“Here we are at the FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB again, at the end of the first month of 2016 already! Friday, 29th January 2016 to be precise. Weather holding its own thank goodness (apart from a couple of days of bitterly cold raw ones last week)”. That was how I advertised we were to have BOB DWYER’S BIX & PIECES back. It was good to hear MAX EMMONS was well again and on trumpet & harmonica (even though Andy Woon was super – thanks to him for filling in during previous gigs). BERNIE HOLDEN was on clarinet & alto sax, with JOHN BAYNE on double bass & bass sax, HUGH CROZIER on piano & vocals, DAVE PRICE on banjo & guitar and GRAHAM COLLICOTE was be back again on drums (likewise thanks to John Elmer for his filling in, prior). Of course we had BOB DWYER on trombone. This band is one of our club’s favourite. Bob always does his best to please us and our crowd and here are some of the tunes they chose to perform.
Let’s see, well Bernie played clarinet with ‘Buddy’s Habits’, (I jotted down ‘Dave on banjo and John on double bass’ – must have been great). Next to mention is Max, who sang ‘Shimmy Like My Sister Kate’ and everyone excelling. Then a lovely tango with a great solo from Dave on banjo and the song – ‘Isle of Capri’.
Hugh featured next with some boogie woogie. He is a brilliant pianist, who comes up with different numbers every time and this time, it was a ‘Pine Top’ Smith number, ‘Jump Steady Blues’. He is so talented. Now Keith doesn’t dance as much as he did years ago, but I can usually get him up with this song, ‘Change Partners and Dance With Me’, it is so lovely (just thought, perhaps it’s because he wants to change his partner, ha. No – never!).
Moving on, once again, I just had to ask John to play ‘Elephant Stomp’. We had some new people in the audience and he is absolutely brilliant playing ‘big bertha’ (my name for bass sax) and as usual, he received huge applause, of course.
‘Folsam Prison Blues (I Hear The Train a Comin)’ has to have a mention, with Max on harmonica and singing (plus Graham on drums). Everybody just loves this, he is brilliant and puts so much effort into it – wowie – fantastic. Then to follow on with a ‘gentle one’ and allow everyone to catch their breathe, is a must!
But then, Bob is so thoughtful and always plays (and sings romantically) our dear friend, Lesley Baguley’s number, ‘Nice to Know You Care’. It is a very romantic one to dance to, so plenty of takers on the dance floor. My last number to mention (although not their last) is ‘Puttin’ on the Ritz’ – yes, our line-dance and sung brilliantly by Hugh. I daren’t mention any more. But all this surely will tempt you to come and enjoy yourselves here on a Friday.
Diane and Keith (your hosts)