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Granties Dixie Six, 8th February 2018

GRANTIES DIXIE SIX will be making their debut entrance tonight 8th February 2019 here at FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (Kent).  Hey last week was horrendous, weather-wise, but a brilliant evening as Rob made it a real party night.  This week, it’s Keith’s own band, with PETE RUDEFORTH on trumpet, JOHN LEE on reeds, BOB DWYER on trombone & vocals. Plus TIM HUSKISSON on piano, ROGER CURPHEY on double bass and KEITH GRANT on drums.  A great line-up aye!  If I can muster some courage, I might even sing a song or two.  Now if you haven’t been before, now’s the time to come.  Start the year of with some brilliant jazz.  The entertainment value is surely worth a visit.  We love to dance here – we certainly love fun.  The bar is a Shepherd Neame (club prices) one and we have plenty of free carparking space.  All this for just a £10 entrance. Come on, what are you waiting for.  See you tonight (from 8:00pm till 11:00pm).

Your hosts, Diane and Keith 

Giants play at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent 11sep2015. John Crocker (clarinet), Pete Rudeforth (trumpet), John Tyson (drums) on 11th September 2015.
Photo by Mike Witt.
John Lee plays tenor sax seen here on 22nd April 2016 playing for for Laurie Chescoe’s Reunion Band (behind are Jim Douglas, Laurie and Pete Skivington) at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) . Photo by Mike Witt.

Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces at Farnborogh Jazz Club on 29Jan2016.
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.
Roger Curphey plays double bass with Mike Barry’s Uptown Gang at Farnborough Jazz Club on 8th April 2016. (just showing John Stewart on banjo. Photo by Mike Witt.
Keith Grant has sit-in on drums with Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent 17th October 2014.
Photo by Mike Witt


IT IS RAINING AND WARMER HERE, SO WE ARE GOING AHEAD WITH TONIGHT 1ST FEBRUARY.  I’ll tell you though, we have ummed and ahhed as to if we should cancel or not. 

Yippee, I am ready, fun provided by MARDI GRAS JAZZBAND.
Trombone player and band leader ROB PEARCE will have with him LEIGH HENSON on trumpet, JOHN ELLMER on his many reeds, JOHN STEWART on banjo & guitar, STEVE SMITH on bass and DOMINIC COLES on drums.

I cannot believe it though!  We closed for the whole of January and of course, the weather was fine.  But our first day back and ice & snow!  Well, what else aye!  Anyway, rain is here and temperature is up. Many of you realise that if we ever need to cancel, it is a huge job to reach the many unknown numbers of you who may turn up, especially those not on computers.  During which time, the weather can change and warm up.  But we have to make the decision earlier in the day, to give time to reach you all.  Once we decide to cancel and start calling people, there is no going back.  The main reason for any cancellation is always due to the car park having no movement during the day, so snow or ice doesnt disappear. However, the nursery school is open today, so there has bee plenty of cars in the car park.  So let’s be seeing you all – get there!

Rob Pearce of Mardi Gras JazzBand taken at Diane’s birthday party 12jan2018 by Mike Witt
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.
Smiley John Stewart on Banjo with Mike Barry’s Uptown Gang at Farnborough Jazz Club on 8th April 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

Your hosts Diane and Keith

Update of Barry Palser’s Super Six, 21st December 2018

Keith came home late last night from the party , as he puts it, ‘happy’, telling me (as I was sure would be the case), you all came out of the woodwork.  Thank you for making it such a successful evening.  I am sad to have missed everyone.  (Keith left home starting to feel ‘sneezy’ but his  ‘doc’ came from behind the bar, served by Cath & Babs) ,  He told me you all made an effort with your food and candelabras – some dressing up in ‘gnome’ outfits.  I hear Barry announced after the session they had played so many Christmas Carols, but neglected to play ‘Shingle Bells’.   I was so ‘grumpy’ to have missed it all.  Keith’s remark to me was the evening was so successful, that he is going to put up a Christmas tree every week – he’s not ‘bashful’ about it – ha ha (or should that be ho ho ho).  He was ‘sleepy’ and so I had to wait for this morning to hear the rest. So now, I must wish you all a ‘Merry’ Christmas and a very Healthy New Year.   (pics to follow curtesy of Mike and Alan and anyone else who wants to pass some onto me – thanks).         Luv (as my brother-in-law calls me) ‘Dopey’ Di xxx  

