Category Archives: Tony Pitt’s All Stars

Tony Pitt’s All Stars, Friday 1st December 2017

Tony Pitt’s All Stars at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 9th October 2015. (LtoR) John Tyson (drums), Al Nichols (tenor sax) and Tony Pitt (banjo). Photo by Mike Witt.

 

 

Giants Pete Rudeforth (trumpet) and John Tyson (drums play at Farnborough JC, Kent 11sep2015

Dave Hewitt plays baritone horn, with Tony Pitt’s All Stars at Farnborough JC, Kent 29may2015. Photo by Mike Witt.

John Day, double bass (photo from Kenny Ball Junior and his Jazz Band’s website (www.kennyball.co.uk)

We really are thrilled to have TONY PITT’S ALL STARS play for us again, because the musicians Tony gets truly are ‘stars’ in their own right.  They return this FRIDAY, 1st December 2017 at our happy FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (Kent) I can’t believe we are already reaching December – when did our ‘summer’ happen?  TONY (banjoist) will have with him this time  PETE RUDEFORTH (trumpet&vocals), DAVE HEWITT (trombone) and AL NICHOLLS (soprano & tenor sax) and JOHN TYSON (drums).  Plus we have JOHN DAY (double bass) who, like Tony and Pete, has played in the Kenny Ball, Acker Bilk and Chris Barber Bands (Tony also played in The Alex Welsh Band).  Tony was here just five weeks ago with a few different stars and what an evening we had then (as he says – hot foot tapping traditional jazz and as I say ‘at its best’ to listen to, or dance to).  I told you they were all top notch guys and to get here early, because we would expect a great turnout.  You did and even with several regulars missing (due to illnesses and late holidays etc.), we still had a fabulous turnout winning evening.  Obviously, with many regulars back, we’ll surely have a mind-blowingly exciting evening again – so come on one and all, join us again – enjoy ….

with your hosts,

Granties Di & Keith

P.S. So sorry I was absent last Friday, without a letter from my mum too.  I know, I always insist one from all of you, but I couldn’t find a pen before rushing off to my brother in A&E.  Keith had a hard evening, coping with many problems.  But cope, he did and was grateful for those of you who helped – thanks everyone.  By the by, thanks to the Premier Inn, off M1’s J9 (next to Harvester) who were so kind to my sister and to me.  If you need to stop anwhere in that area, use them.  The staff were all wonderful, every one of them.

P.P.S.  Also, thanks for not forget our smooth Dinner Jazz gig last Sunday (‘4-IN-A-BAR+1’ at YE OLDE WHYTE LYON, LOCKS BOTTOM, Kent).  It was packed out and it sounds like I wasn’t missed at all, well, apart from driving Keith home, ha ha.  Reminder on that one, we will be back Christmas Eve 3-6pm, for a Special (still free too).   I’ll try harder to learn my words …. hmm.  This Sunday is instead of New Year’s Eve day Sunday, which is the last one in December.

P.P.P.S Our Farnborough Jazz Club’s Christmas party will be £15 entry.

Fancy Dress – Your choice (& optional).

      Final P.P.P.P.S.  DON’T FORGET, WE ARE CLOSED ALL THROUGHOUT JANUARY 2018

(First time in over 25yrs at Farnborough – and before that, never at Badgers Mount Hotel)

Tony Pitt’s All Stars, Friday 27th October 2017

Tony Pitt on banjo, Al Nichols on tenor sax, Andy Lawrence on double bass and John Ellmer on drums as part of Tony Pitt’s All Stars at Farnborough Jazz Club, playing for Keith’s birthday on 12th August 2016.     Photo by Mike Witt.

Hey Ho, it’s non-other than  TONY PITT’S ALL STARS back again and appearing this FRIDAY, 27th October 2017 at FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (Kent).  Band leader TONY (banjoist) has booked stars ALAN GRESTY on trumpet, DAVE HEWITT on trombone and AL NICHOLLS on soprano & tenor sax, plus joining him in engine are ANDY LAWRENCE on double bass and JOHN ELLMER on drums. (See newsletter 28th October 2016). They’re top notch, so get here for 8:00pm kick off.

Plus don’t forget our Sunday gig too, ‘4-IN-A-BAR+1’, who play ‘Smooth Dinner Jazz’ at YE OLDE WHYTE LYON, LOCKS BOTTOM, Kent this SUNDAY, 29TH OCTOBER 2017, 3:00PM-6:00PM,  The musicians playing will be JOHN LEE (tenor), TIM HUSKISSON (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).

Your hosts for this ‘live jazz’

Are the Granties

Tony Pitt’s All Stars, Friday 26th May 2017

Tony Pitt’s All Stars (Tony on banjo) at Keith’s special birthday, Farnborough Jazz Club 14th August 2015.    Photo by Mike Witt.

We at FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (Kent) take tremendous pleasure in telling you we have the very talented  TONY PITT’S ALL STARS back again and appearing this FRIDAY, 26th MAY 2017.  Band leader TONY (banjoist) has SIMON NELSON (cornet & vocals), DAVE HEWITT (trombone) and AL NICHOLLS (soprano & tenor sax), plus ANDY LAWRENCE (double bass) and JOHN ELLMER (drums).    Simon is new to Farnborough, so I looked him up to learn what I could about him and found a write-up about him, having guested with the band ‘Stars of British Jazz’ (www.starsofbritishjazz.com/guest-artistes.html).  Anyway, if you read last October 28th’s newsletter, then you are sure to have enjoyed that evening and will be back again for more of this professional and fun-loving entertainment too.  If you didn’t make it that night, be sure not to miss this one.  We would like a sell-out to show these great stars we love them.  See you for 8:00clock start.

Your hosts for this ‘live jazz’

Diane and Keith

P.S.  Another reminder for you, once again, it is this Sunday, 3:00pm-6:00pm, 28th May 2017 that ‘4-In-A-Bar+1’, who play ‘smooth Dinner Jazz’, are appearing again at Ye Olde Whyte Lyon, Locks Bottom, Kent.  We have a change of musicians (for May and June) and will be John Lee (tenor), Dave Barnes (piano), Tim Pharoah (double bass), with Keith Grant (drums) and Diane, singing a few songs.  (Always the last Sunday of each month).  Why not book a roast lunch (tel: 01689-852631) served between 12:00 & 5:00pm.

Tony Pitt’s All Stars, Friday 28th October 2016

Tony Pitt at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent). Photo by Mike Witt.

