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Granties Dixie Six, Friday 31st May 2019

GRANTIES DIXIE SIX are here tonight, Friday 31st May 2019. Yep, back here by popular demand in our own FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (Kent).  The band made its debut entrance a couple of months ago in February and was a wonderful success with most of our audience – it was full on brilliant swinging Dixieland jazz.  So, let me fill you in as to who we have in the band again tonight.  Firstly, we are thrilled to have PETER LEONARD playing trumpet and singing.  He has played here on many occasions with various bands and I can tell you, he is super.  Joining him, we have the brilliant magical tenor sax playing of JOHN LEE.  Plus, another wonderful vocalist, BOB DWYER on trombone (he has his own band, regularly here – ‘Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces).  TIM HUSKISSON is playing piano (well, he needs no introduction).  Roger Curphey is getting back to his old self, but I said rest for one more time – for the moment he has a motorway journey to get here.  So, we have KEITH DONALD on double bass – he is a ‘great’ swingin’ bass player too.  I’ll be singing two songs and of course, we have my own KEITH GRANT on drums (you never know, you might actually witness Keith catching a stick tonight!).  See you later jazzers – your hosts, Diane and Keith. 

‘Hershey and the Hotshots’ playing for the first time at Farnborough Jazz Club on 4th December 2015. (LtoR) Paul Taylor (trombone), (Keith Grant has sit-in on drums), Roger Curphey (double bass), Peter Leonard (trumpet&vocs), Tim Huskisson (clarinet&alto sax) and (out of view) Andrew Clancy (piano) and drummer Graham Caulicott dances with Jill. Photo by Peter Marr.
John Lee takes a solo (engine boys – Tim Huskisson on piano, Alan Morgan on d.bass & Keith Grant on drums. ‘Granties Dixie Six’, Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent 8Feb2019. Photo by Mike Witt
Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces at Farnborogh Jazz Club on 29Jan2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

Sorry Keith (D) – will upload phot later if time, or tomorrow – need to locate one. Di

Mardi Gras Jazzband, 24th May 2019

It’s MARDI GRAS time tonight, Friday 24th May 2019 at our FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (Kent).    That is when the MARDI GRAS JAZZBAND do their stuff. These guys make regular visits to New Orleans and so they do really know their stuff, often wearing lovely happy blazers, complete with Mardi Gras beads. You will be sure to enjoy the true spirit of New Orleans tonight.  The musicians trombonist band leader, ROB PEARCE has booked, is LEIGH HENSON on trumpet & flugelhorn, plus of course JOHN ELLMER on his many reeds and PAUL BAKER on drums. Joining us for the first time is ROGER LEWIN on piano. So please let’s give him a great big warm Farnbronian welcome. Your  hosts, Diane and Keith

Mardi Gras Jazzband at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) 1st March 2019. Showing off their cheeky socks at Diane’s request . L to R: Pete Clancy (d.bass), John Ellmer (many reeds), Leigh Henson (trumpet/flugelhorn), Rob Pearce (trombone), Paul Baker (drums) and John Stewart (banjo/guitar). Photo by MIke Witt.

Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces, Friday 17th May 2019

BOB DWYER’S BIX & PIECES will be our band for you on Friday 17th May 2019, here at our FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (Kent).  Hey yous, what a band it will be too! Band leader, trombonist & singer, BOB has a wonderful treat in store for you this coming Friday. He has booked Chris Barber’s other trumpet player, namely Mike “Magic” Henry (we have had Chris’ other trumpeter, Pete Rudeforth play for us here). But what annoys me, is I might not be here myself, so I hope you can come back again some day please, Mike. I am sure you will enjoy playing with the rest of Bob’s lovely band, who are SARAH SPENCER (clarinet, alto & tenor saxes), HUGH CROZIER (piano and singing), JOHN BAYNE (double bass & bass sax) and of course GRAHAM COLLICOTT (drums).  Oh what a brilliant band I shall be missing! So music lovers, dont miss it yourselves too. Please come and support Keith for me and keep jazz ‘live’. Diane. Sorry Sarah, probs with photos, hence old pic not with the band. HOORAY – I WONT BE MISSING THIS – I AM NOT AWAY!

