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Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band, Friday 5th May 2017

Alan Clarke of Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band, plays at Farnborough Jazz Club on11 March 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iV3_imxRTP4

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’

 

Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band, 23rd December 2016

 

Bill Todd, Paul Higgs & Charles Sherwood enjoy playing with Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band at Farnborough Jazz Club on 11 March 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

It’s our Christmas party-time already, here at the FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB this Friday 23rd December 2016.  The PHOENIX DIXIELAND JAZZ BAND will be supplying the music for us.  Those super guys in the band will be PAUL HIGGS on trumpet, CHARLES SHERWOOD on clarinet and BILL TODD on trombone &vocals, plus ALAN CLARKE on drums.  Then there’s DAVE BARNES on piano & vocals, with ROGER CURPHEY on double bass, plus JOHN STEWART on banjo& guitar.  Everyone is welcome and you don’t have to be a member.  Just bring a great big smile with you and a feeling of good cheer to join in the fun.  We will be having a fancy dress evening with no particular theme (although optional of course), a brolly parade and lots of raffle prizes too. The entrance fee is £15.  You can bring your own food – and candelabras if you wish.  Come and join us to some wonderful ‘live’ music.

It will be our last jazz evening of the year, not returning until my birthday celebration on 13th January 2017.  So Keith and I want to thank all the bands who have supported our jazz club over the years.  Also, our lovely bar staff AND to audiences who maintain the lovely atmosphere we have. Here’s wishing you all A Very Merry Christmas and A Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year.

With much love from your host and hostess

Keith and Diane

(sorry our phone is not receiving calls and yes we have paid the bill – ha!),

Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band, 11th November 2016

Paul Higgs playing his lovely iridescent green trumpet playing for Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band here at Farnborough Jazz Club on 22nd January 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

Paul Higgs playing his lovely iridescent green trumpet playing for Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band here at Farnborough Jazz Club ,2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

PHOENIX DIXIELAND JAZZ BAND (7pce) will be entertaining us again at FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB on Friday 11th November 2016.  PAUL HIGGS is back on trumpet, CHARLES SHERWOOD on clarinet, BILL TODD on trombone &vocalss, plus ALAN CLARKE on drums, DAVE BARNES on piano &vocals, ROGER CURPHEY on double bass and JOHN STEWART on banjo& guitar.  You all know these guys are top notch players, so don’t miss this evening – should be a goodern!

So come and join your host and hostess,

Keith and Diane

Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band, 19th August 2016

PHOENIX DIXIELAND JAZZ BAND were on top form at Farnborough Jazz Club on Friday 19th August 2016.  They’re a wonderful 7-pce band who certainly know how to make an evening really sparkle.  Although we love and missed Paul Higgs on trumpet, it was a fantastic surprise to have MIKE BARRY take over on trumpet.  He seemed to play better than ever, perhaps being relaxed, not having to run his own bands (with an ‘s’).  So here are the super musicians we had playing here, giving us a brilliant evening.  As already mentioned, we had MIKE BARRY on trumpet, plus CHARLES SHERWOOD on clarinet, BILL TODD on trombone, ALAN CLARKE on drums, DAVE BARNES on piano, ROGER CURPHEY on double bass and JOHN STUART on banjo & guitar.  I know I always say it, but again, what a wonderful evening of fun jazz.

Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band play for Farnborough Jazz Club on 19th August 2016. (LtoR) John Stuart (banjo), Bill Todd singing (trombone), Alan Clarke (drums), Mike Barry (trumpet), Roger Curphey (double bass), Charles Sherwood (tenor sax) and Dave Barnes (piano). Photo by Mike Witt. (wedding next day-hence decorations)

Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band play for Farnborough Jazz Club on 19th August 2016. (LtoR) John Stuart (banjo), Bill Todd singing (trombone), Alan Clarke (drums), Mike Barry (trumpet), Roger Curphey (double bass), Charles Sherwood (tenor sax) and Dave Barnes (piano). Photo by Mike Witt. (wedding next day-hence decorations)

At The Jazz Band Ball’ was their starter for ten.  Everyone taking brilliant solos – certainly a great number to greet people arriving with.  Two people who had arrived out of the blue, were the lovely dancing couple, Linda and John, who travel, I believer from Hastings to get to us, got up to the very next number,  ‘Dr Jazz’, what a great beginning, with the band giving wonderful solos everywhere again.

'Front liners' for Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band. Seen here at Farnborough Jazz Club on 19th August 2016. (LtoR) Bill Todd (trombone), Mike Barry (trumpet) and Charles Sherwood (tenor sax ), plus Roger Curphey (double bass). Photo by Mike Witt.

‘Front liners’ for Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band. Seen here at Farnborough Jazz Club on 19th August 2016. (LtoR) Bill Todd (trombone), Mike Barry (trumpet) and Charles Sherwood (tenor sax ), plus Roger Curphey (double bass). Photo by Mike Witt.

John Stuart, playing guitar for Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band at Farnborough Jazz Club on 19th August 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

John Stuart, playing guitar for Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band at Farnborough Jazz Club on 19th August 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

John Stuart, playing banjo for Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band at Farnborough Jazz Club on 19th August 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

John Stuart, playing banjo for Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band at Farnborough Jazz Club on 19th August 2016. Photo by Mike Witt

My next choice to relate to you was their lovely version of ‘Chinatown, My Chinatown’, with their fantastic Chinese intimations (the only thing missing for me was ‘Ying tong, Ying tong’ etc,) – great drum solo from Alan.  Then Bill sang ‘Rockin’ Chair’.  I do love that Hoagy Carmichael song.

