Category Archives: Mardi Gras JazzBand

Farnborough Jazz Club, Friday, 10th August 2018

Hey it’s the Mardi Gras JazzBand with band leader Rob Pearce (trombone), Leigh Henson (trumpe/vocalst), John Ellmer (reeds&things), Marc Easener (bass /sousaphone), John Stewart (banjo/guitar) and Paul Baker (drums). at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 13th May 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

Rob Pearce seen here with his own band – Mardi Gras at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on Friday 24th June 2016. Photo by Peter Marr.

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

 

Mardi Gras JazzBand, Friday, 27th April 2018

Rob Pearce of Mardi Gras JazzBand  seen here at Farnborough Jazz Club taken at Diane’s birthday party 12jan2018 by Mike Witt.

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.

 

John Lee plays tenor sax (seen here on 22nd April 2016 playing for for Laurie Chescoe’s Reunion Band (behind are Jim Douglas, Laurie and Pete Skivington) at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) . Photo by Mike Witt)

 

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.

 

Mardi Gras JazzBand, Friday, 2nd February, 2018

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’

Rob Pierce on trumpet, Mardi Gras JazzBand at Diane’s 75th party 12 January 2018 at Farnborough Jazz Club. Photo by Mike Witt.

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)

Mardi Gras JazzBand, Friday, 8th December 2017

John Stewart on guitar and Paul Baker on drums with Mardi Gras Jazzband at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 13th May 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

The MARDI GRAS JAZZBAND’ will be our band here at FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (Kent) this Friday, 8th December 2017Trombonist 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)

The Grantees

Mardi Gras JazzBand, Friday, 10th November 2017

Mardi Gras JazzBand at Keith & Diane’s Wedding 8oct2017, Donnington Manor Hotel. Band leader Rob Pearce-trombone, Leigh Henson-trumpet, John Ellmer-reeds, Jonathan Vinton-piano, Andy Lawrence-d.bass & Paul Baker-drums, Seen here sitting in – Keith on drums, Roger Curphey on d.bass & Diane singing ‘I cant give you anything but love’. Photo by Anje Jenn.

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 2017I 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).

Mardi Gras Jazz Band, Friday, 29th September 2017

Rob Pearce, band leader of Mardi Gras JazzBand, plays trombone at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 19th February 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

We have the MARDI GRAS JAZZBAND’ tonight, Friday, 29th September 2017So 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?

 

Your hosts,

Diane and Keith

’Mardi Gras Jazzband’, Friday, 12th May 2017

Mardi Gras JazzBand’s front line – John Ellmer (tenor sax), Leigh Henson (trumpe)t and Rob Pearce (trombone) at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 13th May 2016.         Photo by Mike Witt.

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 2017Keith 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

Brian ‘The Hat’ Stoat (2017) was a keen cyclist, lover of jazz and a great dancer (2)

Brian ‘The Hat’ Stoat (2017) was a keen cyclist, lover of jazz and a great dancer (1)

 

‘Mardi Gras Jazzband’, 16th December 2016

Mardi Gras JazzBand at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on Friday 24th June 2016. Band leader Rob Pearce (trombone). and Paul Baker (drums) Photo by Peter Marr.

The MARDI GRAS JAZZBAND’ will again be set to entertain you at FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (Kent) on Friday, 16th DECEMBER 2016.  Trombonist & band leader ROB PEARCE, will be joined by   trumpeter & vocalist PETER LEONARD, reads man extraordinaire, JOHN ELLMER, pianist TIM HUSKISSON, bassist and Sousaphone player MARC EASENER and  including drummer PAUL BAKER.  As I said last time, you will certainly enjoy what you hear, even what you see, so again join us this evening for an 8:00pm start.

Keep Jazz ‘live’

Your hosts, Diane and Keith

Mardi Gras Jazzband, 30th September 2016

The MARDI GRAS JAZZBAND will be back to delight you all, with their wonderful jazzy and happy attitude to life, to entertain you here at our FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (Kent) on Friday, 30th SEPTMBER 2016.   The musicians with leader and trombonist ROB PEARCE, will be LEIGH HENSON on trumpet &vocals, JOHN ELLMER on reeds-a-plenty, TIM HUSKISSON on piano, MARC EASENER on double bass &Sousaphone and PAUL BAKER on drums.  You will certainly enjoy what you hear, even what you see – ha, so make sure you don’t miss this evening – 8:00pm start.

Keep Dancing’

Diane and Keith

Mardi Gras JazzBand, 24th June 2016

We had the MARDI GRAS JAZZBAND at FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (Kent) on Friday, 24th June 2016.  They had a couple of changes to their usual line-up, giving us band leader and trombonist, ROB PEARCE, with LEIGH HENSON on trumpet &vocals, JOHN ELLMER on reeds-a-plenty, PAUL HIGGS on piano (that’s right, not green trumpet), STEVE SMITH on double bass and PAUL BAKER on drums.  I said it promised to be spectacular, and it was.  We had a lovely treat, as we also had a couple of guests, one being Pete Smith, who was drummer for Monty Sunshine.  Pete is Steve Smith’s father, so they got to play with one-another, when Pete had a couple of sit-ins.  The other guest was singer, Barry Vegas, yes he entertained us last time and everyone loved him, he was very professional.  It was a great pity, because poor Mike, who takes photographs for us, was not with us.  He had broken a rib – quite painful, so no photographs.  Luckily, ‘Brown Ale’ Pete was there and took a couple, because he was ‘roadie’ with Monty Sunshine, so took a couple of Pete Smith.  Unfortunately, the pics didn’t cover all musicians – such a pity, sorry to our two Paul’s.   Steve and Pete (father and son) were only just captured together in one.  [If anybody else took photos, please could you send copies to me for publishing here, thanks].

