MARDI GRAS JAZZBAND’ is run by trombonist ROB PEARCE. He has his lovely band here tonight, Friday, 22 NOVEMBER 2019 at our Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent). He is bringing with him LEIGH HENSON on trumpet & flugelhorn, JOHN ELLMER on his many different reed instruments, PETE CLANSY on double bass, with DON COLES on drums AND this week, TONY PITT on banjo. This is a band who always bring happiness wherever they go. They often go to New Orleans, so that’s the sort of fun I mean. This year, this band is our Christmas party entertainment (Friday, 20th December). We are already receiving bookings. So, if you want to be included, then book your seat as soon as possible, so not to be disappointed in missing out. Christmas always include many more raffle prizes. You can bring your own food (though not drink please, the bar must make it worth their while staying open for us), but you can bring candelabras if you want. (photos to be added this afternoon, need to shop for tonight’s raffle prizes now!!!!! ) Your hosts, Diane and Keith.
Hi everyone, the exciting MARDI GRAS JazzBand are back here tomorrow evening, this Friday, 27th September 2019 at our FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (Kent). Due to their enormous popularity, they have been approached for many dates, thus becoming fully booked all week and turning away many gigs. Of course, as they are regular visitors to New Orleans, they play lots of different and exciting songs and hence their great popularity. These super guys in the band are band leader, ROB PEARCE playing trombone, LEIGH HENSON on trumpet & flugelhorn, JOHN ELLMER, with his many reed instruments, plus ROGER LEWIN, playing piano, with STEVE SMITH playing double bass and lovely drummer, PAUL BAKER. I’m sure a lot of you will be looking forward to a bit of fun and to dance the night away so get here early, grab a seat, joining us your hosts, Diane ‘n’ Keith. (Ok – took me more than couple of hrs to publish these photos! Also, sorry Rob – didn’t have one of you – think you were over side of the room to Alan – Diane)
We’re going to the MARDI GRAS, why not come too. It’s this Friday, 19th July 2019 at our FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (Kent). That is when the MARDI GRAS JAZZBAND will be with us, bringing the New Orleans sparkle of magic with them… they go regularly. I promise, you will hanker to go there yourselves, but if you cant, just grab some of that magic from here.
The musicians are trombonist band leader, ROB PEARCE and with him will be LEIGH HENSON on trumpet & flugelhorn, plus JOHN ELLMER, who usually brings all manor of reed instruments with him to play. ROGER LEWIN is back for his second visit to us, playing piano (although he had played here some years ago). Then there will be STEVE SMITH on double bass and of course, PAUL BAKER on drums, smiling away at the back.
I shall be wearing my beads they gave to me, during their last visit here. Yep, looking forward to a bit of fun and dance the night away. Come on … join us – your hosts, Diane and Keith. P.S A rush job in the end, Sorry, I found I had repeated photos, plus unable to find a picture of Steve (sorry Steve). Hopefully my time will be more peaceful soon to allow me to sort out and publish the lovely photos sent to me from both Alan Walker and Mike Witt.
It’s MARDI GRAS time tonight, Friday 24th May 2019 at our FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (Kent). That is when the MARDI GRAS JAZZBAND do their stuff. These guys make regular visits to New Orleans and so they do really know their stuff, often wearing lovely happy blazers, complete with Mardi Gras beads. You will be sure to enjoy the true spirit of New Orleans tonight. The musicians trombonist band leader, ROB PEARCE has booked, is LEIGH HENSON on trumpet & flugelhorn, plus of course JOHN ELLMER on his many reeds and PAUL BAKER on drums. Joining us for the first time is ROGER LEWIN on piano. So please let’s give him a great big warm Farnbronian welcome. Your hosts, Diane and Keith
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).
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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)