Hoagy Carmichael circa 1927-1930

Hoagy Carmichael circa 1927-1930

Hoagy Carmichael circa 1953

Hoagy Carmichael circa 1953

Then it was Dave’s turn to sing and he chose to do ‘I Can’t Give You Anything But Love Baby’, with the ‘front line’ singing ‘Shuby Duby’, ha.  Wow did they boom out the next number brilliantly too – ‘That’s A Plenty’.  Where do they get their energies from?

Dave Barnes seen here playing piano for Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band at Farnborough Jazz Club on Friday, 19th August 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

Dave Barnes seen here playing piano for Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band at Farnborough Jazz Club on Friday, 19th August 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

Charles Sherwood seen here featured playing clarinet to 'Petite Fleur', with Dave Barnes on piano for Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band at Farnborough Jazz Club on Friday, 19th August 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

Charles Sherwood seen here featured playing clarinet to ‘Petite Fleur’, with Dave Barnes on piano for Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band at Farnborough Jazz Club on Friday, 19th August 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

The tune that followed was a feature one for Charles, who excelled himself with ‘Petite Fleur’.  He has mastered his clarinet to a beautiful level, so a joy to listen to.  The next number that I love, ‘Someday, You’ll Be Sorry’ is one that Keith and I sing to one-another (a lot) in unison (for obvious reasons, so have to mention it) ha.  Plus their last one was ‘Bourbon Street Parade’, Oh yeah.  Wonderful!  Another lovely dancing great.  So if you missed the evening … and many of you did, due to your holidays (yuk – all coming back rusty looking), this is what you missed … Mike was great with these guys, being so relaxed and obviously old muckers too.  Anyway, hopefully we will see you all back soon.

Bill Todd takes a solo for Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band at Farnborough Jazz Club on Friday, 19th August 2016. (LtoR) John Stuart (banjo), Bill Todd (trombone) and Alan Clarke (drums). Photo by Mike Witt.

Bill Todd takes a solo for Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band at Farnborough Jazz Club on Friday, 19th August 2016. (LtoR) John Stuart (banjo), Bill Todd (trombone) and Alan Clarke (drums). Photo by Mike Witt.

 Charles Sherwood again, but this time, on tenor sax, with Dave Barnes on piano, playing for Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band at Farnborough Jazz Club on Friday, 19th August 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

Charles Sherwood again, but this time, on tenor sax, with Dave Barnes on piano, playing for Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band at Farnborough Jazz Club on Friday, 19th August 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

Here's Charles Sherwood playing alto sax for Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band at Farnborough Jazz Club on Friday, 19th August 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

Here’s Charles Sherwood playing alto sax for Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band at Farnborough Jazz Club on Friday, 19th August 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

Diane and Keith

‘At The Jazz Band Ball’ – (m) Nick LaRocca, Larry Shields (1917) (l’s added 1950 by Johnny Mercer)
‘Bourbon Street Parade’ – Paul Barbarin (c. 1953)
‘Chinatown, My Chinatown’ – (m) Jean Schwartz, (l) William Jerome (1910)
Doctor Jazz’ – Joe ‘King’ Oliver & Walter Melrose (1926)
‘I Can’t Give You Anything But Love, Baby’ – (m) Jimmy McHugh, (l) Dorothy Field (1928)
‘Petite Fleur’ – Sidney Bechet (1952)
‘Rockin’ Chair’ – Hoagy Carmichael (1929/30)
‘Someday, You’ll Be Sorry’ – Louis Armstrong (1947)
‘That’s A Plenty’ – (m) Lew Pollack (1914), (l) Ray Gilbert (decades later – anyone know the year please?)

Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band, 11th March 2016

PHOENIX DIXIELAND JAZZ BAND gave us a terrific time here at Farnborough Jazz Club on Friday 11th March 2016.

Paul Higgs & Charles Sherwood with Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band play at Farnborough Jazz Club on 11th March 2016. Robin Coombs and Pauline watch on. Photo by Mike Witt.

Paul Higgs & Charles Sherwood with Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band play at Farnborough Jazz Club on 11th March 2016. Robin Coombs and Pauline watch on. Photo by Mike Witt.

They’re a wonderful 7-pce band who certainly know how to enjoy themselves and so always ensures we do too – a brilliant evening.  We had the usual musicians,  PAUL HIGGS on trumpet, CHARLES SHERWOOD on clarinet, BILL TODD on trombone, ALAN CLARKE on drums, DAVE BARNES on piano, ROGER CURPHEY on double bass and JOHN STUART on banjo & guitar.  Robin and Pauline were in the audience and I know he was really proud of his band.

Dave Barnes of Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band, plays at Farnborough Jazz Club on 11th March 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

Dave Barnes of Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band, plays at Farnborough Jazz Club on 11th March 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

Their repertoire had such numbers as ‘Pennies From Heaven’ sung by Dave.  [This Bing Crosbie number has an historic ‘first’, being recorded twice by Frank Sinatra and has been recorded by dozens of top stars since 1936, until present day!]  Paul gave a fabulous rendition of ‘Cornet Chop Suet’ – great finger-tapping from Dave on piano too.  Of course the same happened with ‘Big Butter and Egg Man’ – everyone excelled.

John Stuart of Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band playing at Farnborough Jazz Club on 11 Narch 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

John Stuart of Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band playing at Farnborough Jazz Club on 11th March 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

Then John played a super guitar solo in ‘You Took Advantage of Me’, a lovely Rosemary Clooney number.  And what about ‘South Rampart Street Parade’, brilliant – we (nine of us – not bad considering several of our usual people were away at jazz festivals) got up for a line-dance.  Quite a fast number for us, especially with Alan’s drum solo, and the number lasted a long time too! Phew.

Bill Todd (trb) & Paul Higgs (trp) of Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band play at Farnborough Jazz Club on 11th March 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

Bill Todd (trb) & Paul Higgs (trp) of Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band play at Farnborough Jazz Club on 11th March 2016. Photo by Mike Witt

Bill Todd, Paul Higgs & Charles Sherwood enjoy playing with Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band at Farnborough Jazz Club on 11 March 2016.. Photo by Mike Witt.

