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‘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’ (  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.

Barry Palser’s Super Six, Friday 19th May 2017

Barry Palser at Farnborough Jazz Club 11sep2015. Photo by Mike Witt.

We are thrilled to tell you BARRY PALSER’S SUPER SIX are here with us again at FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB, Kent this Friday, 19th May 2017 Trombonist BARRY, also a great vocalist, will be joined by GARY WOOD (trumpeter &vocals),  JOHN CROCKER (clarinet, tenor sax & vocals), TONY PITT (banjo &guitar), ANDY LAWRENCE (double bass) and JOHN TYSON (drums).   That makes you all very lucky to be enjoying such talent in one place, so don’t miss them, make sure we are packed out.  Oh and repeating my words of last time – there are some pretty spectacular musicians in the world today, but each and every one of these guys can certainly match them any day.


Diane and Keith

’Mardi Gras Jazzband’, Friday, 12th May 2017

Mardi Gras JazzBand’s front line – John Ellmer (tenor sax), Leigh Henson (trumpe)t and Rob Pearce (trombone) at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 13th May 2016.         Photo by Mike Witt.

Brilliant – the guys in the MARDI GRAS JAZZBAND’ have agreed to play for us again here at FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (Kent) on Friday, 12th May 2017Keith and I always enjoy them because they really make the evening swing.  Trombonist & band leader ROB PEARCE, will have with him vocalist LEIGH HENSON, on trumpet, JOHN ELLMER on reeds, JAMIE PARSONS on piano, DAVE MOSES on double bass and not forgetting PAUL BAKER on drums, now how’s that for a great line-up.  So see you all for an 8:00pm start.

Before I close, I just want to tell you of the wonderful party a lot of us went to yesterday (Tuesday) to celebrate Brian ‘The Hat’ Stout’s life.  What a party it was too!  I’m sure Brian would have been thrilled to know (that as he requested) Rima and his lovely family arrange and made sure it was such a great ‘do’.  There were so many of his friends from the cycling clubs and the various jazz clubs too, joining in the celebration – we all really enjoyed ourselves, with many hats being worn.  Now we know we have a dancer where he’s gone to – and if there’s no cycling, I’m sure he will quickly arrange for that too aye.

Diane and Keith

Brian ‘The Hat’ Stoat (2017) was a keen cyclist, lover of jazz and a great dancer (2)

Brian ‘The Hat’ Stoat (2017) was a keen cyclist, lover of jazz and a great dancer (1)


Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band, Friday 5th May 2017

Alan Clarke of Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band, plays at Farnborough Jazz Club on11 March 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

The PHOENIX DIXIELAND JAZZ BAND consists of a lovely lot of musicians for your enjoyment, namely super talented guest star MIKE COTTON on trumpet, with sweet playing CHARLES SHERWOOD on clarinet and brill BILL TODD on trombone & vocals, with fabulous drumming man ALAN CLARKE, plus our super-duper  DAVE BARNES on piano & vocals, with ROGER CURPHEY – I’m not going to say too much about him – he will only get to big for his boots, but he plays double bass and hey I suppose that goes for our big JOHN STEWART – too, he’s on banjo & guitar.  Anyway, we have them here again at the FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB this Friday 5th May 2017, so make your way here without fail for this great seven-piece jazz band.  By the by, so sorry I left half-way through last week’s fabulous band from Holland.  It was horrible to hear how absolutely great they were throughout and to have missed out, especially the drum solo. I knew we were to be given that treat.  However, this week, Alan will be terrific too on Friday, he is an amazing drummer as well.  He is a fine teacher (see attached, Alan playing ‘Take Five’ – accompanied by a beautifully elegant Linda King on piano).  Thanks to everybody for taking my place, dealing with the raffle tickets – Steve and Susan on the ‘mike’.  I don’t know exactly what was wrong with me last Friday, just felt very ill, but thanks for the many phone calls/texts enquiring after me and will see you all this Friday.

And certainly with ‘Live’ music, without a doubt

With your hosts, Diane and Keith

P.S.  Our next date at Ye Olde Whyte Lyon will be Sunday, 28th May 2017 (last Sunday of the month) and if you see above title page, please note that Dave Barnes (on here at Farnborough on Friday), will also be playing piano on that Sunday for ‘Dinner Jazz’


Storyville Jassband from Holland, Friday 28th April 2017





               Storyville Jassband from Holland 2017,

STORYVILLE JASSBAND from HOLLAND, who gave us a wonderful evening back in August 2015 are on tour and back here again this FRIDAY, 28th APRIL 2017 at our FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB.  The band members are MICHEL MULLER (trumpet/vocals), HENK VAN DE VEN (clarinet), PETER DOBBE (trombone/ guitar/vocals), HENK VAN MULLIGEN (banjo), HEIN VAN ROOIJEN (double bass) and STEF GEURTS (drums).  It will be Michel’s first time of playing here at Farnborough, but Stef was here before with the Limehouse Jazz Band back in 2014.  I’m looking forward to seeing them again, if you read my newsletter about their evening here in August 2015, you will see I tell of them bringing the ‘house down’.  I said how their band leader for 40years, Ruud Nieuwenhuijzen, was ill with ALS (cannot eat or speak, except through a computer).  He was in the audience with his wife and friends.  I am so extremely saddened to learn that he died in July 2016.  So I should like you all to join us on Friday to give the band a happy welcome and let them know we intend to give them a good time!

