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Barry Palser’s Super Six, 15th July 2016

Oh happy day, we had the talented BARRY PALSER’S SUPER SIX back again at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent on Friday, 15th July 2016Band leader BARRY, who plays trombone &vocals, had GARY WOOD on trumpet (Gary was last here 4th March with Jonny Boston’s Hot Jazz), plus  GOFF DUBBER on clarinet, TONY PITT on banjo, ANDY LAWRENCE on double bass and JOHN TYSON on drums.

'Barry Palser's Super Six' play at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 15th July 2015. (LtoR) Barry Palser on trombone, Andy Lawrence on double bass, Gary Wood on trumpet, John Tyson on drums, Tony Pitt on drums and Goff Dubber on clarinet. Photo by Mike Witt.

‘Barry Palser’s Super Six’ play at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 15th July 2015. (LtoR) Barry Palser on trombone, Andy Lawrence on double bass, Gary Wood on trumpet, John Tyson on drums, Tony Pitt on drums and Goff Dubber on clarinet. Photo by Mike Witt.

Band leader Barry Palser, playing trombone with his own band, the 'Barry Palser's Super Six', here at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 15th July 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

Band leader Barry Palser, playing trombone with his own band, the ‘Barry Palser’s Super Six’, here at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 15th July 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

I told you not to miss a minute of their playing and of course, you all turned up to enjoy Barry’s band.  Such a delight to have practically a full house.  Barry is such a great personality and we all love him!  Poor ol’ things though.  His wife, (sound engineer and roadie) Bridget, unfortunately broke her leg (way back in March) which hasn’t healed yet and has it in a brace.  As most of you know, Barry had a hip replacement – Bridget’s left leg and Barry’s right hip!  They want to know if there is somewhere they can sign up for a three-legged race please?  That’s musician’s humour for you – it has been hard for them, but they joke about it (like someone else I know (J)!)  Now to try and choose which numbers to tell you about (they were all good!)

Well, I’ll start the ball rolling with ‘It’s Only A Paper Moon’, because Barry played and sang it to Bridget (I think he might love her, don’t you think?).  Then Barry dedicated their next number to someone he played with many years ago – Stan (who has gone now) and that tune was ‘Hindustan’.  I wrote in my notes, ‘Rip Roaring and fab’ with lovely drumming from John and gave it three ticks, meaning brilliant!  I also gave three ticks to the next number, ‘As Long As I Live’.  The floor was packed with our line-dancing and just so much fun.  Keith said this was one of his favourites, reminding him of his ‘Steering Wheel Club’ days in Chelsea, because he used to play it all the time there.  ‘Hello Dolly’ was sung next by Barry and was the number to bring on the dancers – also a packed floor.

I must mention a lovely little family – Ann and Mike Witt’s family (our volunteer photographer), were visiting from Sidney, Australia.  Their young granddaughter, Jos’, danced to the next number ‘Route 66’, (sung by Gary).  In fact she danced to several numbers with her Mum, Karen, (with Dad – Andy – looking on, proudly). What lovely dancers they are too.  We have a wonderful picture of this, but it keeps loading up sideways (another Windows 10 quirk – I will work out what is wrong and add it at a later date).

Joc takes over with the raffle draw, here at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) UK on 15th July 2016. The band - 'Barry Palser's Super Six', Photo by (Granddad) Mike Witt.

Jos takes over with the raffle draw, here at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) UK on 15th July 2016. The band – ‘Barry Palser’s Super Six’, Photo by (Granddad) Mike Witt.

 

 

 

Lovely Joc, with Diane enjoy dancing here at Farnborough Jazz Club, (Kent) UK on 15th July 2016, with jazz band 'Barry Palser's Super Six'. Joc' and her Mum, Dad & brother - Karen, Andy & Noah ) are here from Sidney, Australia, Photo by (Granddad) Mike Witt

Lovely Jos, with Diane enjoy dancing here at Farnborough Jazz Club, (Kent) UK on 15th July 2016, with jazz band ‘Barry Palser’s Super Six’. Joc’ and her Mum, Dad & brother – Karen, Andy & Noah ) are here from Sidney, Australia, Photo by (Granddad) Mike Witt.

Goff Dubber (reed player) seen here singing, as one of 'Barry Palser's Super Six, here at the Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 15th July 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

Goff Dubber (reed player) seen here singing, as one of ‘Barry Palser’s Super Six, here at the Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 15th July 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

Then a ‘Jack Teagarden’ number ‘Music To Love By’ was a feature number for Goff, which he sang beautifully.  What lovely playing Goff – great banjo too Tony.  Oh I have missed off some wonderful tunes (nearly giving their whole repertoire away!)  However, I must mention Satchmo’s number, ‘Mac The Knife’, sung by Barry – what a number.  They all excelled, as they did with the next song, one of my favourite jazz numbers, ‘Christopher Columbus’, I could hear it played, time after time.

Goff Dubber playing clarinet as one of 'Barry Palser's Super Six', here at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 15th July 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

Goff Dubber playing clarinet as one of ‘Barry Palser’s Super Six’, here at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 15th July 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

Goff Dubber playing alto sax, as one of 'Barry Palser's Super Six, here at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 15th July 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

Goff Dubber playing alto sax, as one of ‘Barry Palser’s Super Six, here at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 15th July 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

Andy Lawrence playing double bass as one of 'Barry Palser's Super Six, here at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 15th July 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

Andy Lawrence playing double bass as one of ‘Barry Palser’s Super Six, here at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 15th July 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

Tony Pitt, playing banjo as one of 'Barry Palser's Super Six, here at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 15th July 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

Tony Pitt, playing banjo as one of ‘Barry Palser’s Super Six, here at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 15th July 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

John Tyson playing drums, as one of 'Barry Palser's Super Six', here at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 15th July 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

John Tyson playing drums, as one of ‘Barry Palser’s Super Six’, here at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 15th July 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

'Barry Palser's Super Six' playing at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 15th July 2016. (LtoR) Gary Wood (trumpet), Andy Lawrence (double bass), John Tyson (drums) and just out of view -Tony Pitt (banjo), Goff Dubber (clarinet) and Barry Palser (trombone). Photo by Mike Witt.

