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Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces, 18th December 2015

‘BOB DWYER’S BIX & PIECES’ 7pce band gave us a fabulous Christmas party at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on Friday, 18th December 2015.  It was our last celebration of the year and beforehand, I mentioned we would have a special surprise guest star for you, a rare occasion, whom I said was not to be missed. Well, that surprise was Santa Claus himself.  He was lovely too.  Well, he wasn’t tired, because he had a whole week before his busy time, bless him.  Thank you Santa, for stopping by.

Bob Dwyer's Bix & Pieces at Farnborough Jazz Club's Xmas Party,18th December 2015

Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces at Farnborough Jazz Club’s Xmas Party,18th December 2015.  Photo by Mike Witt (glad to have you back).

 

Band leader, BOB (trombonist & vocalist) was to be joined by MAX EMMONS, but Max was still unwell (hope you get well soon, Max).

 

 

 

 

Andy Woon, trumpet & Bob in Bob Dwyer's Bix & Pieces at Farnborough Jazz Club's Xmas Party 18dec2015

Andy Woon, trumpet & Bob (trombone) in Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces at Farnborough Jazz Club’s Xmas Party 18th December 2015. Photo by Mike Witt.

However, Bob managed to get us another treat, namely ANDY WOON on trumpet.  Take a moment to listen and read about him (see contacts below).  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 JOHN ELLMER on drums, all brilliant, as usual.

Bob Dwyer's Bix & Pieces at Farnboro JC's Xmas Party 18th December 2015. LroR Andy Woon (trumpet), Bernie Holden (sax), John Elmer (drums) & John Bayne (d.bass). Photo by Mike Witt.December 2015. LroR Andy Woon (trumpet), Bernie Holden (sax), John Elmer (drums) & John Bayne (d.bass). Photo by Mike Witt.

Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces at Farnborough JC’s Xmas Party 18th December 2015.  LtoR  Andy Woon (trumpet), Bernie Holden (sax), John Ellmer (drums) & John Bayne (d.bass). Photo by Mike Witt.

 

Hugh Crozier (piano) with Bob Dwyer's Bix & Pieces at Farnborough Jazz Club's Xmas Party 18th December 2015. Photo by Mike Witt.

Hugh Crozier (piano) with Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces at Farnborough Jazz Club’s Xmas Party 18th December 2015. Photo by Mike Witt

John Bayne, bass sax Bob Dwyer's Bix & Pieces at Farnborough Jazz Club's Xmas Party 18th December 2015. Photo by Mike Witt.

John Bayne, bass sax Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces at Farnborough Jazz Club’s Xmas Party 18th December 2015. Photo by Mike Witt.

 

 

Dave Price (banjo&guitar) with Bob Dwyer's Bix & Pieces at Farnborough Jazz Club's Xmas Party,18th December 2015. Photo by Mike Witt.

Dave Price (banjo&guitar) with Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces at Farnborough Jazz Club’s Xmas Party,18th December 2015. Photo by Mike Witt.

We certainly did have lots of fun, letting our hair down, and yes, smiles and laughter coming out of the rafters, I said before hand, it was to be the order of the day, although no one needed to be forced.  We enjoyed a couple of line-dances, plus a brolly parade (thanks to Steve).  Of course I had told everyone to bring their own food and candelabras and that gave me a chance to enjoy the evening too.  I was too busy dancing, I’m afraid I made no notes of what was played, or any little tit bits of what the band got up to, which makes for good reading.  However, I must mention (for my own memory) is what Keith got up to!  Having had two falls recently (October, to be precise – we both had two falls, for that matter), he had been unable to dance and hadn’t done for a long, long time.  So when they played ‘Change Partners and Dance with Me’, I was shocked to the core, when he asked for a dance.  Not only that, but he danced ‘Fred Astaire fashion’.  I felt sure he was going to do something funny and I would end up on the floor in a heap, but no!  He has been watching too much ‘Strictly Come Dancing’.  What a night for me to remember.  He certainly is an entertainer.  (he’s just said “thanks for telling me, I cant remember it”!  Before I wrap this up, I must thank everyone in the band for doing such a brilliant job and especially a big ‘thank you’ to Andy Woon for giving his all, at a venue he has never played at – we hope you come again.   Now to all our wonderful audience, most of whom are huge regulars, a great big ‘thank you’ from Keith and me for your support throughout.  Plus finally, a special thanks to Ian (President of Sports Club), who does so much for us – unlocking and locking up for us and well as bar  (thanks for Xmas decorations too).  Also bar staff Val, Cathy, Barb and Harry for serving with smiles.

Hope you all had a lovely Christmas everyone.  See you next year.  We shall re-start on 8th January 2016 with the Golden Eagle Jazz Band

From Your hosts, Diane & Keith

‘Change Partners and Dance with Me’ – (m&l) Irving Berlin (1937)

 

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‘Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces’, 27th November 2015

On Friday, 27th November 2015, we had ‘BOB DWYER’S BIX & PIECES’ at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent.  Unfortunately our lovely trumpeter, MAX EMMONS was taken ill and had to pull out at the last minute (that afternoon).  However, BOB (trombonist & vocalist) managed to find a replacement and wowie, what a replacement.  We had such a treat, it was the highly popular trumpeter, ENRICO TOMASSO.  The rest of the line-up were BERNIE HOLDEN on clarinet & alto sax, JOHN BAYNE on double bass & bass sax, HUGH CROZIER on piano & vocals, DAVE PRICE on banjo & guitar and GRAHAM COLLICOTT on drums.  Here are my notes about tunes played.

Enrico Tomasso (7years old) seen here playing for Louis Armstrong.

Enrico Tomasso (7years old) seen here playing for Louis Armstrong.

I start off with Louis Armstrong’s ‘Apex Blues’.  Louis is Enrico’s idol and when aged just seven, he played for Louis himself.  So as you can imagine, Enrico played some great trumpet.  Their next number was ‘Dinah’ and was sung by Enrico in a good jazz style.  Then Bob gave his usual singing performance, showing such feeling, to ‘No Regrets’.  Next came Hugh, who was, as usual, great playing piano and sang ‘Little Coquette’ – another great voice.  He comes up with fabulous tunes to surprises us and I don’t think he has sung this one here before.  It took a bit of searching for the writers cos I got the name of the song wrong! (However, I ferreted it out, Hugh – ha).  The next one was a favourite of Keith’s, namely ‘Cornet Chop Suey’.  Yes, written by Louis – fab-u-lous.   Then came ‘West End Blues’ and as you can imagine, Enrico played that super intro’ and with everyone joining it, it almost brought tears to your eyes.  Enrico also sang scat vocals – to Bernie, whilst he played his clarinet solo – another bit of fun.  They completed the evening with ‘Dippermouth Blues’ and is the number you get to hear solos from everyone, so let me tell you about the ‘engine’.  First of all, Dave, playing guitar, well it was his first appearance at the club too.  He was wonderful (he teaches guitar), who fitted in superbly and helped drive it all along, also with Graham (his first time with this band), such a great solid swinging drummer and what about lovely John, who played double bass fantastically – so powerful.  This is the number where the audience get to shout out ‘Oh Play That Thing’. Bless him, Bob tried to lead us all in with shouting it, which actually put us off – we do always know when and where to yell it, Bob.  No prompting is needed, trust me, a great audience participation we all pride ourselves with -ha.  Well done Bob, what another super evening.  Just one pointer, yes, we performed our ‘Charleston’ style line-dance – twice, but with two songs not mentioned. I haven’t given too many tunes out this time, as they are back in a couple of weeks on 18th December 2015, for our Christmas party.  Please try to pre-book, thank you.