We have booked ‘BARRY PALSER’S SUPER SIX’ for your entertainment at our 2018 CHRISTMASPARTY, tomorrow – Friday 21st December, here at our FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (Kent).  Yes, what a line-up Barry has in store for you too.  He has non-other than PETE RUDEFORTH playing trumpet, TIM HUSKISSON on reeds, BARRY himself plays trombone, with ANDY LAWRENCE on bass, JOHN TYSON on drums and JIM DOUGLAS on banjo.   I’d call that ‘BARRY’S ABSOLUTELY SUPER SIX’.  Oh!  I am so fed up, because for the second week running, I am unlikely to be there  to enjoy myself with you.  As I said last week, I have shingles and although I have been told by the Doctors, shingles is not contagious, I’m still feeling rough.  Anyway, the charge to come to this always enjoyable party event, is only £15.  You can enjoy plenty of dancing, a Shepherd Neame ‘club price’ bar and bring your own food and candelabras,  There is plenty of free parking AND you wont have to pay a forfeit at the door! Cos I won’t be there.  We have a bigger raffle than usual, including a limited edition print of one of Keith’s lovely jazz paintings.  It is sure to be busy, so be patient with Keith and help him as much as possible please.  Just in-case I’m not there, I wish you all a ‘Merry’ Christmas and a Healthy New Year.  One last thing, thank you all for making the celebration of Colin Dobson’s Life  last week, the fun Colin would have loved.   Much Luv Di and my ‘bar humbug’ Keith.

Please remember we will be closed on 29th December and the whole of  January, but you can catch up with Keith and me at YE OLDE WHYTE LYON for our ‘4-IN-A-BAR+1’ on 30th December and 27th January (3pm till 6pm).   You are seeing TIM HUSKISSON on reeds tomorrow (21st Dec), but he plays wonderful piano on these dates, plus KEITH playing drums and (a lot of you know) JOHN LEE on tenor sax and ROGER CURPHEY on double bass, plus I’m +1 singing a few songs.  

We shall return 1st February with Mardi Gras Jazzband 

Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces, Friday 14th December 2018

BOB DWYER’S BIX & PIECES are here again at our FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (Kent) tomorrow, Friday 14th December2018.  Colin Dobson’s lovely family have sponsored the band to play for the celebration of Colin’s life.  So please come with smiles on your faces (just as Colin always did) and enjoy Bob’s super lot.  Band leader, BOB (trombonist & vocalist) has with him MALCOLME WALTON on trumpet, SARAH SPENCER on clarinet, alto & tenor saxes, with HUGH CROZIER on piano &vocals, JOHN BAYNE on double bass &bass sax, DAVE PRICE banjo &guitar and of course GRAHAM COLLICOTT on drums.  Join us again for a great evening of dancing jazz. There will be no charge, but donations can be given to the family.  Plus, there will be a raffle and Keith will be adding one of his limited editions of a Louis Armstrong to it.  For those who haven’t been before, we have plenty of free parking and a club priced bar.

Your hostKeith will be with you – please help him though

because I might be missing …… I have shingles!  I am assured by the National Health Authorities that it is NOT CONTAGIOUS (unlike chicken pox), but I will have to see how I am feeling.  Obviously, I am so annoyed as I thought the world of Colin (we spoke many times on the phone over the years).  So please, if I am not there, give Colin a really good send-off.  Thanks.   Diane

Please look on further for photos and videos ……….