Bill Todd, Paul Higgs & Charles Sherwood enjoy playing with Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band at Farnborough Jazz Club on 11 March 2016.. Photo by Mike Witt.

Charles Sherwood (reeds) of Phoenix Dixieiland Jazz Band plays sax at Farnborough Jazz Club on 11th March 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

Charles Sherwood (reeds) of Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band plays sax at Farnborough Jazz Club on 11th March 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band at Farnborough Jazz Club with (LtoR)(hidden-John Stuart (bnj), Bill Todd (trb), (hidden Alan Clake (drms), Paul Higgs (trp), (hidden Roger Curphey (d.bass) Charles Sherwood (rds) & Dave Barnes (pno). 11th March 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band at Farnborough Jazz Club with (LtoR)(hidden-John Stuart (bnj), Bill Todd (trb), (hidden Alan Clake (drms), Paul Higgs (trp), (hidden Roger Curphey (d.bass) Charles Sherwood (rds) & Dave Barnes (pno). 11th March 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

Now the next number had a wonderful intro from Paul and Dave to one of the most beautiful of songs ’Stardust’.  Charles played a lovely bit of sax, as did Bill on trombone and John on guitar.  I love the calypso, played next ‘On a Coconut Island’, it’s a lovely one to dance to.  They also played John Williams’ ‘Cantina Band’, played last time they were here and I requested they play it again.  Last time it had a Charleston thread, this time with a ‘Black Bottom’ thread (if I know what I mean – ha).

Roger Curphey (double bass) of Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Club plays a strong part of the 'engine' at Farnborough Jazz Club on 11th March 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

Roger Curphey (double bass) of Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Club plays a strong part of the ‘engine’ at Farnborough Jazz Club on 11th March 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

Alan Clarke of Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Bamd, plays at Farnborough Jazz Club on11 March 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

Alan Clarke of Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band, plays great drums at Farnborough Jazz Club on 11th March 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

My last number to mention was played by the ‘engine’ only, very impressive and that was ‘Please Don’t Talk About Me When I’m Gone’.  There were many great numbers and this all made up for a marvellous evening.  I told you they could follow on from the fantastic evening produced the week before – thanks boys for another exciting evening of ‘Live’ jazz.

Diane and Keith

‘Big Butter and Egg Man’ – Percy Venable (1926)
‘Cantina Band’ – John Williams (1977)
‘Cornet Chop Suet’ – Louis Armstrong (1926)
‘On a Coconut Island’ – Robert Alexander Anderson (1936)
‘Pennies From Heaven’ – (m) Athur Johnston, (l) Johnny Burke (1936)
‘Please Don’t Talk About Me When I’m Gone’ – (m) Sam H Sept & Bee Palmer, (l) Sidney Clare (1930)
‘South Rampart Street Parade’ – (m) Ray Bauduc & Bobby Haggart (1938), (l) Steve Allen (circa 1950)
‘Stardust’ – (m) Hoagy Carmichael (1927), (l) Mitchell Parish (with Hoagy) (1929)
‘You Took Advantage of Me’ – (m) Richard Rodgers, (l) Lorenz Hart (1928)

Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band, 22nd January 2016

The PHOENIX DIXIELAND JAZZ BAND were here again on 22nd January 2016 at Farnborough Jazz Club.  As you must know by now, ROBIN COOMBS is recovering from a serious illness, so  drummer, ALAN CLARKE. is running the band in his absence.  Of course, we all wish Robin well and he has promised that he and Pauline will join our audience as much as possible.  Alan booked the usual guys, namely PAUL HIGGS on trumpet, BILL TODD on trombone, DAVE BARNES on piano, ROGER CURPHEY on double bass, JOHN STUART on banjo & guitar and CHARLES SHERWOOD again stepped in for Robin, on clarinet.  Together, they all had the place buzzing.  Charles sounded wonderful, not easy to take over from a band leader and a friend to boot, when that person has been so ill – I would think it makes you feel horrible.  However, second time round, Charles relaxed, like the pro’ he is.

Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band at Farnborough Jazz Club on 22nd Jjanuary 2016. ( LtoR) John Stuart (banjo), Bill Todd (trombone), Alan Clarke (drums), Paul Higgs (trumpet), Roger Curphey (d.bass), Charles Sherwood (reeds) & Dave Barnes (piano). Photo by Mike Witt.

Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band at Farnborough Jazz Club on 22nd Jjanuary 2016. ( LtoR) John Stuart (banjo), Bill Todd (trombone), Alan Clarke (drums), Paul Higgs (trumpet), Roger Curphey (d.bass), Charles Sherwood (reeds) & Dave Barnes (piano). Photo by Mike Witt.

They began with ‘Hindustan’, a great ol’ favourite and straight away set the pace for the evening.  Then what about their next number, ‘Darktown Strutter’s Ball’?  That certainly takes one back to early dancing days – doesn’t it?

 

 

Drummer Alan Clarke with Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band seen here atFarnborough Jazz Club on 22nd January 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

Drummer Alan Clarke with Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band seen here at Farnborough Jazz Club on 22nd January 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

Now, I missed the next number (probably someone arrived), but I caught the band laughing about how Alan didn’t get his drum solo when he should have.  So they dedicated the next one to him, namely ‘Cute’.  Of course he got all the drum-breaks he could want – ha.  Don’t you just love musicians’ humour?   Then to rest us dancers (well the musicians too, of course), they changed the tempo and Dave sang ‘Sweet Loraine’.

Pianist Dave Barnes with Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band seen here at Farnborough Jazz Club on 22nd January 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

Pianist Dave Barnes with Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band seen here at Farnborough Jazz Club on 22nd January 2016.    Photo by Mike Witt.

Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band at Farnborough Jazz Club on 22nd January 2016. (LtoR) Bill Todd, John Stuart, Paul Higgs, Charles Sherwood & Alan Clarke. Photo by Mike Witt.

Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band at Farnborough Jazz Club on 22nd January 2016. (LtoR) Bill Todd, John Stuart, Paul Higgs, Charles Sherwood & Alan Clarke. Photo by Mike Witt.

Bill Todd on trombone with Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band at Farnborough Jazz Club on 22nd January 2016. (left John Stuart on banjo and right Alan Clarke on drums). Photo by Mike Witt.

Bill Todd on trombone with Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band at Farnborough Jazz Club on 22nd January 2016. (left John Stuart on banjo and right Alan Clarke on drums). Photo by Mike Witt.

John Stuart is featired on banjo with Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band at Farnborough Jazz Club on 22nd January 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

John Stuart is featured on banjo  with Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band  at Farnborough Jazz Club on 22nd January 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

Next came a number that just enticed us up again for a line-dance (no one said a word either, they just looked at one-another and got up!).  The tune was ‘Twelfth Street Rag’ and by coincidence, twelve of us got up.  What a great song, I clearly remember loving this one as a little girl – “do, wacka do, wacka do, wacka do” remember?  Bill sang the next one, ‘Don’t Get Around Much Anymore’ (he’s got a good range) and then John was featured, backed by the rest of the ‘engine’, the song was ‘Honeysuckle Rose’.

Paul Higgs playing his lovely iridescent green trumpet playing for Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band here at Farnborough Jazz Club on 22nd January 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

Paul Higgs playing his lovely iridescent green trumpet playing for Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band here at Farnborough Jazz Club on 22nd January 2016.            Photo by Mike Witt.

Paul is a brilliant trumpeter, but I particularly made a note of Paul’s playing here (with his lovely iridescent green trumpet) and the number was ‘At The Jazz Band Ball’, marvelous.  Plus, everyone had great solos in ‘Struttin’ With Some Barbecue’, absolutely fabulous too.  We had enjoyed the line-dance before, so much, that everyone got up again to ‘Cantina  Band’ with a Charleston thread and if I’ve got that right, it was a number one hit from the ‘Star Wars’ film and written by John Williams. What a fabulous number – they must do it again … please?

What a picture, what a photograph! These two likely lads are Roger Curphey and Paul Higgs seen here with Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band at Farnborough Jazz Club on 22nd January 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

What a picture, what a photograph! These two likely lads are Roger Curphey and Paul Higgs seen here with Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band at Farnborough Jazz Club on 22nd January 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

Looking forward to their next gig, which is on 11th March 2016. Jazz and dancing certainly can chase all the blues away and will warm you up at the same time.  If you missed us this week, then make a point of coming and give us a try.  The music starts at 8:00pm till 11:00pm.  The bar has club prices, with plenty of free car parking and a wonderful friendly atmosphere and entrance is just £10.

‘Live’ music at its best.

Diane and Keith

‘At The Jazz Band Ball’ – (m) Nick LaRocca, Larry Shields (1917) (l’s added 1950 by Johnny Mercer)
‘Cantina Band’ – John Williams (1977)
‘Cute’ – (m) Neil Paul Heifti, (l) Stanley Styne (1958)
‘Don’t Get Around Much Anymore’ – (m) Duke Ellington, (l) Bob Russell (1942)
‘Darktown Strutter’s Ball’ – Shelton Brooks (1917)
‘Hindustan’ – (m) Harold Weeks, (l) Oliver G Wallace (1917)
‘Honeysuckle Rose’ – (m) Fats Waller, (l) Andy Razaf (1928)
‘South Rampart Street Parade’ – (m) Ray Bauduc & Bobby Haggart (1938), (l) Steve Allen (circa 1950)
‘Struttin With Some Barbecue’ – (m) Lillian Hardin & Louis Armstrong, (l) Don Raye (1927)
‘Sweet Lorraine’ – (m) Cliff Burwell, (l) Mitchell Parish (1928)
‘Twelfth Street Rag’ – Euday L. Bowman (1914 (l) James S. Sumner (1919)

Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band, 23rd October 2015

PHOENIX DIXIELAND JAZZ BAND played for us at the Farnborough Jazz Club on 23rd October 2015..  The band is usually led by ROBIN COOMBS, but Robin, who was here tonight (with his wife Pauline) and thankfully recovering from what was a very serious illness (flown home by emergency jet from Cuba).  However, CHARLES SHERWOOD replaced him on clarinet, alto and tenor sax.  PAUL HIGGS was on trumpet, BILL TODD on trombone, DAVE BARNES on piano, ROGER CURPHEY on double bass, JOHN STUART on banjo & guitar and ALAN CLARKE on drums.

Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band play at Farnborough Jazz Club on 23rd October 2015. (LtoR) John Stewart (guitar), Bill Todd (trumbone) seen singing, Alan Clarke (drums), Paul Todd (trumpet), Roger Curphey (double bass) and Charles Sherwood (tenor sax).( just out of picture is Dave Barnes piano). Photo by Mike Witt.

Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band play at Farnborough Jazz Club on 23rd October 2015. (LtoR) John Stuart (guitar), Bill Todd (trombone) seen singing, Alan Clarke (drums), Paul Todd (trumpet), Roger Curphey (double bass) and Charles Sherwood (tenor sax), (just out of picture is Dave Barnes piano). Photo by Mike Witt.