Diane and Keith

P.S. I emailed to Bob to ask if he had mentioned Enrico appearing on TV with PRO and he responded:  Yes!  A few weeks ago, browsing through numerous TV channels I discovered a documentary entitled “The Pasadena Roof Orchestra 40th year celebration” and good it was too.

Rico was one of the featured guest musicians. (He had been member at one time) He played “Sleepy time down south” Louis would have been proud of him.

P.P.S.  I have published 7th August 2015 Newsletter about ‘Harry Strutter’s Hot Seven’ evening, (complete with photos – including one of Graham Collicott) of Keith’s birthday bash.  Sorry to be so behind with newsletters, due to personal (family) reasons, plus computer (Windows 10) aggravations.  I shall work on bringing all up-to-date in due course.  Don’t forget, to view photos in an enlarged and clearer state, just ‘double click’ on them.

‘Apex Blues’ – (conflicting) Hoagy Carmichael, Sidney Arodin & Joe Poston OR Earl Hines & Jimmie Noone (1928)
‘Cornet Chop Suey’ – Louis Armstrong (1926)
‘Dinah’ – (m) Harry Akst, (l) Sam M. Lewis & Joe Young (1923)
‘Dippermouth Blues’ – Joe ‘King’ Oliver & Louis Armstrong (1923)
‘Little Coquette’ – (m) Guy Lombardo & Johnny Green, (l) Gus Kahn (1928)
‘No Regrets’ – (m&l) Harry Tobias & Roy Ingram (1935)
‘West End Blues’ – Joe ’King’ Oliver, (l) Clarence Williams (1928)

‘Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces’, 25th September 2015

‘BOB DWYER’S BIX & PIECES’, came on Friday, 25th September 2015 to our Farnborough Jazz Club.

Bob Dwyer's Bits & Pieces at Farnborough Jazz Club on 25th September 2015. With Bob on trombone, Max Emmons on Trumpet, John Lee on reeds, Hugh Crozier on piano, John Bayne on d.bass& bass sax and Bert Butler on banjo, Photo by Mike Witt.

Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces at Farnborough Jazz Club on 25th September 2015. With Bob on trombone, Max Emmons on Trumpet, John Lee on reeds, Hugh Crozier on piano,  John Bayne on d.bass & bass sax and Burt Butler on banjo, Photo by Mike Witt.

Trombonist & vocalist, BOB had MAX EMMONS on trumpet, JOHN LEE on clarinet & tenor sax,  JOHN BAYNE on double bass & bass sax, HUGH CROZIER on piano, BURT BUTLER on banjo and CHRIS MARCHANT on drums. The evening began with a few horrors, including a huge traffic jam on the M25, so the band arrived after an horrendous journey. As one would expect, the first number was a little strained, but they soon got into stride and the whole evening’s music took charge of us and we certainly danced the evening away. I first took note of ‘Sunday’, a lovely happy tune, with a good tempo for dancing and sung by Bob. This was followed by ‘Creole Love Song’, giving more of a slower tempo for a waltz. However, the next tune was ‘Fidgety Feet’, very much ‘up tempo’ to which we performed our line-dance wowie, another exhausting choice. Then what about ‘South’, another swinging tune – wonderful.

Bob Dwyer's Bits & Pieces at Farnborough Jazz Club 25Sep2015. Bob (pic) -trombone, Max Emmons (pic) trumpet, John Lee (reeds), Hugh Crozier (piano), John Baine (d.bass &bass sax), Chris Marchant (pic) drums & guest Burt Butler (banjo).

Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces at Farnborough Jazz Club 25Sep2015. Bob (pic) -trombone, Max Emmons (pic) trumpet, John Lee (reeds), Hugh Crozier (pic) piano, John Bayne (d.bass &bass sax), Chris Marchant (pic) drums & guest Burt Butler (banjo). Photo by Mike Witt.

 

John Lee (t.sax) & Hugh Crozier (pno) at Farnborough JC with Bob Dwyer's Bits & Pieces 25Sept2015.

John Lee (tenor sax) and Hugh Crozier (piano) at Farnborough Jazz Club with Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces.  25th September 2015.  Photo by Mike Witt.

Hugh also has a super voice ‘Hard Hearted Hannah’ being one of his special songs he enjoys singing and did so with much gusto.  Next came Max, doing his bit’ with Snag It and again, another super voice, PLUS adding his performance on harmonica what a wonderful show.

Burt Butler (bnj) & John Bayne (bsax) at Farnborough JC with Bob Dwyer's Bits & Pieces, 25 Sep2015

Burt Butler (banjo) & John Bayne (bass sax) at Farnborough Jazz Club with Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces, 25th September 2015.  Photo by Mike Witt.

The next tune was brilliantly implemented by John (B) on ‘Big Bertha’ (Bass Sax). He played solo with the first verse of ‘Blue Skies’. Oh I just love him. Then came ‘My Little Bimbo’. Our guest player Burt sang it and of course he is quite a favourite character and known in these parts with his own band “Burt Butler’s Jazz Pilgrims”.

They continued on with ‘Diggin’ My Potatoes’, Max is just brilliant with this one and I think the rest of the band all joined in with harmonizing. We had another go (oh, just four of us!) at a line-dance to ‘Puttin On the Ritz’, well it is just a perfect tune for our ‘Charleston’ effort to it. Finally, once again, Bob asked them all to play ‘Nice To Know You Care’ for Keith and me, the music being written by our dear late-friend Leslie Baguley (a big hit from the ‘40’s).