Mike ‘Magic’ Henry, trumpeter for many well known bands & musicians, presently being The Chris Barber Big Band for 20plus years. Photo from Chris’ photos.
Bob Dwyer and his Bix & Pieces at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) 29Jan2016. Photo by Mike Witt.
Hugh Crozier (piano) with Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces at Farnborough JC 29th January 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.
Sarah Spencer Denmark 2008
Graham Collicotte plays drums with Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces at Farnborough Jazz Club on 29th January 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.
John Bayne on bass sax (I call it ‘big Bertha’) with Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces at Farnborough Jazz Club on 29th January 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

Martyn Brothers Jazz Band, Friday 10th May 2019

It’s the MARTYN BROTHERS JAZZ BAND – one of my favourite bands – they know how to play New Orleans jazz just how it is meant to be played (they live eat and play it) and they are back here again at our FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB tonight, Friday, 10th May 2019.   BEN MARTYN plays double bass and sings an EMILE MARTYN, who plays drums, have booked one of my favourite musicians, namely ROB PEARCE, who is on trombone.   Rob also has his own band and often plays here, namely The Mardi Gras and just like Ben and Emile, also travels frequently back and forth to New Orleans.  They are to be joined by RICHIE HOWARD on clarinet and RICHARD SIMMONS on piano (sorry, no photo of Richard for the moment).  As I said last time they were here, they are very popular in central London clubs and show their versatility, but certainly play the real New Orleans traditional style jazz for us here and ooze fun for us too.  So come and see what fabulous young musicians they are.  The music is from 8:00pm till 11:00pm (plenty of free parking). It’s ‘Live’ jazz, hosted by Diane and Keith  

Ben Martyn (double bass) leads his own band ‘Martyn Brothers’ at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 15th April 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.
Emile Martyn (he is a ‘Hot drummer’) of Martyn Brothers at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent 6Feb2015. Photo by Mike Witt
Richie Howard plays clarinet with Martyn Brothers at Farnborough Jazz club, 15th January 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.
Rob Pearce, band leader of Mardi Gras JazzBand, plays trombone at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 19th February 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

Barry Palser’s Super Six, Friday, 3rd May 2019

‘BARRY PALSER’S SUPER SIX’ can only bring fabulous music – being the wonderful ‘six’ musicians they are – and they are playing for you tonight, Friday, 3rd May 2019.  Well, we have always tried our hardest to get the best for you here at FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (Kent) and of course Barry does the same too.  He’s has booked ALAN GRESTY to play trumpet, TIM HUSKISSON, who will be playing clarinet and sax and of course, BARRY himself will be playing trombone.  Plus, what an engine room too – ANDY LAWRENCE, who will be on double bass, JOHN TYSON on drums and TONY PITT on banjo and guitar, wowie aye?  That’s what jazz is all about.  Diane and Keith will be there too as usual.   You won’t know what to do, listen or dance.  Yes, of course some of you will do both. Music will be the usual time of 8:00pm till 11:00pm.  These great musicians … and only £10 entrance… you lucky people.

