We have the MARDI GRAS JAZZBAND here for you tonight, Friday 1st March 2019 at FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (Kent). The last time Mardi Gras JC were here, it was our first night of the year. It spelt disaster as we had the first heavy snow and we were unsure if we should cancel. But what a brilliant evening for those of you who braved the elements and turned up to listen, enjoyed a dance and had a pint or three. Rob had been in London all day, attending a big British Lion’s rugby do, so he arrived at our club with huge intentions to give us a huge party and that he did. He played brilliantly and his lovely band joined him in the same spirit. So now I can tell you to turn up tonight, because they just must match that evening, hmmm. The musicians with trombone player and band leader, ROB PEARCE, will be LEIGH HENSON on trumpet & flugelhorn, plus of course JOHN ELLMER on his many reeds. In the engine will be JOHN STEWART on banjo & guitar, PETE CLANCY on bass and PAUL BAKER on drums. Say, if you are Welsh, what better reason but to come out for the evening – It is St. David’s Day. Join your hosts, Diane and Keith
IT IS RAINING AND WARMER HERE, SO WE ARE GOING AHEAD WITH TONIGHT 1ST FEBRUARY. I’ll tell you though, we have ummed and ahhed as to if we should cancel or not.
Yippee, I am ready, fun provided by MARDI GRAS JAZZBAND.
Trombone player and band leader ROB PEARCE will have with him LEIGH HENSON on trumpet, JOHN ELLMER on his many reeds, JOHN STEWART on banjo & guitar, STEVE SMITH on bass and DOMINIC COLES on drums.
I cannot believe it though! We closed for the whole of January and of course, the weather was fine. But our first day back and ice & snow! Well, what else aye! Anyway, rain is here and temperature is up. Many of you realise that if we ever need to cancel, it is a huge job to reach the many unknown numbers of you who may turn up, especially those not on computers. During which time, the weather can change and warm up. But we have to make the decision earlier in the day, to give time to reach you all. Once we decide to cancel and start calling people, there is no going back. The main reason for any cancellation is always due to the car park having no movement during the day, so snow or ice doesnt disappear. However, the nursery school is open today, so there has bee plenty of cars in the car park. So let’s be seeing you all – get there!
Your hosts Diane and Keith
THE MARDI GRAS JAZZBAND played for us here at our Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on Friday, 7th December 2018. Sorry that I was unable to put a newsletter onboard – I will reveal why at a later date. Trombone player and band leader ROB PEARCE brought his lovely band, playing in such form. They are such a happy band (giving that super Mardi Gras feeling (complete with beads everywhere, plus presents for the raffle from New Orleans). It was his usual band members, LEIGH HENSON on trumpet, JOHN ELLMER on his many reeds, JOHN STEWART on banjo & guitar, STEVE SMITH on bass and PAUL BAKER on drums. Mike Witt took many photos, which I will upload here soon – I promise
Your hosts – the Granties
Another Friday is fast approaching (FRIDAY, 10th AUGUST 2018) and you are wanting to know who we have booked for you at FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB, yes? Great news, it’s the marvellous ‘MARDI GRAS JAZZBAND’. Keith and I love them, because they are always full of fun (well they’re not called the Mardi Gras for nothing). They play a mixture of jazz for all preferences. I said last time, band leader (trombonist) ROB PEARCE, is a frequent visitor of New Orleans, really ‘living’ his jazz. Rob again, is joined by LEIGH HENSON (trumpet), plus JOHN ELLMER (reeds by the dozen), JOHN STEWART (banjo & guitar), STEVE SMITH (bass) and PAUL BAKER (drums). Come on over to Farnborough Village. We are in the Sports Club and will be enjoying ourselves with a pint, or two (etc) of Shepherd Neame’s brew. We have a great atmosphere here, have a free carpark. So, don’t be shy, come and listen and for still only £10, see how we keep young here.
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Diane and Keith
Super band leader, ROB PEARCE, who plays trombone, often visits New Orleans, so he just ‘lives’ his music. Oh, by the way, he just recently got married too (just before Keith and I) to a beautiful young lady (Liz) who often joins him here at our FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB. Tonight, 27th APRIL 2018, Rob’s super band will be LEIGH HENSON on trumpet, plus JOHN ELLMER on his many reeds, JOHN STEWART on banjo & guitar, STEVE SMITH on bass and PAUL BAKER on drums. Looking forward to seeing you all tonight to dance the night away.
Your hosts – the Granties
P.S. I shall return tomorrow to update this photo.