Diane and Keith

‘Blue Skies’ Irving Berlin (1926)

‘Creole Love Song’ dispute between Joe ’King’ Oliver (1923) and Duke Ellington, (l) Billy Strayham (1927)

‘Diggin My Potatoes’ Huddie Ledbetter (1948)

‘Fidgety Feet’ Nick LaRocca & Larry Shields (1919)

‘My Little Bimbo Down On The Bamboo Isle’ (m) Walter Donaldson, (l) Grant Clarke (1920)

‘Nice To Know You Care’ (m) Leslie Baguley, (l) Norman Newell (1947)

‘Puttin’ On The Ritz’ Irving Berlin (1929)

‘South’ Thamon Hayes & Bennie Moten (1924)

‘Hard Hearted Hannah’ (m&l) Jack Yellen & Milton Ager, Bob Bigelow & Charles Bates (1924)

‘Sunday’ Ned Miller & Chester Cohn (1926)

‘Snag It’ JoeKing Oliver (1928)

Diane and Keith

P.S. Sorry, I’m still way behind on newsletters, although I have caught up on some – see Tony Pitt’s All Stars, 19th May 2015 and Barry Palser’s Super Six, 27th February & 19th June 2015, plus Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces, 10 July 2015

N.B.  Today (23rd September 2015) is the first day of the Autumn Equinox.  The South Pole will see a glimpse of daylight for the first time in six months and the North Pole enters six months of dark – hmmm.  Here in Kent, it is a beautiful morning – sunny and hot, with not a cloud in the wonderful blue sky.  I had been swimming early this morning.  Stopped off at Holwood Farm, Shire Lane (near Biggin Hill) for some tea and scones.  I sat outside in the sun and enjoyed a lone Spitfire, with its Black & white striped D-Day markings on its wings, obviously enjoying himself and still around after Monday’s commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain   How I wish I had been up there with him.  However, I feel lucky to be alive on such a glorious day, one to remember.

Xtra…. This was all repeated this morning (25th September). The Spitfires are from Biggin Hill Heritage Hanger – see their website: Fly A Spitfire.co.uk – you can hire a flight with them – think of this if you need an idea to give a very special present to that someone who has everything.  I also found out that Wednesday’s pilot was Don Sigourney and today’s was Richard Verral, who both flew on the D-Day Commemorations.

‘Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces’, 10th July 2015

‘BOB DWYER’S BIX & PIECES’ was at the Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent (BR6 7BA), On Friday, 10th July 2015, BOB on trombone & vocals, had MAX EMMONS on trumpet, BERNIE HOLDEN on clarinet & alto sax, JOHN BAYNE on double bass & bass sax, JOHN STUART on banjo & guitar, LAURIE CHESCOE on drums and guest pianist, CHRIS NEWMAN. Remember Chris played last time (1st May), fares from GOSPORT, Hampshire, where he is on the Committee of the Gosport Jazz Club. It was great to see/hear him again. I advertised that night, by saying its good here, isn’t it – we are always having brilliant Fridays, aren’t we? I wasn’t wrong either. We had a decent turnout and as usual, faces were beaming from ear to ear.

Bob Dwyer's Bix & Pieces at Farnborough JC, Kent 10Jul2015. Bob (trombone), Max Emmons (trumpet & harmonica), Bernie Holden (clarinet&alto sax), Laurie Chescoe (drums), John Bayne (d.bass& bass sax), John Stewart (banjo & guitar)& pianist Chris Newman. Photo by Mike Witt.

Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces at Farnborough JC, Kent 10Jul2015. Bob (trombone), Max Emmons (trumpet & harmonica), Bernie Holden (clarinet&alto sax), Laurie Chescoe (drums), John Bayne (d.bass& bass sax), John Stuart (banjo & guitar)& pianist Chris Newman. Photo by Mike Witt.

They played one of Keith’s favourite, ‘A Hundred Years From Today’, with Bob singing every bit as good as Jack Teagarden. This was followed on with ‘I Found a New Baby’, with some brilliant sax from Bernie, banjo from John (S) and fabulous bass sax (‘big bertha’) from John (B). Max thrilled us all with his harmonica playing and singing of ‘Diggin’ My Potatoes’ and we performed our line-dance to this – phew, we were all exhausted! I remember Ken Colyer’s band playing the next one – ‘Black Cat On the Fence’, a lovely choice and everyone excelled. Bob sung the next number, ‘Kansas City Kitty’, just fabulous.

Bob Dwyer's Bix & Pieces at Farnborough JC, Kent ( Bernie, Max, Bob & Laurie - 10Jul2016

Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces at Farnborough JC, Kent ( Bernie , Max, Bob & Laurie) – 10th July 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

Bob Dwyer's Bix & Pieces', with Bob (trmb), Max Emmons (trmp), Bernie Holden (clarnt) & Laurie Chescoe (drms), Farnborough JC, Kent 10Jul2015

Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces’, with Bob (trmb), Max Emmons (trmp), Bernie Holden (clarnt) & Laurie Chescoe (drms), Farnborough JC, Kent 10th July 2015.  Photo by Mike Witt.

John Bayne plays 'Elephant Stomp' with Laurie Chescoe (drums) and John Stuart (banjo) in 'Bob Dwyer's Bix & Pieces' at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent on 10th July 2015.

John Bayne plays ‘Elephant Stomp’ with Laurie Chescoe (drums) and John Stuart (banjo) in ‘Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces’ at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent on 10th July 2015.  Photo by Mike Witt.

But then no ‘let down’ with the next one, I put three ticks and ‘yes, yes, yes’ on my notes. Well, the number was ‘Elephant Stomp’. Everyone just loves John playing it, we can never tire hearing him play it either. (see Newsletter 1st May 2015 for our recording of him playing on Youtube, not the best recording as just recorded (17oct2014) on my old mobile !)

This was followed with Max singing ‘Down By the Riverside’. Of course, there was some marvellous harmonising from the audience. Bob always sings Keith and my friend’s song (a big hit from the ‘40’s), ‘Nice To Know You Care’. It is a very romantic song and everyone gets up on the dance floor, even Keith dances with me – ha. I will end this write-up with Max’s great performance to ‘Rebecca, Get Your Big Legs Off of Me’. What a fabulous evening again. You just can’t beat ‘live’ music, especially when you have musicians with the experience and talent of the likes of these guys.

Chris Newman plays at Farnborough JC seen here with John Bayne (b.sax) with Bob Dwyer's Bix & Pieces 10Jul2015.

Chris Newman plays at Farnborough JC seen here with John Bayne (b.sax) with Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces 10th July2015. Photo by Mike Witt.

Laurie Chescoe (drms) and John Stuart (bnj) - 'Bob Dwyer's Bix & Pieces' at Farnborough JC Kent 10Jul2015

Laurie Chescoe (drms) and John Stuart (bnj) – ‘Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces’ at Farnborough JC Kent on 10th July 2015. Photo by Mike Witt.

Make a date to come next Friday.

