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Granties Dixie Six, Friday 16th August 2019

GRANTIES DIXIE SIX are ready to entertain you again tonight, Friday 16th August 2019 at FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (Kent).  That’s right, Keith himself on drums, is back celebrating a birthday (well that was last Monday, but he’s still celebrating – so his usual smile will be in situ tonight.  He’ll be enjoying himself, helping to swing this lovely Dixieland jazz band along (and oh yes, I didn’t need to eat my hat – as I had promised to do last time if it hadn’t been enjoyed by everyone, because it was).  Tonight, Keith has fabulous PETER LEONARD playing trumpet and singing, with tenor sax player, wonderful JOHN LEE, plus the tererific trombonist, BOB DWYER (of ‘Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces fame), also singing.  Also swinging away of piano is TIM HUSKISSON,, Plus, enjoyable ROGER CURPHEY is back on double bass, keeping Keith company .  I shall also sing a couple of songs. All this kicks off at 8:00pm – see you later – your hosts, Diane and Keith. …. sorry pics not sitting right – will sort soon!!!!!!!!!!!

‘Hershey and the Hotshots’ playing for the first time at Farnborough Jazz Club on 4th December 2015. (LtoR) Paul Taylor (trombone), (Keith Grant has sit-in on drums), Roger Curphey (double bass), Peter Leonard (trumpet & vocs), Tim Huskisson (clarinet&alto sax) and (out of view) Andrew Clancy (piano) and drummer Graham Caulicott Photo by Peter Marr.
Bob with his own band Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces, Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent. 10 July 2015. Photo Mike Witt

John Lee (tenor sax) &Peter Skivington (bass ukulele) with Laurie Chescoe’s Reunion Jazz Band at Farnborough Jazz Club on 3rd July 2015. Photo Mike Witt.
Mardi Gras Band with pianist Tim Huskisson at Farnborough Jazz Club on 7th November 2014. Photo by Howard Leigh.
Roger Curphey (Bah Tat) on double bass here with his pint and with Mahogany Hall Stompers at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 5th February 2016. Photo Mike Witt.
Diane Grant sings with ‘Granties Dixie Six’ at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent 8feb2019. Photo by Mike Witt
Keith Grant has sit-in on drums with Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent 17th October 2014. Photo by Mike Witt

Granties Dixie Six, Friday 5th July 2019

Don’t miss the great jazz of GRANTIES DIXIE SIX in our own FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (Kent).  We are here tonight, Friday 5th JULY 2019.  Get a load of some brilliant swinging Dixieland jazz – enough to get your heart beating, feet tapping and plenty of hands clapping too (or I’ll eat my hats).  Let me tell you who Keith has playing with him this week.  We have MALCOLM WALTON playing effortlessly beautiful trumpet and by the way, Malcolm also has a super jazz voice. Also playing is our fabulous tenor sax player, JOHN LEE.  Then there is terrific trombonist, BOB DWYER (of ‘Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces fame).  You all know Bob has a deliciously romantic jazz voice too.  TIM HUSKISSON is playing superb piano (needing no introduction AT ALL, I love him – well not in the same way that I love Keith ha ha).  Plus, the great swinging bass player, ROGER CURPHEY.  Sorry, I might sing a song, or two and of course, my/your KEITH GRANT will be swinging away in the background on drums too (maybe this time, you will witness him catch that stick (he has managed to on occasions, I promise you).  So, don’t be late (8:00pm start), see you later – your hosts, Diane and Keith.  P.S. I’m sorry I didn’t get time to do a newsletter for GOLDEN EAGLE JAZZ BAND last week – I’ll do one over this weekend to say who played for you.  I hear you supported them well (as you always do) thanks… Diane xx

Malcolm Walton with Bob Dwyer's Bix & Pieces at Tunbridge Wells Jazz Club Feb 2018 (photo Pete Curtis)
Malcolm Walton with Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces at Tunbridge Wells Jazz Club Feb 2018 (photo Pete Curtis)
Bob and his band – Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces, Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent. Taken 10 July 2015. Photo by Mike Witt
John Lee takes a solo (engine boys – Tim Huskisson on piano, Alan Morgan on d.bass & Keith Grant on drums. ‘Granties Dixie Six’, Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent 8Feb2019. 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.
Tim Huskisson plays piano with ‘Jonny Boston’s Hot Jazz’ band on tour at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent, UK 4th March 2016. Photo Mike Witt.
Keith Grant has sit-in on drums with Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent 17th October 2014. Photo by Mike Witt
Diane Grant sings with ‘Granties Dixie Six’ at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent 8feb2019. Photo by Mike Witt

Granties Dixie Six, Friday 31st May 2019

GRANTIES DIXIE SIX are here tonight, Friday 31st May 2019. Yep, back here by popular demand in our own FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (Kent).  The band made its debut entrance a couple of months ago in February and was a wonderful success with most of our audience – it was full on brilliant swinging Dixieland jazz.  So, let me fill you in as to who we have in the band again tonight.  Firstly, we are thrilled to have PETER LEONARD playing trumpet and singing.  He has played here on many occasions with various bands and I can tell you, he is super.  Joining him, we have the brilliant magical tenor sax playing of JOHN LEE.  Plus, another wonderful vocalist, BOB DWYER on trombone (he has his own band, regularly here – ‘Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces).  TIM HUSKISSON is playing piano (well, he needs no introduction).  Roger Curphey is getting back to his old self, but I said rest for one more time – for the moment he has a motorway journey to get here.  So, we have KEITH DONALD on double bass – he is a ‘great’ swingin’ bass player too.  I’ll be singing two songs and of course, we have my own KEITH GRANT on drums (you never know, you might actually witness Keith catching a stick tonight!).  See you later jazzers – your hosts, Diane and Keith. 

