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

John Bayne on bass sax (big Bertha) with Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces at Farnborough Jazz Club on 29th January 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

BOB DWYER’S BIX & PIECES jazz band will be here at FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB on FRIDAY, 14th JULY 2017.  Band leader BOB (trombonist &vocalist) will be joined by CHEZ CHESTERMAN (trumpet) and ALAN CRESSWELL (clarinet), plus the engine boys will include HUGH CROZIER (piano &vocals), JOHN BAYNE (double bass & a real treat on bass sax), DAVE PRICE (banjo &guitar) and GRAHAM CAULICOTTE (drums).   Unless you are new here, you will all know by now that this band will always play brilliantly for us.  You can expect variety and good dancing tempos to boot.  If you haven’t tried our club before, don’t be shy to give us a try.  You won’t be sorry, I’m sure you will enjoy the fun.  Lovely Shepherd Neame beer at club prices and plenty of free parking …..

and Diane and Keith will be your hosts for the evening.

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

Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces, Friday, 31st March 2017

Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces at Farnborough Jazz Club taken on 29Jan2016. Photo by Mike Witt

This week, we have the return of BOB DWYER’S BIX & PIECES, who were to have celebrate my birthday last January, but remember, we had to cancel due to icy and snow conditions.  That all seems a long time ago now, but here we are again, glad to welcome them back to FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB on Friday, 31st March 2017 Trombonist &vocalist BOB, has MALCOLME WALTON on trumpet, with TIM HUSKISSON on clarinet, HUGH CROZIER on piano &vocals, JOHN BAYNE on double bass &bass sax, DAVE PRICE on banjo &guitar and GRAHAM CAULICOTTE on drums.  I intend to party again with them – of course any ol’ excuse aye!

‘Keep Jazz Live’ with your hosts,

Diane and Keith

TONIGHT IS CANCELLED – SORRY, (13TH JANUARY 2017) ICE & SNOWED OUT!

With so much ‘humming and harring’, we have made a decision that due to the snow we have here in Farnborough (just as the sun came out too- ha), to regretfully cancel tonight’s jazz.  We have already received phone calls from people letting us know the weather is so bad where they are, so they will not be coming.  Although the forecast says we have sun, it is worrying as to the possible icy conditions after 11:00pm and your home-going time.  We haven’t taken this decision lightly (in fact Keith and I will probably go to a pub to celebrate my birthday, as I couldn’t do so yesterday).  However, if anything happened to any of you, our friends, I could not forgive myself.  Let’s make up for it next week – aye!   What a bloomin’ start to the new year! Diane and Keith

Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces, Friday, 13th January 2017

 

Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces at Farnborough Jazz Club on 29th January 2016.  Photo by Mike Witt.

I bet you are desperate by now for some jazz to return to FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUBNo?  Oh well, BOB DWYER’S BIX & PIECES will certainly change all that.  This is the band who makes some fabulous music and I have chosen them to celebrate my birthday (no cards or pressies thanks) on Friday, 13th January 2017 Trombone player BOB, has MAX EMMONS (trumpet & harmonica), with JOHN LEE (reeds), plus HUGH CROZIER (piano &vocals), JOHN BAYNE (double bass &bass sax), DAVE PRICE (banjo &guitar) and GRAHAM CAULICOTTE (drums).  Let me remind you all, that music starts at 8:00pm and ends at 11:00pm.  Hopefully we are all over the dreaded bugs which seem to have hit almost everyone during the break.  So now we can party again with plenty of dancing and to enjoy our bar, served by Ian, Kath and Barb.