Diane and Keith

A Hundred Years from Today’ – (m) Victor Young, (l) Ned Washington & Joe Young (1933)
‘Black Cat On the Fence’ – (l) Frank Sinatra, (m) Charlie Love (circa 1949 – debatable)
‘Kansas City Kitty’ – (m) Walter Donaldson, (l) Edgar Leslie (1929)
‘Diggin My Potatoes’ – Huddie Ledbetter (1948)
‘Down By the Riverside (Study War No More)’ – traditional/Gospel song first published 1918
‘Elephant Stomp’ – Al Ferreri & Yannick Singery (circa 1953)
‘I Found A New Baby’ – Jack Palmer, Spencer Williams (1926)
‘Nice To Know You Care’ – (m) Leslie Baguley, (l) Norman Newell (1947)
‘Rebecca, Rebecca, Get Your Big Legs Off of Me’ – Pete K.H. Johnson & Big Joe Turner (circa 1938

‘Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces’, 1st May 2015

‘BOB DWYER’S BIX & PIECES’, those likely – oh no I mean lovely – lads were back to play for us again. Where? Here of course, at the Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent (BR6 7BA). When? Last Friday, 1st May 2015.  (click on photos for a larger and clearer view),

BOB DWYER'S BIX & PIECES at Farnborough Jazz Club on 1st May 2015. With BOB (tromb&voc) MAX EMMONS (trump), BERNIE HOLDEN (clar&sax), CHRIS NEWMAN (piano), JOHN BAYNE (d.bass &b.sax), NICK SINGER bnj&voc) and LAURIE CHESCOE (drms). Photo by Mike Witt.

BOB DWYER’S BIX & PIECES at Farnborough Jazz Club on 1st May 2015. With BOB (tromb&voc) MAX EMMONS (trump), BERNIE HOLDEN (clar&sax), CHRIS NEWMAN (piano), JOHN BAYNE (d.bass &b.sax), NICK SINGER bnj&voc) and LAURIE CHESCOE (drms). Photo by Mike Witt.

Leader, BOB (trombone & vocals) was joined by MAX EMMONS on trumpet, BERNIE HOLDEN on clarinet & alto sax, JOHN BAYNE on double bass & bass sax, NICK SINGER on banjo & vocals, drummer LAURIE CHESCOE and guest pianist, CHRIS NEWMAN.

CHRIS NEWMAN, piano and JOHN BAYNE, on 'Big Bertha' (baratone sax) with Bob Dwyer's Bix & Pieces at Farnborough Jazz Club on 1st May 2015. Photo by Mike Witt.

CHRIS NEWMAN, piano and JOHN BAYNE, on ‘Big Bertha’ (baratone sax) with Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces at Farnborough Jazz Club on 1st May 2015. Photo by Mike Witt.

Chris comes from GOSPORT, Hampshire, where he is on the Committee of the Gosport Jazz Club. He is a wonderful pianist, very melodic and full of personality. He gave an explanation about my first choice of song and the fact that there are two tunes with almost the same name. One being ‘Panama Rag’, composed by Charles Seymour (1904), obviously a Ragtime and the one they played for us, ‘Panama’, by William Tyers (1911). We thoroughly enjoyed this one, although I am sure we would have enjoyed the other version anyway, because they were playing ‘hot’. Likewise with ‘St. Louis Blues’. Max sang, with John playing double bass and Bernie on alto sax. What an exciting rendition from all the band.  My next choice to tell you about was a completely different tune. It was a beautiful number sung by Bob, called ‘Spain’. I hope he doesn’t mind me saying, but he has a romantic voice, quite similar to the 1930-40’s sound and everyone loves it.

Nick Singer sings 'Ace In The Hole'. BOB DWYER'S BIX & PIECES at Farnborough Jazz Club on 1st May 2015. With BOB (tromb&voc) MAX EMMONS (trump), BERNIE HOLDEN (clar&sax), CHRIS NEWMAN (piano), JOHN BAYNE (d.bass &b.sax), NICK SINGER bnj&voc) and LAURIE CHESCOE (drms). Photo by Mike Witt.

Nick Singer sings ‘Ace In The Hole’. BOB DWYER’S BIX & PIECES at Farnborough Jazz Club on 1st May 2015. With BOB (tromb&voc) MAX EMMONS (trump), BERNIE HOLDEN (clar&sax), CHRIS NEWMAN (piano), JOHN BAYNE (d.bass &b.sax), NICK SINGER bnj&voc) and LAURIE CHESCOE (drms). Photo by Mike Witt.

Nick was next on vocals with his good ol’ tradie voice to ‘Ace In The Hole’, with another one for us to all dance to. Oh they were on fire, because they followed on with Max’s great intro on harmonica to ‘Freight Train’. I can just see them now, all flat out, what a performance (sorry, you have to put up with me gushing again!). The next number got our line dance going, now quite regularly a dozen or so of us, all having fun! The number was ‘That DaDa Strain’ , with fabulous drums from Laurie and enjoyably they played every bit as good as Bob Crosby & The Bob Cats did.  Another wonderful number to enjoy (requested by Gordon), with John bringing out ‘Big Bertha’ (bass sax) and everyone giving us brilliant solos to ‘Weary Blues’. Calming down, let me lead you into the next number ‘Love Nest’. Bob’s gentle dulcet tones brought on a full house of our dancers to the floor. [Oh by the by, I found 1 and 1/2 hour free b&w romantic film on You Tube ( www.youtube.com/watch?v=SU-1D8p50h4) with Marilyn Monroe.]   Just two regular numbers they do for us left to mention, one being ‘Elephant Stomp’ with our superb John, playing ‘Big Bertha’ and everyone backing him to the hilt, what a unit. Oh yes, see below our video recording of him, recorded 27th October 2014.  Plus the last number, only played here, because composer Leslie was a huge friend of ours. The number being a Tommy Dorsey hit, ‘Nice To Know You Care’. [I have located more info about Leslie, showing his music was produced by Forsythe, Seaman & Farrell, plus Dorothy Squires, Diana Dors, Ann Shelton, Jack Watson & Tony Brent, Charlie Chester and Dick James.].  Bob’s next date here, being 10th July 2015.

Now I hope that has wet your appetites to come for some more jazz next Friday, for the Pedigree Jazz Band.

JOHN BAYNE plays 'Elephant Stomp' on baratone sax accompanied by MAX EMMONS on trumpet and BERNIE HOLDEN on alto sax with the Bob Dwyer's Bix & Pieces at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent). 1st May 2015. Photo by Mike Witt.

JOHN BAYNE plays ‘Elephant Stomp’ on baratone sax accompanied by MAX EMMONS on trumpet and BERNIE HOLDEN on alto sax with the Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent). 1st May 2015. Photo by Mike Witt.

 

Bob Dwyer sings 'Nice To Know You Care' with Max Emmons (trmp) and Bernie Holden (clt). BOB DWYER'S BIX & PIECES at Farnborough Jazz Club on 1st May 2015

Bob Dwyer sings ‘Nice To Know You Care’ with Max Emmons (trmp) and Bernie Holden (clt). BOB DWYER’S BIX & PIECES at Farnborough Jazz Club on 1st May 2015. Photo by Mike Witt.

Good listening – and don’t forget, keep jazz ‘live’.

