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Barry Palser’s Super Six, Friday 17th November 2017

John Tyson playing drums, as one of ‘Barry Palser’s Super Six’, here at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 15th July 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

BARRY PALSER’S SUPER SIX is a favourite band with everyone at FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB, Kent, so it will be good to see them again.  Trombonist BARRY will be joined by ALAN GRESTY (trumpet &vocals), JOHN CROCKER (clarinet & tenor), plus that wonderful engine, TONY PITT (banjo &guitar), ANDY LAWRENCE (double bass) and JOHN TYSON (drums) – certainly a powerfully talented load of musicians.  They are back this Friday, 17th November 2017, full of some wonderful music for you to dance and listen to with excitement, so please join us ….

Your hosts

The Granties (Di and Keith)


Mardi Gras JazzBand, Friday, 10th November 2017

Mardi Gras JazzBand at Keith & Diane’s Wedding 8oct2017, Donnington Manor Hotel. Band leader Rob Pearce-trombone, Leigh Henson-trumpet, John Ellmer-reeds, Jonathan Vinton-piano, Andy Lawrence-d.bass & Paul Baker-drums, Seen here sitting in – Keith on drums, Roger Curphey on d.bass & Diane singing ‘I cant give you anything but love’. Photo by Anje Jenn.

Oh my, the cold nights are certainly drawing in since the clocks ‘fell back’, but not to worry, the MARDI GRAS JAZZBAND’ (the band we had at our wedding) will warm the cockles of your hearts if you come this Friday, 10th November 2017I know a lot of you will agree and join us here at FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (Kent), so it should be another cracking good evening to last you another week.  Band leader trombonist, (and old married man) ROB PEARCE will be joined by LEIGH HENSON (trumpet), JOHN ELLMER (with all his reeds), JOHN STEWART (banjo/guitar), STEVE SMITH (double bass) and PAUL BAKER on drums – a lovely line-up.  Any newcomers, just to tell you, we enjoy dancing, we have plenty of free parking and of course, lovely Shepheard Neame’s beer.

Your hosts, The Grantees

P.S.  We received our first anniversary card – married 1 month – with the sentiments, ‘and they said it wouldn’t last!’ (thanks Jean).

Pedigree Jazz Band, Friday 3rd November 2017

The Pedigree Jazz Band shout ‘cheers’ from The Marston’s Brewery, Burton-upon-Trent DE14 2BG (their sponsors).

It’s the PEDIGREE JAZZ BAND (sponsored by THE MARSTON’S BREWERY) who are on tour here again in The South this Friday, 3rd November 2017 at 8:00pm.  They are appearing at our Farnborough Jazz Club with their special ‘A Salute to Trad Jazz’, which they have been performing for us since 2014.  You always enjoyed them, so we have them back.  Band leader CHRIS WALKER (clarinet) will perform with TONY MANN (trombone), ANDY CHISLETT (trumpet), with JOHN NODDINGS (banjo & guitar), KEN AMES (double bass) and of course COLIN LARN (drums).  Chris will be giving another bit of the history of ‘trad’ jazz and telling about the tunes composers and lyricists and the year they were written.  They come all the way from Burton-on-Trent, East Staffordshire, about 180 miles (3½hrs) from The North, although they are coming via Silvie’s Place, Warlingham (Wednesday 1st), then from Hastings 1066 the night before us.  Please give them a good ol’ Farnborough welcome and send them onto Kingsbridge Jazz Club in Devon, for their next gig (Tuesday 7th), with our cheers ringing in their ears.

Keep Jazz ‘Live’ by supporting it everywhere (especially us please).

Your hosts, The Granties

Tony Pitt’s All Stars, Friday 27th October 2017

Tony Pitt on banjo, Al Nichols on tenor sax, Andy Lawrence on double bass and John Ellmer on drums as part of Tony Pitt’s All Stars at Farnborough Jazz Club, playing for Keith’s birthday on 12th August 2016.     Photo by Mike Witt.

Hey Ho, it’s non-other than  TONY PITT’S ALL STARS back again and appearing this FRIDAY, 27th October 2017 at FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (Kent).  Band leader TONY (banjoist) has booked stars ALAN GRESTY on trumpet, DAVE HEWITT on trombone and AL NICHOLLS on soprano & tenor sax, plus joining him in engine are ANDY LAWRENCE on double bass and JOHN ELLMER on drums. (See newsletter 28th October 2016). They’re top notch, so get here for 8:00pm kick off.

