Monthly Archives: August 2018

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.

UNDER 25YR OLDS –  IN FOR FREE  limited period!

Diane and Keith


Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band, Friday 3rd August 2018

(Photos to follow) 

The PHOENIX DIXIELAND JAZZ BAND is to be our band for you tonight (Friday, 3rd August 2018) here at FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (Kent).  Robin Coombs was their original band leader, but he had a life-threatening illness a few years ago, which although has recovered from, actually made him decide to retire.  Robin has been a close friend of Keith’s since their teenage years.  Drummer, Alan Clarke carried on running the band without Robin, in the hope he would return, but when Robin decided to stop, they continued on.  So that is with musicians PAUL HIGGS (iridescent trumpet), CHARLES SHERWOOD (clarinet), BILL TODD (trombone/voc), ALAN CLARKE (drums), ROGER CURPHEY (double bass) and pianist ALAN BERRY, Alan was for many years with that jazz programme ‘The Jazz Club’ on BBC Radio, (now Radio 2).  They make a super line-up and have enjoyed continued success ever since.  It’s another lovely warm sunny day today, which I think will bring us a gorgeous evening, once again.  So lets see you all again for another week of jazz ….

Your hosts – Diane and Keith.