‘Barry Palser’s Super Six’ playing at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 15th July 2016. (LtoR) Gary Wood (trumpet), Andy Lawrence (double bass), John Tyson (drums) and just out of view -Tony Pitt (banjo), Goff Dubber (clarinet) and Barry Palser (trombone). Photo by Mike Witt.

Then came a feature tune for Gary.  The number being ‘Fly Me To The Moon’.  Wow Gary, marvellous – say no more!  Now although there was another brilliant number in between, I’ll go to their last number When The Saints Go Marching In’ and as you can guess, it was a brilliant one to end the evening.  Everyone took a time leaving the club, as they were all ‘buzzing’ (still on a high).  Thank you ‘Super Six’, lovely stuff.

You ARE what keeps Jazz ‘Live’!

Your hosts, Diane & Keith.

P.S. Good news, our land-line is now working.

‘As Long as I Live’ – (m) Harold Arlen, (l) Ted Koehler (1934)
‘Christopher Columbus’ – Glen Miller, Joe Garland & Andy Razaf (1959)
‘Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words)’ – Bart Howard (1954)
‘Hello Dolly’ – Jerry Herman (1964)
‘Hindustan’ – (m) Harold Weeks, (l) Oliver G Wallace (1917)
‘It’s Only A Paper Moon’ – (m) Harold Arlen, (l) E.Y. Harburg & Billy Rose (1933)
‘Mac The Knife’ (The Threepenny Opera) – (m) Kurt Weill, (l) Bertolt Brecht (1928) (translated Marc Blitzstein (1954)
‘Music To Love By’ – Leonard Feather (tbn)
‘Route 66’ – Bobby Troup (1946)
‘When the Saints Go Marching In’ – origins unknown -Derived from (m) James Milton Black (l) Katherine Purvis (1896) re-publ 1927

Barry Palser’s Super Six, 12th February 2016

BARRY PALSER’S SUPER SIX – what a band aye?  Yes, they did thrill us, as I predicted, here at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent on Friday, 12th February 2016BARRY (trombone &vocals) had asked those wonderfully talented musicians to join him, namely ALLAN ‘LORD ARSENAL’ BRADLEY (trumpet &vocals), JOHN CROCKER (clarinet, tenor sax &vocals), TONY PITT (banjo), ALAN MORGAN (double bass) and JOHN TYSON (drums).

Barry Palser's Super Six play at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 12th February 2016. (LtoR) Barry Palser (trombone), Allan Morgan (double bass), Allan 'Lord Arsenal' Bradley (trumpet, John Tyson (drums), John Crocker (tenor sax) & Tony Pitt (banjo). Photo by Mike Witt.

Barry Palser’s Super Six play at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 12th February 2016. (LtoR) Barry Palser (trombone), Alan Morgan (double bass), Allan ‘Lord Arsenal’ Bradley (trumpet, John Tyson (drums), John Crocker (tenor sax) & Tony Pitt (banjo). Photo by Mike Witt.

Barry began the show by singing ‘All Of Me’ and if you don’t know how good he is, then it means you need to come and see his next show here on 15th July 2016!  ‘Bei Mir Bist Du Schon’ a brilliant number, with everyone taking solos superbly (John playing tenor sax).

Barry Palser on trombone seen here with his own band, 'Barry Palser's Super Six'  at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 12th February 2016. Behind him is Alan Morgan (double bass) & John Tyson (drums).  Photo by Mike Witt.

Barry Palser on trombone seen here with his own band, ‘Barry Palser’s Super Six’ at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 12th February 2016. Behind him is Alan Morgan (double bass) & John Tyson (drums). Photo by Mike Witt.

Another great picture  of 'Barry Palser's Super Six's front line,  playing here at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 12th February 2016. (LtoR) Barry Palser (trombone), Allan 'Lord Arsenal' Bradley (trumpet) & John Crocker (probably on tenor sax). Photo by Mike Witt.

Another great picture of ‘Barry Palser’s Super Six’s front line, playing here at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 12th February 2016. (LtoR) Barry Palser (trombone), Allan ‘Lord Arsenal’ Bradley (trumpet) & John Crocker (probably on tenor sax). Photo by Mike Witt.

Cracking front line of Barry Palser's Super Six playing here at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 12th February 2016. (LtoR) Barry Palser (trombone), Allan 'Lord Arsenal' Bradley (trumpet), John Crocker (clarinet), plus John Tyson (drums). Photo by Mike Witt.

Cracking front line of Barry Palser’s Super Six playing here at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 12th February 2016. (LtoR) Barry Palser (trombone), Allan ‘Lord Arsenal’ Bradley (trumpet), John Crocker (clarinet), plus John Tyson (drums). Photo by Mike Witt.

Then Barry sang the next one, ‘I Want A Little Girl To Call My Own’. ‘Lord Arsenal’s bit of humour shined, when he interjected with a bit of ‘Porgy & Bess’ – wonderful.  The following tune was ‘Blue, Turning Grey’, with some lovely double bass from Alan (M).  My notes said John’s clarinet playing was nice and strong, mellow too!  Now how about ‘China Town’, John laughed at our line-dancing to this number, so does that mean we’re ready for the Palladium John? – he he.  Barry sang it, with some great solos from everyone, especially the engine boys, John (T), Tony and Alan (M).