Plus don’t forget our Sunday gig too, ‘4-IN-A-BAR+1’, who play ‘Smooth Dinner Jazz’ at YE OLDE WHYTE LYON, LOCKS BOTTOM, Kent this SUNDAY, 29TH OCTOBER 2017, 3:00PM-6:00PM,  The musicians playing will be JOHN LEE (tenor), TIM HUSKISSON (piano), ROGER CURPHEY (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).

Your hosts for this ‘live jazz’

Are the Granties

Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band, Friday 20th October 2017

Lovely pic of John Ellmer on tenor sax at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 19th February 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

JOHN ELLMER will be playing his soprano sax as magically as ever for us tonight.  That will be here at the FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB tonight, Friday 20th October 2017The rest of this fun filled PHOENIX DIXIELAND JAZZ BAND to join JOHN will be CHARLES SHERWOOD playing clarinet and BILL TODD playing trombone &vocals.  Also ALAN CLARKE playing drums, DAVE BARNES playing piano & vocals and ROGER CURPHEY playing double bass.   So it would be very silly to miss them.  Therefore, how about joining us at 8:00pm and set yourselves up for a happy weekend of tonight’s jazz memories.  Dave also played piano at our wedding to entertain us all, whilst we were enjoying a drink in the main bar.

Your jazz hosts, 

The Granties

I was ‘Granted’ on 8th October 2017, then Keith and I enjoyed a couple of days honeymoon, returning on Friday, 13th October 2017 for Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces.


Keith & Diane’s Wedding Day 8oct2017 at Donnington Manor Hotel with the Mardi Gras Jazzband.  Leader Rob Pearce-trombone, Leigh Henson-trumpet, John Ellmer-reeds, Jonathan Vinton-piano, Andy Lawrence-d.bass & Paul Baker-drums, Seen here sittingin – Keith on drums, Roger Curphey on d.bass & Diane singing ‘I cant give you anything but love’. Photo by Anje Jen

Hugh Crozier (piano) and Dave Price (banjo) with Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces at Farnborough Jazz Club 18mar2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

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

This week was the very first time ever that I had missed writing a newsletter to tell you of the band and the musicians who would be playing for us, since advertising our weekly Friday night jazz club some 25/30 years ago.  Well I had very good reason for missing it, simply due to my being ‘GRANTED’.



So sorry, but let me tell you briefly, we had the return of BOB DWYER’S BIX & PIECES, to FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB on Friday, 13th October 2017.  Trombonist &vocalist BOB, never complained we hadn’t advertised them, because it was a good turnout anyway.  MALCOLME WALTON was on trumpet, with TIM HUSKISSON on clarinet & tenor sax, HUGH CROZIER on piano &vocals, JOHN BAYNE on double bass &bass sax, DAVE PRICE on banjo &guitar and GRAHAM CAULICOTTE on drums.  Also MARILYN PRICE sang a couple of songs.  What a great jazz voice she has too.  Lovely evening.

Keep Jazz Live’ with your hosts,

The Granties

Dave Ware’s Dixie Hotshots, 6th October 2017

Keith, when aged approx 3yrs and Diane, also when aged approx 3yrs.


Dave Ware’s Dixie Hotshots, are playing here tonight, 6th October 2017.  That is here at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent.

Guys in the band are
Dave Ware on trumpet, John Lee on saxes, Norman Bull on trombone, Lyn Saunders on banjo
Roger Curphey on double bass and Tony Blackburn on drums.
Sorry to be so late and so short on info – Keith and I are getting married this week. so running tight for time.


Mardi Gras Jazz Band, Friday, 29th September 2017

Rob Pearce, band leader of Mardi Gras JazzBand, plays trombone at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 19th February 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

We have the MARDI GRAS JAZZBAND’ tonight, Friday, 29th September 2017So get down here and join us at FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (Kent).  What band of merry men do we have here for you?  Well, trombonist & band leader (& newly married) ROB PEARCE, has booked PETE RUTHFORTH (trumpet), JOHN ELLMER (a conglomeration of reeds), plus I think a warm Farnbronian welcome to newcomer  TOM BRIARS (sousaphone), JOHN STEWART (banjo/guitar), ANDY LAWRENCE (double bass) and PAUL BAKER on drums.  So expect to hear some fabulous jazz.  If you don’t, without a doubt, we’ll be saying to you next time we see you (as an old friend used to say), “Oh did you miss a gig”.  See you all for an 8:00pm start – yes?


