The fabulous TONY PITT’S ALL STARS are here tonight, FRIDAY, 26th July 2019, at FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (Kent). I’ve always said TONY (banjoist/guitarist) brings nothing but the best with him and again, it hasn’t changed. ALAN GRESTY is on trumpet &vocals, AL NICHOLLS is on soprano &tenor sax, ALISTAIR ALLAN is on trombone, plus ANDY LAURENCE on double bass and yes, my KEITHIE is playing drums, but don’t let that put you off, he’s promised to try harder and catch his stick – good boy! Thank goodness the weather has cooled down – TONY was playing at Lords in that heat yesterday, so I won’t be wearing a hat tonight (taken it off to him). I had intended having this newsletter done yesterday, but sooooo hot, I was so shaky and couldn’t think straight, so how he and whoever played yesterday managed, well done. One more thing, I think it is a long time since ALISTAIR was here, let’s light up the room with our welcome applause and make him feel at home and if we are lucky, he might do his party piece for us. Join us tonight, your hosts, Diane and Keith. P.S. Sorry no photos, I haven’t time, but if some are done tonight, I will add them in the week.
We’re going to the MARDI GRAS, why not come too. It’s this Friday, 19th July 2019 at our FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (Kent). That is when the MARDI GRAS JAZZBAND will be with us, bringing the New Orleans sparkle of magic with them… they go regularly. I promise, you will hanker to go there yourselves, but if you cant, just grab some of that magic from here.
The musicians are trombonist band leader, ROB PEARCE and with him will be LEIGH HENSON on trumpet & flugelhorn, plus JOHN ELLMER, who usually brings all manor of reed instruments with him to play. ROGER LEWIN is back for his second visit to us, playing piano (although he had played here some years ago). Then there will be STEVE SMITH on double bass and of course, PAUL BAKER on drums, smiling away at the back.
I shall be wearing my beads they gave to me, during their last visit here. Yep, looking forward to a bit of fun and dance the night away. Come on … join us – your hosts, Diane and Keith. P.S A rush job in the end, Sorry, I found I had repeated photos, plus unable to find a picture of Steve (sorry Steve). Hopefully my time will be more peaceful soon to allow me to sort out and publish the lovely photos sent to me from both Alan Walker and Mike Witt.
FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (Kent) welcomes back the MAHOGANY HALL STOMPERS tomorrow night, Friday 12th July 2019. Band leader and cornet player, BRIAN GILES, will be joined by TIM HUSKISSON playing clarinet & alto sax, with COLIN GRAHAM playing trombone. The engine boys will be ‘SOUTHEND BOB’ ALBUTT playing banjo & singing, JOHN SIRET playing double bass and BARRY CRICKMORE playing drums. I can’t remember how many years we have had Brian with us (way before I had this website). He is a lovely man and musicians love playing with him, so come along and join us and hear some happy jazz. We are still enjoying this beautiful weather – can I suggest you come out and savour a lovely warm summer evening with us – perhaps buy yourself a shandy or something – yes, of course we still have our bar! See you tomorrow night at 8.00pm (till 11.00pm). Hosted by Diane and Keith PS I had to add this photo of Southend Bob – from 2010, he hasn’t changed much, has he! Actually none of them have from 2015 either.
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