The band was obviously suffering with shock, yet you would not have guessed by the evening’s entertainment.  ‘Struttin’ With Some Barbecue’ – what a number to start the evening off with – even being a Louis Armstrong hit, Paul was marvellous on trumpeter and certainly entertained us.  The whole band were great, as with their next tune, ‘Wabash Blues’, we had the dancers out in full.  It was such a great jaunty number and mid-tempo, so good fun.  But the next number I will mention was the opposite, being fast number, with no dancers at all, we just listened to their brilliant playing to ‘I Found A New Baby’ – wow, so enjoyable, with a superb drum solo (all brilliant solos actually).

W.C. Handy, known as "Father of the Blues". Composer of Saint Louis Blues'. Born 16th November 1873 - Died 28 March 1958

W.C. Handy, known as “Father of the Blues”. Composer of Saint Louis Blues’. Born 16th November 1873 – Died 28th March 1958.

The next tune has quite a story attached to it.  One I’ve already told to you a couple of years ago, but is worth another mention.  It is about Dave, who is somewhat of a composer.

Dave Barnes plays piano for Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band at Farnborough Jazz Club on 23rd October 2015. Photo by Mike Witt.

Dave Barnes plays piano for Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band at Farnborough Jazz Club on 23rd October 2015. Photo by Mike Witt.

A number of years ago, Dave met up with an old friend, Ian Grant, who was the lyricist of ‘Let There Be Love’ (1940).  He showed Dave some lyrics he’d written fifty years before, called ‘We’re Handing it to You Mr Handy, for Handing us the St. Louis Blues’, (referring to W.C. Handy, composer of St. Louis Blues.)  Ian asked Dave if he could put some music to it.  The end result is they played it for us and AGAIN, I wished I had recorded it. It had a lovely beat and certainly packed the dance floor again. I might be back to add a photo of Ian (if Dave can find one).

Charles Sherwood is featured here on clarinet, with Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band at Farnborough Jazz Club on 23rd October 2016. (LtoR) John Stuart (guitar), Alan Clarke (drums), Roger Curphey (double bass), Charles Sherwood (clarinet) and Dave Barnes (piano). Photo by Mike Witt.

Charles Sherwood is featured here on clarinet, with Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band at Farnborough Jazz Club on 23rd October 2016. (LtoR) John Stuart (guitar), Alan Clarke (drums), Roger Curphey (double bass), Charles and Dave Barnes (piano). Photo by Mike Witt.

The next one was a special feature for Charles, ‘Strangers On The Shore’ and what a wonderful job he made of it – certainly tons of applause too.  Chinatown, My Chinatown’ is another number I love to hear and they all played terrific solos.  They changed key on their last chorus (and I remember John and Dave somehow played a chimes chorus).

 

 

 

Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band play for Farnborough Jazz Club on 23rd October 2015. (LtoR) Bill Todd (trombone), Paul Higgs (trumpet), Allan Clarke (drums), Charles Sherwood (clarinet) and Roger Curphey (double bass). (out of picture-John Steward (banj&guit) and Dave Barnes (piano). Photo by Mike Witt.

Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band play for Farnborough Jazz Club on 23rd October 2015. (LtoR) Bill Todd (trombone), Paul Higgs (trumpet), Alan Clarke (drums), Charles Sherwood (clarinet) and Roger Curphey (double bass). (out of picture-John Stuart (banj&guit) and Dave Barnes (piano). Photo by Mike Witt.

Paul featured next with his lovely iridescence green trumpet and super-duper he was with Stardust’. It is a beautiful song and Paul plays with such feeling, so of course, brilliant to listen to.  We performed our ‘Charleston style line-dance to their next tune, At The Jazz Band Ball’.  Certainly a fast one, so we were quite exhausted at the end, goodness how the musicians felt – ha. My last number to mention is ‘S’Wonderful’.  Charles played tenor sax (such a lovely player), with Dave singing and must mention Alan on drums and our Roger on double bass – they have a lovely rapport.

Bill Todd takes a solo for Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band at Farnborough Jazz Club on 23rd October 2015. (LtoR) Bill Todd (trombone), John Stuart (banjo) and Paul Higgs (trumpet). Photo by Mike Witt.

Bill Todd takes a solo for Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band at Farnborough Jazz Club on 23rd October 2015. (LtoR) Bill Todd (trombone), John Stuart (banjo) & Paul Higgs (trumpet). Photo by Mike Witt.

Charles Sherwood on tenor sax, backed by Roger Curphey on double bass with Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band at Farnborough Jazz Club on 23rd October 2015. Photo by Mike Witt.

Charles Sherwood on tenor sax, backed by Roger Curphey on double bass with Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band at Farnborough Jazz Club on 23rd October 2015. Photo by Mike Witt.

 

'Front line' of Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band are pictured here at Farnborough Jazz Club on 23rd October 2015. (LtoR) Bill Todd (trombone), Paul Higgs (trumpet) and . Charles Sherwood (tenor sax). Founder of the band, Robin Coombs & wife Pauline are enjoying watching. Photo by Mike Witt.

‘Front line’ of Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band are pictured here at Farnborough Jazz Club on 23rd October 2015. (LtoR) Bill Todd (trombone), Paul Higgs (trumpet) and . Charles Sherwood (tenor sax). Founder of the band, Robin Coombs & wife Pauline are enjoying watching.  Photo by Mike Witt.

 

Just have to finish up, with wishing Robin absolutely everyone’s huge special wishes for his continued recovery and also our thanks for giving us Charles as his replacement.

‘Live’ music’s the best.

