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Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band, Friday 3rd August 2018

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The PHOENIX DIXIELAND JAZZ BAND is to be our band for you tonight (Friday, 3rd August 2018) here at FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (Kent).  Robin Coombs was their original band leader, but he had a life-threatening illness a few years ago, which although has recovered from, actually made him decide to retire.  Robin has been a close friend of Keith’s since their teenage years.  Drummer, Alan Clarke carried on running the band without Robin, in the hope he would return, but when Robin decided to stop, they continued on.  So that is with musicians PAUL HIGGS (iridescent trumpet), CHARLES SHERWOOD (clarinet), BILL TODD (trombone/voc), ALAN CLARKE (drums), ROGER CURPHEY (double bass) and pianist ALAN BERRY, Alan was for many years with that jazz programme ‘The Jazz Club’ on BBC Radio, (now Radio 2).  They make a super line-up and have enjoyed continued success ever since.  It’s another lovely warm sunny day today, which I think will bring us a gorgeous evening, once again.  So lets see you all again for another week of jazz ….

Your hosts – Diane and Keith.

Sussex Jazz Kings, Friday 27th JULY 2018

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I seem to be letting this lovely hot weather get to me, I have just remembered I haven’t let you know who is in the band tonight (27th July 2018)! Band leader and trumpet player DAVE STRADWICK is back on form after his severe illness last year, not forgetting his accident last Christmas. What a trouper aye, both he and Lesley are a hard act to beat – so much spunk aye. The band members have stuck by Dave & Lesley and kept things strong too. DAVE will be back on trumpet and of course with him will be BERNARD STUTT on clarinet, IAIN McAUALAY on trombone, PETE LAY on drums, PETER CLANCY on bass and although we all know banjoist PAUL SEALEY (10yrs with Chris Barber’s band), I think it is the first time we have seen him play with Dave’s band here at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent).  We have managed to keep the club house cool, keeping the doors and windows open, so ‘wake yourselves up from your armchairs’, come join us and have some fun with ‘SUSSEX JAZZ KINGS’ …… and your hosts
Diane & Keith (the Granties)

Goff Dubber’s Dixieland Express, Friday 20th July 2018


Goff Dubber plays clarinet with Mike Barry’s Uptown Gang at Farnborough Jazz Club on 8th April 2016. (Goff to centre, Mike Barry & Graham Collicotte to left, John Stewart to right.)            Photo by Mike Witt

Barry Palser’s Super Six play at Farnborough JC, Kent 11sep2015. Pete Rudeforth on trumpet, seen here with John Tyson on drums.     Photo by Mike Witt.









GOFF DUBBER’s DIXIELAND EXPRESS – yes, you read correctly.  Band leader and reed player,  GOFF is bringing his lovely musical express train speeding  to our doors to entertain us right royally here at our FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (Kent) tonight – Friday, 20th July 2018He will have with him, Chris Barber’s trumpeter, PETE RUDEFORTH, with MIKE HOGH on trombone, plus TIM HUSKISSON on piano., not forgetting PETER MORGAN on double bass and MARTIN GUY on drums.  Oh, what a lovely world, to still be able to entertain you with fabulous music.  We shall have the doors and windows wide open, to combat this hot weather (we have also managed to enjoy some dancing too in previous weeks).  So come and relax, enjoy supping at our Shepherd Neame bar and return home fully aware how wonderful these musicians are.

Join us, your hosts, Diane and Keith (the Grantie

Martin Guy on drums with ‘Jonny Boston’s Hot Jazz’ on tour at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent, UK                        4th March 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

Alan Morgan plays double bass as one of Barry Palser’s Super Six at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 12th February 2016. (also John Tyson on drums) Photo by Mike Witt.


Here’s Tim Huskisson on piano and Murray Salmon on double bass, with Jacki Free’s Chicagoans at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on Friday, 5th August 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.


Mahogany Hall Stompers, 13th July 2018

Brian Gyles, trumpeter and band leader of Mahogany Hall Stompes with Chris Marchant on drums at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 5th February 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.


Mahogany Hall Stompers at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 20th May 2015. (LtoR) Colin Graham (trombone), Chris Marchant (drums), Brian Gyles (band leader & trumpeter), ‘Southend Bob’ Albutt (banjo), tony Teale (clarinet) and not in picture – Roger Curphey (double bass) and Tim Huskisson (piano). Photo by Mike Witt.

MAHOGANY HALL STOMPERS will be back with us this Friday 13th July 2018 at FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (Kent).  Band leader, BRIAN GILES, who plays cornet, has om his band the wonderful TIM HUSKISSON (playing reeds), COLIN GRAHAM (playing trombone),with ‘SOUTHEND BOB’ ALBUTT (playing banjo and singing), CHRIS MARCHANT (playing drums) and ROGER CURPHEY (playing double bass.  These guys will give you some lively, beautiful jazz (from 8:00 till 11pm). Our large car park is free, so don’t stay at home, will you.