Tony Pitt at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent). Photo by Mike Witt.

TONY PITT’S ALL STARS will be back again here at FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (Kent) on FRIDAY, 28th October 2016.     Band leader TONY (banjoist) has ALAN GRESTY (trumpet/vocals), DAVE HEWITT (trombone), AL NICHOLLS (soprano/tenor sax), plus ANDY LAWRENCE (double bass) and JOHN TYSON (drums).  By the way, Tony doesn’t brag, but has played with the great Alex Welsh Band for many year, then with Acker Bilk and his Paramount Jazz Band.  He was also with Kenny Ball and His Jazzmen, plus the fantastic bands of Alan Elsdon, Mike Cotton, Laurie Chescoe, Terry Lightfoot and Phil Mason – quite a C.V. aye?  The guys with him have similarly good résumés, so you know you’ll enjoy this evening.  If you haven’t visited us here  before, get your glad-rags on and join us for a music start of 8:00pm.  We have a friendly atmosphere, dancing, a Shepherd Neame bar with club prices, plus plenty of free parking.

Hosted by Diane and Keith

Here is the video of Tony Pitt’s All Stars taken with Keith tap dancing on his birthday, 12th August 2016.  Click on: 

 https://youtu.be/QjvcJbcwqvA   

Please leave your comments on it as to what you think!  The band were superb.

Tony Pitt’s All Stars, Friday 12th August 2016

TONY PITT’S ALL STARS came to help us celebrate Keith birthday, here at FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (Kent) on FRIDAY, 12th August 2016.  We were celebrating with a capitol C, as always.   Band leader (and banjoist) TONY had manage to get those fabulous stars (well Tony is an extra special musician), ALAN GRESTY on trumpet &vocals, DAVE HEWITT on trombone, AL NICHOLLS on soprano & tenor sax, ANDY LAWRENCE on double bass and JOHN ELLMER on drums.  What more can I say, but with these fantastic musicians, I told you to expect some humongous fun and that we did!

Tony Pitt's All Stars came to Farnborough Jazz Club for Keith's birthday on 12th August 2016. (LtoR) Dave Hewitt (trombone), (hidden) Andy Lawrence (double bass), Alan Gresty (trumpet), (hidden) John Ellmer (drums), Al Nichols (tenor sax) and Tony Pitt (banjo). Photo by Mike Witt.

Tony Pitt’s All Stars came to Farnborough Jazz Club for Keith’s birthday on 12th August 2016. (LtoR) Dave Hewitt (trombone), (hidden) Andy Lawrence (double bass), Alan Gresty (trumpet), (hidden) John Ellmer (drums), Al Nichols (tenor sax) and Tony Pitt (banjo). Photo by Mike Witt.

With so many photos, I have put them all at the end of the write-up this time.  Now about their first tune, it was Mama’s Gone, Goodbye’ and what a tremendous job they did, especially Al, being it was the first time he had played it – what a pro’ aye.  Then came ‘Blues My Naughty Sweetie’ and did they give it their all (I recall Tony played a fabulous solo), especially as it was a hot night).  This was followed on with ‘Pennies From Heaven’ and brought on all the dancers – well, it was very hot evening and this was such a lovely slow number.  I believe Alan sang, although we had so many friends arriving for Keith’s birthday and hadn’t written it down.  Now, my next choice was ‘Carry Me Back to Ol’ Virginie’.  (I recall Tony saying Alan had requested this number be played.)  We did our line-dance to this, although not ideal, plus I had my ankle ‘go’ on me, so had a hard job, but we enjoyed it.   John was brilliant with a great drum solo intro to ‘Hindustan’, a fabulous favourite with so many trad bands.  Next, Tony made an announcement, telling us the next number was dedicated especially to Keith.  It was ‘When I Grow Too Old To Dream’.  Yes, everyone had a laugh at that.  Another tune to mention (written by Lovie Austin, a famous 1920’s band leader ranked alongside Lil Harding Armstrong) was ‘Traveling Blues’.  Al played super tenor sax.  I was so fed up I couldn’t dance, it is such a great one to dance to.  Oh, I must mention ‘Saint Louis Blues’, what a great jazz song and I put several ticks – to make sure I’d mention it.  Wow, they were all excellent, playing – all of them, I mean! Great trumpet, fabulous tenor sax, super trombone (Tony, you surely can pick ‘erm – musicians aye).  Keith got me up to dance, pretty impossible really with my ankle keep ‘giving way’ on me, but Keith ended up dancing a duo with John’s drum solo.  Keith is actually doing his own form of tap dancing (he had impossible shoes on too), but being a drummer, he is wonderful with his footwork.  Everyone thought he was brilliant – the band thought he might have a heart attack at any moment – ha.   (I haven’t told Keith yet, but my son-in-law (Scott) filmed this and hopefully it will look as good as it did on the night.  Scott promised to get it to me soon and I shall put it here for you to see,)  Their last number was Blue, Turning Grey Over You’, which is Tony’s theme song.  Keith joined me on the dance floor – awhh, how romantic again.  You must put Tony’s next date here in your diaries, being Friday, 28th October 2016.

Here is the video of Tony Pitt’s All Stars taken with Keith tap dancing on his birthday, 12th August 2016.  Click on:

https://youtu.be/QjvcJbcwqvA   

Please leave your comments on it as to what you think!  The band were superb.

Your hosts, Diane and ol’ Keith

‘Blue, Turning Grey Over You’ – (m) Fats Waller, (l) Andy Razaf (1929)
‘Blues My Naughty Sweetie Gives to Me’ – Charles McCarron, Casey Morgan & Arthur Swanstrom (1919)
‘Carry Me Back to Old Virginny’ – James A. Baland (1878) – re-written in 1940, but retired
‘Hindustan’ – (m) Harold Weeks, (l) Oliver G Wallace (1917)
‘Mama’s Gone, Goodbye’ – A J Piron & Peter Bocage (1923)
‘Pennies From Heaven’ (m) Arthur Johnston, (l) Johnny Burke (1936)
‘Saint Louis Blues’ – W.C. Hanley (1914)
‘Traveling Blues’ – Lovie Austin (1924)
‘When I Grow Too Old To Dream’ – (m) Sigmund Romberg, (l) Oscar Hammerstein II (1935)
Andy Lawrence on double bass and John Ellmer on drums of Tony Pitt's All Stars at Farnborough Jazz Club, playing for Keith's birthday on 12th August 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