‘Live’ jazz – nothing quite like it, so come and enjoy yourselves with

Diane and Keith

 

Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces, Friday, 2nd December 2016

Bob Dwyer, trombonist & leader of 'Bob Dwyer's Bix & Pieces' at Farnborough Jazz Club on 30th January 2015

Bob Dwyer, trombonist & leader of ‘Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces’ at Farnborough Jazz Club taken on 30th January 2015

BOB DWYER’S BIX & PIECES is going to be the seven piece band for Friday, 2nd December 2016 at FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB. So if you are up for a lovely evening, don’t miss it.  Trombone player BOB, will have CHEZ CHESTERMAN (trumpet), JOHN LEE (reeds), HUGH CROZIER (piano &vocals), JOHN BAYNE (double bass &bass sax), DAVE PRICE (banjo&guitar) and GRAHAM CAULICOTTE (drums).  Music starts at 8:00pm and ends at 11:00pm, with plenty of dancing in-between.

‘Live’ music presented by your hosts,

Diane and Keith

P.S.  Please let us know if you wish to attend our Christmas Party on 23rd December 2016.  We have the PHOENIX DIXIELAND JAZZ BAND to entertain us.  £15 entrance.  We plan on fancy dress (your own choice and obviously optional), plus brolly parade.  Extra raffle prizes too.  You can bring your own food and candelabras and of course, you will enjoy yourselves and that is an order!

Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces, 9th September 2016

BOB DWYER’S BIX & PIECES (a seven piece band) is one of our favourites, will be back at FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB tonight, Friday, 9th September 2016 Trombone player BOB, will have with him young ALLEN BEECHEY on trumpet, and special guest PETE CURTIS will be on reeds, HUGH CROZIER on piano &vocals, JOHN BAYNE on double bass &bass sax, DAVE PRICE on banjo &guitar and GRAHAM CAULICOTTE on drums.  That line-up should be super, so get your glad-rags on and come on down to happy Farnborough.  See you all tonight.

Diane and Keith

Bob Dwyer’s BiX & Pieces, 8th July 2016

It was lovely to have BOB DWYER’S BIX & PIECES (a seven-piece band) back at our FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB.   They were here on  Friday, 8th July 2016.  Leader & trombonist BOB, had booked BERNIE HOLDEN on clarinet & alto sax, HUGH CROZIER on piano & vocals, JOHN BAYNE on double bass & bass sax and DAVE PRICE on banjo & guitar.  He also had a couple of guests joining them, namely CHEZ CHESTERMAN on trumpet and GRAHAM CAULICOTTE on drums.  Unfortunately, I had a back problem and so Keith had to go without me to sort out the club … no red table cloths, no refreshments for the band – well that’s not true, they helped themselves and Keith had to kiss everybody (ha – not really).  I eventually scrambled myself down to the club, I think about 9.00pm.  However, I hadn’t brought anything with me to write my notes, so I can’t tell you what tunes they played.  Although, I can say (after a couple of drinks) I did manage to dance a little (even if rather stiffly), that’s the power of their playing.  Oh, I must tell you of the youngster who was bought along by John (I think) and who had a few sit-ins with the band.  His name is MIKE PRESTAGE and he played a ‘mean’ trumpet.  I think he will, or should have a brilliant musical career ahead of him (if he wants).  I am sorry we have no photos again (still no Mike) and although I took some with my old mobile, I have been unable to transfer them to my laptop.  Hopefully, I can get it to work at a later date.  Anyway, Good ol’ favourite’s, ’Barry Palser’s Super Six’ are back this Friday (15th July), so see you all then.

Your ‘Live’ Jazz Hosts,

Diane & Keith (yes we are alive too – ha)

Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces, 18th March 2016

BOB DWYER’S BIX & PIECES were back here at our FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB on Friday, 18th March 2016.  Leader and trombonist BOB DWYER, chose to have join him, BERNIE HOLDEN on clarinet & alto sax, HUGH CROZIER on piano & vocals, JOHN BAYNE on double bass & bass sax and DAVE PRICE on banjo & guitar, TONY O’SULLIVAN was on trumpet and CHRIS WELCH was on drums.  Both Tony and Chris had played at the club before (Tony some ten years back with the Delta Jazz Band).