After our very disappointing England team’s football demise against Croatia in the FIFA World Cup, many of you will want to put a few pints down you (from our club price Shepherd Neame’s bar, aye.   Music is definitely one way of forgetting your disappointments and so why not come tonight.  It will put you back in a happy mood to get ready to cheer England for a possible chance of the bronze medal against Belgium at 3:00pm on Saturday. 

By the way, congratulations to a wonderful RAF’s 100th anniversary fly-past.  What a magnificent display of precision – well done everyone, we just loved it and made us feel so proud.

‘live music’, as always, hosted by Keith & Diane

George ‘Kid’ Tidiman’s All Stars, 6th July 2018


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 . (I had made a funny face at him behind Mike as he took the photo). Photo by Mike Witt.

 The ‘GEORGE ‘KID’ TIDIMAN’S ALL STARS’ are back here tonight, 6th July 2018 at FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (Kent) to give you all just what you want!  Super Stars, Magical Music, Tuneful Tunes, Fabulous Fun, Exciting Evening-out and what’s more you may even win a prize in our Routine Raffle! 




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.


Denny Islett plays trumpet with George ‘Kid’ Tidiman’s All Stars at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent). 7July2017. Photo by Mike Witt.

Who are these super stars?  Well non-other than our ‘Kid’, GEORGE TIDIMAN, (trombone), DENNY ILETT (you’d be hard-put to find a better trumpeter) and how about clarinettist TIM HUSKISSON, such a talent, (I said last time, he plays piano with our Sunday quartet and I just love him).  Then we come to the boiler-room boys, ‘SOUTHEND BOB’ ALLBUT on banjo (with his brilliant baritone voice), JOHN SIRETT on double bass and BILL FINCH on drums.  Such stars, you just mustn’t miss them.  What a coincidence tonight is – because last time they were here, I said how we were in for another bitterly cold spell with the ‘Beast from the East’ due to hits us the very next day.  Then I said how the time before they were here, it had been boiling hot, with the temperature at 28o.  Now what do we have – boiling hot temperatures of 30o.  Oh well, perhaps not too much dancing aye.  But we can still enjoy it – don’t worry boys in the band, I’ll bring the big fan and audience, I’ll have some hand-held ones too.

Your hosts,

The Granties (Diane and Keith

P.S. So sorry, seem to have lost the colouring – will come back at later date to rectify!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Bill Finch on drums and ‘Southend Bill’ Allbut on banjo with George ‘Kid’ Tidiman’s All Stars at Farnborough Jazz Club on 18th September 2015. Photo by Mike Witt.

John Sirett plays double bass with George ‘Kid’ Tidiman’s All Stars at Farnborough Jazz Club on 18th September 2015. Photo by Mike Witt.


Barry Palser’s Super Six, Friday, 29th June 2018


Barry Palser with his Super Six, is seen here on 12th February 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.


Barry Palser’s Super Six played at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent in Sep2015. Pete Rudeforth was on trumpet then, seen here with John Tyson on drums.       Photo by Mike Witt.

BARRY PALSER’S SUPER SIX are to be our entertainment this week, Friday, 29th June 2018.  We, at Farnborough Jazz Club, have enjoyed their jazz for so many years now, so we know we will have a great turn-out.  With England playing in the World Cup tonight (Thursday), we are sure even the most avid football supporters can take an evening off tomorrow (recording any matches) and come enjoy our jazz.  The Super Six are trombonist & vocalist BARRY, with PETE RUDEFORTH on trumpet, DICK DOUTHWAITE on clarinet, plus the brilliant engine playing of TONY PITT on banjo &guitar, ROGER CURPHEY on double bass and JOHN TYSON on drums.  Oh wowie – you better get your butts down here for some Farnborough fun.

Your hosts

The Granties (Di & Keith)

Martyn Brothers Jazz Band,22nd June 2018

Ben Martyn (double bass) leads his own band ‘Martyn Brothers’ (Dominique Coles on drums) at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 15th April 2016. Photo: Mike Witt.

JOHN ‘flashback radio’ RUSCOE on guitar & Dom Coles on drums  in the Martyn Brothers Jazz Band on 30th June 2017 at Farnborough Jazz Club. Photo: Mike Witt.