Andy Lawrence on double bass and John Ellmer on drums of Tony Pitt’s All Stars at Farnborough Jazz Club, playing for Keith’s birthday on 12th August 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

 

Andy Lawrence plays double bass and John Ellmer plays drums for Tony Pitt's All Stars at Farnborough Jazz Club for Keith's birthday on 12th August 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

Andy Lawrence plays double bass and John Ellmer plays drums for Tony Pitt’s All Stars at Farnborough Jazz Club for Keith’s birthday on 12th August 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

 

Dave Hewitt plays trombone, with Alan Gresty on trumpet and Al Nichols on tenor sax, front line of Tony Pitt's All Stars, seen here at Farnborough Jazz Club for Keith's birthday on 12th August 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

Dave Hewitt plays trombone, with Alan Gresty on trumpet and Al Nichols on tenor sax, front line of Tony Pitt’s All Stars, seen here at Farnborough Jazz Club for Keith’s birthday on 12th August 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

The 'Engine' of Tony Pitt's All Stars play for Keith Grant's birthday (co-promoter of Farnborough Jazz Club) on 12th August 2016. (LtoR) Andy Lawrence (double bass), John Ellmer (drums) & Tony Pitt (banjo). Photo by Mike Witt (also a b'day boy).

The ‘Engine’ of Tony Pitt’s All Stars play for Keith Grant’s birthday (co-promoter of Farnborough Jazz Club) on 12th August 2016. (LtoR) Andy Lawrence (double bass), John Ellmer (drums) & Tony Pitt (banjo). Photo by Mike Witt (also a b’day boy).

 

Tony Pitt plays banjo with his own 'Tony Pitt's All Stars and John Ellmer on drums, They were here at Farnborough Jazz Club for Keith's birthday on 12th August 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

Tony Pitt plays banjo with his own ‘Tony Pitt’s All Stars and John Ellmer on drums, They were here at Farnborough Jazz Club for Keith’s birthday on 12th August 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

 

Andy Lawrence (d'bass) and John Ellmer (drums) play for (jazz co-promoter) Keith Grant's birthday at Farnborough Jazz Club with Tony Pitt's All Stars on 12th August 2016. Photo by Mike Witt (also b'day a boy)

Andy Lawrence (d’bass) and John Ellmer (drums) play for co-promoter Keith Grant’s birthday at Farnborough Jazz Club with Tony Pitt’s All Stars on 12th August 2016. Photo by Mike Witt (also b’day a boy)

 

Front line of Tony Pitt's All Stars Jazz Band, playing for co-promoter, Keith Grant's birthday at Farnborough Jazz Club on 12th August 2016. (LtoR) Dave Hewitt (trombone), Alan Gresty (trumpet), Al Nichols (soprano sax) plus Andy Lawrence behind (d.bass). Photo by Mike Witt (also a b'day boy).

Front line of Tony Pitt’s All Stars Jazz Band, playing for co-promoter, Keith Grant’s birthday at Farnborough Jazz Club on 12th August 2016. (LtoR) Dave Hewitt (trombone), Alan Gresty (trumpet), Al Nichols (soprano sax) plus Andy Lawrence behind (d.bass). Photo by Mike Witt (also a b’day boy).

 

My granddaughter Zianna, joins me with the raffle draw at Farnborough Jazz Club with Tony Pitt's All Stars on Keith's birthday, 12th August 2016. Photo by Mike Witt (also a b'day boy)..

My granddaughter Zianna, joins me with the raffle draw at Farnborough Jazz Club with Tony Pitt’s All Stars on Keith’s birthday, 12th August 2016. Photo by Mike Witt (also a b’day boy).

 

Tony Pitt’s All Stars, Friday 6th May 2016

TONY PITT’S ALL STARS came to entertain us again at FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (Kent) on FRIDAY, 6th May 2016 and what entertainment and a half it was!.   Banjoist TONY had his great friends with him, being  ALAN GRESTY on trumpet, DAVE HEWITT on trombone &baritone horn, AL NICHOLS on reeds, ANDY LAWRENCE on double bass and JOHN ELMER on drums.   Brilliant evening from brilliant musicians.  It was a hot evening, both weather-wise and music-wise.  They began wearing their lovely white jackets, looking very professional as always, but it was too hot to keep them on.

 

'Tony Pitt's All Stars' on a hot evening (heat-wise & jazz-wise) at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 6th May 2016. (LtoR) Andy Lawrence (d.bass), Dave Hewitt (trombone), John Ellmer (drums), Alan Gresty (trumpet), Tony Pitt (banjo) and Al Nicholls (tenor & alto saxes). Photo by Mike Witt.

‘Tony Pitt’s All Stars’ on a hot evening (heat-wise & jazz-wise) at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 6th May 2016.  (LtoR) Andy Lawrence (d.bass), Dave Hewitt (trombone), John Ellmer (drums), Alan Gresty (trumpet), Tony Pitt (banjo) and Al Nicholls (tenor & alto saxes).             Photo by Mike Witt.

'Tony Pitt's All Stars' at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 6th May 2016. Band leader Tony Pit - rightt (banjo). then (LtoR) Al Nicolls (alto sax), Alan Gresty (trumpet), Andy Lawrence (d.bass) and John Ellmer (drums). Photo by Mike Witt.

‘Tony Pitt’s All Stars’ at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 6th May 2016.           Band leader Tony Pit – rightt (banjo). then (LtoR) Al Nicolls (alto sax), Alan Gresty (trumpet), Andy Lawrence (d.bass) and John Ellmer (drums). Photo by Mike Witt.

My first choice of songs to mention is ‘Farewell Blues’.  I was busy with people coming in to the club, so took no notes.  However, Django Reinhart does a wonderful recording of it on You Tube, so was able to recall them playing it.  I also recall our dance floor was flooded with everyone dancing to the next tune ‘When Everyone Thinks You’re Wonderful’.  Dave played baritone horn and Al on tenor sax – fabulous – a lovely sound.

Alan Gresty (trumpet) and Al Nicolls (tenor sax) are driven by John Ellmer on drums with 'Tony Pitt's All Stars' at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 6th May 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

Alan Gresty (trumpet) and Al Nicolls (tenor sax) are driven by John Ellmer on drums with ‘Tony Pitt’s All Stars’ at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 6th May 2016. Photo by Mike Witt

Dave Hewitt plays baritone horn (sorry cant see his face) with 'Tony Pitt's All Stars' at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 6th May 2016. Behind him are Andy Lawrence (d.bass) and John Ellmer (drums). Photo by Mike Witt.