Your hosts, Diane and Keith

‘At The Jazz Band Ball’ – (m) Nick LaRocca, Larry Shields (1917) (l’s added 1950 by Johnny Mercer)
‘Chinatown, My Chinatown’ – (m) Jean Schwartz, (l) William Jerome (1910)
‘I Found a New Baby’ – Jack Palmer and Spencer Williams (1926)
‘S’Wonderful’ – (m) George Gershwin, (l) Ira Gershwin (1927)
‘Stardust’ – (m) Hoagy Carmichael (1927), (l) Mitchell Parish & Hoagy (1929)
‘Strangers On the Shore’ – (m) Acker Bilk (1961), (l) Robert Mellin (1962)
‘Strutting With Some Barbeque’ – (m) Lilian Hardin Armstrong, (l) Don Raye (1941)
‘Wabash Blues’ – (m) Isham Jones, (l) Dave Ringle & Fred Meinken (1921)
‘We’re Handing it to You Mr Handy, for handing us the St. Louis Blues’ – (l) Ian Grant (c1940), (m) Dave Barnes (c1985)

Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band, 5th June 2015

PHOENIX DIXIELAND JAZZ BAND gave us much pleasure playing at the Farnborough Jazz Club on 5th June 2015. . They certainly had a big act to follow, after last week’s Tony Pitt’s All Stars, but ‘Phoenix’ had no trouble coping at all. ROBIN COOMBS (clarinet), the band’s leader, had his usual guys,  PAUL HIGGS (trumpet), BILL TODD (trombone), DAVE BARNES (piano), ROGER CURPHEY (double bass), JOHN STEWART(banjo/guitar), and ALAN CLARKE (drums). We are so lucky to have such talented bands wanting to play here at Farnborough. Mind you, the acoustics are good and you (our audience) certainly show them you’re having fun. So if you haven’t been here before, then don’t hesitate, for a happy evening of jazz and dancing, come and give us a try. Now let me tell you what entertainment the boys delivered to us on this particular evening –what they played!

Band Leader, Robin Coombs (clarinet) and Paul Higgs (trumpet) with Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band at Farnborough Jazz Club on 5th June 2015. Photo by Mike Witt.

Band Leader, Robin Coombs (clarinet) and Paul Higgs (trumpet) with Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band at Farnborough Jazz Club on   5th June 2015. Photo by Mike Witt.

Bill Todd on trombone plus Paul Higgs (trumpet) and Roger Curphey (d.bass) with Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 5th June 2015. Photo by Mike Witt.

Bill Todd on trombone plus Paul Higgs (trumpet) and Roger Curphey (d.bass) with Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 5th June 2015. Photo by Mike Witt.

They began with ‘Georgia On My Mind’, a good old favourite and was sung by Bill.  I’d also like to mention they played ‘Makin Whoopee’, another favourite and this time sung by all of us (audience).  I was dancing to the next number, ‘You Took Advantage of Me’, so no extra little tit-bits, save it was great. What about ‘Strutting With Some Barbeque’, a terrific Louis Armstrong number.  This one gave us some wonderful solos from all of them, wowie, just brilliant.  Then Dave sang the next ‘Who’s Sorry Now’ and again, our audience joined in.

Bill Todd on trombone and Paul Higgs on trumpet (John Stewart banjo - obscured from view) with Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band at Farnborough Jazz Club on 5th June 2015. Photo By Mike Witt.

Bill Todd on trombone and Paul Higgs on trumpet (John Stewart banjo – obscured from view) with Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on  5th June 2015. Photo By Mike Witt.

Paul was featured next and what a special this was.  He performed ‘Flambée Montalbanaise’, one of those tunes you know, although probably not familiar with the name (well I wasn’t – couldn’t find it and had to check it out with Paul himself).  He is a composer, so I thought it may have been something he had composed himself.  Also, I had written the word ‘melodic’, so thought I had meant the tune was quite beautiful, but no, I had missed off the ‘a’ and it was actually what he was playing!!!  All I do know is he was pretty spectacular.  The next number was tremendous ‘China Town’ and I made a special note of the banjo, so John must have excelled.

Dave Barnes on piano and Roger Curphey on double bass with the Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band at Farnborough Jazz Clubb (Kent) on 5th June 2015. Photo by Mike Witt.

Dave Barnes on piano and Roger Curphey on double bass with the Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 5th June 2015. Photo by Mike Witt.

John Stewart plays guitar with Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 5th June 2015. Photo by Mike Witt.

John Stewart plays guitar with Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 5th June 2015. Photo by Mike Witt.

Robin played ‘Petite Fleur’ next and just a wonderful job he made of it too.  They completed the evening with a great number ‘Twenty Four Robbers’, which was sung by Dave – just love this and they left us feeling so happy.  Thanks Robin and your boys.  Another super evening.

Another great photo of Roger Curphey (double bass) - a real action one playing with Alan Clarke (drums) for Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 5th June 2015, Photo By Mike Witt.

Another great photo of Roger Curphey (double bass) – a real action one playing with Alan Clarke (drums) for Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 5th June 2015, Photo By Mike Witt.

Great picture aye? Showing Alan Clarke (drums) and Roger Curphey (double bass) enjoying his pint with the Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 5th June 2015. Photo by Mike Witt.

Great picture aye? Showing Alan Clarke (drums) and Roger Curphey (double bass) enjoying his pint with the Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 5th June 2015. Photo by Mike Witt.

Keep jazz ‘live’ and support the club.

Yours hosts, Diane and Keith

P.S.  I have managed to upload our filming published on YouTube – yeah I know – almost a clever clogs!  It is still a work in progress though.  See Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces for 1st May 2015 (at end).

‘Makin Whoopee’ – (m) Walter Donaldson, (l) Gus Kahn (1928)
‘Chinatown, My Chinatown’ – (m) Jean Schwartz, (l) William Jerome (1910)
Flambée Montalbanaise’ – Gus Viseur (1940)
‘Georgia On My Mind’ – (m) Hoagy Carmichael, (l) Stuart Gorrell (1930)
‘Petite Fleur’ – Sidney Bechet (1952)
‘Strutting With Some Barbeque’ – (m) Lilian Hardin Armstrong, (l) Don Raye (1941)
‘Twenty Four Robbers’ – (m) Ted Buckner, (l) James Young (1941)
‘Who’s Sorry Now’ – (m) Ted Snyder, (l) Bert Kalmar & Harry Ruby (1923)
‘You Took Advantage of Me’ – (m) Richard Rodgers, (l) Lorenz Hart (1928)

Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band, 23rd January 2015

Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band at Farnborough Jazz Club on 22nd January 2015. Leader Robin Coombs (clarinette), Paul Budd (trumpet), Bill Todd (tromb), Dave Barnes (piano), Roger Curphey (d.bass), John Stewart (banj&guitar) and Allan Clarke (drms). Photo by Mike Witt.

Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band at Farnborough Jazz Club on 22nd January 2015. Leader Robin Coombs (clarinette), Paul Higgs (trumpet), Bill Todd (tromb), Dave Barnes (piano), Roger Curphey (d.bass), John Stewart (banj&guitar) and Alan Clarke (drms). Photo by Mike Witt.

PHOENIX DIXIELAND JAZZ BAND was the order of the day here at the Farnborough Jazz Club on 23rd January 2015.  Leader and clarinettist ROBIN COOMBS had booked PAUL HIGGS to be on trumpet, BILL TODD on trombone, DAVE BARNES on piano, ROGER CURPHEY on double bass, JOHN STUART on guitar (WHO’S HE? huh) and ALAN CLARKE on drums.

Although not their first number (I missed what that was called) I must begin my notes with ‘Wabash Blues’, a brilliant jaunty song, bringing on the dancers. It was certainly well appreciated, plenty of applause. ‘I Found a New Baby’ is my next number to tell you of, because I jotted down ‘phew, fabulous solos’!

Dave Barnes (piano) looking pensive ('Hey Robin, can I choose what we are playing next please?'). Seen here with Roger Curphey (d.bass) and Alan Clarke (drums). Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) 22jan2015. Photo by Mike Witt.

Dave Barnes (piano) looking pensive. Seen here with Roger Curphey (d.bass) and Alan Clarke (drums). Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) 22jan2015. Photo by Mike Witt.

There is quite a story attached to the next number. A while ago, Dave met up with an old friend, Ian Grant, lyricist of ‘Let There Be Love’ (1940). He showed Dave some lyrics he’d written fifty years ago called ‘We’re Handing it to You Mr Handy, for handing us the St. Louis Blues’, referring to W.C. Handy, composer of St. Louis Blues. He asked Dave if he could put some music to it.  The end result is they played it for us and how I wished I had recorded it. It had a lovely beat and certainly packed the dance floor.

Paul Bud (trmp) and Robin Coombs, leader (&clrt) of Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band (seen here taking a breather) at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 22nd January 2015. Photograph by Mike Witt

Paul Higgs (trmp) and Robin Coombs, leader (&clrt) of Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band (seen here taking a breather) at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 22nd January 2015. Photo by Mike Witt

‘When I married Sweet Loraine’ was sung by Paul, then he was featured in the next number, ‘Sometimes I wonder Why I Spend the Lonely Nights’. Wowie Paul, you are brilliant. Now the next number is a great old favourite, made more famous by Glen Miller, namely ‘Little Brown Jug’ and several of us got up to do our (fun Charleston style) line-dance. What can I say about ‘Pennies From Heaven’? Only that I was busy dancing! I must mention ‘At the Jazz Band Ball’, of course a great Kenny Ball trad favourite. They certainly did it justice too – fabulous drumming from Alan. Of course the next number, sung by Bill, was played for our Len (for obvious reasons), ‘Please Don’t Talk About Us – One Eyes Gone’. Ol’ Lennie has a great sense of humour.

John Stewart takes a solo, whilst Bill Todd (tromb) looks on. Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band on 23Jan2015 at Farnborough Jazz Club in Kent. Photo by Mike Witt.

John Stewart takes a solo, whilst Bill Todd (tromb) looks on. Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band on 23Jan2015 at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent). Photo by Mike Witt.

My last to mention is ‘Sweet Georgia Brown’. It was sung by Dave, plus must mention a great solo by John on banjo.  Well another super evening from this band and so you must make a note they are back on 5th June 2015. Don’t forget our new times are 8:00pm till 11.00pm – plenty of fun people to meet and you can enjoy some dancing (even if you are bad at dancing, we don’t mind) and probably some audience participation singing too – knowing our fun audience.

Diane and Keith

At The Jazz Band Ball’ – (m) Nick LaRocca, Larry Shields (1917) (l’s added 1950 by Johnny Mercer)
‘We’re Handing it to You Mr Handy, for handing us the St. Louis Blues’ – (l) Ian Grant (c1940),
                                                                                                                                         (m) Dave Barnes (c1985)
‘I Found a New Baby’ – Jack Palmer & Spencer Williams (1926)
‘Little Brown Jug’ – Joseph Winner (1869) – [Glen Miller’s swing arrangement (1939)]
‘Pennies from Heaven’ – (m) Arthur Johnston, (l) Johnny Burke (1936)
‘Please Don’t Talk About Me When I’m Gone’ – (m) Sam H Sept & Bee Palmer, (l) Sidney Clare (1930)
‘Stardust’ – (m) Hoagy Carmichael (1927), (l) Mitchell Parish (with Hoagy) (1929)
‘Sweet Georgia Brown’ – (m) Ben Bernie & Maceo Pinkard, (l) Kenneth Casey (1925)
‘Sweet Lorraine’ – (m) Cliff Burwell, (l) Mitchell Parish (1928)
‘Wabash Blues’ – (m) Isham Jones, (l) Dave Ringle & Fred Meinken (1921)

Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band, 5th December 2014

We had a pleasant evening with PHOENIX DIXIELAND JAZZ BAND at the Farnborough Jazz Club on Friday, 5th December 2014. Leader and clarinettist ROBIN COOMBS’ line-up was PAUL HIGGS on trumpet, BILL TODD on trombone, DAVE BARNES on piano, ROGER CURPHEY on double bass, ERNIE CRANENBURGH on guitar and TONY BLACKBURN on drums.

