Category Archives: Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces

Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces, Friday 28th February 2020

It’s BOB DWYER’S BIX & PIECES band back here at FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (Kent) to entertain us tonight – Friday 28th February 2020. I’m so amazed how quickly another weekend is looming up on us. BOB was playing with Keith’s band last Friday, and I was telling you he would be back with his own band ‘next week’ and here we are already. Anyway, trombonist & singer BOB has booked MALCOLME WALTON to play trumpet, with PAULA JACKMAN on clarinet, plus HUGH CROZIER on piano & vocals, GRAHAM COLLICOTT on drums and MIKE BENNET on double bass. Lovely regular JOHN BAYNE unfortunately is unwell, so his Doctor has advised him to stop playing for a while.  Anyway, I think it might be the first time both Paula and Mike have played for us here at Farnborough, so please give them both our best Farnbronian welcome, won’t you. Come and join us for another wonderful evening’s entertainment Happy birthday to Christine and Ken – that’s presuming their families don’t pinch them from us …. Your hosts Diane & Keith

As I promised, I returned to sort some photos out, but found problems, such as my newsletter for Bob’s last gig in October 2019, seems to have disappeared.  I am soo tired having only had 3-4hours sleep last night, plus to sort something out for both Paula and Mike would take too long, so will just leave you with this one of  JOHN BAYNE and to wish him a quick recovery and send everyone’s love (I know Mike will not let you down on double bass).

AND THIS VIDEO 

John Bayne plays ‘Elephant Stomp’ with the ‘Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces’ at Farnborough Jazz Club, 30jan2015. Photo by Mike Witt.

Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces, Friday 23rd August 2019

BOB DWYER’S BIX & PIECES returns this coming Friday, 23rd August 2019, here at FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (Kent).   As you know, band leader & trombonist BOB is a great oficionado of Bix Beiderbeck’s music.  He has booked musicians, MALCOLME WALTON (trumpet), with SARAH SPENCER (clarinet, alto & tenor saxes, plus HUGH CROZIER (piano & vocals), JOHN BAYNE (double bass & bass sax) and GRAHAM COLLICOTT (drums).  They are great to listen and dance to.  It would be great to see some of Kent’s Farnbronian jazzers try us, you will love it.  People travel great distances to come because we put on the best.  We have a Shepherd Neame club priced bar, plenty of free off-road parking, plus a wonderful friendly atmosphere and don’t bite.  Your hosts, Diane & Keith

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.

Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces, Friday 15th March 2019

BOB DWYER’S BIX & PIECES will be entertaining you again tonight, Friday 15th March 2019, at FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (Kent).   BOB is a super band leader, a strong trombonist with a fab voice and that is why he has kept such a great band.  These guys are MALCOLME WALTON who will be on trumpet, with SARAH SPENCER on clarinet, alto & tenor saxes, plus HUGH CROZIER on piano & vocals, JOHN BAYNE on double bass & bass sax and of course GRAHAM COLLICOTT on drums.  They love the amazing sounds of composer & musician, Bix Beiderbecke (born 10th March 1903). It is amazing, how much he achieving before his death, aged only 28yrs. Bob’s band do a brilliant job keeping his music alive, for us to dance to. I’m looking forward to seeing them all again.  Disappointingly, I missed them on their last time here, namely Colin Dobson’s very special evening (I know Colin would have been so proud).  Come and join us again for another wonderful evening’s entertainment ….. Diane & Keith

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

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

Your hostKeith will be with you – please help him though

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

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

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, MALCOLM 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

Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces, Friday, 4th May 2018

Bob Dwyer, trombonist & leader of ‘Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces’ at Farnborough Jazz Club on 30th January 2015.                       Photo by Mike Witt.

 BOB DWYER’S BIX & PIECES is another favourite band of ours here at FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (Kent) and they are back on Friday, 4th May 2018.  

BOB (trombonist & vocalist) will be joined by MALCOLME WALTON (trumpet), SARAH SPENCER (clarinet, alto & tenor saxes), with HUGH CROZIER (piano &vocals), JOHN BAYNE (double bass &bass sax), DAVE PRICE (banjo &guitar) and of course  GRAHAM CAULICOTTE (drums).  Looks like (dare I say) spring is back again, so hope to see everyone join us for a great evening of dancing jazz.

Your hosts

Diane & Keith

Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces, Friday, 16th February 2018

It is BOB DWYER’S BIX & PIECES’ first gig of the year back here at our FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (this Friday, 16th February 2018) and we can assure you, they will thrill your ears with many bits and pieces too with their super rendition of jazz.   Trombonist & vocalist BOB has again booked MALCOLME WALTON on trumpet, with SARAH SPENCER on clarinet, alto & tenor saxes, HUGH CROZIER on piano &vocals, JOHN BAYNE on double bass &bass sax (that is nearly as big as himself), DAVE PRICE on banjo &guitar and GRAHAM CAULICOTTE on drums.  Yep, be prepared to have another great evening of jazz.  Music certainly helps to keep you feeling young, aye!

Your hosts, the Granties

P.S. will back in with photo/s – just going to feed our stray cat! (sorry didn’t get back, will over weekend!

PPS  HEATING HAS BEEN SORTED 

I was ‘Granted’ on 8th October 2017, then Keith and I enjoyed a couple of days honeymoon, returning on Friday, 13th October 2017 for Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces.

 

Keith & Diane’s Wedding Day 8oct2017 at Donnington Manor Hotel with the Mardi Gras Jazzband.  Leader Rob Pearce-trombone, Leigh Henson-trumpet, John Ellmer-reeds, Jonathan Vinton-piano, Andy Lawrence-d.bass & Paul Baker-drums, Seen here sittingin – Keith on drums, Roger Curphey on d.bass & Diane singing ‘I cant give you anything but love’. Photo by Anje Jen

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

Bob and his band – Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces, Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent. Taken 10 July 2015. Photo by Mike Witt

This week was the very first time ever that I had missed writing a newsletter to tell you of the band and the musicians who would be playing for us, since advertising our weekly Friday night jazz club some 25/30 years ago.  Well I had very good reason for missing it, simply due to my being ‘GRANTED’.

 

 

So sorry, but let me tell you briefly, we had the return of BOB DWYER’S BIX & PIECES, to FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB on Friday, 13th October 2017.  Trombonist &vocalist BOB, never complained we hadn’t advertised them, because it was a good turnout anyway.  MALCOLME WALTON was on trumpet, with TIM HUSKISSON on clarinet & tenor sax, HUGH CROZIER on piano &vocals, JOHN BAYNE on double bass &bass sax, DAVE PRICE on banjo &guitar and GRAHAM CAULICOTTE on drums.  Also MARILYN PRICE sang a couple of songs.  What a great jazz voice she has too.  Lovely evening.

Keep Jazz Live’ with your hosts,

The Granties

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.