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Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band, 23th February 2018

Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent. Xmas party on 15th December 2017.  Paul Higgs (trumpet), Charles Sherwood (clarinet), Bill Todd (trombone), Dave Barnes (piano), Roger Curphey (d.bass) and Alan Clarke (drums). Photo by Mike Witt.

The PHOENIX DIXIELAND JAZZ BAND, as Brucie (Sir Bruce Forsyth) would say, ‘you are our favourite’ at FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (well one of them, ha).  They and are here this Friday 23th February 2018.  The musicians will be PAUL HIGGS (iridescent trumpet), CHARLES SHERWOOD (clarinet), BILL TODD (trombone/voc), ALAN CLARKE (drums), ROGER CURPHEY (double bass) and this time, pianist ALAN BERRY.  Alan has played with many greats.  For many years, he worked with the jazz programme ‘The Jazz Club’ on BBC Radio (now Radio 2).  Be prepared to hear some fabulous jazz and I know you’ll leave with a big smile on your face.

Your hosts, Diane and Keith

P.S. DON’T FORGET 4-IN-A-BAR+1 playing Smooth Jazz this Sunday afternoon, 25th February 2018, 3:00-6:00pm at Ye Olde Whyte Lyon, see ‘PAGE’ above, next to ‘HOME’

Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics

I just don’t know how I am going to be at the club tonight, because I was up watching the Winter Olympics till about 4am.  I haven’t been well enough to watch from the beginning of the Olympics, but recovered very quickly.  I loved the figure skating, the curling and speed skiing (well all events).  But have to write Farnborough Jazz Clubs congratulations to Don Parson for the men’s skeleton final and winning the first medal of the 2018 Winter Olympics for Great Britain.  I will return to add……..


Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces, Friday, 16th February 2018

It is BOB DWYER’S BIX & PIECES’ first gig of the year back here at our FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (this Friday, 16th February 2018) and we can assure you, they will thrill your ears with many bits and pieces too with their super rendition of jazz.   Trombonist & vocalist BOB has again booked MALCOLME WALTON on trumpet, with SARAH SPENCER on clarinet, alto & tenor saxes, HUGH CROZIER on piano &vocals, JOHN BAYNE on double bass &bass sax (that is nearly as big as himself), DAVE PRICE on banjo &guitar and GRAHAM CAULICOTTE on drums.  Yep, be prepared to have another great evening of jazz.  Music certainly helps to keep you feeling young, aye!

Your hosts, the Granties

P.S. will back in with photo/s – just going to feed our stray cat! (sorry didn’t get back, will over weekend!


Update – Dave Ware’s Dixie Hotshots 9th February 2018

I hope to bring this website up-to-date in due course, but meanwhile, perhaps photos will be my first ‘port of call’.  Over many years, our friend, Mike Witt, has taken the trouble to take the many photos at the club for us.  However, he is unable to come to the club at the moment, so meanwhile, we hope the many of you who have taken photos would kindly pass them to us please.  These photos were taken by Pete Marr and we thank him very much.  Hopefully, I shall return to write a few notes about the evening – again in due course.  Thanks.

Dave Ware’s Dixie Hotshots play at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent on 9th February 2018. Dave had an accident, damaging his mouth, so Peter Leonard played trumpet (&vocals). Also Norman Bull is quite illl, so John Finch played trombone (&vocals). The rest were John Lee (reeds), Roger Curphey (double bass), Lynn Saunders (banjo &vocals) and Tony Blackburn (drums). Photo by Pete Marr.

Dave Ware’s Dave Ware’s Dixie Hotshots play at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent on 9th February 2018. The players were Peter Leonard (trumpet &vocals), John Finch (trombone &vocals), John Lee (reeds), Roger Curphey (double bass), Lynn Saunders (banjo &vocals) and Tony Blackburn (drums). Photo by Pete Mar.


Dave Ware’s Dixie Hotshots play at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent on 9th February 2018. Dave had an accident, damaging his mouth, plus Norman Bull is quite ill, so both were unable to play. Pictured are Peter Leonard (trumperter &vocals and John Finch (trombonist &vocals) depped for them. The rest were John Lee (reeds), Roger Curphey (double bass), Lynn Saunders (banjo &vocals) and Tony Blackburn (drums). Photo by Pete Marr.









Dave Ware’s Dixie Hotshots play at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent on 9th February 2018. Photo by Pete Marr.




Dave Ware’s Dixie Hotshots, Friday 9th February 2018

Hey, guess who is here on FRIDAY 9TH EBRUARY 2018?