Mike Barry’s Uptown Gang, Friday 28th April 2019

It’s MIKE BARRY’S UPTOWN GANG on Friday, 28th April 2019, here at our FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (Kent),  Trumpeter MIKE will be joined by TONY TEAL on reeds, ‘WHISPERING’ MIKE HOLT on trombone & vocals, JOHN STEWART on banjo & guitar, KEITH DONALD on double bass and BRIAN STAPLEY on drums.   I must mention I actually cut-n-pasted most of the following info about a year ago’s weather, I was apologising then to you all we had cancelling the previous week, having only had to do so twice in about 37years (and always due to extreme bad weather – regarding being snowed out of the club!).  I also said it was quite weird that we had the hottest (probably the longest) summer ever recorded too!  Now here we are a whole year later and to mention how we have had severe weather in this Feb, nearly needing to cancel again due to snow.  Now in recent weeks (and still only in April) isn’t it great we’re enjoying extremely beautiful and hot weather.  Anyway, here comes Mike and the boys – ready to give us a ding-dong again.  I just love this lot’s smiling faces – as well as their choice of tunes.   My apologies, but due to some personal time consuming events – so sorry but photos will have to wait a little longer please, but one day! Your hosts, Diane and Keith

Mahogany Hall Stompers, Friday 19th April 2019

Mahogany Hall Stompers at Farnborough Jazz Club on 13th March 2015. Leader BRIAN GILES (crnet), TIM HUSKISSON (rds), REX O’DELL (trmb&vocs), ‘SOUTHEND BOB’ ALLBUT (bnjo&vocs), CHRIS MARCHANT (drums) & EDDY JOHNSON (d.bass). Photo by Mike Witt.

The Band leader of MAHOGANY HALL STOMPERS is BRIAN GILES.  Brian, who plays cornet, will be back with us Friday 19th April 2019 at FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (Kent).  He has booked TIM HUSKISSON (playing clarinet & alto sax), plus trombonist COLIN GRAHAM, with singer & banjoist ‘SOUTHEND BOB’ ALBUTT.   The band’s regular drummer, Chris Marchant has found it necessary to give up drumming hopefully not permanently (we wish him and his wife our best wishes and thanks).  Meanwhile, please will you give a great Farnborough welcome to their new permanent drummer, BARRY CRICKMORE, who is to play here for the first time.  Also, whilst Roger Curphey is still under the weather, Brian has been booking ALAN MORGAN to play double bass with the band.  Sorry to be repetitive, but we do expect a great session.  With such a lot of lovely weather recently, you just have-to come out and spend an evening with us – your weekly dose of jazz at Farnborough.  Happy Easter everyone and hey, just because I said no Easter eggs in the next raffle, it’s not true, I lied ha ha – we just cannot let you go without a once-a-year treat – nothing like an Easter egg, is there – aye?  You’ll just have to do an extra lot of dancing tonight in preparation for those lovely luxuriously smooth, magnificent and mouth-watering, self-spoiling, fabulously appetising, delicious, gorgeous sumptuously fresh chocolate Easter eggs – oh hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm wow, my tongue is dribbling.  See you tonight at 8.00pm (till 11.00pm).  Yes, of course we have a bar! Your hosts Diane and Keith

Chris Marchant (drums) & ‘Southend Bob’ Albutt (banjo) of Mahogany Hall Stompers at Farnborough Jazz Club, 13Mar2015. Photo by Mike Witt.
Alan Morgan plays double bass, seen here as one of Barry Palser’s Super Six at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 12th February 2016, with John Tyson on drums. Photo by Mike Witt.
Mahogany Hall Stompers at Farnborough Jazz Club on 13th March 2015. (LtoR) Chris Walker (drums), Tim Huskisson (clarinet), Brian Giles (trumpet) & ‘Southend Bob’ Allbut (banjo). 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).). Photo by Mike Witt.

George ‘Kid’ Tidiman’s All Stars. Friday, 12th April 2019

It’s GEORGE ‘KID’ TIDIMAN’S ALL STARS playing for us this Friday, 12th April 2019, here at our FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB.  Did I hear you call out yippee, in delight?  Of course, because our ‘Kid’, GEORGE has DENNY ISLETT on trumpet, TIM HUSKISSON on clarinet &sax, JOHN SIRET on double bass, ‘SOUTHEND BOB’ ALBUTT on banjo &vocals and BILL on drums.  George usually has a great big smile on his face and of course the reason is because he knows these guys with him, will most definitely help him to bring some great big smiles to your faces too.  The music they play for you, is so brilliant, that I know you will be going away on a high.  For you to disprove me of this fact, is impossible, so see you Fridays, guys and dolls. Diane and Keith

George ‘Kid’ Tiidman at Farnborough Jazz Club 23nov2018. Photo by Mike Witt.