Dave Hewitt plays baritone horn (sorry can’t see his face) with ‘Tony Pitt’s All Stars’ at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 6th May 2016. Behind him are Andy Lawrence (d.bass) and John Ellmer (drums). Photo by Mike Witt.

Following came ‘Everybody Loves My Baby’ and was sung by Alan.  We all got up to perform our line-dance.  We do have a lot of fun (Charleston style), because we don’t care if we make mistakes, it’s all about loving the music.  Well, our next number, again had the floor full of dancers, Alan sang, with Dave (again) on baritone horn and Al on alto sax.  That tune was ‘Curse Of An Aching Heart’, I don’t think it has been played recently, if at all at the club – certainly a ‘hot’ tune.

Tony Pitt takes a solo at Farnborough Jazz Club with his own band - 'Tony Pitt's All Stars' on 6th May 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

Tony Pitt takes a solo at Farnborough Jazz Club with his own band – ‘Tony Pitt’s All Stars’ on 6th May 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

Then Tony played a wonderful introduction to ‘The Sheik of Araby’ and what a fabulous five minutes of brilliance came from the boys – fantastic drumming (solo) from John, well fabulous solos from all of them.

Al Nicholls on alto sax, one of the stars in 'Tony Pitt's All Stars' at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 6h May 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

Al Nicholls on alto sax, one of the stars in ‘Tony Pitt’s All Stars’ at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 6h May 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

After the break, they began with ‘Way Down Yonder In New Orleans’.  Dave on baritone horn and Al on tenor sax this time.  Plus with the next number, Al did a splendid job on tenor again to ‘Black & Blue’ and our dance floor was chock-a-block with dancers.  I can couple the last two numbers together, because I had put three ticks against both tunes, I also wrote ‘fab solos from everyone’, again against both numbers (with tenor on first and alto against the last one).  The numbers were ‘Blue, Turning Grey Over You’ and Louis Armstrong’s 1938 version of ‘When The Saints Go Marching In’.  I can remember standing with Keith and we both had our mouths agog, thrilled to bits and loving every minute of it all.  Just one thing to add and that is they will be back on Keith’s actual birthday, Friday, 12th August 2016.  FAB-U-LOUS.

Tony's two Al's - Alan Gresty (trumpet) and Al Nicholls (saxes) with 'Tony Pitt's All Stars' at Farnborough Jazz club (Kent) on 6th May 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

Tony’s two Al’s – Alan Gresty (trumpet) and Al Nicholls (saxes) with ‘Tony Pitt’s All Stars’ at Farnborough Jazz club (Kent) on 6th May 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

What about the 'Engine' too - of 'Tony Pitt's All Stars' seen here at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 6th May 2016. (LtoR) Andy Laurence (d.bass), John Ellmer (drums) and Tony Pitt (Band Leader & banjo) Photo by Mike Witt.

What about the ‘Engine’ too – of ‘Tony Pitt’s All Stars’ seen here at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 6th May 2016. (LtoR) Andy Laurence (d.bass), John Ellmer (drums) and Tony Pitt (Band Leader & banjo) Photo by Mike Witt.

How's that for a great front line? (LtoR) Dave Hewitt (trombone), Alan Gresty (trumpet) and Al Nicholls (tenor sax) with 'Tony Pitt's All Stars' seen here at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 6th May 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

How’s that for a great front line? (LtoR) Dave Hewitt (trombone), Alan Gresty (trumpet) and Al Nicholls (tenor sax) with ‘Tony Pitt’s All Stars’ seen here at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 6th May 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

P.S.  You can catch up with the Newsletter for Golden Eagle Jazz Band, dated Friday, 5th July 2015.  It contains a fantastic photo of our two 007’s on raffle duty.

Diane and Keith

‘Black and Blue (What Did I Do To Be So)’ – (m) Fats Waller, (l) Harry Brooks & Andy Razaf (1929)
‘Blue, Turning Grey Over You’ – (m) Fats Waller, (l) Andy Razaf (1929)
‘Curse Of An Aching Heart’ – (m) Al Piantadosi, (l) Henry Fink (1913)
‘Everybody Loves My Baby’ – (m) Spencer Williams, (l) Jack Palmer (1924)
‘Farewell Blues’ – (m) Paul Mares, Leon Roppolo & Elmer Schoebel (1922)
‘The Sheik of Araby’ – (m) Ted Snyder, (l) Harry B. Smith & Francis Wheeler (1921)
‘Way Down Yonder In New Orleans’ – (m) John Turner Layton jnr, (l) Henry Creamer (1922)
‘When Somebody Thinks You’re Wonderful’ – Harry M Woods (1935)
‘When the Saints Go Marching In’ – origins unknown (derived from (m) James Milton Black (l) Katherine Purvis (1896) re-publ 1927.

Tony Pitt’s All Stars, Friday 9th October 2015

We had some of Britain’s top jazz musicians with TONY PITT’S ALL STARS at FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB on FRIDAY, 9th October 2015.   Banjoist TONY was joined by DENNY ILETT (SNR) on trumpet (he has a famous guitarist son), DAVE HEWITT on trombone, AL NICHOLS on reeds, ANDY LAWRENCE on double bass and JOHN TYSON on drums.

Tony Pitt's All Stars at Farnborouh Jazz Club (Kent) on 9th October 2015. (LtoR) Andy Laurence (d.bass), Dave Hewitt (trombone), Denny Ilett (trumpet), John Tyson (drums), Al Nichols (tenor sax) and Tony Pitt (banjo). Photo by Mike Witt.

Tony Pitt’s All Stars at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 9th October 2015. (LtoR) Andy Laurence (d.bass), Dave Hewitt (trombone), Denny Ilett (trumpet), John Tyson (drums), Al Nichols (tenor sax) and Tony Pitt (banjo). Photo by Mike Witt.

They looked and played brilliantly and just to show you, here is a sample of what they played.  The first number was ‘When You’re Smiling’ and in my notes, I had written ‘you should hear that trumpet’.  Says a lot, doesn’t it!  They were all absolutely amazing – there’s playing and there’s playing, if you know what I mean.  These guys ‘have it’.  Gushing? Of course! Denny sang the next tune, ‘Look Down That Lonesome River’ and I noted that Al played tenor sax.  Denny also sang ‘When You and I were young Maggie’ and of course a great jazz voice.