John Tyson plays drums, one of Barry Palser's Super Six at Farnborough Jazz Club on 12th February 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

John Tyson plays drums, one of Barry Palser’s Super Six at Farnborough Jazz Club on 12th February 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

Tony Pitt plays banjo as one of Barry Palser's Super Six at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 12th February 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

Tony Pitt plays banjo as one of Barry Palser’s Super Six at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 12th February 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.

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.

Then I do want to mention ‘Riverboat Shuffle’ being composed by Hoagy, fabulous – no notes, I know I was dancing!  They also played ‘The Clouds Will Soon Go By’, which was sung by ‘Lord Arsenal’ – another fabulous voice.  Here’s just a little ‘tit-bit’ of info for you.  One of the composers, Harry Woods was born without fingers on his left hand, but his mother encouraged him to play piano – brilliant aye!

John Crocker plays tenor sax, one of  'Barry Palser's Super Six' at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 12th February 2016.  Also (hidden) John Tyson on drums and Tony Pitt on banjo. Photo by Mike Witt.

John Crocker plays tenor sax, one of ‘Barry Palser’s Super Six’ at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 12th February 2016. Also (hidden) John Tyson on drums and Tony Pitt on banjo. Photo by Mike Witt.

Allan 'Lord Arsenal' Bradley plays trumpet for Barry Palser's Super Six at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 12th February 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

Allan ‘Lord Arsenal’ Bradley plays trumpet, one of Barry Palser’s Super Six at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 12th February 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

John, on clarinet, played a beautiful intro to ‘Old Rugged Cross’ and then followed on with a feature song ‘S’Wonderful’ on tenor sax, to which the audience screamed their appreciation.  Keith yelled out “don’t scream too much, they’ll want paying more”.  How about ‘Dr Jazz’?  What a fabulous effort by everyone, Barry on trombone, John (C) on clarinet, ‘Lord Charlton, oh I mean Arsenal’ on trumpet, Tony on banjo, Alan (M) on double bass and John (T) on drums, well they ALL need a mention, they ALL make up ‘the magnificent six’, Oh, I mean ‘Super Six’.  You can tell I love them, can’t you!  It IS WHAT MAKES ‘LIVE’ JAZZ WORTH IT.

Diane and Keith

‘All of Me’ – Gerald Marks & Seymour Simons (1931)
‘Bei Mir Bist Du Shon’ – (m) Sholom Secunda, (l) Jacob Jacobs (1932). Re-written by Sammy Cahn &Saul Chaplin (1937)
‘Blue, Turning Grey Over You’ – (m) Fats Waller, (l) Andy Razaf (1929)
‘Chinatown, My Chinatown’ – (m) Jean Schwartz, (l) William Jerome (1910)
‘Dr Jazz’ – Joe ‘King’ Oliver & Walter Melrose (1926)
‘I Want A Little Girl To Call My Own’ – (m) Murray Mencher, (l) Bill Moll (1930)
 ‘Riverboat Shuffle’ – (m) Hoagy Carmichael, (l) Irving Mills, Mitchell Parish & Dick Voynow (1924)
‘S’Wonderful’ – (m) George Gershwin, (l) Ira Gershwin (1927)
‘The Clouds Will Soon Go By’ – Harry Woods & George ‘Funky’ Brown (pseudonym of Billy Hill) (1932)
‘The Old Rugged Cross’ – George Bennard (1912)

Barry Palser’s Super Six, 11th September 2015

BARRY PALSER’S SUPER SIX, entertained us again at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent on Friday, 11th September 2015. Well, that was certainly an understatement, because they were all tremendous. BARRY, on trombone &vocals, was joined by PETE RUDEFORTH on trumpet, JOHN CROCKER on clarinet & tenor sax, TONY PITT on banjo and JOHN TYSON on drums. Unfortunately, HARVEY WESTON couldn’t make it. However, Barry managed to get the brilliant ANDY LAURENCE (with his double bass), to hotfoot over to join us.

Barry Palser's Super Six at Farnborough Jazz Club, with Barry (trombone), John Crocker (reeds), Pete Rudeforth (trumpet), Tony Pitt (banjo), Andy Laurence (double bass) and John Tyson (drums) on 11sep2015. Photo by Mike Witt.

Barry Palser’s Super Six at Farnborough Jazz Club, with Barry (trombone), John Crocker (reeds), Pete Rudeforth (trumpet), Tony Pitt (banjo), Andy Laurence (double bass) and John Tyson (drums) on 11sep2015. Photo by Mike Witt.

Phew, what a band – John (C) was 35yrs with The Chris Barber Band, with Pete still currently playing with them. John (C)  has also played for Elton John, plus guested with Kenny Ball and Ken Colyer Trust Bands. Also, Pete’s career has  included working with such bands as  Kenny Ball, Acker Bilk, The Pasadena Roof Orchestra, The Temperance Seven and George Melley, just to mention a few.   Tony has played with Alex Walsh, Acker Bilk, Kenny Ball, Alan Elsdon, Mike Cotton, Phil Mason, Laurie Chescoe and Terry Lightfoot Bands and, of course, Andy was also with the latter Band.

BarryPalser at Farnborough Jazz Club 11sep2015. Photo by Mike Witt.

Barry Palser (presents his Super Six Band) at Farnborough Jazz Club 11sep2015.                 Photo by Mike Witt.

Barry, who has always run his own band, is such a strong and likeable character and has always produced the best out of his ‘Stars’.   He also has a special ‘extra’ that gives him a band to be proud of and that is Bridget, his wife.  I believe Bridget travels to all the gigs, helping with the sound equipment and makes sure everything runs smoothly.  Quite an asset.