The MARTYN BROTHERS JAZZ BAND will be charging the air again at our FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB on Friday, 22nd June 2018.  BEN MARTYN (double bass &vocals) had booked Alan Grestie to play, but poor Alan was taken ill and hospitalised with a serious flu bug this week, so Ben has booked one of my favourites, ROB PEARCE on trombone.  A bit of a different sound, liken to The Louisiana Five Jazz Band of the 1920’s (only the second band to ever record their music) – should be a great evening.  Rob, just like Ben, travels frequently back and forth to New Orleans, so sure to give his all.  They will be joined by RICHIE HOWARD (clarinet), DEAN ROSS (piano) [sorry no photo of Dean as yet], JOHN ‘flashback radio’ RUSCOE (guitar) and DOM COLES (drums).  They are very popular in central London clubs and show their versatility, although certainly play the real New Orleans traditional style jazz for us here.  Regulars and newcomers, come and see what fabulous young musicians they are and enjoy a couple of Shepherd Neame pints at the same time, soaking in the atmosphere.  The music is from 8:00pm till 11:00pm (plenty of free parking).   

It’s ‘Live’ jazz

hosted by Diane and Keith   

Guest Rob Pearce, seen here with his own band, Mardi Gras at Farnborough JC 24jun2016. Photo by Peter Marr

Richie Howard (cl) & Dom Coles (drums) with Martyn Bros at Farnborough Kent 15jan2016 Photo by Mike Witt.


P.S. ‘4-In-A-Bar+1’ are performing at Ye Olde Whyte Lyon, Locks Bottom this Sunday, 24 June 2018, from 3:00 till 6:00pm (see special ‘Page’ at top of our website about it).  An excellent venue, where appetising Sunday roasts can be enjoyed, whilst being entertained with dinner jazz.  This month, Tim is unable to play for us, as he has a charity gig he does every year.  But we have an equally talented guest pianist, Alan Berry.  You have got to come to listen to us, we really are good.

Remember three weeks ago, we were booked for a lovely couple’s (Donna and Kenny) wonderful wedding at Leeds Castle (Kent).  Their wedding was just as expected, so beautiful.  I was very proud of ‘my boys’, they certainly were the business.  They looked very elegant too, in their DJ’s AND I don’t remember making any faux pars with my singing either.

Alan Berry on piano and Roger Curphey on double bass seen here with Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band on 23 February 2018 at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent. Photo by Alan Walker


John Lee on tenor sax seen here with Laurie Chescoe’s Reunion Band at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent UK. Photo by Mike Witt.

Lord Napier Hot Shots, 15th June 2018


Lord Napier Hotshots play at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on Friday 26th February 2016. (LtoR) Bill Traxler (drums) Pat Glover (clarinet), Mike Jackson, (trumpet), Lynn Saunders (banjo) and Mike Duckworth (trombone) (luv the yellow & black striped socks). Photo by Mike Witt.

The ‘LORD NAPIER HOT SHOTS’ are returning to the fold here at FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB tonight. Friday 15th June 2018.  The musicians will be MIKE JACKSON (trumpet), PAT GLOVER (clarinet), MIKE DUCKWORTH  (trombone), LYNN SAUNDERS (banjo), BILL TRAXLER  (drums) and PETE CLANCY  (double bass).  I had a quick look back and was reminded they kindly agreed to cancel their last gig here, because that Friday, (2nd March 2018), we had severe snow.  Oh! and by the way, we have only closed a maximum of three times over three score years, not bad aye!  But I’m sure it is going to be a lovely evening, see you all for a swinging time.  If you haven’t been before, don’t feel nervous to come and join us, we only eat people on a Saturday.

Diane and Keith – your hosts

Mike Barry’s Frisco Fanatics, Friday 8th June 2018


Mike Barry, Band leader & trumpeter singing at Farnborough Jazz Club(Kent) in 2017. Photo by Mike Witt.

Mike Barry, Band leader and trumpet player 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

MIKE BARRY’S FRISCO FANATICS are coming to town (well the country side – ha) bringing that ‘West Coast jazz’ sound this Friday, 8th June 2018MIKE is bringing some great guys with him especially for you to enjoy both listening and dancing to, at our Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent (BR6 7BA in the Sports Club).  These lovely musicians are to be TONY TEALE on clarinet, LES HANSCOMBE on trombone & vocals, GRAHAM BARTON on piano, JOHN SMITH on banjo, COLIN GRAHAM on sousaphone and BRIAN STAPLEY on drums.  Mike says this band is looking at 1900’s-20’s West Coast sound as played by such bands as ‘Firehouse Five Plus Two’, ‘The Original Salty Dogs Jazz Band’ and ‘Turk Murphy & His Frisco Jazzband’, plus ‘Bob Scobey’s Frisco Band.  All of which had enjoyed the likes of Armstrong’s Hot Five, ‘King’ Oliver Original Dixieland Jazz Band, ‘Bix’ Beiderbecke and not forgetting ‘The Original Dixieland Jazz Band’.   I asked Mike about his cornet and he said it’s a hybrid instrument called a ’cornet-trumpet’!   Well if all this info doesn’t pull you in to our fun jazz club in your hoards (preferably by coach) to enjoy, I don’t think anything will.

Come and join us, your hosts

Diane and Keith (the Granties)