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Golden Eagle Jazz Band, Friday 15th November 2019

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’s Swinging Dixies, 8th November 2019

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

Mike Barry’s Uptown Gang at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent taken 17 August 2018. ‘Whispering Mike’ Holt (trombone), Mike Barry (trumpet) & Goff Dubber (clarinet). Photo by Alan Walker


England v South Africa -The Rugby World Cup Final Game – 2nd November 2019 in Japan

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!


Granties Dixie Six, Friday 1st November 2019

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:

Granties Dixie Six taken at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent 6th September 2019, with Pete Rudeforth (trumpet), John Lee (tenor sax), Bob Dwyer (trombone), Tim Huskisson (piano), Roger Curphey (double bass) and Keith Grant (drums) (plus Diane Grant sang couple). Photo by Alan Walker.




Tony Pitt’s All Stars, Friday, 25th October 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

Tony Pitt at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) October 25, 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

Alan Gresty (trumpet) and Al Nicolls (tenor sax) are driven by John Ellmer on drums with ‘Tony Pitt’s All Stars’ at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 6th May 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.




Tim Huskisson

Graham Hughes (trombone), one of Tony Pitt’s All Stars at Keith’s special birthday at Farnborough Jazz Club, 14th August 2015. Photo by Mike Witt.

Andy Lawrence plays double bass and John Ellmer plays drums for Tony Pitt’s All Stars at Farnborough Jazz Club for Keith’s birthday on 12th August 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

John Tyson plays drums for Tony Pitt’s All Stars at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 9th October 2015. Photo by Mike Witt.


Barry Palser’s Super Six, Friday 4th October 2019

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).

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 (with his own band) at Farnborough Jazz Club, 27feb2015 Photo by Mike Witt

Tim Huskisson plays clarinet (Tony Pitt in background) with Barry Palser’s Super Six at Farnborough Jazz Club on 27Feb2015. Photo by Mike Witt. 27Feb2015

Mardi Gras JazzBand, Friday, 27th September 2019

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)

Leigh Henderson (trumpet) of Mardi Gras at Farnborough JC Kent 1Mar2019. Photo by Alan Walker.


John Ellma plays sax with Mardi Gras JazzBand at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) 1Mar 2019. Photo by Alan Walker.

Paul Baker (drums) with Mardi Gras JazzBand at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) 1mar2019. Photo by Alan Walker.  






Paul Baker (drums) & John Stewart (bajo/guitar) with Mardi Gras JazzBand at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) 1mar2019. Photo by Alan Walker.                       

Pete Clancy (bass) of Mardi Gras JB at Farnborough JC Kent 1stMar2019. Photo by Alan Walker



George ‘Kid’ Tidiman’s All Stars. Friday, 20th September 2019

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’ Friday 13 Sept 2019

‘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

In 1942, Benny Goodman, known as ‘The King of Swing’ & his Orchestra and Peggy Lee recorded ‘Why Don’t You Do Right’. She song it in the film ‘Stage Door Canteen’ in 1943. The ong was written in 1936 by Joseph “Kansas Joe” McCoy. 

1st appearance – ‘Benny Goodman Remembered’  29th March 2019 at Farnborough Jazz Club Kent). Tim Huskisson (clarinet), Colin Bray (vibes), Jonathan Vinton (piano), Keith Donald (dbass), Keith Grant (drums) & Diane Grant (vocals).    Photo by Mike Witt.

Jonathan Vinton (piano), Keith Grant (drums), Keith Donald (dbass) in debut with (out of sight)TimHuskisson (clarinet), Colin Bray (vibes) & Diane Grant Vocals) in ‘Benny Goodman Remembered’ Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent, 29mar2019. Photo by Mike Witt.

Colin Bray plays vibes with Tim Huskisson (clarinet), Jonathan Vinton (piano), Keith Donald (dbass), Keith Grant (drums) with Diane Grant singing. ‘Benny Goodman Remembered’ 1st show- Farnborough Jazz Club 29mar2019. Photo by Mike Witt.

Tim Huskisson plays ‘Benny Goodman Remembered’ with Diane Grant singing, Jonathan Vinton on piano &  Keith Donald on dbass in debut evening with (out of sight) Colin Bray (vibes) & Keith Grant (drums),at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) 29mar2019. Photo by Mike Witt.


Granties Dixie Six, Friday 6th September 2019

Granties Dixie Six’ at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent 8feb2019 Photo-Alan Walker

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.

Pete Rudeforth takes a solo with  ‘Granties Dixie Six’ at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent 8feb2019. Photo by Alan Walker.

Pete Rudeforth enjoys John Lee taking a solo on tenor sax with ‘Granties Dixie Six’ at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent), 8feb2019 Photo by Mike Witt


Bob Dwyer takes a solo with ‘Granties Dixie Six’ at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent 8Feb2019. Photo by Mike Witt.

Diane Grant proudly sings with ‘Granties Dixie Six’ at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent 8feb2019. Photo by Mike Witt

John Lee takes a solo with ‘Granties Dixie Six’ at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent 8feb2019. Photo Alan Walker.  



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.