Hershey and the Hotshots play for the first time at Farnborough Jazz Club on 4th December 2015. (LtoR) Paul Taylor (trombone), Graham Collicott (drums), Peter Leonard (trumpet&vocs), Roger Curphey (double bass), Tim Huskisson (clarinet&alto sax) and Andrew Clancy (piano). Photo by Jill Alex

We have DAVE WARE’S DIXIE HOTSHOTS, but WITHOUT Dave Ware!!!!  Seriously, poor ol’ Dave fell over in his garden and smashed his lip.  Well it goes without saying, trumpeters do not need to damage their lips, do they!  Oh well, bless him, he has replaced himself with a super trumpet player, PETER LEONARD.  Peter has played here at FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB a few times with other bands (see photo) and we can certainly vouch for him.   Anyway, Dave is sending us his usual band, but without Norman Ball too, as he is also under par.  So the band is  PETER LEONARD (trumpet & vocals), JOHN LEE (saxes), JOHN FINCH (trombone), LYN SAUNDERS (banjo & vocals) ROGER CURPHEY (double bass) and TONY BLACKBURN (drums).  I wont say anymore as Keith and I are being taken out by Jacque and Dave tonight to see The Syd Lawrence Orchestra at Langley Park Social Club and I need to get ready, so see you tomorrow here at Farnborough at 8:00pm.  I shall return either late tonight or in the morning with possibly another photo!



P.S.  Wishing both Dave and Norman a speedy recovery

Mardi Gras JazzBand, Friday, 2nd February, 2018

Hey,  all you lovely jazzers, the  FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (Kent) is up and running again and I bet you have missed us too.  So we expect you all to come pouring through that door this coming Friday, 2nd February, 2018 to enjoy the fabulous MARDI GRAS JAZZBAND’

Rob Pierce on trumpet, Mardi Gras JazzBand at Diane’s 75th party 12 January 2018 at Farnborough Jazz Club. Photo by Mike Witt.

Trombonist band leader ROB PEARCE is back to start our club’s year off with his band and their wonderful top notch music.  Oh by the way, a happy new year everybody.  Rob’s super band will have LEIGH HENSON on trumpet, JOHN ELLMER on his many reeds, JOHN STEWART on banjo & guitar, STEVE SMITH on bass and PAUL BAKER on drums.  You have had plenty of time to get rid of those naughty Christmas inches, but if not (and I certainly haven’t), you know what will help.  Well practically all of you know we love to dance here, which is part of what makes for our happy atmosphere.  That obviously includes a lovely little bar (with club prices) run by Ian, Kath and Barb.

So please join your hosts,

Diane and Keith (the Grantees)

Sussex Jazz Kings, Friday 22nd December 2017

It’s our Christmas Party at the FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB, here in Kent again and the date is FRIDAY 22ND DECEMBER 2017 (£15 entrance on the night).  We have our old favourites, DAVE STRADWICK’S SUSSEX JAZZ KINGS to play for us.  Trumpet player & vocalist, DAVE (as most of you know) has been so unwell, but after treatment, was still hoping to get along to do this gig, Now the silly man has fallen over and broken his hip, so will not be joining us (Oh Dave, how could you do that to us! Really!)  Anyway, he has his usual band members all holding the fort, being BERNARD STUTT on clarinet, IAIN McAUALAY on trombone, PETE LAY on drums, PETER CLANCY on bass and KEVIN SCOTT on banjo, guitar &vocals!  Dave has replaced himself with TONY KARAVIS who will carry the torch – well a trumpet looks a bit like a torch, doesn’t it.  Of course, it’s not Dave I’m worried about, it’s Leslie !!!!!!

Sussex Jazz KIngs at Farnborough JC Sept2016

Hey, at the party, you can bring your own food – and candelabras if you want.  Also, It is to be fancy dress, (optional).  If you want to, but can’t think what to dress up in, I have suggested you could all come as Groucho Marx – black trousers, a moustache, a pretend cigar and you could write down a couple of one liners you might like to say to fellow partygoers!  Of course the jazz will be the main thing, the lads will do us proud, I’m sure.  All are welcome, but if you can let us know you’re coming beforehand, it will help to make the evening go smoothly (01689-603299).  Thanks.

Meanwhile, let’s all think positive thoughts and send some good wishes winging their way towards Dave’s direction (Horsham) for a speedy recovery & a happy Christmas to him & Leslie, they could do with a bit of luck wished them right now.

Plus CHRISTMAS EVE – don’t forget our Sunday gig too, ‘4-IN-A-BAR+1’.  We play lovely ‘Smooth Dinner Jazz’ (you know all the old standards) at YE OLDE WHYTE LYON, LOCKS BOTTOM, Kent this SUNDAY, 24TH DECEMBER 2017, 3:00PM-6:00PM,  The musicians are  JOHN LEE (tenor), TIM HUSKISSON (piano), ROGER CURPHEY (double bass), with KEITH GRANT (drums) and DIANE, singing a few songs.  (usually 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 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 (if you face Sainsbury’s front).  NOTE:  IT’S  NOT THE LAST SUNDAY THIS TIME, AS THEY ARE CLOSED THAT AFTERNOON –  IN READINESS FOR A NEW YEAR’S EVE EVENING!  WE SHALL BE BACK ON 28TH JANUARY 

Your hosts for all this ‘live jazz’

Are the Granties Diane & Keith

Merry Christmas everyone and A Happy, Healthy New Year TOO. 



Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band, Friday 15th December 2017

Paul Higgs playing his lovely iridescent green trumpet playing for Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band here at Farnborough Jazz Club on 22nd January 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

Drummer Alan Clarke with Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band seen here at Farnborough Jazz Club on 22nd January 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.








The PHOENIX DIXIELAND JAZZ BAND, bringing their wonderful ray of sunshine, will be here at the FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB this Friday 15th December 2017.  PAUL HIGGS will be playing his iridescent trumpet as magically as ever for us and joining him will be CHARLES SHERWOOD, playing clarinet, with BILL TODD playing trombone &vocals, ALAN CLARKE playing drums, DAVE BARNES playing piano & vocals and ROGER CURPHEY playing double bass.  They present a wonderful program of exciting music for you, always something great to both listeners and dancers alike.  Come and enjoy them, I’m sure you will not be disappointed .  Besides, we have very nice Shepherd Neame bar staff too, plus a friendly atmosphere.

Come and your jazz hosts,  Diane and Keith

Mardi Gras JazzBand, Friday, 8th December 2017

John Stewart on guitar and Paul Baker on drums with Mardi Gras Jazzband at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 13th May 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

The MARDI GRAS JAZZBAND’ will be our band here at FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (Kent) this Friday, 8th December 2017Trombonist ROB PEARCE (band leader) has booked  LEIGH HENSON on trumpet, JOHN ELLMER with all his reeds, JOHN STEWART with his banjo and guitar,STEVE SMITH on bass and PAUL BAKER playing drums. After a fabulous evening last week, they have a brilliant act to follow, but Rob’s boys will have little trouble following, we have no doubt.  So get down here, with your dancing shoes and be a part of the happy atmosphere we ALL create.

Your hosts, as always, (well during the last two months anyway – to the day, hmm)

The Grantees

Tony Pitt’s All Stars, Friday 1st December 2017

Tony Pitt’s All Stars at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 9th October 2015. (LtoR) John Tyson (drums), Al Nichols (tenor sax) and Tony Pitt (banjo). Photo by Mike Witt.



Giants Pete Rudeforth (trumpet) and John Tyson (drums play at Farnborough JC, Kent 11sep2015

Dave Hewitt plays baritone horn, with Tony Pitt’s All Stars at Farnborough JC, Kent 29may2015. Photo by Mike Witt.

John Day, double bass (photo from Kenny Ball Junior and his Jazz Band’s website (

We really are thrilled to have TONY PITT’S ALL STARS play for us again, because the musicians Tony gets truly are ‘stars’ in their own right.  They return this FRIDAY, 1st December 2017 at our happy FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (Kent) I can’t believe we are already reaching December – when did our ‘summer’ happen?  TONY (banjoist) will have with him this time  PETE RUDEFORTH (trumpet&vocals), DAVE HEWITT (trombone) and AL NICHOLLS (soprano & tenor sax) and JOHN TYSON (drums).  Plus we have JOHN DAY (double bass) who, like Tony and Pete, has played in the Kenny Ball, Acker Bilk and Chris Barber Bands (Tony also played in The Alex Welsh Band).  Tony was here just five weeks ago with a few different stars and what an evening we had then (as he says – hot foot tapping traditional jazz and as I say ‘at its best’ to listen to, or dance to).  I told you they were all top notch guys and to get here early, because we would expect a great turnout.  You did and even with several regulars missing (due to illnesses and late holidays etc.), we still had a fabulous turnout winning evening.  Obviously, with many regulars back, we’ll surely have a mind-blowingly exciting evening again – so come on one and all, join us again – enjoy ….

with your hosts,

Granties Di & Keith

P.S. So sorry I was absent last Friday, without a letter from my mum too.  I know, I always insist one from all of you, but I couldn’t find a pen before rushing off to my brother in A&E.  Keith had a hard evening, coping with many problems.  But cope, he did and was grateful for those of you who helped – thanks everyone.  By the by, thanks to the Premier Inn, off M1’s J9 (next to Harvester) who were so kind to my sister and to me.  If you need to stop anwhere in that area, use them.  The staff were all wonderful, every one of them.

P.P.S.  Also, thanks for not forget our smooth Dinner Jazz gig last Sunday (‘4-IN-A-BAR+1’ at YE OLDE WHYTE LYON, LOCKS BOTTOM, Kent).  It was packed out and it sounds like I wasn’t missed at all, well, apart from driving Keith home, ha ha.  Reminder on that one, we will be back Christmas Eve 3-6pm, for a Special (still free too).   I’ll try harder to learn my words …. hmm.  This Sunday is instead of New Year’s Eve day Sunday, which is the last one in December.

P.P.P.S Our Farnborough Jazz Club’s Christmas party will be £15 entry.

Fancy Dress – Your choice (& optional).


(First time in over 25yrs at Farnborough – and before that, never at Badgers Mount Hotel)