Diane and Keith

‘Ace in the Hole’ – Louis Panico & Elmer Schoebel (1926)
‘Elephant Stomp’ – Al Ferreri & Yannick Singery (circa 1953)
‘Freight Train’ – Elizabeth ‘Libba’ Cotton (circa 1906)
‘Love Nest’ – (m) Louis A. Hirsch, (l) Otto Harbach (1920)
‘Nice To Know You Care’ – (m) Leslie Baguley, (l) Norman Newell (1947)
‘Panama Rag’ – William Tyers (1911)
‘Spain’ – (m) Isham Jones (l) Gus Kahn (1924)
‘St. Louis Blues’ – W.C. Handy (1914)
‘That Dada Strain – Edgar Dowell (1922)
‘Weary Blues’ – (m) Artie Matthews, (l) George Cates & Mort Green (1915)

‘Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces’, 30th January 2015

It had been ages since ‘BOB DWYER’S BIX & PIECES’ had entertaining us – at least three weeks before this evening, Friday, 30th January 2015! Just in case you were missing them, they returned to us here at the Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent. You might ask why? Seriously, the reason was they were kind enough to accept the date, being prepared to take a chance of last minute cancelation, should we be snowed out (as all these early bands had agreed to). So far the weather has been kind to us. I’m told they were at Hastings the night before and were given plenty of cheers. I must say I’m sure they are cheered wherever they go though, just as they are here. Leader BOB (trombone & vocals) was joined by DAVE RANCE on trumpet, BERNIE HOLDEN on clarinet & sax, HUGH CROZIER on piano & vocals, JOHN BAYNE on double bass & bass sax, NICK SINGER on banjo & vocals and drummer LAURIE CHESCOE.

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 on 30th January 2015. Photo by Mike Witt.

'Bob Dwyer's Bix & Pieces'.  Bob (leader & trombonist) seen here at Farnborough Jazz Club 30Jan2015.

‘Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces’. Bob (leader & trombonist) seen here at Farnborough Jazz Club 30Jan2015. Photo by Mike Witt.

Front-line: Bob (trmb), Dave Rance (trmp) & Bernie Holden (clrn) of Bob Dwyer's Bix & Pieces  at Farnborough Jazz Club, 30jan2015.

Front-line: Bob (trmb), Dave Rance (trmp) & Bernie Holden (clrn) of Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces at Farnborough Jazz Club, 30jan2015.  Photo by Mike Witt.

 

 

 

 

Dave Rance, trumpet with Bob Dwyer's Bix & Pieces at Farnborough Jazz Club 30jan2015.  Photo by Mike Witt.

Dave Rance, trumpet with                Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces at Farnborough Jazz Club 30jan2015. Photo by Mike Witt.

 

Bernie Holden, clarinettist  (with  pianist Hugh Crozier & drummer Laurie Chescoe) in Bob Dwyer's Bix & Pieces  at Farnborough Jazz Club, 30jan2015.  Photo by Mike Witt.

Bernie Holden, clarinettist (with pianist Hugh Crozier & drummer Laurie Chescoe) in Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces at Farnborough Jazz Club, 30jan2015. Photo by Mike Witt.

 

 

 

Another great phonto of smiling Laurie Chesco, seen here with Bob Dwyer's Bix & Pieces at Farnborough Jazz Club, 30jan2015.  Photo by Mike Witt

Another great phonto of smiling Laurie Chesco, seen here with Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces at Farnborough Jazz Club, 30jan2015. Photo by Mike Witt

 

 My first note was of Hugh singing Too Busy’, fabulously (although was he singing it for me? Ha!). They followed on with Bob singing a lovely number, ‘Spain’. I know I’ve said it before, but repeating it, they both have great voices. I cannot recall why I popped over to the Bob at the start of the next number, save to say I trod on his foot. He said he was just going to announce ‘Fidgety Feet’! Anyway, brilliantly played by everyone.

Nick Singer (banjo) with  Bob Dwyer's Bix & Pieces at Farnborough Jazz Club on 30th January 2015.  Photo by Mike Witt.

Nick Singer (banjo) with Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces at Farnborough Jazz Club on 30th January 2015. Photo by Mike Witt.

Then Nick came forward to sing ‘Tishomingo Blues’. Now Nick has a wonderful (dare I say gravel) voice so suited to the trad world, don’t ever stop singing Nick.  Quite a contrast with Hugh’s, who sang ‘Aint Misbehaving’. He played a super intro first, plus I noted Dave played muted trumpet with Bernie playing sax, all just great. I ticked twice and wrote ‘Fab’ next to ‘Magnolia’s Wedding Day’, I was obviously dancing, so no other comment.

Hugh Crozier with  Bob Dwyer's Bix & Pieces at Farnborough Jazz Club on 30th January 2015. Photo by Mike Witt.

Hugh Crozier with Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces at Farnborough Jazz Club on 30th January 2015. Photo by Mike Witt.

Next came a feature number for Hugh on piano and singing ‘(Oh Darling) Ain’t No Pleasing You’. He just had the accompaniment of John on bass sax [big Bertha] and Bernie on alto sax, plus drums – abso-lutely fab-u-lous. There were so many great numbers in their repertoire, too many to mention, all with huge ticks against them too, but must mention Dave singing ‘Lilly of the Valley’, because he is another lovely singer (and of course, we were all singing along with him).

Bernie Holden (alto) & John Bayne (bass) (accompanying Hugh Crozier's feature) with Bob Dwyer's Bix & Pieces  at Farnborough Jazz Club, 30jan2015.  Photo by Mike Witt.

Bernie Holden (alto) & John Bayne (bass) & Laurie Chescoe on drums (accompanying Hugh Crozier’s feature) with Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces at Farnborough Jazz Club, 30jan2015. Photo by Mike Witt.

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

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

I must also mention our favourite number of John’s, featuring with ‘Elephant Stomp’. You blow our minds every time John and can never play it too often for us – so talented.   I can only follow that on with ‘Puttin’ On the Ritz’, because it’s one of my favourites and we did our line-dance. Although the weather is inclement, I said last week you would soon warm up at the club, especially if you like dancing and said to get your glad rags on and turn up for some fun and join your hosts, Diane and Keith, plus our bar staff, Ian, Val, Harry, Barb and Kath too. This you did and I know you all enjoyed yourselves. Now before closing, we must pay tribute to one of our Country’s greatest leaders of all time. Namely Sir Winston Churchill, as Saturday (24th) was the 50th anniversary of his funeral.   He was someone who helped to keep our freedom (thereby to enjoy our music) and who gave us great pride in this Country and United Kingdom.   We both feel such pride and thanks to have been born in his era.

Diane & Keith

‘Aint Misbehaving – (m) Thomas ‘Fats’ Waller & Harry Brooks, (l) Andy Razaf (1929)
‘Aint No Pleasing You’ – (Chas ‘n’ Dave) Charles Hodges & Dave Peacock (1982)
‘Elephant Stomp’ –  Al Ferreri & Yannick Singery (circa 1953)
‘Fidgety Feet’ – Nick LaRocca & Larry Shields (1919)
‘Lily of the Valley’ – hymn by William Charles Fry (1837–1882) in London for Salvation Army.  
               Ira D. Sankey arranged words to music of “The Little Old Log Cabin In The Lane by Will Hays
‘Magnolia’s Wedding Day’ – (m) Jimmy McHugh, (l) Dorothy Fields (1928)
‘Puttin’ On The Ritz’ – Irving Berlin (1929)
‘Spain’ – Armando ‘Chic’ Corea (1971)
‘Tishomingo Blues’ – Spencer Williams (1917)
‘Too Busy’ (recorded by Ken Colyer (1954) Anyone help with who wrote pls ???)