‘Hershey and the Hotshots’ playing for the first time at Farnborough Jazz Club on 4th December 2015. (LtoR) Paul Taylor (trombone), (Keith Grant has sit-in on drums), Roger Curphey (double bass), Peter Leonard (trumpet&vocs), Tim Huskisson (clarinet&alto sax) and (out of view) Andrew Clancy (piano) and drummer Graham Caulicott dances with Jill. Photo by Peter Marr.
John Lee takes a solo (engine boys – Tim Huskisson on piano, Alan Morgan on d.bass & Keith Grant on drums. ‘Granties Dixie Six’, Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent 8Feb2019. Photo by Mike Witt
Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces at Farnborogh Jazz Club on 29Jan2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

Sorry Keith (D) – will upload phot later if time, or tomorrow – need to locate one. Di

Granties Dixie Six, 22nd February 2019

This week, it’s GRANTIES DIXIE SIX, playing here again at FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (Kent), Friday 22nd February 2019.  The band made its debut entrance two weeks ago, 8th February 2019 and it was such a success with most of our audience – it was full on brilliant jazz.  We’d put different top guys together to play, making a wonderful relaxed band – relaxed because, although they hadn’t played together before, being all top pros, they were not worried.  It is lovely to witness something new.  These guys play all over the place in different bands (all having played here too).  On Friday, it will be the same line-up.  PETE RUDEFORTH is on trumpet again, so get down here for Friday, because he is such a busy guy, we can only enjoy him occasionally.  Then, although the rest of them are busy ‘big’ bees too, we have got them a little more often.  So, for now, it’s the same line-up, with JOHN LEE on reeds, BOB DWYER on trombone & vocals, plus TIM HUSKISSON on piano, ROGER CURPHEY on double bass and of course, KEITH GRANT on drums.  I did sing a couple of songs and managed to get through my nervous shakes, ha – and yes will do so again, but you can always pop out at that moment!  Again, if you haven’t been before, now’s the time to come.  Keep the year going with some brilliant jazz.  As I always say, we have a lovely friendly atmosphere with dancing, plus fun banter between audience and bands.  The bar is a Shepherd Neame one (club prices) and we have plenty of free off-road carparking space.  All this for just a £10 entrance. Come on, what are you waiting for.  See you tonight (from 8:00pm till 11:00pm).  (yes, I know, I’ve cut-n-pasted this last bit – shame on me!).  Also – sorry have worked on photos for hours – new system and is driving me crazy, so will try to sort out another day!  Your hosts, Diane and Keith

8Feb2019
Granties Dixie Six at Farnborough JC 8feb2019
‘Granties Dixie Six’ at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent 8feb2019
‘Granties Dixie Six’ at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent 8feb2019
‘Granties Dixie Six’ at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent 8feb2019
‘Granties Dixie Six’ at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent 8feb2019.

Granties Dixie Six, 8th February 2018

GRANTIES DIXIE SIX will be making their debut entrance tonight 8th February 2019 here at FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (Kent).  Hey last week was horrendous, weather-wise, but a brilliant evening as Rob made it a real party night.  This week, it’s Keith’s own band, with PETE RUDEFORTH on trumpet, JOHN LEE on reeds, BOB DWYER on trombone & vocals. Plus TIM HUSKISSON on piano, ROGER CURPHEY on double bass and KEITH GRANT on drums.  A great line-up aye!  If I can muster some courage, I might even sing a song or two.  Now if you haven’t been before, now’s the time to come.  Start the year of with some brilliant jazz.  The entertainment value is surely worth a visit.  We love to dance here – we certainly love fun.  The bar is a Shepherd Neame (club prices) one and we have plenty of free carparking space.  All this for just a £10 entrance. Come on, what are you waiting for.  See you tonight (from 8:00pm till 11:00pm).

Your hosts, Diane and Keith 

Giants play at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent 11sep2015. John Crocker (clarinet), Pete Rudeforth (trumpet), John Tyson (drums) on 11th September 2015.
Photo by Mike Witt.
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.

Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces at Farnborogh Jazz Club on 29Jan2016.
Here’s Tim Huskisson on piano and Murray Salmon on double bass, with Jacki Free’s Chicagoans at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on Friday, 5th August 2016.
Photo by Mike Witt.
Roger Curphey plays double bass with Mike Barry’s Uptown Gang at Farnborough Jazz Club on 8th April 2016. (just showing John Stewart on banjo. Photo by Mike Witt.
Keith Grant has sit-in on drums with Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent 17th October 2014.
Photo by Mike Witt