Bob Dwyer's Bix &Pieces at Farnborough Jazz Club. (LtoR) Dave Price (banj), Hugh Crozier (pno), Bob Dwyer (trb), Chris Welch (drms), Tony O'Sullivan (trp), John Bayne (dbass) & Bernie Holden (rds).  Photo by Mike Witt.

Bob Dwyer’s Bix &Pieces at Farnborough Jazz Club. (LtoR) Dave Price (banj), Hugh Crozier (pno), Bob Dwyer (trb), Chris Welch (drms), Tony O’Sullivan (trp), John Bayne (dbass) & Bernie Holden (rds). Photo by Mike Witt.

Here are a few notes about the music.  My first mention is of ‘Barefoot Boy’.  It was sung by Bob and had a wonderful easy-going tempo for everyone to dance to and, I’m sure, to play too, because they all gave some lovely solos.

Hugh Crozier (piano) and Dave Price (banjo) with Bob Dwyer's Bix & Pieces at Farnborough Jazz Club 18mar2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

Hugh Crozier (piano) and Dave Price (banjo) with Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces at Farnborough Jazz Club 18mar2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

Bob Dwyer on trombone, Tony O'Sullivan on trumpet and Bernie Holden on alto sax front line of Bob Dwyer's Bix &Pieces playing at Farnborough Jazz Club on 18mar2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

Bob Dwyer on trombone, Tony O’Sullivan on trumpet and Bernie Holden on alto sax front line of Bob Dwyer’s Bix &Pieces playing at Farnborough Jazz Club on 18mar2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

Hugh played a beautiful intro and then sang the next one, ‘2:19 Blues’ (also known as ‘Mamie’s Blues’).  Hugh very rarely chooses the same number, but I understand this is a favourite of his.  [He also tells me that although it is credited to Jelly Roll Morton, Jelly Roll himself is said to have told it was composed by Mamie Desdumes, who was a prostitute friend of his godmother – ahem].  Onwards … ‘Fidgety Feet’ was the number we chose for our line-dance – wow, we are gluttons for punishment, well it is a great number – but fast aye – there were some fabulous solos played by everyone.  Hugh sang the next, ‘Thou Swell’, again some brilliant playing by everyone, with John on bass sax and Bernie on alto sax.  ‘June Night’ was then sung by Bob.  A number I certainly remember from the 50’s (obviously from Tommy Dorsey’s recording), but I don’t recall this one having been played at the club before.  It is certainly a lovely number.

Bernie Holden (alto sax), Chris Welch (drms) and John Bayne (d.bass-with bass sax in front) play in Bob Dwyer's Bix &Pieces at Farnborough Jazz Club on 18th March 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

Bernie Holden (alto sax), Chris Welch (drms) and John Bayne (d.bass-with bass sax at side) play in Bob Dwyer’s Bix &Pieces at Farnborough Jazz Club on 18th March 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

We had some new people, who hadn’t heard John play his special, so again I requested him play ‘Elephant Stomp’.  I‘m sure no-one finds it boring, just about everyone loves it.  I always hear people say they are amazed how John can have the lungs to cope – he’s not much more than 5’ 5’ and not 18 anymore either!  You are brilliant John.  Next came ‘Royal Garden Blues’ (a Fox Trot), quite a favourite with traditional jazz lovers, as is the following number and oh, another lovely singer too! Tony that is.  He sang ‘Tishomingo Blues’.  Bob again sang ‘Nice To Know You Care’ for Keith and me and it had the dance floor full – romantic yes?  Tony and Chris played marvellously too, wonderful considering they hadn’t played it before.  Their finishing number was ‘Panama Rag’ (Bernie on alto) what a number to go out on – such an exciting one.  Again thanks for a lovely evening.

