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Bill Phelan’s Muskrat Ramblers, Friday, 21st April 2017

Happy 91st birthday, to Your Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.

Band leader Bill Phelan, seen here playing trumpet with Johnny McCallum on banjo and Alan Cresswell on clarinet with ‘Bill Phelan’s Muscrat Ramblers’ at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) last 27th May 2016.    Photo by Mike Witt.

‘BILL PHELAN’S MUSKRAT RAMBLERS’ will be with us at FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB tonight, Friday, 21st April 2017Band leader, BILL (trumpet & flugabone) will have with him   ALAN CRESSWELL (clarinet),  JOHN FINCH (trombone), ANDY LAWRENCE (double bass),  JOHNNY McCALLUM  (banjo & guitar) and PAUL NORMAN (drums).  Oh, I will be back hopefully later to tell you more, but Keith has just popped his head round the door to say car is not working and I have a school run today – before ‘running’ the club tonight, so need a car desperately today!!!!!!!!!!!  Back again and will leave the last sentence on, because the reason for a ‘dead car’ was I had left lights on last night!!!  My saviour was purchasing a great ‘Power Pack’ from Halfords a while back and am extremely  grateful today that I did.  So go and treat yourselves, buy one – you never know when you are going to need one.  Now about our Muskrat’s, well if you read my newsletter about the last time they played for us, you will get the gist of how much fun they have, ensuring audiences have fun too.  I just re-read it and thought I had better fill you all in (especially his wife) about Andy and my (innocent) ‘private country joke’, it conjures  pretty naughty thoughts.  I was going to dear ol’ Dipper’s funeral and was unable to find the crematorium (in Leatherhead, Surrey).  I had been going round and round in circles, so stopped a chap, walking his dog, to ask the way.  After he gave directions, we both suddenly realized we knew one-another, but when you meet someone out of context, well – yes, you’ve guessed, it was Andy – in his dog walking country gear ha ha – he thought he looked smart too.  Seriously, he did look lovely in his smart country-gent gear.  See you all tonight.


Hosts, Diane and Keith

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

Bob and his band – Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces, Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent. Taken 10 July 2015. Photo by Mike Witt

Our Easter celebration took place this GOOD FRIDAY, 14th APRIL 2017 (happy birthday to HM Queen Elizabeth 2nd).   BOB DWYER’S BIX & PIECES jazz band  made sure we enjoyed the start of our holiday here at FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB.  Trombonist &vocalist BOB’s phone was temporarily out of order, so was not sure of who was to be playing, however I actually got it wrong – he did in fact have CHEZ CHESTERMAN on trumpet, with JOHN ELLMER on clarinet & tenor sax, HUGH CROZIER on piano &vocals, including JOHN BAYNE on double bass &bass sax, DAVE PRICE on banjo &guitar and GRAHAM CAULICOTTE on drums.  I asked if you could all have a quick look here on Friday afternoon and hopefully, I would have been able to confirm these guys would be playing for you, but sorry, I didn’t have time to check it out.  I can tell you we all enjoyed good dancing, good raffle prizes (all who came had a chance of winning Easter Eggs and some booze too).  I also have to apologise for being unable to keep up with how these recent Fridays have been and what tunes were played, but have house renovations taking place and have little spare time. Hopefully I might get back to it all again.

Now, It is with much regret, I have to tell you that Michael & Silvia  Murtagh have lost their own Sunday jazz club they have spent much energy and love running at Welling.  They have been running jazz for far too many years than I can remember.  So Keith and I thank them and, wish them luck in whatever they care to disperse their energies into –  Michael is still editor for the Just Jazz Magazine, which obviously takes a lot of work for them both too.

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.

Also, I expect by now, most of you will have heard of the death of dear Ken Simms, trumpet player.  Ken last played for us here at Farnborough with George ‘Kid’ Tidiman’s All Stars  – as you can see by this photo, on 22nd July 2016.  We are proud to have known Ken -truly a star- for many years. Keith had played with him on many occasions in the past.  Our sympathy goes out to his family.

Continue to enjoy your Easter holiday and see you all next week.

See you Friday’s – be Good.   

Your hosts,

Diane and Keith

Hot Lips Oldtime Jazz, Germany 7th April 2017


leader & trumpeter MICHAEL “HOT LIPS” ETZEL, seen here exchanging tips with fellow trumpeter, Colin Dobson (& wife Jo) of Billy Cotton Band Show Fame.                        Photo by Mike Witt.

HOT LIPS OLD-TIME JAZZ’ are again on tour from Munich, Germany and they plan for FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (Kent) to be the last show of the tour.  It will be their second visit to us next Friday, 7th April 2017 (from 8:00pm). The band’s line-up hasn’t changed in 27yrs, being led by MICHAEL “HOT LIPS” ETZEL(trumpet & vocals, BOB STRAUB (clarinet, alto &bass sax), HANNES EICKHORST(trombone), HEINI “THE TINY” BUCKENMAIER (drums), OTMAR “GEORGE” DICKER (d.bass) and WOLFGANG E. OTT (banjo).  What a fabulous evening we had with them, back in 2015.  I quoted in my newsletter about that evening, “Another great evening of jazz”.  Why not join us to enjoy that International flavour we proudly advertise at Farnborough and give ‘Hotlips’ another warm welcome.  £10 entrance and several hours of wonderful jazz will be your reward.  We have a friendly atmosphere, dancing, happy bar staff with club prices and free off-road parking.  Go on spoil yourself, give us a visit, you’ll love it.

Diane and Keith

Your hosts of ‘live’ jazz

Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces, Friday, 31st March 2017

Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces at Farnborough Jazz Club taken on 29Jan2016. Photo by Mike Witt

This week, we have the return of BOB DWYER’S BIX & PIECES, who were to have celebrate my birthday last January, but remember, we had to cancel due to icy and snow conditions.  That all seems a long time ago now, but here we are again, glad to welcome them back to FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB on Friday, 31st March 2017 Trombonist &vocalist BOB, has MALCOLME WALTON on trumpet, with TIM HUSKISSON on clarinet, HUGH CROZIER on piano &vocals, JOHN BAYNE on double bass &bass sax, DAVE PRICE on banjo &guitar and GRAHAM CAULICOTTE on drums.  I intend to party again with them – of course any ol’ excuse aye!

‘Keep Jazz Live’ with your hosts,

Diane and Keith

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