Diane and Keith

ALS, or amyotrophic laterals sclerosis, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. A-myo-trophic comes from the Greek language. “A” means no. “Myo” refers to muscle, and “Trophic” means nourishment – “No muscle nourishment.

Bill Phelan’s Muskrat Ramblers, Friday, 21st April 2017

Happy 91st birthday, to Your Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.

Band leader Bill Phelan, seen here playing trumpet with Johnny McCallum on banjo and Alan Cresswell on clarinet with ‘Bill Phelan’s Muscrat Ramblers’ at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) last 27th May 2016.    Photo by Mike Witt.

‘BILL PHELAN’S MUSKRAT RAMBLERS’ will be with us at FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB tonight, Friday, 21st April 2017Band leader, BILL (trumpet & flugabone) will have with him   ALAN CRESSWELL (clarinet),  JOHN FINCH (trombone), ANDY LAWRENCE (double bass),  JOHNNY McCALLUM  (banjo & guitar) and PAUL NORMAN (drums).  Oh, I will be back hopefully later to tell you more, but Keith has just popped his head round the door to say car is not working and I have a school run today – before ‘running’ the club tonight, so need a car desperately today!!!!!!!!!!!  Back again and will leave the last sentence on, because the reason for a ‘dead car’ was I had left lights on last night!!!  My saviour was purchasing a great ‘Power Pack’ from Halfords a while back and am extremely  grateful today that I did.  So go and treat yourselves, buy one – you never know when you are going to need one.  Now about our Muskrat’s, well if you read my newsletter about the last time they played for us, you will get the gist of how much fun they have, ensuring audiences have fun too.  I just re-read it and thought I had better fill you all in (especially his wife) about Andy and my (innocent) ‘private country joke’, it conjures  pretty naughty thoughts.  I was going to dear ol’ Dipper’s funeral and was unable to find the crematorium (in Leatherhead, Surrey).  I had been going round and round in circles, so stopped a chap, walking his dog, to ask the way.  After he gave directions, we both suddenly realized we knew one-another, but when you meet someone out of context, well – yes, you’ve guessed, it was Andy – in his dog walking country gear ha ha – he thought he looked smart too.  Seriously, he did look lovely in his smart country-gent gear.  See you all tonight.


Hosts, Diane and Keith

Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces, Good Friday, 14th April 2017

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

Our Easter celebration took place this GOOD FRIDAY, 14th APRIL 2017 (happy birthday to HM Queen Elizabeth 2nd).   BOB DWYER’S BIX & PIECES jazz band  made sure we enjoyed the start of our holiday here at FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB.  Trombonist &vocalist BOB’s phone was temporarily out of order, so was not sure of who was to be playing, however I actually got it wrong – he did in fact have CHEZ CHESTERMAN on trumpet, with JOHN ELLMER on clarinet & tenor sax, HUGH CROZIER on piano &vocals, including JOHN BAYNE on double bass &bass sax, DAVE PRICE on banjo &guitar and GRAHAM CAULICOTTE on drums.  I asked if you could all have a quick look here on Friday afternoon and hopefully, I would have been able to confirm these guys would be playing for you, but sorry, I didn’t have time to check it out.  I can tell you we all enjoyed good dancing, good raffle prizes (all who came had a chance of winning Easter Eggs and some booze too).  I also have to apologise for being unable to keep up with how these recent Fridays have been and what tunes were played, but have house renovations taking place and have little spare time. Hopefully I might get back to it all again.

Now, It is with much regret, I have to tell you that Michael & Silvia  Murtagh have lost their own Sunday jazz club they have spent much energy and love running at Welling.  They have been running jazz for far too many years than I can remember.  So Keith and I thank them and, wish them luck in whatever they care to disperse their energies into –  Michael is still editor for the Just Jazz Magazine, which obviously takes a lot of work for them both too.

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 with his own band, George ‘Kid’Tidiman’s All Stars. Photo by Mike Witt.

Also, I expect by now, most of you will have heard of the death of dear Ken Simms, trumpet player.  Ken last played for us here at Farnborough with George ‘Kid’ Tidiman’s All Stars  – as you can see by this photo, on 22nd July 2016.  We are proud to have known Ken -truly a star- for many years. Keith had played with him on many occasions in the past.  Our sympathy goes out to his family.

Continue to enjoy your Easter holiday and see you all next week.

See you Friday’s – be Good.   

Your hosts,

Diane and Keith