Bernie Holden plays alto sax with Bob Dwyer's Bix &Pieces at Farnborough Jazz Club on 18th March 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

Bernie Holden plays alto sax with Bob Dwyer’s Bix &Pieces at Farnborough Jazz Club on 18th March 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

Tony Tony O'Sullivan plays trumpet with Bob Dwyer (just hidden) and Bernie Holden with Bob Dwyer's Bix &Pieces at Farnborough Jazz Club 18th March 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

Tony Tony O’Sullivan plays trumpet with Bob Dwyer (just hidden) and Bernie Holden with Bob Dwyer’s Bix &Pieces at Farnborough Jazz Club 18th March 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

Your hosts, Diane and Keith

N.B.  Chris is a music journalist, reviewer and critic with Melody Maker, plus he and Geoff Nichols co-wrote the book entitled ‘John Bonham: A Thunder of Drums’, available from Amazon’s Book Store – ISBN: 0073999308563,

‘Barefoot Boy’ – The Harlem Hamfat n (1938)
‘2:19 Blues’ (also known as ‘Mamie’s Blues) – (composer(s) &year unknown (pre 1902) (l) Jelly Roll Morton (1937)
‘Elephant Stomp’ – Al Ferreri & Yannick Singery (circa 1953)
‘Fidgety Feet’ – Nick LaRocca & Larry Shields (1918)
 ‘June Night’ – (m) Abel Baer, (l) Cliff Friend (1924)
‘Nice To Know You Care’ – (m) Leslie Baguley, (l) Norman Newell (1947)
‘Panama Rag’- Cy Seymour (1904). This version William H. Tyer (1911)
‘Royal Garden Blues’ Clarence Williams & Spencer Williams (1919) (no relation)
‘Thou Swell’ – (m) Richard Rogers, (l) Lorenz Hart (1927)

Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces, 29th January 2016

“Here we are at the FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB again, at the end of the first month of 2016 already!  Friday, 29th January 2016 to be precise.  Weather holding its own thank goodness (apart from a couple of days of bitterly cold raw ones last week)”.  That was how I advertised we were to have BOB DWYER’S BIX & PIECES back.  It was good to hear MAX EMMONS was well again and on trumpet & harmonica (even though Andy Woon was super – thanks to him for filling in during previous gigs).    BERNIE HOLDEN was on clarinet & alto sax, with JOHN BAYNE on double bass & bass sax, HUGH CROZIER on piano & vocals, DAVE PRICE on banjo & guitar and GRAHAM COLLICOTE was be back again on drums (likewise thanks to John Elmer for his filling in, prior).   Of course we had BOB DWYER on trombone.  This band is one of our club’s favourite.  Bob always does his best to please us and our crowd and here are some of the tunes they chose to perform.

Bob Dwyer's Bix & Pieces at Farnborough Jazz Club on 29th January 2016. (LtoR) Dave Price (bnj), (hidden-Graham Collicote drms), Bob Dwyer (trb), Max Emmons (trp), Bernie Holden (sax).( hidden-John Bayne dbass) & Hugh Crozier (pno). Photo by Mike Witt.

Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces at Farnborough Jazz Club on 29th January 2016. (LtoR) Dave Price (bnj), (hidden-Graham Collicote drms), Bob Dwyer (trb),    Max Emmons (trp), Bernie Holden (sax).( hidden-John Bayne dbass) &        Hugh Crozier (pno). Photo by Mike Witt.

Bob Dwyer's Bix & Pieces at Farnborough Jazz Club on 29th January 2016. (LtoR) Graham Collicote (drms), Bob Dwyer (trb), Max Emmons (trp), Bernie Holden (sax) & Hugh Crozier (pno). hidden Dave Price (bnj) & John Bayne (dbass). Photo by Mike Witt.

Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces at Farnborough Jazz Club on 29th January 2016. (LtoR) Graham Collicote (drms), Bob Dwyer (trb), Max Emmons (trp), Bernie Holden (sax) & Hugh Crozier (pno). hidden Dave Price (bnj) & John Bayne (dbass). Photo by Mike Witt.

