Band).  Second, there’s leader of the band, BRIAN TURNOCK.  Brian lives between U.K. and Belgium and plays double bass. Brian has recorded with many ‘greats’ such as George Lewis and Lil Armstrong,  Plus third, of course you all know drummer EMILE MARTYN, who lives between U.K. and U.S.A, (frequently visiting his Dad, famous band leader Barry Martyn – now living in New Orleans).  I am really looking forward to having this band back again at Farnborough.  We are so lucky to have such talent here, don’t you think.

So come and join us, your hosts,

Diane and Keith