Tony Pitt's All Stars at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 9th October 2015. (LtoR) John Tyson (drums), Al Nichols (tenor sax) and Tony Pitt (banjo). Photo by Mike Witt.

Tony Pitt’s All Stars at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 9th October 2015. (LtoR) John Tyson (drums), Al Nichols (tenor sax) and Tony Pitt (banjo). Photo by Mike Witt.

Denny Ilett sings, seen here with John Tyson (drums), Al Nichols (tenor sax) and Tony Pitt (banjo) with 'Tony Pitt's All Stars' at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 9th October 2015. Photo by Mike Witt.

Denny Ilett sings, seen here with John Tyson (drums), Al Nichols (tenor sax) and Tony Pitt (banjo) with ‘Tony Pitt’s All Stars’ at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 9th October 2015. Photo by Mike Witt.

Here's the man! Tony plays banjo for his own band 'Tony Pitt's All Stars' at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 9th October 2015. Photo by Mike Witt.

Here’s the man! Tony plays banjo for his own band ‘Tony Pitt’s All Stars’ at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 9th October 2015. Photo by Mike Witt.

John Tyson plays drums for Tony Pitt's All Stars at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 9th October 2015. Photo by Mike Witt.

John Tyson plays drums for Tony Pitt’s All Stars at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 9th October 2015. Photo by Mike Witt.

We were all ‘flying’ (dancing I mean) to their wonderful rendition of ‘Bourbon Street Parade’, with fabulous changing of key.  Tony’s banjo playing shows why he has the best wanting to play with him.  John was featured on drums next, and what terrific drumming to ‘I Found A New Baby’.  He is a brilliant drummer and I had written in my notes ‘fab-u-lous’, so no need to write anything else.

Great action photo of Dave Hewitt, Denny Ilett, Andy Laurence and John Tyson four of Tony Pitt's All Stars at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 9th October 2015. Photo by Mike Witt.

Great action photo of Dave Hewitt, Denny Ilett, Andy Laurence and John Tyson four of Tony Pitt’s All Stars at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 9th October 2015. Photo by Mike Witt.

Next they featured Denny with ‘Bad Penny Blues’.  Denny is such an exciting player and with this number, he also added some playing on his mouthpiece only.  Not many would be able to achieve doing that so brilliantly.  I must mention ‘Sweet Georgia Brown’ and how wonderful Al was, playing tenor sax.

What an 'engine' aye? Andy Laurence on double bass, John Tyson on drums and the man himself, Tony Pitt on banjo with 'Tony Pitt's All Stars' at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 9th October 2015. Photo by Mike Witt.

What an ‘engine’ aye? Andy Laurence on double bass, John Tyson on drums and the man himself, Tony Pitt on banjo with ‘Tony Pitt’s All Stars’ at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 9th October 2015. Photo by Mike Witt.

Al Nichols plays alto sax with Denny Ilett on trumpet and Tony Pitt on banjo, all seen here with 'Tony Pitt's All Stars' at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 9th October 2015. Photo by Mike Witt.

Al Nichols plays alto sax with Denny Ilett on trumpet and Tony Pitt on banjo, all seen here with ‘Tony Pitt’s All Stars’ at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 9th October 2015. Photo by Mike Witt.

Dave Hewitt playing trombone (Denny Ilett just in view) two stars of 'Tony Pitt's All Stars' at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 9th October 2015. Photo by Mike Witt.

Dave Hewitt playing trombone (Denny Ilett just in view) two stars of ‘Tony Pitt’s All Stars’ at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 9th October 2015. Photo by Mike Witt.

Several ‘ticks’ against the next number, meant I mustn’t miss this out either.  The wonderful Hoagy Carmichael’s ‘Riverboat Shuffle’ being the tune (recoded first by Bix Beiderbecke).  Al played alto and I had no other notes because we were all out on the dance floor, having tons of fun.  As for their last number, if we had to all go home, it was exhilarating to go with ‘West End Blues’ still ringing in our ears.  Denny played a stunning intro and Dave was fabulous on trombone.  I personally cannot wait for their next gig here.

Diane and Keith

Farnborough Jazz Club enjoy 'Tony Pitt's All Stars' on 9th October 2015. Seen playing are Denny Ilett (trumpet), Dave Hewitt (trombone) and John Tyson (drums).  Photo by Mike Witt.

Farnborough Jazz Club enjoy ‘Tony Pitt’s All Stars’ on 9th October 2015. Seen playing are Denny Ilett (trumpet), Dave Hewitt (trombone) and John Tyson (drums). Photo by Mike Witt.

Seen here are Keith and Diane, Colin Dobson (of Billy Cotton Band Show fame), his wife Jo and their son-in-law having just enjoyed 'Tony Pitt's All Stars' at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 9th October 2015. Photo by Mike Witt.

Seen here are Keith and Diane, Colin Dobson (of Billy Cotton Band Show fame), his wife Jo and their son-in-law having just enjoyed ‘Tony Pitt’s All Stars’ at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 9th October 2015. Photo by Mike Witt.

 

‘Bad Penny Blues’ – Humphrey Lyttelton (1956)
‘Bourbon Street Parade’ – Paul Barbarin (c. 1953)
‘I Found a New Baby’ – Jack Palmer and Spencer Williams (1926)
‘Look Down That Lonesome Road’ – (m) Nathaniel Shilkret, (l) Gene Austin (1927)
‘Riverboat Shuffle’ – (m) Hoagy Carmichael, (l) Irving Mills, Mitchell Parish & Dick Voynow (1924)
‘Sweet Georgia Brown’ – (m) Ben Bernie & Maceo Pinkard, (l) Kenneth Casey (1925)
‘West End Blues’ – Joe ’King’ Oliver, (l) Clarence Williams (1928) (famed by Louis Armstrong)
‘When You and I Were Young Maggie’ – (m) James Butterfield (1866), (l) George W Johnson (1864) [derived from George Johnson’s poem (1820)]
‘When You’re Smiling’ – Larry Shay, Mark Fisher & Joe Goodwin (1929)

Tony Pitt’s All Stars, Friday 14th August 2015

Oh yes, it was certainly another exciting party on FRIDAY, 14th August 2015 at our FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB with TONY PITT’S ALL STARS.  It was Keith’s second celebratory birthday ‘do’.  Last week was a practice run (and oh boy, what a practice), his birthday was actually on the glorious 12th and this Friday was booked ‘because he had made it’!  TONY (banjo), gave Keith a brilliant present by obtaining fab stars DENNY ILETT on trumpet, GRAHAM HUGHES on trombone, AL NICHOLLS on saxes, ANDY LAWRENCE on double bass and JOHN ELLMER on drums to play for him – and of course, all of us.

