Monthly Archives: February 2019

Golden Eagle Jazz Band, Friday 15th February 2019

We’re pleased to tell you, it’s the GOLDEN EAGLE JAZZ BAND joining us again at our FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (Kent) on Friday 15th February 2019.    KEVIN SCOTT plays tenor banjo and sings.   He is such a happy soul, leading this band, playing strongly, but with such a warm sense of feeling (oh – and an infectious laugh).  Of course, the rest of the band naturally play in the same way.  TONY KARAVIS plays trumpet, ALAN CRESSWELL plays reeds and ROY STOKES plays trombone (and another singer).  The rest of the engine are CHRIS THOMPSON playing double bass and MALC MURPHEY on drums.  The tunes they play are chosen with careful thought, choosing ones to dance to, or just to listen to.  Kevin does tell jokes to keep the entertainment light (sometimes corny getting an audience happilly jeering , so always fun).  There you go, you must come and check me out – that I am not exaggerating.  So be there for an 8:00pm start, joining your hosts, Keith and Diane   

Tony Karavis plays trumpet with Golden Eagle Jazz Band at Farnborough Jazz Club, 24 November 2017. Photo by Mike Witt.
Band leader and tenor banjo Kevin Scott plays for Golden Eagle Jazz Band at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 8th January 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.
Golden Eagle Jazz Band at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent, UK. ROY STOKES (trmb&vocs). Photo by Mike Witt.
Alan 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.

Sorry about repeat photos, I have some to sort and will return eventually.

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


IT IS RAINING AND WARMER HERE, SO WE ARE GOING AHEAD WITH TONIGHT 1ST FEBRUARY.  I’ll tell you though, we have ummed and ahhed as to if we should cancel or not. 

Yippee, I am ready, fun provided by MARDI GRAS JAZZBAND.
Trombone player and band leader ROB PEARCE will have with him LEIGH HENSON on trumpet, JOHN ELLMER on his many reeds, JOHN STEWART on banjo & guitar, STEVE SMITH on bass and DOMINIC COLES on drums.

I cannot believe it though!  We closed for the whole of January and of course, the weather was fine.  But our first day back and ice & snow!  Well, what else aye!  Anyway, rain is here and temperature is up. Many of you realise that if we ever need to cancel, it is a huge job to reach the many unknown numbers of you who may turn up, especially those not on computers.  During which time, the weather can change and warm up.  But we have to make the decision earlier in the day, to give time to reach you all.  Once we decide to cancel and start calling people, there is no going back.  The main reason for any cancellation is always due to the car park having no movement during the day, so snow or ice doesnt disappear. However, the nursery school is open today, so there has bee plenty of cars in the car park.  So let’s be seeing you all – get there!

Rob Pearce of Mardi Gras JazzBand taken at Diane’s birthday party 12jan2018 by Mike Witt
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.
Smiley John Stewart on Banjo with Mike Barry’s Uptown Gang at Farnborough Jazz Club on 8th April 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

Your hosts Diane and Keith