Colin Dobson – see videos & photos

(Colin Dobson is pictured here middle & 2nd from left)
‘Somebody Stole My Gal’ Billy Cotton Band Show’s theme tune (photo from Google/BBC website)


Billy Cotton Band Show (from youtube/Getty Images)


Colin can be seen in the trumpet section –  seated  just behind Spike Milligan and to his left (at one time cleaning his glasses).  10may1964 (from Google/BBC)

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 (15dec2017), 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.
Leader & trumpeter MICHAEL “HOT LIPS” ETZEL from
HOT LIPS OLD-TIME JAZZ’  who were again on tour from Munich, Germany, seen here 7apr2017, exchanging tips with fellow trumpeter, Colin Dobson (& wife Jo) of Billy Cotton Band Show Fame. Photo by Mike Wit
‘Comparing Notes’. Denny Islet and Colin Dobson exchange old times. George Tidiman’s All Stars at Farnborough Jazz Club 19Dec2014. Photo by Mike Witt.
9oct2015enSeen here are Keith and Diane, Colin Dobson (of Billy Cotton Band Show fame), his wife Jo and their son-in-law, Jim, having just enjoyed 'Tony Pitt's All Stars' at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 9oct2015. Photo by Mike Witt.
(lLoR) Farnborough hosts Keith & Diane with trumpeter Colin Dobson (Billy Cotton Band fame), his wife Jo and their son-in-law- Jim, having just enjoyed ‘Tony Pitt’s All Stars at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) 9oct2015. Photo by Mike Witt.

Colin Dobson (see update at end re donations instead of flowers)

‘That will cost you a pint Mike’.
Colin Dobson, well known on trumpet with Billy “Wakey, Wakey” Cotton Band) talking to Mike Barry (left) at Farnborough Jazz Club.
26th September 2014
Photo by Mike Witt.

On behalf of his family, we are sorry to be the bearer of such news.  It is with huge sadness we tell you, dear friend Colin Dobson has left this world and (we’d like to think) he has joined other wonderful musicians, who have gone before him.  We sure would like to think he is now having a hoot, enjoying their music up in the great beyond.  Oh – what a sound they must hopefully be pouring out, yeah. 

It is nice to know, his family said he passed on peacefully.  What a lovely man – he never had a bad word for anyone, always with a smile on that warm face of his.  Of course you will remember, Colin Dobson (who was born 1929) played trumpet with the famous radio and TV famed Billy Cotton Band Show (wakey-wake-aaaay).  Their theme tune was ‘Somebody Stole My Gal’. 

His family have the funeral arranged for 14th December 2018, so if you would like to attend and wish to know the details, please email me at  If you knew him personally from years ago, but cant make it, please also email and tell us your own memories of him.  The family will be most grateful. 

The family have also arranged to have a celebration of Colin’s life be held at The Farnborough Jazz Club that evening from 8:00pm till 11:00pm.   BOB DWYER’S BIX & PIECES will make sure it will be a great send-off. 

As several people have asked about where to send donations instead of
flowers, so the family have looked for charities that encourage children and
teenagers to learn to play instruments as Colin was always keen to do
this himself.  You can choose either:

Foundation for Young Musicians supporting bursaries for young people’s
musical education at the Centre for Young Musicians

More nationally
Music for Schools Foundation providing instrumental tuition in primary
schools <>

The family also thank you all for your support and friendship for Colin

Diane and Keith

Mardi Gras Jassband, 7th December 2018

THE MARDI GRAS JAZZBAND played for us here at our Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on Friday, 7th December 2018.  Sorry that I was unable to put a newsletter onboard – I will reveal why at a later date.  Trombone player and band leader ROB PEARCE brought his lovely band, playing in such form.  They are such a happy band (giving that super Mardi Gras feeling (complete with beads everywhere, plus presents for the raffle from New Orleans).  It was his usual band members, LEIGH HENSON on trumpet, JOHN ELLMER on his many reeds, JOHN STEWART on banjo & guitar, STEVE SMITH on bass and PAUL BAKER on drums.  Mike Witt took many photos, which I will upload here soon – I promise

Your hosts – the Granties 

Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band, Friday 30th November 2018

The PHOENIX DIXIELAND JAZZ BAND are back tonight, Friday, 30th November 2018 here at FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (Kent).   Today is St Andrews Day, so here’s the flag to say happy special day to anyone Scottish.    Drummer, Alan Clarke carried on running the band when Robin Coombs retired.  Tonight Alan has booked MIKE COTTON on trumpet, CHARLES SHERWOOD on clarinet, BILL TODD on trombone/vocs, ALAN obviously on drums, ROGER CURPHEY on double bass and ALAN BERRY on piano.  Now that is a lovely band, certainly you shouldn’t miss it.  See you all in your hordes.