Now to get back to the evening.  It was so hard to choose what to mention, from so many wonderful tunes (I don’t like to give a band’s complete repertoire away for playing at other places).

Anyway, our evening began with that rousing popular tune, ‘Bourbon Street Parade’, a must to mention. Another fabulous number to add is ‘Black and Blue’ – oh wow, so beautifully played.

John Crocker (clarinet), Tony Pitt (banjo) and John Tyson (drums) - three of Barry Palser's Super Six at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent on 11Sep2015. Photo by Mike Witt.

John Crocker (clarinet), Tony Pitt (banjo) and John Tyson (drums) – three of Barry Palser’s Super Six at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent on 11Sep2015. Photo by Mike Witt.

Then John (C) sang ‘All Of Me’,  obviously he did it proud. Not to be out-done came Pete singing ‘Nagasaki’,  Actually, I shouldn’t have said that, because no one tries to outdo anybody! We then had John (C) performing his special – ‘Honeysuckle Rose’, yes a honey of a performance (John mentioned it was his second favourite tune, his first being ‘happy birthday’ ha.) As it happened, we had two birthday boys in the audience! The next number was requested by one of them (Bob), being ‘Kate Walking Baby’, sung by Barry. He apologised to me for not being able to perform it as well as he had done in the past, in other words, legs akimbo, much to our audiences’ laughter, but he can’t get his legs too far off the ground now-a-days. We all did our line-dance to the next song, being ‘Riverboat Shuffle’ (originally named ‘Freewheeling’). So many of us joined in this week, including male participants (much to the enjoyment/amusement of one chap’s other half).

Giants play at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent 11sep2015. John Crocker (clarinet) and Pete Rudeforth (trumpet), with John Tyson (drums) on 11th September 2015. Photo by Mike Witt.

Giants play at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent 11sep2015. John Crocker (clarinet) and Pete Rudeforth (trumpet), with John Tyson (drums) on 11th September 2015. Photo by Mike Witt.

Next came Pete’s special, which was ‘Stardust’. He plays a beautiful trumpet and we heard some superb banjo solos from Tony too. ‘Ace In The Hole’ is one that is always loved by our audience – joining in with such gusto (I think even Pete was surprised at this and enjoyed hearing us all).  We also enjoyed the next number, ‘Mama Don’t ‘low’. Everyone excelled with playing their solos and this is when I can give special mention to the ‘engine boys’. The exciting drums of John (T) – wow – and of course Andy on d.bass – tremendous and of course Tony on banjo. They tagged on a bit of ‘When the Saints Go Marching In’ for a little bit of fun. I know I have mentioned too many of their tunes (sorry Barry, but you did sing it – Satchmo style)), but I must mention your last number, ‘What a Wonderful World’ and yes, you were all given such an ovation. No wonder these guys were chosen to play with our famous bands, they are all individually brilliant themselves.

Andy Laurence (d.bass) plays for Barry Palser's Super Six at Farnborough JC, Kent 11sep2015. Photo by Mike Witt.

Andy Laurence (d.bass) plays for Barry Palser’s Super Six at Farnborough JC, Kent 11sep2015. Photo by Mike Witt.

I said I was really looking forward to Friday, as had I missed the band the last time they were here, (said I had actually missed three weeks, which hadn’t happened in 25yrs). Well I hadn’t missed it. However, I have decided to complete newsletters as they come, beginning with this week and then backtrack on the others, otherwise I shall begin to lose the plot. I am starting to get forgetful (I get Keith to tell me his name everyday – ha). Actually, I do believe it is due more to doing too much and hopefully not due to old age, well that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it!

Keep jazz ‘live’ and you also help keep yourselves young too.

Your hosts, Diane and Keith

‘Ace in the Hole’ – Louis Panico & Elmer Schoebel (1926)
‘All Of Me’ – (m&l) Gerald Marks & Seymour Simons (1931)
‘Black and Blue’ – (m) Thomas ‘Fats’ Waller & Harry Brooks, (l) Andy Razaf (1929)
‘Bourbon Street Parade’ – Paul Barbaran (1949)
‘Cake Walkin’ Babies’ – (m) Chris Smith & Clarence Williams, (l) Henry Troy (1925)
‘Honeysuckle Rose’ – (m) Thomas ‘Fats’ Waller, (l) Andy Razaf (1929)
‘Mama Don’t ‘low’ – American Folk Song
‘Nagasaki’ – (m) Harry Warren, (l) Mort Dixon (1928)
‘Stardust’ – (m) Hoagie Carmichael, (l) Mitchell Parish (1928)
‘What a Wonderful World’ – (m&l) George David Weiss & Bob Theile (1967)

 

Barry Palser’s Super Six, 19th June 2015

We were thrilled to bring you BARRY PALSER’S SUPER SIX for your enjoyment at Farnborough Jazz Club (BR6 7BB) on Friday, 19th June 2015BARRY (trombone&vocls) had booked ALLAN (Lord Arsenal) BRADLEY (trumpet/vocals), TIM HUSKISSON (clarinet), TONY PITT (banjo), HARVEY WESTON (d.bass) and JOHN TYSON (drums).

Barry Palser's Super Six at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent (Barry, trombone, Allan 'Lord Arsenal' Bradley,trumpet, Tim Huskisson, reeds, Tony Pitt, banjo, Harvey Western, d.bass & John Tyson) 19June2015. Photo by Mike Witt.

Barry Palser’s Super Six at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent (Barry, trombone, Allan ‘Lord Arsenal’ Bradley,trumpet, Tim Huskisson, reeds, Tony Pitt, banjo, Harvey Western, d.bass & John Tyson) 19June2015. Photo by Mike Witt.

