It’s the MAHOGANY HALL STOMPERS here this coming Friday 20rd April 2018 at FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (Kent). Old friend band leader, BRIAN GILES (cornet) will have with him TIM HUSKISSON (reeds) and COLIN GRAHAM (trombone), plus ‘SOUTHEND BOB’ ALBUTT (banjo and vocals), CHRIS MARCHANT (drums) and ROGER CURPHEY (double bass). You can expect some dancing music and a happy relaxed evening (music from 8:00 till 11pm),
Following this lovely warm weather, I expect you have been gardening and will want a nice pint from our Shepherd Neame bar to reward yourselves. Our large car park is free, so no reason to stay at home.
Hosting this ‘live music’, as always, will be Keith & Diane
The young and talented MARTYN BROTHERS JAZZ BAND are here again at our FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB on Friday, 30th April 2018. Dynamic brothers, BEN MARTYN (double bass&vocals) and EMILE MARTYN (drums), are joined by ALLEN BEECHEY (cornet), RICHIE HOWARD (clarinet), DEAN ROSS (piano) and not forgetting of course, JOHN ‘flashback radio’ RUSCOE (guitar). I believe this is the first time we have had Dean play for us here, so dont forget to give him our big warm Farnborough welcome please. Regulars and newcomers alike are welcome. The music is from 8:00pm till 11:00pm and we love to dance here. Of course, we enjoy a Shepherd Neame bar and have plenty of parking. By the way, just a reminder, these brothers are the sons of famous drummer and band leader Barry Martyn, so jazz is in their blood, well they spent their childhood in New Orleans and played with many great names out there. They often visit their Dad, who now lives in New Orleans.
‘Live’ jazz, just for you,
hosted by Diane and Keith
DAVE RANCE’S ROCKIN’ CHAIR BAND is our band booked for tonight at FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB. That being Friday, 6th April 2018, from 8:00pm till 11:00pm. Band leader, DAVE RANCE (trumpet & vocals) has booked JOHN AUST (clarinet), GORDON RUSHTON (trombonist), with COLIN FREE (double bass), DOUG PARRY (banjo & guitar) and HENRY HARRISON (drums). They fare from Leighton Buzzard and have travelled here a few times over the years. Their last time was in February 2017, so it would be nice of you all to give them a big welcome back. We have a lovely atmosphere here, so anyone new will always feel at home. Of course, we have plenty of parking space and a (club prices) Shepherd Neame bar to help.
So come and join your hosts
The Granties (Di & Keith)
P.S. You may remember last time they were with us, they had DEREK SCOFIELD. He had a cataract operation a week, or so ago, so not here tonight, We are wishing him well soon, but please, a warm welcome to JOHN AUST. Colin played alto, tenor and bass saxes plus piccolo & vocals, and memorably, you may recall, did a little bit of tap dancing too – here is a photo of him. I will eventually upload the rest in due course. Also, you will notice GRAHAM WISEMAN was playing trombone with the band in 2016. Graham played here often. Remembering him tonight – although a warm welcome to GORDON RUSHTON too.
It’s EASTER GOOD FRIDAY, 30th March 2018 and we have a golden band for you – the GOLDEN EAGLE JAZZ BAND here at the FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (Kent) Band leader, KEVIN SCOTT, who plays tenor banjo, has booked TONY KARAVIS on trumpet, ALAN CRESSWELL on reeds, GEORGE ‘KID’ TIDIMAN on trombone & vocals, CHRIS THOMPSON on double bass and PETE LAY on drums. They play the best of New Orleans traditional jazz, with the right tempos for us dancers. Come and enjoy yourselves enjoy a drink and maybe win an Easter Egg for yourself (instead of the kids) in the raffle and start off your Easter holiday by winding down to some lovely fun music.
Diane and Keith, the Granties
Hi Jazzers, come and join us to listen and dance to BARRY PALSER’S SUPER SIX here this Friday, 23rd March 2018 at FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB. BARRY, with his powerful (but beautifully toned) trombone, will have ALAN ‘Lord Arsenal’ BRADLEY (trumpet &vocals), TIM HUSKISSON (clarinet & sax), plus the strong engine playing of TONY PITT (banjo &guitar), ANDY LAWRENCE (double bass) and JOHN TYSON (drums) – you won’t get better stars than these (yes superstar) musicians. We can honestly say, you will get more than your money’s worth. So get your glad-rags on and please join us ….
