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Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces, Friday 28th September 2018

Dave Price on banjo and Graham Collicott on drums with Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces at Farnborough Jazz Club on 29th January 2016. Photo by Mike 


Sarah Spencer Denmark 2008









BOB DWYER’S BIX & PIECES, what a lovely band for me to return to.  Unfortunately, I missed a fabulous evening, last week (cataract op + others), so am hoping to be back on Friday (28th September 2018) to enjoy Bob’s super lot.  If you are reading this newsletter and want to know what I’m talking about, then get down here to FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (Kent) and join Keith and me – and find out for yourself.  Band leader, BOB (trombonist & vocalist) will be joined by musicians, 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.  They will show the ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ bosses about playing the right music for the right dance.  Yes, they make me angry, how can an amateur dance with feeling, if the music is wrong!!!!!!!!!!!  Oops, sorry to let off steam!  (Still like to watch it, though).

Your hosts

Diane & Keith

Barry Palsor’s Super Six, 21st September 2018

Hi Everybody, sorry – but no real newsletter as had cataract op this morning at 6:30am and have just woken after everything was completed.  Operation appears very successful and am feeling good, but will not be at the club tonight.  So if you can all make an effort to join Keith and give him all the support he deserves please.  Of course it will be much better for you all without this ol’ girl being there!  The band will appreciate a happy audience too – thanks.  Barry has the following band with him tonight:

Alan Gresty (tpt),  Tim Huskisson (reeds),  Barry (trom),  Andy Lawrence (bass),  John Tyson (drs),  Tony Pitt (bjo)

Luv Di xxx


The New Orleans Z’hulus from Belgium, Friday, 14th September 2018


New Orleans Z’hulus Jazz Band on 2015 UK Tour with Emile Martyn (drums), Dan Vercruysse (trumpet) and Philippe De Smet (trombone), at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent on 22nd May 2015.                           Photo by Mike Witt.

Brian Turnoch (d.bass) – UK &Belgium      ‘The New Orleans Z’Hulus Jazz Band’ ending their 2016 UK Tour at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent on 22 May. Photo by Mike Witt.









The NEW ORLEANS Z’HULUS are over on their 2018 UK Tour and playing their finale with us Friday, 14th September 2018.  So come and join us here at  FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (Kent) and. and make it the best evening for them to go home on.  We are a fun club, with lots enjoying ‘a light fantastic’ and and many enjoying just listening.  I’ll fill you in again that this international band was put together by band leader, BRIAN TURNOCKBrian lives between U.K. and Belgium and plays double bass.  He has recorded with many ‘greats’ such as George Lewis and Lil Armstrong.  Brian chose to  put together the great talents of the two BELGIANS ,trumpeter DAN VERCRUYSSE and trombonist PHILIPPE DeSMET, plus FRENCHMAN, clarinettist ‘BOSS’ QUEROD and certainly not least, English musicians, banjoist PAUL SEALEY (10yrs with  The Chris Barber’s Band) and definitely not least, drummer EMILE MARTYN.  Emile lives between England, BELGIUM and the U.S.A. (frequently visiting his Dad, famous band leader Barry Martyn – now living in New Orleans).

You wont regret joining us – you just cant beat listening to true talent

Your hosts, Diane and Keith

George ‘Kid’ Tidiman’s All Stars, 7th September 2018

Computer malfunction S – so will just type names of musician’s in tonight’s band, in case it shuts down on me again!

Peter Leonard – trumpet

Tim Huskisson – clarinet

George ‘Kid’ Tidiman – trombone

John Siret – double bass

‘Southend Bob’ Albutt – banjo & vocals

Bill Finch – drums

Will fill you in when I get a breather (who was in last week’s band too)



New Orleans Jazz Bandits, 24th August 2018

THE NEW ORLEANS JAZZ BANDITS will be making their first appearance here on Friday, 24th AUGUST 2018, although most of the band members have appeared here many times before. Some are even old hands – going back to our Badger’s Mount Hotel Jazz Club days – as does Malc, who played with Phil Mason (featured in our club poster).  So, now to fill you in with the band member’s.  Well, to start with, we have ALLEN BEECHEY on trumpet, RON RUMBOL on clarinet &alto sax and JOHN FINCH on trombone, with the engine boys being MALC MURPHEY on drums, PETER BROOKS on double bass and PAUL SEELEY on banjo.  They are sure to give you a super evening’s entertainment, so dont miss out.  They fare from all over the countryEssex, Bracknell, Surrey, Berkshire, Cheshire and Chelsea … yes, one of those bands that are mad … nice though, that they wish to come to our Farnborough Jazz Club here in Kent. 