Tony Pitt's All Stars play for Keith's Special birthday at Farnborough Jazz Club, 14 August 2015. Photo by Mike Witt.

Tony Pitt’s All Stars played on our second celebration for Keith’s Special birthday at the Farnborough Jazz Club, on 14 August 2015.   Photo by Mike Witt.

I said it would be a humdinger of an evening and it definitely was.  You will have to take my word for it, the evening was (just like last week), well actually, words cant describe just how terrific it was, although I will try.  Obviously, the beginning of the evening was busy for me, with so many people arriving, wanting to join in with making Keith’s party go with a swing.  A few numbers had been played before my first chosen number, ‘Blues My Naughty Sweetie’, however, what a number. I had written “fabulous”, an asterisk and two ticks (to make sure I chose the number) and had also noted Al was brilliant on soprano sax.  I also wrote “drums – Denny – oh everyone”!!!!  Then came ‘Tishamingo Blues’ (with Al using tenor).

Saxophonist All Nicholls on tenor, one of Tony Pitt's All Stars at Keith's special birthday, Farnborough Jazz Club on 14th August 2015. Photo by Chrissie Nicholls.

                  “JAZZ JIANTS”                                       Al Nicholls (tenor) & Denny Ilett (trumpet) two of Tony Pitt’s All Stars at Keith’s special birthday, Farnborough Jazz Club on 14th August 2015. Photo by Chrissie Nicholls.

 

Saxophonist All Nicholls on alto and trumpeter Denny Ilett, two of Tony Pitt's All Stars at Keith's special birthday, Farnborough Jazz Club on 14th August 2015. Photo by Mike Witt.

                                             “JAZZ JIANTS”                                             Al Nicholls (on soprano)  AND  Denny Ilett (trumpet), two of Tony Pitt’s All Stars at Keith’s special birthday, Farnborough Jazz Club on 14th August 2015.  Photo by Mike Witt.

 

Graham Hughes (trombone), one of Tony Pitt's All Stars at Keith's special birthday at Farnborough Jazz Club, 14th August 2015. Photo by Mike Witt.

Graham Hughes (trombone), one of Tony Pitt’s All Stars at Keith’s special birthday at Farnborough Jazz Club, 14th August 2015. Photo by Mike Witt.

The next number was ‘All of Me’ and must mention some super trombone playing  from Graham, as well as great bass from Andy. Then Denny sang ‘When You and I Were Young, Maggie’, quite a favourite, with plenty of dancing (I’m sure I caught a bit of him singing ‘Lucile’).

Denny was then featured with ‘Bad Penny Blues’, to which he performed his speciality – playing just the mouth piece (good golly miss molly – he sure is a beautiful trumpeter).  Tony was fabulous on solo banjo too.  ‘You Always Hurt The One You Love’ followed and Tony added some playing on the mouth organ – clever clogs.  Then Graham sang ‘Way Down Yonder In New Orleans’ (with Al playing soprano sax), always brilliantly played.  Next came Al, featured with ‘Lady Be Good’ Oh boy, what superb playing.  Tony really knows how to pick ‘erm aye.

Tony Pitt's All Stars (Tony on banjo) at Keith's special birthday, Farnborough Jazz Club 14th August 2015. Photo by Mike Witt.

Tony Pitt’s All Stars (Tony on his hand-made banjo) at Keith’s special birthday, Farnborough Jazz Club 14th August 2015. Photo by Mike Witt.

Tony then had them play his favourite number, ‘Blue Turning Grey Over You’.   I was told Tony made this fabulous banjo himself, even inlaying his name on the ‘head’ – see photo showing this (yes Chrissie, he’s not just a pretty face).   So another evening bites the dust – yes, a mind-blowingly good one too.  We were once again so overwhelmed – so many smiling faces, of course no-one wanting it to end.  Keith (and I) will always remember this birthday, that’s for sure – thanks boys (from both weeks).

Andy Laurence (d.bass) one of Tony Pitt's All Stars at Farnborough Jazz Club on 14th August 2015. Photo by Mike Witt.

Andy Laurence (d.bass) one of Tony Pitt’s All Stars at Keith’s special birthday, Farnborough Jazz Club on 14th August 2015. Photo by Mike Witt.

 

 

Denny Ilett (trumprt) one of Tony Pitt's All Stars at Keith's special birthday, Farnborough Jazz Club on 14th August 2015. Photo by Mike Witt.

Denny Ilett (trumprt) one of Tony Pitt’s All Stars at Keith’s special birthday, Farnborough Jazz Club on 14th August 2015. Photo by Mike Witt.

 

Tony Pit Pitt's All Stars (Tony-(banjo, Al Nicholls (soprano sax) and John Elmer (drums) at Farnborough JC, 14Aug2015. Photo by Mike Witt

Tony Pit Pitt’s All Stars (Tony-(banjo, Al Nicholls (soprano sax) and John Ellmer (drums) (Keith’s special birthday  at Farnborough Jazz Club, 14Aug2015. Photo by Mike Witt

 

Our Jazz Jiants - Our Jazz Jiants - Denny Ilett (trumpet) & Al Nicholls (tenor) (Keith's special birthday) at Farnborough Jazz Club, 14th August 2015. Photo by Chrissie Nicholls.

                        Our Jazz Jiants                  Denny Ilett (trumpet) & Al Nicholls (tenor) (Keith’s special birthday) at Farnborough Jazz Club, 14th August 2015.                   Photo by Chrissie Nicholls.

 

 

Tony Pitt's All Stars Crest showing Al Nicholls (tenor & soprano saxes) and Denny Ilett (trumpet (Designed & photos taken by Chrissie Nicholls at Farnborough Jazz Club 14th August 2015).

Tony Pitt’s All Stars showing Al Nicholls (tenor & soprano saxes) and Denny Ilett (trumpet) (Designed & photos taken by Chrissie Nicholls) at Farnborough Jazz Club 14th August 2015.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Al Nicholls (alto) and Denny Ilett (trumpet), two of Tony Pitt's All Stars, playing for Keith's special birthday at Farnborough Jazz Club on 14th August 2015. Photo by Chrissie Nicholls.