PHOENIX DIXIELAND JAZZ BAND at the Farnborough Jazz Club. Friday, 5th December 2014.  ROBIN COOMBS (leader&cl, )PAUL HIGGS (trp), BILL TODD (trb), DAVE BARNES (p), ROGER CURPHEY (dbass), ERNIE CRANENBURGH (g) and TONY BLACKBURN (dms).  Photo By Mike Witt.

PHOENIX DIXIELAND JAZZ BAND at Farnborough Jazz Club. Friday, 5th December 2014. ROBIN COOMBS (leader&cl, )PAUL HIGGS (trp), BILL TODD (trb), DAVE BARNES (p), ROGER CURPHEY (dbass), ERNIE CRANENBURGH (g) and TONY BLACKBURN (dms). Photo By Mike Witt.

 The audience was a little smaller, most likely due to Christmas festivities looming (i.e. office parties, shopping etc.), but it didn’t detract those who were there, from enjoying themselves. Here are some of the numbers played. My first choice to mention was sung by Bill and very nice too, being ‘I Can’t Give You Anything But Love’. Next came Jimmy Noone’s hit tune ‘Apex Blues’. Robin then announced he wanted to play ‘Strangers On the Shore’ in honour of Acker Bilk, who passed away 2nd November this year. Robin featured the song really well and we are glad he gave Acker a mention, another absolutely brilliant talent, who has joined that huge jazz band in the skies.

Phoenix Jazz Band at Farnborough Jazz Club, 5th December 2014. (LtoR) Roger Curphey (d.bass), Paul Higgs (trumpet) and Robin Coombs (Leader& clarinet).  Photo by Mike Witt

Phoenix Jazz Band at Farnborough Jazz Club,                 5th December 2014. (LtoR) Roger Curphey (d.bass),     Paul Higgs (trp) and Robin Coombs (Leader& cl).        Photo by Mike Witt

‘South’ is a lovely jaunty tune to please us dancers and then Bill sang ‘All of Me’. Paul played a magnificent trumpet solo, what a talent.

Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band, 5December2014. (LtoR) Tony Blackburn (drms), Roger Curphey (d.bass) and Paul Higgs (trm).  Photo by Mike Witt.

Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band, 5December2014.            (LtoR) Tony Blackburn (drms), Roger Curphey (d.bass) and Paul Higgs (trm). Photo by Mike Witt.

Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band at Farnborough Jazz Band, Kent, UK on 5th December 2014. (LtoR) Tony Balckburn (drms), Bill Todd (trb) and Paul Hudd (trm).  Photo by Mike Witt.

Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band at Farnborough Jazz Band, Kent, UK on      5th December 2014. (LtoR) Tony Blackburn (drms), Bill Todd (trb) and    Paul Hudd (trm).  Photo by Mike Witt.

 

Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band at Farnborough Jazz Club on 5th December 2014.  Dave Barnes on piano.  Photo by Mike Wittl

Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band at Farnborough Jazz Club  on 5th December 2014. Dave Barnes on piano.          Photo by Mike Witt.

The next one was sung by Dave this time, namely ‘Rosetta’, which also lured the dancers out. Robin mentioned having a holiday in Cuba and why wouldn’t you mention it! Whilst there, he wrote a song and named it ‘Cocoanut Ice’, which I loved and made an attempt to dance the mambo with Steve, thanks Steve for humouring me (I do try – or am I trying!). Another favourite of many of our audiences has been ‘Big Butter and Egg Man’, which they performed marvellously – I notice a smidgen of Bud Flanagan’s ‘Who Do You Think You’re Kidding Mr Hitler’ too. They finished the evening with ‘I’ve Found a New Baby’, sung wonderfully by Bill, with a lovely solo by Ernie.

Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band at Farnborough Jazz Club, 5th December 2015.  Ernie Cronenburgh (guitar).  No, he hasn't got black lips - he has a plectrum in his mouth!  Photo by Mike Witt.

Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band at Farnborough Jazz Club, 5th December 2015. Ernie Cranenburgh (guitar). No, he hasn’t got black lips – he has a plectrum in his mouth! Photo by Mike Witt.

Another evening of happiness which warmed us up, to face the freezing weather outside (brilliant frost patterns on our cars). So come back next Friday, (12th November 2014) for some more warming up music, you can turn your heating off at home for a few hours! We have the Golden Eagle Jazz Band. By the way, I thought I’d remind you the meaning of ‘Happiness’: W.C. Fields quoted Charles Dickins’ Micawber Principle: “Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen pounds nineteen and six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pounds nought and six, result misery.”

Di & Keith’s principle on happiness is Keep jazzin’.

‘All of Me’ – Gerald Marks & Seymour Simons (1931) (Ruth Etting Song)
‘Apex Blues’ – (conflicting) Hoagy Carmichael, Sidney Arodin & Joe Poston OR Earl Hines & Jimmie Noone (1928)
‘Big Butter and Egg Man’ – Percy Venable (1926)
‘Cocoanut Ice’ – Robin Coombs (2014)
‘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)
‘I’ve Found a New Baby’ – Jack Palmer Spencer Williams (1926)
‘Rosetta’ – Earl Hines & Henri Wood (1933)
‘South’ – Thamen Hayes & Bennie Moten (1924) (lyrics added later by Ray Charles)
‘Strangers On the Shore’ – (m) Acker Bilk (1961), (l) Robert Mellin (1962)
[‘Who Do You Think You’re Kidding, Mr Hitler?’ – Jimmy Perry and Derek Tavener (1969)]