I said they would be lovely jubbly and I wasn’t wrong. They began the evening with Hoagy Carmichael’s ‘Darktown Strutters Ball’, what a ‘hot’ starter for ten. Followed on with Scott Joplin’s ‘Ole Miss Rag’, (referring to the Mississippi River and brilliantly played without a piano), then ‘Aint Misbehaving’, another terrific one, with plenty of dancing by everyone showing their appreciation. We knew you were in for some excitement. We certainly enjoyed our line-dance, sorry I didn’t manage to write the tune down, because I was having so much fun.

‘His Lordship’ sang the next number, ‘Back in Your Old Back Yard’ in his usual super brilliance. I remember they all put different hats on, when they played ‘Exactly Like You’, for a little fun and then Barry sang a Tommy Dorsey hit, ‘Music, Maestro, Please’. Now there’s a nice romantic one to dance to.

Tim Huskisson, reeds, one of Barry Palser's Super Six at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent 19June2015

Tim Huskisson, reeds, one of Barry Palser’s Super Six at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent 19June2015. Photo by Mike Witt.

Allan 'Lord Arsenal' Bradley, trumpeter, one of Barry Palser's Super Six at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent on 19jun2015. Photo by Mike Witt.

Allan ‘Lord Arsenal’ Bradley, trumpeter, one of Barry Palser’s Super Six at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent on 19jun2015. Photo by Mike Witt.

Of course I just loved the next number, being Tim’s special, ‘Running Wild’ – I loved Marilyn Monroe singing it, (I’m sure you male species loved her performing it in the film, ‘Some Like It Hot’ aye?), although Django Reinhardt’s version is a knock-out one too).

Harvey Western (d.bass), one of Barry Palser's Super Six at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent 19jun2015. Photo by Mike Witt.

Harvey Western (d.bass), one of Barry Palser’s Super Six at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent 19jun2015. Photo by Mike Witt.

Tony Pitt,(banjo) & John Tyson (drums),, two of Barry Palser's Super Six at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent 19June2015, Photo by Mike Witt.

Tony Pitt,(banjo) & John Tyson (drums),, two of Barry Palser’s Super Six at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent 19June2015, Photo by Mike Witt.

 

 

 

 

Glowing drummer John Tyson, one of Barry Palser's Super Six at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent 19June2015

Glowing drummer John Tyson, one of Barry Palser’s Super Six at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent on 19th June 2015. Photo By Mike Witt.

I have to say they all played their socks off the whole evening, but I must give special mention to the drum solo by John (with his wonderful iridescent drum sticks too!) with ‘Everybody Loves My Baby’, fantastic.

Glowing drummer John Tyson, one of Barry Palser's Super Six at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent 19June2015. Photo by Mike Witt.

3. Glowing drummer John Tyson, one of Barry Palser’s Super Six at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent 19June2015. Photo by Mike Witt.

21.Glowing drummer John Tyson, one of Barry Palser's Super Six at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent 19June2015

2. Glowing drummer John Tyson, one of Barry Palser’s Super Six at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent 19June2015. Photo by Mike Witt.

 

Barry Palser's Super Six at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent 19jun2015

Barry Palser’s Super Six at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent, 19jun2015.                               Photo by Mike Witt

Barry sung the last number ‘Deed I Do’ to complete another wonderful evening of jazz, sending us all home on a high and all looking forward to their next date here on 11th September 2016.

Diane and Keith

‘Aint Misbehaving’ – (m) Fats Waller, Harry Brooks, (l) Andy Razaf (1929)
‘Back In Your Old Back Yard’ – (m&l) Al Jolson, Dave Dreyer & Billy Rose (1927)
‘Deed I Do’ – W. Hirsch & F. Rose (1926)
‘Darktown Strutters Ball’ – Hoagy Carmichael (1917)
‘Everybody Loves My Baby’ – (m) Spencer Williams, (l) Jack Palmer (1924)
‘Exactly Like You’ – Jimmy McHugh, (l) Dorothy Fields (1930)
‘Music Maestro Please’ – (m) Allie Wrubel, (l) Herb Magidson (1938)
‘Ole Miss Rag’ – W.C. Hanley (1916)
‘Running Wild’ – (m) A. Harrington Gibbs, (l) Joe Grey & Leo Woods (1922)

Barry Palser’s Super Six, 27th February 2015

BARRY PALSER’S SUPER SIX were all here at our Farnborough Jazz Club on Friday, 27th February 2015

Trombonist Barry Palser seen here (with his own band) at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent 27th February 2015. Photo by Mike Witt.

Trombonist Barry Palser seen here (with his own band) at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent 27th February 2015. Photo by Mike Witt.

BARRY (trombonist) booked ALLAN ‘LORD ARSENAL’ BRADLEY (trumpet), TIM HUSKISSON (reeds), TONY PITT (banjo), HARVEY WESTON (d.bass) and JOHN TYSON (drums). Unfortunately, I cannot find my notes of the evening (I can hear you – “bonehead”. Keith can think of another word, but won’t tell me!). However, here are the photos taken by Mike Witt during that evening. I shall return with the write-up when the notes show up.

Diane and Keith

P.S.  please go to ‘Tributes’ and ‘Leslie Baguley’.  I have added a lovely email received from Sandi McMenamin B Mus of Australia.

Allan 'Lord Arsenal' Bradley (trumpet), with Barry Palser's Super Six at Farnborough JC 27Feb2015

Allan ‘Lord Arsenal’ Bradley (trumpet), with Barry Palser’s Super Six at Farnborough JC 27Feb2015. Photo by Mike Witt

Barry Palser's Super Six at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent (Barry, (trombone), Allan 'Lord Arsenal' Bradley (trumpet), Tim Huskisson (reeds), Tony Pitt (banjo), Harvey Western, (d.bass) & John Tyson (drums) 127Feb2015. Photo by Mike Witt.