‘Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces’, 9th January 2015

2015 already! I can’t believe it. Anyway, BOB DWYER’S BIX & PIECES entertained us for our first gig of the year, on Friday, 9th January 2015 here at the Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent. I remember Bromley (Kent) man H.G. Wells’ book and the film ‘1984’, which all seemed so futuristic and now we are still enjoying wonderful songs from the 1915/30’s era. Oh no, they are not old fashioned, the tunes are still used for adverts on TV today! Now let me tell you of the happy little evening we once again had.  Leader BOB (trombone & vocals) had booked DAVE RANCE on trumpet, cornet & flugelhorn. I said last week that we thought it was his first time here, and so wished him a warm welcome to our club. I actually said to Keith I thought I recognised his name. Well, when Dave walked in, I did recognise him, because he has played for us before with the Yerba Buena Jazz Band. Dave certainly fitted in with the rest of the gang, who were BERNIE HOLDEN on clarinet & sax, HUGH CROZIER on piano & vocals, JOHN BAYNE on double bass & bass sax, JOHN STUART on banjo & vocals and LAURIE CHESCOE on drums.

Bob Dwyer's Bix & Pieces at Farnborough Jazz Club on 9th January 2015 with Bob (trombone), Dave Rance [dep](trumpet), Bernie Holden (sax), Hugh Crozier (piano) Laurie Chescoe (drums), John Bayne (d.bass&bass sax) and John Stewart [dep] (banjo&guitar).

Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces at Farnborough Jazz Club on 9th January 2015 with Bob (trombone), Dave Rance [dep](trumpet), Bernie Holden (sax), Hugh Crozier (piano) Laurie Chescoe (drums), John Bayne (d.bass&bass sax) and John Stuart [dep] (banjo&guitar). Photo by Mike Witt

Bob Dwyer's Bix & Pieces at Farnborough Jazz Club on 9th January 2015. Bob on trombone and dep Dave Rance on trumpet.

Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces at Farnborough Jazz Club on 9th January 2015. Bob on trombone and dep Dave Rance on trumpet.  Photo by Mike Witt.  


The evening was to be the first of my mid-week birthday celebrations. I shall finish celebrating next Friday, because I’m greedy that way – ha. ‘Moose March’, what an excellent number to kick start the evening (well for me – I missed the first one due to people pouring through the door). Anyway, Dave was super on trumpet. Then Bernie had a great solo, plus Bob did a lovely job with singing ‘Baby, Won’t You Please Come Home’. Likewise Bob did so with ‘No Regrets’. I wonder Bob, did you choose this number, an Édith Piaf number as she was born in 1915. But for whatever reason, nice one Bob. Then I just have to mention Irving Berlin’s ‘Puttin on the Ritz’, one that they play often for us and of course we appeared on the dance floor for our (Charleston-style) line-dance with seven or eight of us. You better come and join us with this before we start progressing to a higher level or even go professional– ha.

Hugh Crozier, pianist with Bob Dwyer's Bix & Pieces at Farnborough Jazz Club on 9th January 2015

Hugh Crozier, pianist with Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces at Farnborough Jazz Club on 9th January 2015. Photo by Mike Witt.

John Stewart, banjo&guitar and John Bayne, d.bass & bass sax, with Bob Dwyer's Bix Pieces at Farnborough Jazz Club on 9th January 2015.

John Staart, banjo&guitar and John Bayne, d.bass & bass sax, with Bob Dwyer’s Bix Pieces at Farnborough Jazz Club on 9th January 2015. Photo by Mike Witt.

I filmed the band playing it, but it is too dark (I will try to sort), however, I must say it is certainly wonderful to hear – Hugh is brilliant, not only with his piano playing, but singing too, John Bayne comes over terrific with his bass sax – oh by the by, I’m always praising Bob’s singing, but he is pretty fabulous on trombone too. To continue, Dave showed us how well he sings and Bob joined in with a little harmonising to ‘I Can’t Give You Anything But Love’ wonderful job fellas. Then ‘Kansas City Kitty’ was a pretty rousing up-tempo number for dancing, sung by Bob and played brilliantly by everyone. It’s one of those numbers you know how it goes when they start playing, but cannot remember what it is called – enjoyable though. This was followed on by Hugh singing ‘Good Morning Blues’, another number that you know when it is sung. Well done Hugh.

Laurie Chescoe, drummer with Bob Dwyer's Bix & Pieces at Farnborough Jazz Club on 9th January 2015

Laurie Chescoe, drummer with Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces at Farnborough Jazz Club on 9th January 2015. Photo by Mike Witt.

After a break, they came on and played ‘Lilly of the Valley’, which was sung wonderfully by Dave, plus I must mention Laurie, who performed a marvellous drum solo. Keith said not many people would realise it is more difficult to perform a solo to a slow number, than to a fast one.  It was Hugh’s turn to sing the next number, being ‘You’re Driving Me Crazy’ and what a performance.

John Stewart (banjo & guitar) depping with Bob Dwyer's Bix & Pieces at Farnborough Jazz Club on 9th January 2015

John Stuart (banjo & guitar) depping with Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces at Farnborough Jazz Club on 9th January 2015. Photo by Mike Witt.

John Bayne, d.bass&b.sax with Bob Dwyer's Bix & Pieces at Farnborough Jazz Club on 9th January 2015.

John Bayne, d.bass&b.sax with Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces at Farnborough Jazz Club on 9th January 2015. Photo by Mike Witt.

I must mention (or have I said it before – ha) just how brilliant John Bayne is on ‘Big Bertha’. He played it (bass sax I mean) during ‘Singing the Blues’, which brought on plenty of dancers. Bob always makes Keith and I feel good by playing and singing our song ‘Nice to Know You Care’ and as it was my pre-birthday celebration, he/they didn’t disappoint us, so thanks. Now you know what a lovely evening we all have – plenty of NICE hours, how about joining us next Friday, 16th January 2015. We have ‘Lord Napier Hotshots’ for my last birthday celebration evening. Hey, don’t forget our new times, it all kicks off at 8.00pm (ending at 11.00pm).

Always enjoy ‘live’ music, preferably with us.