Diane and Keith (the Granties)
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, 25TH MARCH 2018, 3:00PM-6:00PM, The musicians playing this month are JOHN LEE on tenor sax, TIM HUSKISSON on piano (note he’s playing clarinet Friday), TIM PHAROAH (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).
This FRIDAY, 16TH MARCH 2018, GEORGE ‘KID’ TIDIMAN’S ALL STARS will give you one a crackin’ evening here at FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (Kent), because with our ‘Kid’ GEORGE, (trombone), will be non-other than DENNY ILETT (trumpet), what a player aye? Of course, I’m prejudiced about TIM HUSKISSON on clarinet, he plays piano with our Sunday quartet and I just love his talent. Then we have the great engine backing them, who will be ‘SOUTHEND BOB’ ALLBUT on banjo (with his rich baritone voice), JOHN SIRETT on double bass and BILL FINCH on drums. Such a delightful band, with plenty of atmosphere going on. I must mention, can you believe we were boiling hot last time they were here back in July, with the temperature at 28o. Now we are in for another bitterly cold spell, although not till after we slip our Friday in and the ‘Beast from the East’ hits us on Saturday or Sunday! So enjoy coming out to us, you may be stuck indoors again for a couple of days afterwards.
The Granties (Diane and Keith)
It’s FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (Kent) calling and YIPPEE – WE ARE OPEN TONIGHT, Friday, 9th March 2018 and it’s with MIKE BARRY’S UPTOWN GANG.
Oh dear, I have just heard MIKE has had a nasty fall, badly hurting his knee and sadly will not be with us tonight. However, he has got hold of band leader &trumpeter DAVE RANCE to take his place. Dave will have the usual UPTOWN GANG, namely TIM HUSKISSON 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. Thank goodness that very cold spell looks like it has gone and Spring is on its way – those lovely little flowers are appearing. Don’t you just love this time of year, when we have something to look forward to. Sorry about cancelling last week, but we have only had to do so twice in nearly 30years (always due to extreme bad weather), not bad aye! Let’s hope we don’t have to resort to that again this year. Anyway, we’re sure you will all be back feeling hungry for some jazz and Dave, with Mike’s band, is just what you (and I) need. Hey, ‘live’ jazz is what we offer, so get down here (or up, depending on where you live!) and join us for that fix.
Your hosts, Diane and Keith
The ‘LORD NAPIER HOT SHOTS’ have kindly agreed to cancel their gig here at FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB this Friday, 2nd March 2018. The musicians were to have been MIKE JACKSON on trumpet, PAT GLOVER on clarinet, MIKE DUCKWORTH on trombone, LYNN SAUNDERS on banjo, BILL TRAXLER on drums and PETE CLANCY on double bass.
A reluctant decision has been made! We feel it would be sensible to cancel this Friday’s Jazz. There are too many of you ‘gung-ho’ jazz lovers, who would make the effort to support us and we would be putting you all in danger of falling over, as the situation is today, let alone on Friday. This also includes Bill, with his drums, plus whoever brings the sound equipment – not easy in icy conditions. But with the forecast being blizzards, it could be impossible to get into the clubhouse anyway. So this way, it will be less stressful for me to get in touch with you all – I have a few days to make the many phone calls to those of you who are not on a computer! It is a difficult job, as some of you who don’t come very often, just might decide to come this Friday.
Well, what a wicked situation. The weather forecast has been horrible for Friday – blizzards, etc., forecasted! What upsets me is the mere fact that we cancelled the whole of January, in case of such an event, but had absolutely no sign of bad weather at all. We had planned on visiting Dick and Sheila at Sidcup Jazz club, only to find they were closed for the whole month too, due to renovations. What do they call it – sod’s law!
Hopefully we can look forward to better weather the following Friday, 9th March 2018. We have Mike Barry’s Uptown Gang.
Diane & Keith