Barry Palser’s Super Six at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent (Barry, (trombone), Allan ‘Lord Arsenal’ Bradley (trumpet), Tim Huskisson (reeds), Tony Pitt (banjo), Harvey Western, (d.bass) & John Tyson (drums) 127Feb2015. Photo by Mike Witt.

 

 

 

Tim Huskisson plays tenor sax with Barry Palser's Super Six at Farnborough Jazz Club on 27Feb2015. Photo by Mike Witt.

Tim Huskisson plays tenor sax with Barry Palser’s Super Six at Farnborough Jazz Club on 27Feb2015. Photo by Mike Witt.

Tim Huskisson plays clarinet (Tony Pitt in background) with Barry Palser's Super Six at Farnborough Jazz Club on 27Feb2015. Photo by Mike Witt. 27Feb2015

Tim Huskisson plays clarinet (Tony Pitt in background) with Barry Palser’s Super Six at Farnborough Jazz Club on 27Feb2015. Photo by Mike Witt. 27Feb2015

Tony Pitt (banjo) and John Tyson (drums), two of Barry Palser's Super Six at Farnborough Jazz Club on 27 February 2015. Photo by Mike Witt.

Tony Pitt (banjo) and John Tyson (drums), two of Barry Palser’s Super Six at Farnborough Jazz Club on 27 February 2015. Photo by Mike Witt.

 

 

 

 

 

Harvey Western (d.bass), one of Barry Palser's Super Six at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent 27Feb2015. Photo by Mike Witt.

Harvey Western (d.bass), one of Barry Palser’s Super Six at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent 27Feb2015. Photo by Mike Witt.

John Tyson, drummer with Barry Palser's Super Six at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent , 27feb2015. Photo by Mike Witt.

John Tyson, drummer with Barry Palser’s Super Six at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent , 27feb2015. Photo by Mike Witt.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

‘Barry Palser’s Super Six’, 29th August 2014

‘BARRY PALSER’S SUPER SIX’ once again came to Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent, on Friday, 29th August 2014.

Barry Palser

Barry Palser

Trombonist BARRY’s band of musicians were PETE RUDEFORTH (trumpet), JOHN CROCKER (reeds/vocals), TONY PITT (banjo), HARVEY WESTON (double bass) and JOHN TYSON (drums). Before you all turned up, Keith and I enjoyed John (C) warming up and boy oh boy, he was better than most during those practice moments (don’t be offended all you clarinettists – it’s just true, ha). Well if that was any indication of what was to come, we were not wrong. They had to follow on from the previous two fantastic Fridays (especially as one of them was Tony’s own band). However, they did just that. Once again, I will give you the picture of what you missed if you were not there. With numbers such as ‘All of Me’, which was sung by John (C), who has a wonderful voice. I love the next number being ‘Running Wild’. Pete sang it and John (T) gave a marvellous drum solo with Harvey and Tony doing their bit too. Then Barry said their next number ‘I’m Crazy ‘bout My Baby’ is dedicate to Dave Wasket (trumpet player of ‘Vintage Jazz’ fame), “because Davy loved it”. I have found some old info on ‘Vintage Jazz’ (lost off website when it went ‘down’, so have loaded it again). It was our turn to do our line-dance to ‘My Blue Heaven’, which Barry sang. Once again, John (C) commented about us being the ‘Roly Polys’. Thanks John, quite a compliment, I know we are all amazing dancers. However, it’s alright girls, I think he was referring to my size only (cheeky – John I mean, not my derrière, hmmm). Anyway, my next choice of song was played beautifully by them all, that being ‘Creole Love Call’, a great number. John followed on to be featured on tenor sax with ‘Honeysuckle Rose’, such a talent, so superb. Then it was Pete’s turn to be featured on trumpet. He played fabulously ‘Davenport Blues’. I wrote the word ‘Brilliant’ against ‘Oh Lady Be Good’. George Gershwin songs always bring on the dancers and I remember everyone excelled, need I say more? I finish up though with ‘Just a Little While to Stay Here’. It was sung by Barry and what I particularly loved, was halfway through, the three front liners singing in harmony. Yes another excellent evening.

See you this coming Friday, 5th September 2014 (doors open to you at 8.00pm, time to relax for music at 8:30pm). Don’t forget we have ‘The Martyn Brothers’ and another wonderful evening expected!

Keep supporting us, so we can keep giving you this great entertainment every week.

Cheers,

Diane and Keith

‘All of Me’ – Gerald Marks & Seymour Simons (1931) (Ruth Etting Song)
‘Creole Love Call’ – © Duke Ellington (1928) (lost court case by Joe ‘King’ Oliver (1923)
‘Davenport Blues’ – Bix Beiderbecke (1925) – named after his hometown.
‘I’m Crazy ‘bout My Baby’ – Thomas ‘Fats’ Waller & Alex Hill (1931)
‘Honeysuckle Rose’ – (m) Thomas ‘Fats’ Waller, (l) Andy Razaf (1928)
‘Just a Little While to Stay Here’ – Eugene Monroe Bartlett (1884-1941)
‘My Blue Heaven’ – (m) Walter Donaldson, (l) George A. Whiting (1924)
‘Oh Lady Be Good’ – (m) George Gershwin, (l) Ira Gershwin (1924)
‘Running Wild’ – (m) A. Harrington Gibbs, (l) Joe Grey & Leo Woods (1922)