Diane and Keith – hosting

Great picture aye? Showing Alan Clarke (drums) and Roger Curphey (double bass) enjoying his pint with the Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 5th June 2015. Photo by Mike Witt.


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






George ‘Kid’ Tidiman’s All Stars, 23rd November 2018

George ‘Kid’ Tidiman (trombonist) brings his ‘All Stars’ to Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent on 6 July 2017. Photo by Mike Witt,

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 Ilett plays trumpet with an intro’ to ‘Starlight’. enjoyed by George ‘Kid’ Tidiman. George ‘Kid’ Tidiman’s All Stars at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 1st April 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.


GEORGE ‘KID’ TIDIMAN’S ALL STARS will be with us again here at FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB, this Friday, 23rd November 2018.   You will be wanting to know who our trombonist ‘Kid’, GEORGE has with him.   Well. we’re very pleased to tell you he has DENNY ISLETT on trumpet, TIM HUSKISSON on clarinetplus a strong boiler room of JOHN SIRET on double bass, ‘SOUTHEND BOB’ ALBUTT on banjo & vocals and BILL FINCH on drums. They all travel a long way to give you a show of their wonderful talent.  We have often expected a coachload of supporters but…..seriously, the more of you turn up, the more a band will feel good and then play their hearts out.  This is sure to be one of those evenings that leave you coming away at the end of the evening on a ‘high’, saying “oh what a session”, so don’t miss it!

Diane (& Keith)

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.



Pedigree Jazz Band’s ‘A Salute to Trad Jazz’, Friday 16th November 2018


Chris Walker, band leader of Pedigree Jazz Band, 2018. Taken from his own website

THE PEDIGREE JAZZ BAND (SPONSORED BY MARSTON’S BREWERY) are on tour again to present ‘A Salute to Trad Jazz’.  Their clarinettist and band leader, CHRIS WALKER arranges for the band to come on tour ‘down south’ every year and once again will appear here, FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB, tomorrow, (Friday), 16th November 2018.  We are second on their schedule – they are at Hastings Jazz Club tonight (Thursday).        Chris has booked to join him, TONY MANN on trombone, ANDY CHISLETT on trumpet, JOHN NODDINGS on banjo & guitar, KEN AMES on double bass and playing here on drums  for the very first time will be SY GORELICK (pronounced G’Relic).   (See C.V.’s in ‘Page’ above).   We hope Sy enjoys the lovely acoustics that musicians say our Farnborough Jazz Club premises has.  Plus, a word to our Farnborough audience, let’s give him a warm fun welcome please, thanks (‘cos I know you are going to come in your hoards!). 

Pedigree Jazz Band (A Salute to Trad Jazz) – from their website L2R: Andy Chislett (t), John Noddings (b), Tony Mann (trb),    Sy Gorelick (drms), Chris Walker (cl) and Ken Ames (d.b).

The idea behind these tours is to give a little bit of history behind ‘trad’ Jazz, bringing a plethora of different numbers from the 50’s and 60’s. Don’t forget, this band fare from Burton-on-Trent, East Staffordshire, about 180 miles (from ‘up North’).  For anyone coming for the first time, we have a Shepherd Neame bar (with club prices) and we enjoy a dance or three or more.  Also, we have plenty of free parking.  So please come and support us and this lovely band, who will give you a wonderful evening’s entertainment.

Keep all jazz ‘Live’ with your support.

Your hosts, Diane and Keith