Al Nicholls (alto) and Denny Ilett (trumpet), two of Tony Pitt’s All Stars, playing for Keith’s special birthday at Farnborough Jazz Club on 14th August 2015. Photo by Chrissie Nicholls.

Al Nicholls (tenor sax) a star of Tony Pitt's All Stars for Keith's special birthday, Farnborough Jazz Club, 14th August 2015. Photo by Chrissie Nicholls.

Al Nicholls (tenor sax) a star of Tony Pitt’s All Stars for Keith’s special birthday, Farnborough Jazz Club, 14th August 2015. Photo by Chrissie Nicholls.

There are far more photos than usual, but couldn’t leave any out – too good.  However, I am requesting if any of you took some pics of Keith, I would  love to receive them please.  Plus if they are good enough, would also use on the website. with your permission – your name would be added (or not if you so prefer). Thanks.

Diane and Keith

‘All of Me’ – Gerald Marks & Seymour Simons (1931) (Ruth Etting Song)
‘Bad Penny Blues’ – Humphrey Lyttelton (1956)
‘Blues My Naughty Sweetie’ – Charles McCarron, Casey Morgan & Arthur Swanstrom (1919)
‘Blue Turning Grey Over You’ – (m) Fats Waller, (l) Andy Razaf (1929)
‘Lady Be Good’ – (m) George Gershwin, (l) Ira Gershwin (1924)
‘Tishamingo Blues’ – Spencer Williams (1917)
‘Way Down Yonder In New Orleans’ – (m) John Turner Layton Jr, (l) Henry Creamer (1922)
‘When You and I Were Young, Maggie’ – (m) J.A. Butterfield (1866) & (l) George Washington Johnson (1864)
‘You Always Hurt The One You Love’ – (m) Doris Fisher, (l) Allan Roberts (1944)

Tony Pitt’s All Stars, Friday 29th May 2015

Tony Pitt (banjo) presents his All Stars at Farnborough Jazz Club 29may2015

Tony Pitt (banjo) presents his All Stars at Farnborough Jazz Club 29may2015. Photo by Mike Witt.

TONY PITT’S ALL STARS appeared FRIDAY, 29th MAY 2015 here at our FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB. Oh well done Tony, for getting the following stars, ‘cos they were brilliant. We had DENNY ILETT on trumpet, AL NICHOLS on reeds, DAVE HEWITT on trombone& baritone horn, ANDY LAWRENCE on double bass, JOHN ELLMER on drums (well percussion) and of course, Toeknee himself on banjo. What a session. We, of course, had a great turn-out, so a fantastic evening to report.

Some of Tony's stars: Al Nicols (rds), Denny Ilett (trmpt), Dave Hewitt (trmb) & Andy Lawrence (db). Photo by Mike Witt. 29may2015

Some of Tony’s stars: Al Nichols (rds), Denny Ilett (trmpt), Dave Hewitt (trmb) & Andy Lawrence (db). Photo by Mike Witt. 29may2015

Tony Pitt's All Stars at Farnborough Jazz Club, High St, Farnborough, Kent, UK 29may2015, with Denny Ilett (trmpt), Al Nicols (rds), Dave Hewitt (trmb), Andy Lawrence (db), John Elmer (drms) and Tony (bnj). Photo by Mike Witt.29May2015

Tony Pitt’s All Stars at Farnborough Jazz Club, High St, Farnborough, Kent, UK 29may2015, with Denny Ilett (trmpt), Al Nichols (rds), Dave Hewitt (trmb), Andy Lawrence (db), John Ellmer (drms) and Tony (bnj). Photo by Mike Witt.

My first number to mention is ‘Hello Central, Give me Doctor Jazz’ sung by Tony, not sure I have heard him sing before, what a great voice.  Next came ‘Travelling Blues’, certainly a one to mention, it was absolutely fabulous – brilliantly played by all of them.

Denny Ilett (trmpt) with Tony Pitt's All Stars at Farnborough JC, Kent 29may2015

Denny Ilett (trmpt) with Tony Pitt’s All Stars at Farnborough JC, Kent 29may2015. Photo by Mike Witt

Denny sang next ‘I’d Like to Get You on a Slow Boat to China’, which brought out the dancers in full. Then he sang ‘Gee Baby, Ain’t I Good To You’, another great favourite.

Al Nichols (tenor sax) & Tony Pitt (banjo) Farnborough JC 29may2015

Al Nichols (tenor sax) & Tony Pitt (banjo) Farnborough JC 29may2015. Photo by Mike Witt.

This brings me to mention Al’s brilliant feature on tenor sax with ‘Avalon’.  He was backed by some pretty wonderful solos from each of the engine boys – excellent banjo, excellent double bass and excellent drums.

Dave Hewitt plays baritone horn, with Tony Pitt's All Stars at Farnborough JC, Kent 29may2015. Photo by Mike Witt.

Dave Hewitt plays baritone horn, with Tony Pitt’s All Stars at Farnborough JC, Kent 29may2015. Photo by Mike Witt.

Another feature tune was from Dave with ‘Some of These Days’. For this he played the baritone horn, what a star he is. We all got up to dance our (Charleston) line dance to ‘You Always Hurt The One You Love’, great fun for us dancers. The last number to mention was superb. They all played with so much oomph. The number was ‘Blue, Turning Grey Over You’. What a heart-thumping evening we all had, everyone was thrilled and left with huge ‘Cheshire cat grins’ on our faces. You can look forward to them returning for Keith’s second birthday celebration on 15th August 2015 (no presents please, just pay to come in – £10).

Di and Keith

P.S. So sorry to be dreadfully behind with newsletters AND photos – they will be downloaded in due course, I promise – Di.