‘Barry Palser’s Super Six’, 23/05/2014

‘BARRY PALSER’S SUPER SIX’ were back to give us their own special entertainment on Friday, 23rd May 2014 here at our Farnborough Jazz Club. Band leader BARRY (trombonist/vocals) (who ran Savoy Jazz Band for more than 55years) had booked ALAN GRESTY on trumpet/vocals (28years with Monty Sunshine Band), JOHN CROCKER on reeds/vocals (34years with The Chris Barber Band), JIM DOUGLAS* on banjo/guitar, HARVEY WESTON on double bass (both with The Alex Welsh Band – Jim 18years & Harvey 6years) and GRAHAM COLLICOTT (drums). They certainly were a contending jazz band to match last week’s and did we enjoy another brilliant evening, we certainly did! As I remarked last week, obviously, all the bands (that appear, or have appeared here) have their own brilliance, bringing their own interpretation of jazz we love, with absolutely fabulous traditional jazz, producing a great club ambiance. So what did they play? Well, they started the evening off with ‘Bourbon Street Parade’, a great favourite (I have no concrete evidence of when Paul Barbarin wrote it, hence circa 1953). The next number, ‘Riverboat Shuffle’ was chosen by everyone to do our line-dance. Barry called us “The Farnborough Jazz Formation Team”, caw Barry, we could end up next year on ‘Britain’s Got Talent’, ha. He then introduced John who sang ‘I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter’. He continued to say John is a fantastic musician, very funny with the jokes and a super singer – a good all-rounder, just like Ian Botham is to cricket. John also carried on to feature the next number, that beautiful song ‘Tangerine’. John showed his wonderful talent playing tenor sax. A hard act to follow, but Alan did so, making a smashing job with singing ‘Baby Won’t You Please Come Home’. What happened next was Barry telling everyone how when I phoned to confirm who would be in the band, he jokingly answered “What, are we with you soon”? With one personal problem after another, I really thought ‘Oh no, I’ve got everything wrong’! So to make up for the shock, Barry dedicated the next number as ‘Christopher Columbus’. Bless him for remembering it was one of my favourites. The next number was ‘Fidgety Street’ great to dance to.   Barry has an excellent jazz voice, shown when he sang ‘Louisiana’, another favourite jazz ‘standard’. They finished up with ‘Back Home Again in Indiana’, completing yet another fabulous evening. Their next date here is 29th August 2014.

Diane & Keith

* Jim has written a book called ‘Tunes, Tours and Travel-it is’. It’s about eighteen years of facts, faces and fun with the Alex Welsh Band, available through Amazon for $13.50, or email us for Jim’s contact details, if you live in England.

N.B. At one point during the evening, Barry mentioned someone had argued the point of who composed a particular number (Barry proving to be correct). Not sure who that was, but I hope if I ever get something wrong, someone will please let me know. I usually try to find original song manuscripts, but not always possible, so please correct me as and when. Thanks.

‘Baby Won’t You Please Come Home’ – (m) Charles Warfield, (l) Clarence Williams (1919)
‘Back Home Again in Indiana’ – Ballard MacDonald & James F. Hanley (1917)
‘Bourbon Street Parade’ – Paul Barbarin (c. 1953)
‘Christopher Columbus’ – Glen Miller, Joe Garland & Andy Razaf (1959)
‘Fidgety Feet’ – Nick LaRocca & Larry Shields (1919)
‘I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter’ – (M) Fred E. Ahlert, (l) Joe Young (1935)
‘Louisiana’ – (m) James Johnson, (l) Andy Razaf & Bob Schaefer (1928)
‘Riverboat Shuffle’ – (m) Hoagy Carmichael, (l) Irving Mills, Mitchell Parish & Dick Voynow (1924)
‘Tangerine’ – (m) Victor Schertzinger, (l) Johnny Mercer (1941)

‘Barry Palser’s Super Six’, 14/02/2014

‘BARRY PALSER’S SUPER SIX’ gave us such a lovely evening on Friday, 14th February 2014 (celebrating ♥Happy St. Valentine’s Day♥’) here at Farnborough Jazz Club.  The weather was atrocious and many of you couldn’t make it (once again I welcomed those who came with ‘Good evening my little ducklings).  Anyhow, the band travelled from far and wide through it all.  Not only that, we had a chap (called Alan) who had travelled from Devon to Weymouth (both places which have been hit badly by the storms and floods).  He then came from Weymouth to visit us (for the first time), danced brilliantly, staying till the end and then returned to Weymouth that night!  Another (new) couple travelled from Milton Keynes too.   However, those who refrained from coming, I must tell you a tree was blown over in the High Street, so don’t feel so bad.  But sorry, now to make you drool at what you missed?  Band leader BARRY (trombonist/vocals) booked by ALLAN (Lord Arsenal) BRADLEY (trumpet/vocals), JOHN CROCKER (reeds/vocals), TONY PITT (banjo), HARVEY WESTON (double bass) and JOHN TYSON (drums).  The evening was wonderful, with the tunes and great jokes all based most aptly for the day.  They began the evening’s overtones of romance with ‘All of Me’ (hmmm).  Then some lovely solos by all were played with ‘Sugar, That Sugar Baby o’ Mine’.  Barry sang the next number called ‘Gee, Baby, Aint I Been Good to You’.  Then Barry announced “We were asked for a rap number, so here it is!” and began playing (with Allan singing) ‘Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams’.  Our audience were in absolute rapturous fits of laughter.  ‘Sweet Sue’ was next and brought a few more dancers on to the floor.   Now the next number wasn’t really for Valentine’s night, but it was requested (I wonder why – hmm).  It was called ‘Love, Careless Love’!  Tony began the number with a bass solo that was brilliant and Barry also sang.  Then I feel ‘Move Your Body Over’ needs a mention, with Allan infiltrating the song with a bit of ‘Wakey, Wakey’ theme song for Colin Dobson.  Colin was trumpeter for many years in ‘The Billie Cotton Band Show’.  He was in the audience with his family (his grandson [Luke] and partner are both doctors, so Colin said he will have no worries now).  Barry then sang to ‘Girl of My Dreams’.  He was wearing a pair of Y-fronts on his head.  The band had awarded them to Peter Marr, one of our regulars.  Pete is a wonderful supporter of many clubs and is known by so many bands and has incredible jazz knowledge.  Pete donated his ‘award’ to our raffle, but I awarded it back to him at the end of the ‘draw’ for being such a great ‘supporter’ (I don’t know why it wasn’t chosen a’head’ of the other prizes!).  Behave yourself Diane and back to the repertoire.  The next number was to feature the great John Crocker on clarinet.  He chose to play that song reminiscent of Rudolph Valentino called ‘The Sheik of Araby’.  John was superb.  Barry then announced the next number as ‘There will Never Be Another Ewe’ by Shepherd Neame!!! (I wrote “great trumpet, great muted trombone”).  The last thing I jotted down was John playing tenor sax, backed by Barry and Allan with the song ‘S’ Wonderful’ and it was wonderful.  What an incredibly enjoyable evening.  Their next date with us 23rd May 2014, put it in your diaries.