P.S. Plus Sunday’s gig too, ‘4-IN-A-BAR+1’, who play ‘Smooth Dinner Jazz’ at YE OLDE WHYTE LYON, LOCKS BOTTOM, Kent this SUNDAY, 29TH APRIL 2018, 3:00PM-6:00PM, The musicians are JOHN LEE on tenor sax, TIM HUSKISSON on piano, ROGER CURPHEY (double bass), with KEITH GRANT (drums) and me (DIANE), singing a few songs. (Always the last Sunday of each month). Treat yourself and book a roast lunch (Tel: 01689-852631) served between 12:00 & 5:00pm. Last time everyone loved the music, with many enjoying the newish 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 Sainsbury’s) with a walk-thru to pub at far right corner (face Sainsbury’s).
Oh yes, also please read previous input about info re heart attacks if you are on your own and what you can do.
Hey, all you lovely jazzers, the FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (Kent) is up and running again and I bet you have missed us too. So we expect you all to come pouring through that door this coming Friday, 2nd February, 2018 to enjoy the fabulous ’MARDI GRAS JAZZBAND’.
Trombonist band leader ROB PEARCE is back to start our club’s year off with his band and their wonderful top notch music. Oh by the way, a happy new year everybody. Rob’s super band will have LEIGH HENSON on trumpet, JOHN ELLMER on his many reeds, JOHN STEWART on banjo & guitar, STEVE SMITH on bass and PAUL BAKER on drums. You have had plenty of time to get rid of those naughty Christmas inches, but if not (and I certainly haven’t), you know what will help. Well practically all of you know we love to dance here, which is part of what makes for our happy atmosphere. That obviously includes a lovely little bar (with club prices) run by Ian, Kath and Barb.
So please join your hosts,
Diane and Keith (the Grantees)
The ’MARDI GRAS JAZZBAND’ will be our band here at FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (Kent) this Friday, 8th December 2017. Trombonist ROB PEARCE (band leader) has booked LEIGH HENSON on trumpet, JOHN ELLMER with all his reeds, JOHN STEWART with his banjo and guitar,STEVE SMITH on bass and PAUL BAKER playing drums. After a fabulous evening last week, they have a brilliant act to follow, but Rob’s boys will have little trouble following, we have no doubt. So get down here, with your dancing shoes and be a part of the happy atmosphere we ALL create.
Your hosts, as always, (well during the last two months anyway – to the day, hmm)
Oh my, the cold nights are certainly drawing in since the clocks ‘fell back’, but not to worry, the ’MARDI GRAS JAZZBAND’ (the band we had at our wedding) will warm the cockles of your hearts if you come this Friday, 10th November 2017. I know a lot of you will agree and join us here at FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (Kent), so it should be another cracking good evening to last you another week. Band leader trombonist, (and old married man) ROB PEARCE will be joined by LEIGH HENSON (trumpet), JOHN ELLMER (with all his reeds), JOHN STEWART (banjo/guitar), STEVE SMITH (double bass) and PAUL BAKER on drums – a lovely line-up. Any newcomers, just to tell you, we enjoy dancing, we have plenty of free parking and of course, lovely Shepheard Neame’s beer.
Your hosts, The Grantees
P.S. We received our first anniversary card – married 1 month – with the sentiments, ‘and they said it wouldn’t last!’ (thanks Jean).
We have the ’MARDI GRAS JAZZBAND’ tonight, Friday, 29th September 2017. So get down here and join us at FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (Kent). What band of merry men do we have here for you? Well, trombonist & band leader (& newly married) ROB PEARCE, has booked PETE RUTHFORTH (trumpet), JOHN ELLMER (a conglomeration of reeds), plus I think a warm Farnbronian welcome to newcomer TOM BRIARS (sousaphone), JOHN STEWART (banjo/guitar), ANDY LAWRENCE (double bass) and PAUL BAKER on drums. So expect to hear some fabulous jazz. If you don’t, without a doubt, we’ll be saying to you next time we see you (as an old friend used to say), “Oh did you miss a gig”. See you all for an 8:00pm start – yes?
Diane and Keith
Brilliant – the guys in the ’MARDI GRAS JAZZBAND’ have agreed to play for us again here at FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (Kent) on Friday, 12th May 2017. Keith and I always enjoy them because they really make the evening swing. Trombonist & band leader ROB PEARCE, will have with him vocalist LEIGH HENSON, on trumpet, JOHN ELLMER on reeds, JAMIE PARSONS on piano, DAVE MOSES on double bass and not forgetting PAUL BAKER on drums, now how’s that for a great line-up. So see you all for an 8:00pm start.
Before I close, I just want to tell you of the wonderful party a lot of us went to yesterday (Tuesday) to celebrate Brian ‘The Hat’ Stout’s life. What a party it was too! I’m sure Brian would have been thrilled to know (that as he requested) Rima and his lovely family arrange and made sure it was such a great ‘do’. There were so many of his friends from the cycling clubs and the various jazz clubs too, joining in the celebration – we all really enjoyed ourselves, with many hats being worn. Now we know we have a dancer where he’s gone to – and if there’s no cycling, I’m sure he will quickly arrange for that too aye.
Diane and Keith