Monthly Archives: November 2017

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 (

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).


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

Golden Eagle Jazz Band, 24th November 2017

Alan Cresswell plays clarinet,, accompanied by Kevin Scott playing with Golden Eagle Jazz Band at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 17th June 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

The FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (here in Kent) has booked the GOLDEN EAGLE JAZZ BAND to play Friday, 24th November 2017.   KEVIN SCOTT, who plays tenor banjo, has booked TONY KARAVIS on trumpet.  I think it is the first time Tony has played for us, so let’s give him our warm ‘Farnborough welcome’ please everyone.  Kevin has also booked ALAN CRESSWELL on reeds, ROY STOKES on trombone & vocals, JOHN SIRETT on double bass and MALC MURPHEY on drums & vocals.   This is another band who will make every effort to please you with their talent at playing New Orleans traditional jazz (Kevin gives out plenty of fun jokes too!).  We love to dance here, have a nice Shepherd Neame bar, with a lovely friendly audience you can join, plus plenty of free parking.  £10 entrance.  How’s that for a great Friday night not to be missed.

Your hosts,

The Granties (Diane and Keith)

Barry Palser’s Super Six, Friday 17th November 2017

John Tyson playing drums, as one of ‘Barry Palser’s Super Six’, here at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 15th July 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

BARRY PALSER’S SUPER SIX is a favourite band with everyone at FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB, Kent, so it will be good to see them again.  Trombonist BARRY will be joined by ALAN GRESTY (trumpet &vocals), JOHN CROCKER (clarinet & tenor), plus that wonderful engine, TONY PITT (banjo &guitar), ANDY LAWRENCE (double bass) and JOHN TYSON (drums) – certainly a powerfully talented load of musicians.  They are back this Friday, 17th November 2017, full of some wonderful music for you to dance and listen to with excitement, so please join us ….

Your hosts

The Granties (Di and Keith)


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).

Pedigree Jazz Band, Friday 3rd November 2017

The Pedigree Jazz Band shout ‘cheers’ from The Marston’s Brewery, Burton-upon-Trent DE14 2BG (their sponsors).

It’s the PEDIGREE JAZZ BAND (sponsored by THE MARSTON’S BREWERY) who are on tour here again in The South this Friday, 3rd November 2017 at 8:00pm.  They are appearing at our Farnborough Jazz Club with their special ‘A Salute to Trad Jazz’, which they have been performing for us since 2014.  You always enjoyed them, so we have them back.  Band leader CHRIS WALKER (clarinet) will perform with TONY MANN (trombone), ANDY CHISLETT (trumpet), with JOHN NODDINGS (banjo & guitar), KEN AMES (double bass) and of course COLIN LARN (drums).  Chris will be giving another bit of the history of ‘trad’ jazz and telling about the tunes composers and lyricists and the year they were written.  They come all the way from Burton-on-Trent, East Staffordshire, about 180 miles (3½hrs) from The North, although they are coming via Silvie’s Place, Warlingham (Wednesday 1st), then from Hastings 1066 the night before us.  Please give them a good ol’ Farnborough welcome and send them onto Kingsbridge Jazz Club in Devon, for their next gig (Tuesday 7th), with our cheers ringing in their ears.

Keep Jazz ‘Live’ by supporting it everywhere (especially us please).

Your hosts, The Granties