Keep jazz ‘live’.

Diane and Keith

‘All of Me’ – Gerald Marks & Seymour Simons (1931)
‘Gee, Baby, Aint I Good to You’ – (m) Don Redman, (l) Andy Razaf (1929)
‘Girl of My Dreams’ – Sunny Clapp (1927)
‘Love, Careless Love’ – traditional (recorded in 1925 by Louis Armstrong & Bessie Smith)
‘Move your Body Over’ – (possible ‘Fats’ Waller or George Lewis?)
‘Sugar, That Sugar Baby o’ Mine’ – Maceo Pinkard, his wife Edna Alexander & Sidney D. Mitchell
‘Sweet Sue, Just You’ – (m) Victor Young, (l) Will J. Harris (1928)
’S Wonderful’ – (m) George Gershwin, (l) Ira Gershwin (1927)
‘There Will Never Be Another You’ – (m) Harry Warren, (l) Mack Gordon (1942)
‘The Sheik of Araby’ – (m) Ted Snyder, (l) Harry B. Smith & Francis Wheeler (1921)
‘Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams’ – (m) Harry Barris, (l) Ted L. Koehler & Billy Moll (1931)

Barry Palser’s Super Six, 8/11/2013

BARRY PALSER’S SUPER SIX on 8th NOVEMBER 2013 certainly was (as I predicted last week) an exciting evening’s entertainment here at Farnborough Jazz ClubBARRY (trombonist) had booked ALAN GRESTY (trumpet), JOHN CROCKER (reeds), TONY PITT (banjo), HARVEY WESTON (double bass) and JOHN TYSON (drums).  What a plethora of stars aye?  Certainly not too much for me!  I was so enjoying it, I forgot to do some filming.  I suppose I’m not so perfect as I think I am, ha!  Anyway, here’s how the evening went.  They started their programme with Barry singing ‘When You’re Smiling’.  This used to be a signature tune when Harvey played in the band years ago.  Nice sentiment in the lyrics to kick off with.  Next came a Bix Beiderbecke number called ‘Jass Me Blues’, which again brought on the dancers straight away and we certainly didn’t go away with the next number, ‘Nagasaki’ either, I think it was our line-dance number.  John (C) was featured on tenor sax with ‘Honeysuckle Rose’, brilliant.  Then Alan sang ‘Everybody Loves My Baby’ and  I read somewhere that John (C) can, on occasions, be tempted to sing and he did just that, singing ‘All of Me’.  John, you have a lovely jazz voice, so please be tempted to sing more often. They also played ‘Riverboat Shuffle’, a number written by Hoagy for Bix Beiderbecke.  A slow happy little number called ‘Mama’s Gone, Goodbye’ came next, enticing dancers on to the floor.  Now Barry often plays the last number, dedicating it to our Len, who started the song being called ‘Please Don’t Talk About Me, One Eye’s Gone’, a nice bit of humour against himself.  There you go, we enjoyed the evening with friends and so sets us up for the rest of the week (good or bad).  Thanks guys.

Diane and Keith

P.S.  I had another weird thing happen to me as I was writing this!  The film ‘The Alamo’ was on TV and whilst looking up ‘Jass Me Blues’ song (on Wikipedia), I found it was recorded by The Original Dixieland Band.  Jimmy Durante heard them playing and asked them if they would play with him at The Alamo Club in Harlem (coincidence aye!)

‘All of Me’ – Gerald Marks & Seymour Simons (1931)
‘Everybody Loves My Baby’ – (m) Spencer Williams, (l) Jack Palmer (1924)
‘Honeysuckle Rose’ – (m) Fats Waller, (l) Andy Razaf (1928)
‘Jass Me Blues’ – Tom Delaney (1921)
‘Mama’s Gone, Goodbye’ – A J Piron & Peter Bocage (1923)
‘Nagasaki’ – (m) Harry Warren, (l) Mort Dixon (1928)
‘Please Don’t Talk About Me When I’m Gone’ – (m) Sam H Sept & Bee Palmer, (l) Sidney Clare (1930)
‘Riverboat Shuffle’ – (m) Hoagy Carmichael, (l) Irving Mills, Mitchell Parish & Dick Voynow (1924)
When You’re Smiling’ – Larry Shay, Mark Fisher & Joe Goodwin (1929)