Oh my, it’s Friday already.  Doesn’t the week go so quickly nowadays, when your having fun.  But what a fantastic evening we had last Friday, with such a turnout and no-one wanting it to end.  Tonight, 5th April 2019, we will have the super PHOENIX DIXIELAND JAZZ BAND, with leader and drummer, ALAN CLARKE.  I’m sure they will leave everyone in the same mood.  ALAN has booked PAUL HIGGS on his iridescent trumpet, CHARLES SHERWOOD on clarinet, BILL TODD on trombone and vocals, with ALAN obviously on drums, MURRAY SALMON on double bass and ALAN BERRY on piano.   So it will be great to see you all back again, for a rip-roaring evening.  See you all at 8:00pm (finishing at 11:00pm).  Don’t forget your dancing shoes.  Our lovely bar staff, Cathy and Barb, will serve you from our Shepherd Neame bar (club prices), with Ian in charge and Keith and me, enjoying their service too (hmmm).  We have a large (free) car park … just a little request, please park as close as is safe, to allow late-comers to park easily too, thanks. Your hosts, Diane and Keith

Drummer Alan Clarke with Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band seen here at Farnborough Jazz Club on 22nd January 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.
Bill Todd on trombone and Paul Higgs on trumpet with Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band at Farnborough Jazz Club on 5th June 2015. Photo By Mike Witt.
Charles Sherwood seen here featured playing clarinet to ‘Petite Fleur’, with Dave Barnes on piano for Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band at Farnborough Jazz Club on Friday, 19th August 2016.
Photo by Mike Witt.

Alan Berry plays piano with Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band on 23February 2018 at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent. Photo by Alan Walker.

Murray Salmon (double bass) seen here playing for Jackie Free’s Chicagoans – with Jackie on trombone) at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on Friday, 5th August 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

‘Benny Goodman Remembered’, Friday 29 March 2019

‘Benny Goodman Remembered’ is a Farnborough Jazz Club special being held this Friday, 29th March 2019 . Tim Huskisson will play clarinet) as Benny Goodman, with Colin Bray playing vibraphone as Lionel Hampton and Jonathan Vinton playing piano as Teddy Wilson, Keith Donald will play dbass as Slam Stewart, Keith Grant will play drums as Gene Krupa and (brunette) Diane Grant singing as (blonde) Peggy Lee. Hey, you just cant miss this one, it is our special.  We play from 8:00 till 11:00pm (doors will be open from 7:00pm).  Come early as we are expecting a full house.  For certain, we will have a fantastic atmosphere, however many of you turn up.  It is a shame that our lovely Roger Curphey wont be with us as he is feeling ‘under the weather’, but we are so delighted to tell you double bass player, Keith Donald, has offered to ‘step in’ at the last moment.  It will be Keith’s first appearance here, so please don’t forget to give him a right warm Farnbronian welcome.  Keith plays dbass with John Petters’ band, so he is sure to be special too.  Oh, although I’m nervous, I’m so excited to be singing for you, with these brilliant musicians. ♫We have traditional jazz bands every Friday ♫ There is ample free off road parking (pls try to park close to the next car though). We have a licenced Shepherd Neame bar with club prices. Ian, Cath and Barb will be serving you and oh yes, we enjoy dancing here too. We certainly have a friendly atmosphere and all that for just £10 entrance. Diane & Keith are your hosts. This evening, Jackie, John and possibly Len will be on the door to greet you.

Benny Goodman Quartet – photo from Jacobs Burns Film Centre
Peggy Lee sings with Benny Goodman’s Orchestra 1943