‘Avalon’ – (m&l) Al Jolson, Vincent Rose & Buddy DeSylva (1920)
‘Blue, Turning Grey Over You’ – (m) Fats Waller, (l) Andy Razaf (1929)
‘Doctor Jazz’ – Joe ‘King’ Oliver, Walter Melrose (1926)
‘Gee Baby, Aint I Been Good To You’ – (m) Don Redman, (l) Don Redman & Andy Razaf, (1929)
‘I’d Like to Get You On a Slow Boat to China’ – Frank Loesser (1947)
‘Some of These Days’ – Shelton Brooks (1909)
‘Travellin’ Blues’ – Jimmy Rogers & Shelly Lee Alley (1931)
‘You Always Hurt The One You Love’ – (m) Doris Fisher (1944)

Tony Pitt’s All Stars, Friday 21st November 2014

 TONY PITT’S ALL STARS at the FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB on 21st NOVEMBER 2014 was quite mediocre! Am I kidding? OF COURSE I AM! SPECTACULAR, UNBELIEVABLE, OUTSTANDING – LOST FOR WORDS!  Tony had booked another superb treat for us with none-other-than ROY WILLIAMS on trombone, DENNY ILETT on trumpet, AL NICHOLS on soprano and tenor saxes, TREVOR EVANS on double bass, JOHN ELLMER on drums and of course TONY himself, ‘solid as a rock’ on banjo.

Tony Pitt's All Stars at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent, UK on 21st November 2014.(ltoR) Roy Williams (trmb), Denny Islett (trmp), (out of sight Trevor Evans (bass), Al Nichols (rds), John Elmer (drms) & Tony Pitt (bnj) Photo by Mike Witt.

Tony Pitt’s All Stars at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent, UK on 21st November 2014.  With (ltoR) Roy Williams (trmb), Denny Ilett (trmp), (out of sight Trevor Evans (bass),        Al Nichols (rds), John Ellmer (drms) & Tony Pitt (bnj). Photo by Mike Witt.

Tony Pitt's All Stars at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent, UK on 21st November 2014 - with Tony pictured. Photo by Mike Witt.

Tony Pitt’s All Stars at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent, UK on 21st November 2014 – with Tony pictured. Photo by Mike Witt.

How can I explain that I am not exaggerating either? Whatever I write will not give you the full picture, you had to be there.  A great audience, with such smiling faces, enjoying this wonderful array of top notch musicians. What is so lovely, is the fact they were all unassuming and with none trying to hog the limelight.

Roy Williams (trmb) and Trevor Evans (bass) with Tony Pitt's All Stars at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent, UK on 21st November 2014. Photo by Mike Witt.

Roy Williams (trmb) and Trevor Evans (bass). two of  Tony Pitt’s All Stars at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent, UK  on 21st November 2014.    Photo by Mike Witt.

Denny Islett (trmp) with Tony Pitt's All Stars at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent, UK on 21st November 2014. Photo by Mike Witt.

Denny Ilett (trumpet),                      one of Tony Pitt’s All Stars at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent, UK       on 21st November 2014.               Photo by Mike Witt.

Al Nichols (reeds) with Tony Pitt's All Stars at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent, UK on 21st November 2014. Photo by Mike Witt.

Al Nichols (reeds),                              one of Tony Pitt’s All Stars at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent, UK on 21st November 2014.                       Photo by Mike Witt.

 

I think I might upset other bands if I go on anymore, so will just tell you what tunes they played. They began with a Jimmy Rogers number ‘Travellin’ Blues’, great one to start.  The next number, ‘Blues My Naughty Sweetie Gives To Me’, I had written down ‘great solo from Al on soprano sax’, but then continued to write ‘oh wowie, great solo from all of them’.

Our linedancers (Di on far right) at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent, UK, with Tony Pitt's All Stars on 21st November 2014. Photo by Mike Witt.

Our line-dancers (Di on far right) at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent, UK, with Tony Pitt’s All Stars on 21st November 2014. Photo by Mike Witt.

When I Grow Too Old To Dream’ had six of us performing our line-dance. Mike took a photo and I now realise I just have to diet (gulp), but it is Gordon’s fault being ill – not enough dances – thank goodness for Steve. Then what about ‘Basin Street’ – they ‘stormed’ it. The front line were spectacular, being supported brilliantly by the engine ‘boys’ (Al was on tenor). But then they finished the section in the same spirit with ‘South Rampart Street Parade’ – John performed a brilliant drum solo. They changed the mood with Denny singing the next number, ‘You Always Hurt the One You Love’, lovely number. With Tony having introduced the ‘South Rampart St’ number as ‘Bourbon Street Parade’, they decided to play it. Obviously, the audience gave him some stick – ha. I noted Al played soprano sax when they played ‘Indianna (Back Home In)’ and then Denny sang ‘Just a Gigolow’, yet another great jazz voice. Everyone was begging for ‘more’, with no-one leaving the dance floor. So they played on for us, with ‘Everybody Loves My Baby’, which was just wonderful (I think there was an interjection of ‘Mood Indigo’).

John Elmer (drums), one of Tony Pitt's All Stars at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent, UK on 21st November 2014. Photo by Mike Witt.

John Ellmer (drums), one of Tony Pitt’s All Stars at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent, UK on 21st November 2014. Photo by Mike Witt.

It resulted with them playing well over time and I’m sure it was because they were enjoying themselves just as much as we were listening to them. Another fabulous evening and such a ‘high’ to go home on. By the way, you might wonder why I list composers. I just feel without them, we would not be enjoying our Fridays, so we should not forget them (read on google about Shelly Lee Alley www.shellyleealley.com – very interesting man). We might not have met these composers, but fantastic to meet the musicians who play for us ‘live’! Keep supporting us to enjoy this moment in time. Plus we have more for you to enjoy next Friday too, with Mike Barry’s Uptown Gang.

Di and Keith

‘Basin Street Blues’ – Spencer Williams (1926)
‘Blues My Naughty Sweetie Gives to Me’ – Charles McCarron, Casey Morgan & Arthur Swanstrom (1919)
‘Bourbon Street Parade’ – Paul Barbarin (c. 1953)
‘Everybody Loves My Baby’ – (m) Spencer Williams, (l) Jack Palmer (1924)
‘Indiana (Back Home In)’ – (m) James F. Hanley, Ballard Macdonald (1917)
‘Just a Gigolo’ – Irving Caecar (1929) [adapted from ‘Schőner Gigolo, Armer Gigolo – (m) Leonello Casucci, (l) Julius Brammer (1928)
‘Mood Indigo’ – (m) Duke Ellington&Barney Biggard, (l) Irving Mills (1930)
‘South Rampart Street Parade’ – (m) Ray Bauduc & Bobby Haggart (1938), (l) Steve Allen (circa 1950)
‘Travellin’ Blues’ – Jimmy Rogers & Shelly Lee Alley (1931)
‘When I grow too Old to Dream’ – (m) Sigmund Romberg, (l) Oscar Hammerstein II (1934)