Author Archives: Diane

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

DAVE STRADWICK’S SUSSEX JAZZ KINGS, Friday 21st July 2017

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

‘Lord Napier Hot Shots, Friday, 9th June 2017

Lord_Napier Hotshots play at Farnborough Jazz Club on 16oct2015. Wot about those fab socks of Mike Duckworth (trombone)! Photo By Mike Witt.

The ‘LORD NAPIER HOT SHOTS’ will be making their way over to our FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB this Friday, 9th June 2017 to inject us with our weekly shot of jazz.   There will be a couple of changes in the band, so do have a look at the line-up.   MALCOLM WALTON (trumpet) will be joined by MIKE DUCKWORTH (trombone) [typeface same colour as Mike’s fun socks!], PAT GLOVER (reeds &vocals), as well as JOHN STEWART (banjo & guitar), plus MICK SCRIVEN (double bass, bass sax & vocals) and GRAHAM CAULICOTTE will be playing drums.  Last week was far too hot to dance any fast ones, in fact not much dancing at all, although they were great to listen to, but I believe this coming Friday will be much more pleasant, so put your dancing shoes in your bags and see you on Friday for that weekly exercise (and fun of course).

Your hosts, Diane & Keith

P.S. Only beautiful and happy people are allowed at Farnborough – so if you are ugly and miserable, then sorry, I’m afraid you can’t come in!!!!!!  Oh, I’ve just thought, you better make an appearance, otherwise everyone will think you were not allowed in – ha ha.

Yerba Buena Celebration Jazz Band, 2nd June 2017

Yerba Buena Celebration Jazz Band at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 3rd June 2016. (LtoR) Mike Barry (2nd trumpet&vocals), Dave Rance (1st trumpet&vocals) & George ‘Kid’ Tidiman (trombone) & Pete Lay (drums).  Photo by Mike Witt.

It’s exactly a year ago since ‘YERBA BUENA CELEBRATION JAZZ BAND’ appeared here at FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (3rd June to be exact) and now they will return tonight, Friday 2nd June 2017.  This amazing 8-pce jazz band base their style on the great ‘Lu Watters’ Yerba Buena Jazz Band.  The guys in the band will be DAVE RANCE on 1st trumpet, plus he sings, MIKE BARRY is on 2nd trumpet, who also sings.  then there’s GOFF DUBBER   on clarinet, plus  GEORGE ‘KID’ TIDIMAN on trombone (‘Kid’ was in their original band), plus pianist HUGH CROZIER, including drummer PETE LAY, and JOHN ARTHY on tuba and certainly not least NICK SINGER playing banjo.  There you go, you just cannot miss this one.  Last year, you all came out of the woodwork to listen to them and we expect to see you all again this time too.  So get there early and I know you will enjoy yourselves, especially for dancing.

We don’t lie here – enjoy our ‘live’ jazz.

Your hosts, Diane and Keith

Tony Pitt’s All Stars, Friday 26th May 2016

Tony Pitt’s All Stars (Tony on banjo) at Keith’s special birthday, Farnborough Jazz Club 14th August 2015.    Photo by Mike Witt.

We at FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (Kent) take tremendous pleasure in telling you we have the very talented  TONY PITT’S ALL STARS back again and appearing this FRIDAY, 26th MAY 2017.  Band leader TONY (banjoist) has SIMON NELSON (cornet & vocals), DAVE HEWITT (trombone) and AL NICHOLLS (soprano & tenor sax), plus ANDY LAWRENCE (double bass) and JOHN ELLMER (drums).    Simon is new to Farnborough, so I looked him up to learn what I could about him and found a write-up about him, having guested with the band ‘Stars of British Jazz’ (www.starsofbritishjazz.com/guest-artistes.html).  Anyway, if you read last October 28th’s newsletter, then you are sure to have enjoyed that evening and will be back again for more of this professional and fun-loving entertainment too.  If you didn’t make it that night, be sure not to miss this one.  We would like a sell-out to show these great stars we love them.  See you for 8:00clock start.

Your hosts for this ‘live jazz’

Diane and Keith

P.S.  Another reminder for you, once again, it is this Sunday, 3:00pm-6:00pm, 28th May 2017 that ‘4-In-A-Bar+1’, who play ‘smooth Dinner Jazz’, are appearing again at Ye Olde Whyte Lyon, Locks Bottom, Kent.  We have a change of musicians (for May and June) and will be John Lee (tenor), Dave Barnes (piano), Tim Pharoah (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.