Diane and Keith

‘Baby Won’t You Please Come Home’ – (m) Charles Warfield, (l) Clarence Williams (1919)
‘Good Morning Blues’ – H. Ledbetter & A. Lomax (1941)
‘I Can’t Give You Anything But Love’ – Jimmy McHugh, (l) Dorothy Fields (1928)
                                        (Although it’s believed by ‘Fats’ Waller, who sold it on when broke)
‘Kansas City Kitty’ – (m) Walter Donaldson, (l) Edgar Leslie (1929)
‘Lily of the Valley’ – hymn written by William Charles Fry (1837–1882) in London for the Salvation Army.  
                                      Ira D. Sankey arranged the words to the music of “The Little Old Log Cabin in the Lane
                                      Composed by Will Hays
Moose March’ – Hans P. Flath (1910)
‘Nice To Know You Care’ – (m) Leslie Baguley, (l) Norman Newell (1947)
‘No Regrets’ – (m) Roy Ingraham (l) Harry Tobias (1936)
‘Puttin On the Ritz’ – Irving Berlin (1929)
‘Singing the Blues’ Frankie Trumbauer, Bix Beiderbeck & Eddie Lang (1927)
‘You’re Driving Me Crazy’ – Walter Donaldson (1930)

‘Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces’, 17th October 2014

‘BOB DWYER’S BIX & PIECES’ once again ‘delivered the goods’ at the Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent on Friday, 17th October 2014. What a lovely band this is. They are so relaxed with one-another, playing everything from HOT jazz, to romantic waltzes, Latin American and rock-n-roll. Yes, music for both dancers AND the connoisseurs alike.   Leader BOB (trombone & vocals) had booked the usual band members, MAX EMMONS (trumpet, harmonica & vocals), BERNIE HOLDEN (clarinet & sax), HUGH CROZIER (piano & vocals), JOHN BAYNE (double bass & bass sax), NICK SINGER (banjo & vocals) and LAURIE CHESCOE (drums).

Bob Dywer's Bix & Pieces at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent 17th October 2014. Photo by Mike Witt

Bob Dywer’s Bix & Pieces at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent on 17th October 2014.     Photo by Mike Witt

Their first number was rather unusual, as it is usually played by most bands at the end!  ‘Go On Out of Here (and Go On Home)’. Now that shows confidence the audience would not comply, ha.  Next, John played bass sax, or as I call it ‘Big Bertha’ (John said he has never heard anyone else call it that).  He played ‘Fidgety Feet’, what a maestro.   Another number to mention was ‘I’m Coming Virginia’, to which Bernie gave a delightful clarinet intro’ to.

 

Bob Dwyer's Bix & Pieces at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent 17th October 2014.    Photo By Mike Witt

Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent 17th October 2014. Photo By Mike Witt

They chose to play ‘That Da Da Strain’ in which Laurie had a special feature on drums, wow can he play, well he wasn’t with the Alex Welsh for nothing.

Laurie Chescoe (drums) (with Bob Dwyer's Bix & Pieces) at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent 17th October 2014.    Photo By Mike Witt

Laurie Chescoe (drums) with Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces                            at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent on 17th October 2014.                            Photo By Mike Witt

Nick joined the frontline with ‘Snag it’. He has a brilliant voice and Keith remarked how he sounded (and looked a little) like Seasick Sid. Only a little bit Nick, but you’re wonderfully entertaining too. One of my favourite numbers by this band is ‘Rebecca, Rebecca, Get Your Big Legs Off of Me’’. Max plays harmonica and also sings, well you should hear him sing it, he is super too.

 

Nick Singer (banjo) with Bob Dwyers Bix & Pieces at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent on 17th October 2014. Photo By Mike Witt

Nick Singer (banjo) with Bob Dwyers Bix & Pieces                                    at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent on 17th October 2014.                          Photo By Mike Witt

 

Keith Grant has sit-in on drums with Bob Dwyer's Bix & Pieces at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent 17th October 2014.  Photo by Mike Witt

Keith Grant has sit-in on drums with Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces   at Farnborough Jazz Club, 17th October 2014.                           Photo by Mike Witt

During the interval, Laurie (who had never heard Keith play drums before), said to him, ‘Why don’t you have a sit-in’? Anyway, Bob called Keith up to play ‘Blues My Naughty Sweetie’. Keith did extremely well, considering he hasn’t played for a year and not on his own drum kit AND after Laurie’s special too. They even gave him solos. Thanks Laurie, for asking him. I managed to video a couple of numbers (obviously Keith’s number included, hmmm).

 

Hugh Crozier (piano) and John Bayne (double bass) with 'Bob Dwyer's Bix & Pieces' at Farnborough Jazz Club on Friday, 17th October 2014.  Photo by Mike Witt.

Hugh Crozier (piano) and John Bayne (double bass)                                   with ‘Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces’ at Farnborough Jazz Club                             on Friday, 17th October 2014.   Photo by Mike Witt.       

I also videoed Hugh’s feature number. However, his electric piano malfunctioned.  He tried a couple of times more, but had to give up, much to my dismay, because of the video.   These videos will be dark (due to being taken with my old mobile) and will take a little while to upload on this site, but look out for them soon. Max sang the next number ‘I Had a Funny Feeling’. How brilliant he is, also playing harmonica (no, not at the same time-ha). Then I was so pleased to capture on video next the maestro in action playing Big Bertha with ‘Elephant Stomp’, a number I had always hoped to catch on film one day. Then the last number was sung by Bob and played especially for Keith and me. It is a Tommy Dorsey hit number that was written by our very dear friend, Leslie Baguley (see our tribute page for him), called ‘Nice To Know You Care’ (also video). Everyone was on the dance floor, including Keith and I (both had tears in our eyes). So once again thanks Bob, for learning it. He says he only plays it at Farnborough, but might I suggest playing it elsewhere too, it would help to keep it alive for longer.  To keep all music ‘live’, just support it. So that’s all folks, see you next week with the ‘Limers’ (Limehouse Jazzband).

Cheers (in particular Keith – ha)

Diane and Keith

Footnote:

Keith hasn’t played drums in over a year, not since falling down the stairs and hurting his foot. In the past, he has played with many bands, plus had his own band, ‘The KGB’.  Some of you will remember he was with ‘Mac White and Charlie Connor’s Spirit of Bechet’ (Mac, who could play eight different instruments, mainly clarinet, was with ‘The Temperance Seven’, ‘The Pacedena Roof Orchestra’ and ‘The Midnight Follies’. However, Keith broke his arm/hands on five different occasions, plus I gave him concussion on those five different occasions, due to hitting him – well!  Only joking.