Bernie Holden on sax and John Bayne on double bass with Bob Dwyer's Bix & Pieces at Farnborough Jazz Club on 29th January 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

Bernie Holden on sax and John Bayne on double bass with Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces at Farnborough Jazz Club on 29th January 2016. Photo by Mike Witt

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

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

Let’s see, well Bernie played clarinet with ‘Buddy’s Habits’, (I jotted down ‘Dave on banjo and John on double bass’ – must have been great).  Next to mention is Max, who sang ‘Shimmy Like My Sister Kate’ and everyone excelling.  Then a lovely tango with a great solo from Dave on banjo and the song – ‘Isle of Capri’.

Hugh Crozier (piano) with Bob Dwyer's Bix & Pieces at Farnborough JC 29th January 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

Hugh Crozier (piano) with Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces at Farnborough JC 29th January 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

Hugh featured next with some boogie woogie.  He is a brilliant pianist, who comes up with different numbers every time and this time, it was a ‘Pine Top’ Smith number, ‘Jump Steady Blues’.  He is so talented.  Now Keith doesn’t dance as much as he did years ago, but I can usually get him up with this song, ‘Change Partners and Dance With Me’, it is so lovely (just thought, perhaps it’s because he wants to change his partner, ha.  No – never!).

John Bayne on bass sax (big Bertha) 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.

Moving on, once again, I just had to ask John to play ‘Elephant Stomp’. We had some new people in the audience and he is absolutely brilliant playing ‘big bertha’ (my name for bass sax) and as usual, he received huge applause, of course.

Max Emmons plays trumpet & harmonica with Bob Dwyer's Bix & Pieces at Farnborough Jazz Club on 29th January 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

Max Emmons plays trumpet & harmonica with Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces at Farnborough Jazz Club on 29th January 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

Graham Collicotte plays drums with Bob Dwyer's Bix & Pieces  at Farnborough Jazz Club on 29th January 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

Graham Collicotte plays drums with Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces at Farnborough Jazz Club on 29th January 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

‘Folsam Prison Blues (I Hear The Train a Comin)’ has to have a mention, with Max on harmonica and singing (plus Graham on drums).  Everybody just loves this, he is brilliant and puts so much effort into it – wowie – fantastic.  Then to follow on with a ‘gentle one’ and allow everyone to catch their breathe, is a must!

Bob Dwyer with his Bob Dwyer's Bix & Pieces at Farnborough Jazz Club on 29th January 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.29Jan2016 2148

Bob Dwyer with his Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces at Farnborough Jazz Club on 29th January 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.29Jan2016 2148

But then, Bob is so thoughtful and always plays (and sings romantically) our dear friend, Lesley Baguley’s number, ‘Nice to Know You Care’.  It is a very romantic one to dance to, so plenty of takers on the dance floor.  My last number to mention (although not their last) is ‘Puttin’ on the Ritz’ – yes, our line-dance and sung brilliantly by Hugh.  I daren’t mention any more.  But all this surely will tempt you to come and enjoy yourselves here on a Friday.

Diane and Keith (your hosts)

‘Buddy’s Habits’ – Arnet Nelson & Charles T Straight (1923)
‘Change Partners and Dance with Me’ – Irving Berlin (1938)
‘Elephant Stomp’ – Al Ferreri & Yannick Singery (circa 1953)
‘Folsam Prison Blues (I Hear The Train a Comin)’ – Johnny Cash (1955)
‘Isle of Capri’ – (m) Wilhelm Grosz (aka Hugh Williams), (l) by Jimmy Kennedy (1934)
‘Jump Steady Blues’ – Clarence ‘Pine Top’ Smith, (1929)
Nice To Know You Care’ – (m) Leslie Baguley, (l) Norman Newell (1947)
‘Puttin On the Ritz’ – Irving Berlin (1929)
‘Shimmy Like my Sister Kate’ – (composers?) © Clarence Williams & Armand Piron (1915)