Dont forget, THIS August Bank Holiday weekend, brings you our ‘4-In-A-Bar+1’ Sunday gig at Ye Old Whyte Lyon Pub (in Locks Bottom, BR6 7BA) to you.  It is a special one, with our playing time being 2-4pm (Not our usual 3-6pm).  Note:  last order  for lunch is at 2pm.  Then, a 4,or4.30pm bar-b-que and then the popular rock band ‘Kristian Baker Band’ will be playing in the lovely pub garden for you at 4.30pm – till late.

Diane and Keith, your hosts

Mike Barry’s Uptown Gang, Friday 17th August 2018

So Sorry, Life is so hectic – photos to follow (hopefully perhaps this afternoon!!!!!!)

MIKE BARRY’S UPTOWN GANG will be playing for you tonight, Friday, 17th August 2018, here at our FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (Kent).  Last time Mike’s ‘Uptown’ band was here, he had fallen, and his injuries had meant he was unable to play, but he is back tonight.  Band leader, MIKE will be joined by GOFF DUBBER on reeds, ‘WHISPERING’ MIKE HOLT on trombone & vocals, JOHN SMITH on banjo & guitar, ROGER CURPHY on double bass and GRAHAM COLLICOTT on drums.  Also, their last appearance (in March 2018), I was apologising to you all about cancelling the previous week, having only had to do so twice in nearly 30years (and always due to extreme bad weather – being snowed out of the club!).  So quite weird that we have had the hottest (probably the longest) summer ever recorded too aye!  It was nice to see a decent crowd here last week, so please see if you can come again tonight.  By the way, we are offering free entry for 25year-olds and under for a limited period (please bring proof of age, so you don’t make it difficult for me, thanks ).  I promise you wont have to kiss me!

Your hosts, Diane and Keith

Farnborough Jazz Club, Friday, 10th August 2018

Hey it’s the Mardi Gras JazzBand with band leader Rob Pearce (trombone), Leigh Henson (trumpe/vocalst), John Ellmer (reeds&things), Marc Easener (bass /sousaphone), John Stewart (banjo/guitar) and Paul Baker (drums). at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 13th May 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

Rob Pearce seen here with his own band – Mardi Gras at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on Friday 24th June 2016. Photo by Peter Marr.

Another Friday is fast approaching (FRIDAY, 10th AUGUST 2018) and you are wanting to know who we have booked for you at FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB, yes?  Great news, it’s the marvellous ‘MARDI GRAS JAZZBAND’.  Keith and I love them, because they are always full of fun (well they’re not called the Mardi Gras for nothing).  They play a mixture of jazz for all preferences.  I said last time, band leader (trombonist) ROB PEARCE, is a frequent visitor of New Orleans, really ‘living’ his jazz.  Rob again, is joined by LEIGH HENSON (trumpet), plus JOHN ELLMER (reeds by the dozen), JOHN STEWART (banjo & guitar), STEVE SMITH (bass) and PAUL BAKER (drums).  Come on over to Farnborough Village.  We are in the Sports Club and will be enjoying ourselves with a pint, or two (etc) of Shepherd Neame’s brew.  We have a great atmosphere here, have a free carpark.  So, don’t be shy, come and listen and for still only £10, see how we keep young here.

UNDER 25YR OLDS –  IN FOR FREE  limited period!

Diane and Keith


Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band, Friday 3rd August 2018

(Photos to follow) 

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

Photos to follow!!!!!!!

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.