Mardi Gras JazzBand at Farnborough Jazz Club on Friday, 24th June 2016. (LtoR) John Ellmer on plenty-of-reeds, just see Steve Smith (double bass), Leigh Henson (trumpet) (Steve's father has sit-in) Pete Smith (drums), Rob Pearce (trombone). (Not seen) Paul Higgs (piano) & Paul Baker (drums). Photo by Peter Marr.

Mardi Gras JazzBand at Farnborough Jazz Club on Friday, 24th June 2016. (LtoR) John Ellmer (on plenty-of-reeds), just see Steve Smith (double bass), Leigh Henson (trumpet) (Steve’s father has sit-in) Pete Smith (drums), Rob Pearce (trombone). (Missed) Paul Higgs (piano) & Paul Baker (drums). Photo by Peter Marr.

So here’s how the evening went anyway.  Their first two numbers were ‘Aint Misbehaving’ and ‘Darktown Strutters’ Ball’, which was sung by Rob, with fabulous solos from the two Pauls, one on piano (what a star) and one on drums (yep, another star).  ‘Dinah’ is a fun number, sung by Leigh with John (playing tenor sax) singing in harmony.  As for ‘St. James Infirmary’ I jotted down that John, not only sang, but played brilliant bass clarinet – I should think quite a hard instrument to play (he obviously has an enormous set of lungs).  Fantastic piano from Paul, plus Rob and Leigh wonderful on trombone and trumpet.  It is so hard to describe how amazing the evening was to someone who wasn’t there.  It is that magic, I often speak of.  They were playing their hearts out – having so much enjoyment themselves.   Such a lovely bunch of guys, it’s why Keith and I will not give up until hopefully, we ‘kick the bucket’.

Mardi Gras JazzBand at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on Friday 24th June 2016. (LtoR) John Ellmer (reeds & saxes), Leigh Henson (trumpet), Pete Smith sits in on drums (Monty Sunshine's drummer) and band leader Rob Pearce (trombone). Not pictured is Paul Higgs (piano) and Paul Baker (drums) Photo by Peter Marr.

Mardi Gras JazzBand at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on Friday 24th June 2016. (LtoR) John Ellmer (reeds & saxes), Leigh Henson (trumpet), Pete Smith sits in on drums (Monty Sunshine’s drummer) and band leader Rob Pearce (trombone). Not pictured is Paul Higgs (piano) and Paul Baker (drums) Photo by Peter Marr.

To continue … They have to play the next one, ‘Mardi Gras’ (John on clarinet this time), with Rob singing.  It is so hard for me not to mention all of their numbers, such as ‘Memphis Blues’, especially because I wrote no notes, just remembered it was great.  Then they invited Barry over to sing.  Oh what a super voice he has – I’m sure he sings at lots of high class night clubs, he’s certainly worth being booked.  He sang ‘Almost Like Being In Love’ and yes we were all up dancing too.  Then he sang ‘Alright, Okay, You Win’, plus others.  What a great guy he is – thanks Barry.  Their third set had songs such as ‘If I Had You’ – and in the middle, John played the theme song of ‘007’ and absolutely brilliantly – not only is that talent, but so full of humour – don’t you just love it.  Paul also ‘replied’ and played something with the same  humour, but I missed it! Another great tune they played with ALL of them playing just beautifully – John on bass clarinet and then clarinet to ‘Tin Roof Blues’.  Then, ‘Wang Wang Blues’ (a (No.1 hit for six weeks in 1920, selling over 1million copies and winning a gold disc) sent us all on our way, with that Paul Whiteman number ‘swinging’ in our heads, but not before I had a terrific dance with Keith (with Keith’s legs akimbo and me having a hard time keeping up with him – I think I landed on my feet though!  Mardi Gras will be back on 30th September.  See you next week for Mike Barry’s XXL Band.

Your hosts, Diane and Keith

‘Aint Misbehaving’ – (m) Fats Waller & Harry Brooks, (l) Andy Razaf (1929)
‘Almost Like Being In Love’ – (m) Frederick Loere, (l) Alan Jay Lerner (1955)
‘Alright, Okay, You Win’ – Mayme Watts & Sid Wyche (1955)
‘Darktown Strutters’ Ball’ – Shelton Brooks (1917) ‘Dinah’
‘If I had You’ – Ted Shapiro, James Campbell & Reg Connelly  (1927)
‘Mardi Gras (While We Danced)’ – (m) Alfred M. Opler, (l) Johnny Mercer (1931)
‘Memphis Blues’ – (m) W.C. Handy (1912), (l) George A. Norton (1913)
‘St. James Infirmary Blues’ – American Folk origin (18th century)
‘Tin Roof Blues’ – George Brunies, Paul Mares, Ben Pollack, Leon Roppolo & Mel Stitzel (1923)
‘Wang Wang Blues – Gus Mueller, ‘Buster’ Johnson & Henry Busse, (l) Leo Wood (1920)