‘Blues My Naughty Sweetie Gives to Me’ – Charles McCarron, Casey Morgan & Arthur Swanstrom (1919)
‘Elephant Stomp’ – Al Ferreri & Yannick Singery (circa 1953)
‘Fidgety Feet’ – Nick LaRocca & Larry Shields (1919)
‘Go On Out of Here (and Go On Home)’ – Buddy Bolden (need to check later if he wrote it and when)
‘I’m Coming Virginia’ – (m) Donald Heywood, (l) Will Marion Cook (1927)
‘Nice To Know You Care’ – (m) Leslie Baguley, (l) Norman Newell (1947)
‘Rebecca, Rebecca, Get Your Big Legs Off of Me’ – Pete K.H. Johnson & Big Joe Turner (circa 1938)
‘Snag It’ – Joe’King’ Oliver (1928)
‘That Da Da Strain’ – (m) Edgar Dowell, (l) Mamie Medina (1922)

‘Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces’, 8th August 2014

‘BOB DWYER’S BIX & PIECES’ appeared on Friday, 8th August 2014 here at the Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent. Leader BOB, on trombone & vocals, was joined by MAX EMMONS on trumpet, harmonica & vocals, BERNIE HOLDEN on clarinet & sax, HUGH CROZIER on piano & vocals, JOHN BAYNE on double bass & bass sax, NICK SINGER on banjo & vocals and DENNIS SMITH on drums. So how did it go? Well, they gave us such a wonderful variation of music. When I look at my notes, once again I had ticked too many tunes to mention, so I hope Bob and the gang like my choices. They started off with a good old trad number which immediately brought on a couple of dancers, ‘Canal Street Blues’. Another fabulous number was sung by Max, who also played his harmonica, with John choosing bass sax to the number ‘Me and the Devil’ (written by Robert Johnson, whose life was short-lived – 27yrs – did he have a sixth sense? I hope not!) Hugh had a bad journey and arrived a little late, but went ‘straight on’ without a breather, featuring both great vocals and piano with ‘Oooh! Look-A There, Aint She Pretty’, a lovely jaunty dancing tempo. Bob followed up with his vocals to ‘No Regrets’. I’ve said it before, Bob also has a lovely voice. Another vocalisation came from Nick with ‘Alexander’s Ragtime Band’, with again John playing bass sax (‘Big Bertha’ as I call it). Nick has a brilliant rough trad jazz voice. ‘Puttin on the Ritz’ was obviously the tune that brought us (Charleston) line-dancers onto the floor (probably about 12 of us this time – tons of fun, cos we don’t care if some of us don’t know what we are doing, thereby getting it wrong sometimes!) The continuing number Max sang brilliantly, being ‘If You’re a Viper’ and again with ‘Freight Train’ too. Once again, he played harmonica, with Bob and Bernie, including the ‘engine’ boys (literally-ha) making the sounds of a train- we just loved it. My last number to tell you of is a famous number of Humphrey Lyttleton’s band, namely ‘Elephant Stomp’. Oh, and that is when John is featured on bass sax. He is spectacular and I aim to video him next time – yes, still working on sorting out videos!!!!! Oh well, when I sort it all out, I shall have to put lighting up for one or two numbers to get better filming. Keep on smiling.

Diane and Keith, jazz lovers, signing off.

‘Alexander’s Ragtime Band’ – Irving Berlin (1911)
‘Canal Street Blues’ – Joe ‘King’ Oliver (1923)
‘If You’re a Viper’ – Stuff Smith (1936)
‘Freight Train’ – Elizabeth ‘Libba’ Cotton (circa 1906)
‘Elephant Stomp’ – Al Ferreri & Yannick Singery (circa 1953)
‘Me and the Devil’ – Robert Leroy Johnson (early 1930’s)
‘No Regrets’ – (m) Roy Ingraham (l) Harry Tobias (1936)
‘Oooh! Look-A There, Aint She Pretty’ – (m) Carmen Lombardo, (l) Clarence Todd (1933)

Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces, Friday, 28th March 2014

‘BOB DWYER’S BIX & PIECES’ produced some lovely entertainment for us on FRIDAY, 28th MARCH 2014 here at the FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB.  They are such a popular band, with leader BOB on trombone & vocals, MAX EMMONS on trumpet, harmonica & vocals, BERNIE HOLDEN on clarinet & sax, HUGH CROZIER on piano & vocals, JOHN BAYNE on double bass/bass sax, NICK SINGER on banjo & vocals and (band leader from last week) LAURIE CHESCOE, on drums, whistle & grins of course.  I said last week, they always create a great atmosphere and they surely did!  Bob has a beautiful voice and he demonstrated that fact when he sang ‘Why don’t You Go Down to New Orleans’ (there is a Leroy Jones version on YouTube). They played ‘Alexander’s Ragtime Band’.  Obviously we all sang and danced to this Irving Berlin one [10wks @#1 for duet Arthur Collins & Byron Harlan], I remember Johnny Ray’s version, do you agree?  A Bix Beiderbecke number, called ‘River Boat Shuffle’, was my next number to mention.  I had written down ‘a brilliant fast number’.  Hugh sang the next tune ‘Hard Hearted Hannah’.  He sang it softly, with such feeling.  Bob sang the next number, ‘The Song is Ended (But the Memory Lingers On)’.  Then he sang a number called ‘Nice To Know You Care’.  It was written by a dear friend of ours, Leslie Baguley (30 years ago, Keith played drums with him regularly).  A while ago, Keith told Bob about this number, asking him to sing it one day.  It was lovely to hear it performed again (please read special tribute page for Leslie Baguley).  ‘(What Did I Do To Be So) Black and Blue’ was another terrific number they performed and sung by Bob.  I wrote down that Max sang and what a powerful jazz voice he has.  ‘Puttin’ On the Ritz’ brought on the line dancers, well, four (oh dear).  Anyway, a great number.  The next one is a great favourite of ours by Bob’s band, which was ‘Freight Train Blues’.  They sound so like a train – just brilliant, with Max playing harmonica to the tune and the rest of the band making great train-like sounds fabulous.  Hugh then featured on piano with a number called ‘The Pearls’ by Jelly Roll Morton.  JRM is said to say it was one of his most difficult composition to play, so well done Hugh.

There’s nothing like ‘live’ music, bring a friend when you come next week for George ‘Kid’ Tidiman’s All Stars!

Diane and Keith

‘Alexander’s Ragtime Band’ – Irving Berlin (1911) (10wks @#1 for duet Arthur Collins & Byron Harlan)
‘Freight Train Blues’ – Thomas A. Dorsey and Murphy Everett (1924)
‘Hard Hearted Hannah’ – (m) Milton Ager, (l) Jack Yellen, Bob Bigelow &Chas Bates (1924)
‘Nice To Know You Care’ – (m) Leslie Baguley, (l) Norman Newell (1947)
 ‘Puttin’ On the Ritz’ – Irving Berlin (1929)
‘Riverboat Shuffle’ – (m) Hoagy Carmichael, (l) Irving Mills, Mitchell Parish & Dick Voynow (1924)
‘The Pearls’ – Jelly Roll Morton (1927)
‘The Song is Ended (but the Memory Lingers On)’ – Irving Berlin (1927)
‘(What Did I Do To Be So) Black and Blue’ – (m) Fats Waller, (l) Harry Brooks & Andy Razaf (1929)
‘Why don’t You Go Down to New Orleans’ – Paul Babarin (1953)