I remember PHOENIX DIXIELAND JAZZ BAND played for my 71st birthday back on FRIDAY, 10th January 2014, here at FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB and did me proud. They had played for us on many occasions before and have done so many times since. Yes, they are our band for you tonight, 7th JUNE 2019. PAUL HIGGS, was on trumpet that night, as was ALAN CLARKE on drums and ROGER CURPHEY on double bass too, They will be back with us tonight, along with CHARLES SHERWOOD on clarinet/ sax, BILL TODD on trombone and vocals, with ALAN BERRY on piano . The leader of the then 7-pce band in 2014, was our long-term clarinettist friend ROBIN COOMBS, who has since retired to Cornwall parts. Also in the band was trombonist NORMAN BULL, plus DAVE BARNES on piano, with banjo and vocalist LYNN SAUNDERS. By the way, Norman played with Keith (in their teenage band) ‘The Orion Dixielanders’, Roger played in bands with Keith from 80’s till present day, namely ‘Mac White Quartet’, Spirit of Bechet’ and our present ‘Four-In-A-Bar+1’ and Lyn played in ‘The KGB’ – ‘The Keith Grant Band’ during the 80’s (that was until Keith broke a shoulder, an arm, a wrist and many bones in his hands) – hmmm I nearly gave him concussion. Consequently he gave up drumming till recent years. See you all tonight – Yes we will be there – your hosts Diane and Keith
Oh my, it’s Friday already. Doesn’t the week go so quickly nowadays, when your having fun. But what a fantastic evening we had last Friday, with such a turnout and no-one wanting it to end. Tonight, 5th April 2019, we will have the super PHOENIX DIXIELAND JAZZ BAND, with leader and drummer, ALAN CLARKE. I’m sure they will leave everyone in the same mood. ALAN has booked PAUL HIGGS on his iridescent trumpet, CHARLES SHERWOOD on clarinet, BILL TODD on trombone and vocals, with ALAN obviously on drums, MURRAY SALMON on double bass and ALAN BERRY on piano. So it will be great to see you all back again, for a rip-roaring evening. See you all at 8:00pm (finishing at 11:00pm). Don’t forget your dancing shoes. Our lovely bar staff, Cathy and Barb, will serve you from our Shepherd Neame bar (club prices), with Ian in charge and Keith and me, enjoying their service too (hmmm). We have a large (free) car park … just a little request, please park as close as is safe, to allow late-comers to park easily too, thanks. Your hosts, Diane and Keith
The PHOENIX DIXIELAND JAZZ BAND are back tonight, Friday, 30th November 2018 here at FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (Kent). Today is St Andrews Day, so here’s the flag to say happy special day to anyone Scottish. Drummer, Alan Clarke carried on running the band when Robin Coombs retired. Tonight Alan has booked MIKE COTTON on trumpet, CHARLES SHERWOOD on clarinet, BILL TODD on trombone/vocs, ALAN obviously on drums, ROGER CURPHEY on double bass and ALAN BERRY on piano. Now that is a lovely band, certainly you shouldn’t miss it. See you all in your hordes.
Diane and Keith – hosting
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The PHOENIX DIXIELAND JAZZ BAND is to be our band for you tonight (Friday, 3rd August 2018) here at FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (Kent). Robin Coombs was their original band leader, but he had a life-threatening illness a few years ago, which although has recovered from, actually made him decide to retire. Robin has been a close friend of Keith’s since their teenage years. Drummer, Alan Clarke carried on running the band without Robin, in the hope he would return, but when Robin decided to stop, they continued on. So that is with musicians PAUL HIGGS (iridescent trumpet), CHARLES SHERWOOD (clarinet), BILL TODD (trombone/voc), ALAN CLARKE (drums), ROGER CURPHEY (double bass) and pianist ALAN BERRY, Alan was for many years with that jazz programme ‘The Jazz Club’ on BBC Radio, (now Radio 2). They make a super line-up and have enjoyed continued success ever since. It’s another lovely warm sunny day today, which I think will bring us a gorgeous evening, once again. So lets see you all again for another week of jazz ….
Your hosts – Diane and Keith.
The PHOENIX DIXIELAND JAZZ BAND, as Brucie (Sir Bruce Forsyth) would say, ‘you are our favourite’ at FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (well one of them, ha). They and are here this Friday 23th February 2018. The musicians will be PAUL HIGGS (iridescent trumpet), CHARLES SHERWOOD (clarinet), BILL TODD (trombone/voc), ALAN CLARKE (drums), ROGER CURPHEY (double bass) and this time, pianist ALAN BERRY. Alan has played with many greats. For many years, he worked with the jazz programme ‘The Jazz Club’ on BBC Radio (now Radio 2). Be prepared to hear some fabulous jazz and I know you’ll leave with a big smile on your face.
