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, 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).
Diane & Keith
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.
Diane & Keith
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
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,
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.
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.
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.
Diane and Keith
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
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