Your hosts,

Diane and Keith

Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band, Friday 22nd Phoenix September 2017

Bill Todd (trb) & Paul Higgs (trp) of Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band play at Farnborough Jazz Club on 11th March 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

Come and say ‘Hi’ to the PHOENIX DIXIELAND JAZZ BAND playing here at the FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB this Friday 22nd September 2017. You’ll enjoy some pretty fine jazz by some of the best musicians.  You’ve heard of the ‘Man with the Golden Gun’, well we have the ‘Man with the Iridescent Trumpet’, namely PAUL HIGGS.  We  shall also have CHARLES SHERWOOD (clarinet), plus BILL TODD (tromb&vocs). In the engine room, ALAN CLARKE (drums), DAVE BARNES (piano&vocs) and ROGER CURPHEY (double bass).  Don’t forget, treat yourselves to some great entertainment, with a couple of drinks at a Shepherd Neame bar, nothing but the best here for……
Some ‘live jazz’, (we all help to keep it going!)
Your hosts,
Diane and Keith

P.S.  Why not come and enjoy a great Sunday lunch too (12.30-5:00) atYE OLDE WHYTE LYON’ (tel: 01689-852631) and enjoy an afternoon of Smooth Jazz (3:00-6:00) with 4-IN-A-BAR+1’. The music’s free.  Playing are JOHN LEE (sax), TIM HUSKISSON (piano), ROGER CURPHEY (dbass), KEITH GRANT (drums) and Diane (‘+1’) (a few songs). Publican Tim has booked THIS Sunday 24th September 2017 & every last Sunday thereafter. Last time everyone loved the music, with many enjoying the new 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 in Sainsbury’s, who close at 4pm) .  There is a walk-thru to pub at far right corner (face Sainsbury’s).  By the way, Shepherd Neame is the oldest brewery in the Country.  That’s why (I’m told) the beers so good.


Mike Barry’s Frisco Fanatics, 15th September 2017


Trefor ‘Fingers’ Williams with Jonny Boston’s Hot Jazz on tour play at Farnborough Jazz Club 4th March 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.



It is with great sadness that I tell you of the passing of Trefor ‘Fingers’ Williams, a wonderful member of one of Mike’s Band.  I hope to be bringing you a Tribute to this magical bass player and lovely man in a  short while.  Trefor, who died 5th September 2017, was bass player (with ‘Max Collie’s Rhythm Aces’ and ‘Phil Mason’s All Stars’),  I know everyone will be saddened by this news, but tonight we will celebrate his life.

Meeting of the Maestros
Colin Dobson, well known on trumpet with the Billy “Wakey, Wakey!” Cotton band , and a jazz legend in his own right, is a regular visitor to Farnborough Jazz Club where his opinions are often sought by other trumpet virtuosos with regard to their performances. Here Mike Barry, trumpet man with his own XXL band, discusses technical points with Colin over a friendly pint of Spitfire bitter. Two veteran jazzmen find harmony at the popular Farnborough venue. Photo by Mike Witt.






Coming tonight, FRIDAY, 15TH SEPTEMBER 2017, Mike has this band the ‘MIKE BARRY’S FRISCO FANATICS’, here at FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB, Kent.  By the way, today is actually the 77th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain.  Last year, Keith held his art exhibition, showing all his wonderful Spitfire and Hurricane water colour paintings (he will be bringing a print of one to show you)……Back to the jazz – MIKE, trumpeter and vocalist, has three bands.  It has been a year since we had these Frisco boys though, but not because we don’t love them.  They are a really happy band and we know you will enjoy them and their music.  The musicians accompanying Mike will be TIM HUSKISSON on clarinet and LES HANSCOMBE on trombone & vocals.  Also GRAHAM BARTON on piano, JOHN SMITH on banjo, MARC EASENER on sousaphone and BRIAN STAPLEY on drums – yes a great line-up.  If you all try to get here early, we will start at 8:00pm.  All are welcome, we love plenty of dancing and we have a good bar.  So come and enjoy yourselves, we do expect a great evening.

Your hosts,

Diane and Keith