Your hosts, Diane and Keith
P.S. DON’T FORGET 4-IN-A-BAR+1 playing Smooth Jazz this Sunday afternoon, 25th February 2018, 3:00-6:00pm at Ye Olde Whyte Lyon, see ‘PAGE’ above, next to ‘HOME’
The PHOENIX DIXIELAND JAZZ BAND, bringing their wonderful ray of sunshine, will be here at the FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB this Friday 15th December 2017. PAUL HIGGS will be playing his iridescent trumpet as magically as ever for us and joining him will be CHARLES SHERWOOD, playing clarinet, with BILL TODD playing trombone &vocals, ALAN CLARKE playing drums, DAVE BARNES playing piano & vocals and ROGER CURPHEY playing double bass. They present a wonderful program of exciting music for you, always something great to both listeners and dancers alike. Come and enjoy them, I’m sure you will not be disappointed . Besides, we have very nice Shepherd Neame bar staff too, plus a friendly atmosphere.
Come and your jazz hosts, Diane and Keith
JOHN ELLMER will be playing his soprano sax as magically as ever for us tonight. That will be here at the FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB tonight, Friday 20th October 2017. The rest of this fun filled PHOENIX DIXIELAND JAZZ BAND to join JOHN will be CHARLES SHERWOOD playing clarinet and BILL TODD playing trombone &vocals. Also ALAN CLARKE playing drums, DAVE BARNES playing piano & vocals and ROGER CURPHEY playing double bass. So it would be very silly to miss them. Therefore, how about joining us at 8:00pm and set yourselves up for a happy weekend of tonight’s jazz memories. Dave also played piano at our wedding to entertain us all, whilst we were enjoying a drink in the main bar.
Your jazz hosts,
Come and say ‘Hi’ to the PHOENIX DIXIELAND JAZZ BAND playing here at the FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB this Friday 22nd September 2017. You’ll enjoy some pretty fine jazz by some of the best musicians. You’ve heard of the ‘Man with the Golden Gun’, well we have the ‘Man with the Iridescent Trumpet’, namely PAUL HIGGS. We shall also have CHARLES SHERWOOD (clarinet), plus BILL TODD (tromb&vocs). In the engine room, ALAN CLARKE (drums), DAVE BARNES (piano&vocs) and ROGER CURPHEY (double bass). Don’t forget, treat yourselves to some great entertainment, with a couple of drinks at a Shepherd Neame bar, nothing but the best here for……
Some ‘live jazz’, (we all help to keep it going!)
Diane and Keith
P.S. Why not come and enjoy a great Sunday lunch too (12.30-5:00) at ‘YE OLDE WHYTE LYON’ (tel: 01689-852631) and enjoy an afternoon of Smooth Jazz (3:00-6:00) with ‘4-IN-A-BAR+1’. The music’s free. Playing are JOHN LEE (sax), TIM HUSKISSON (piano), ROGER CURPHEY (dbass), KEITH GRANT (drums) and Diane (‘+1’) (a few songs). Publican Tim has booked THIS Sunday 24th September 2017 & every last Sunday thereafter. Last time everyone loved the music, with many enjoying the new chef’s Sunday roast. This delightful Shepherd Neame pub (dated 1626) is situated in Locks Bottom, BR6 8NE, next door to Sainsbury’s & PRU Hospital. Sainsbury’ parking has changed on Sundays £2 ‘til 4:00pm (refundable for goods in Sainsbury’s, who close at 4pm) . There is a walk-thru to pub at far right corner (face Sainsbury’s). By the way, Shepherd Neame is the oldest brewery in the Country. That’s why (I’m told) the beers so good.
The PHOENIX DIXIELAND JAZZ BAND consists of a lovely lot of musicians for your enjoyment, namely super talented guest star MIKE COTTON on trumpet, with sweet playing CHARLES SHERWOOD on clarinet and brill BILL TODD on trombone & vocals, with fabulous drumming man ALAN CLARKE, plus our super-duper DAVE BARNES on piano & vocals, with ROGER CURPHEY – I’m not going to say too much about him – he will only get to big for his boots, but he plays double bass and hey I suppose that goes for our big JOHN STEWART – too, he’s on banjo & guitar. Anyway, we have them here again at the FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB this Friday 5th May 2017, so make your way here without fail for this great seven-piece jazz band. By the by, so sorry I left half-way through last week’s fabulous band from Holland. It was horrible to hear how absolutely great they were throughout and to have missed out, especially the drum solo. I knew we were to be given that treat. However, this week, Alan will be terrific too on Friday, he is an amazing drummer as well. He is a fine teacher (see attached, Alan playing ‘Take Five’ – accompanied by a beautifully elegant Linda King on piano). Thanks to everybody for taking my place, dealing with the raffle tickets – Steve and Susan on the ‘mike’. I don’t know exactly what was wrong with me last Friday, just felt very ill, but thanks for the many phone calls/texts enquiring after me and will see you all this Friday.
And certainly with ‘Live’ music, without a doubt
With your hosts, Diane and Keith
P.S. Our next date at Ye Olde Whyte Lyon will be Sunday, 28th May 2017 (last Sunday of the month) and if you see above title page, please note that Dave Barnes (on here at Farnborough on Friday), will also be playing piano on that Sunday for ‘Dinner Jazz’