Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band, Friday 7th June 2019

I remember PHOENIX DIXIELAND JAZZ BAND played for my 71st birthday back on FRIDAY, 10th January 2014, here at FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB and did me proud.  They had played for us on many occasions before and have done so many times since.  Yes, they are our band for you tonight, 7th JUNE 2019.  PAUL HIGGS, was on trumpet that night, as was ALLAN CLARKE on drums and ROGER CURPHEY on double bass too, They will be back with us tonight, along with CHARLES SHERWOOD on clarinet/ sax, BILL TODD on trombone and vocals, with ALAN BERRY on piano . The leader of the then 7-pce band in 2014, was our long-term clarinettist friend ROBIN COOMBS, who has since retired to Cornwall parts.  Also in the band was trombonist NORMAN BULL, plus DAVE BARNES on piano, with banjo and vocalist LYNN SAUNDERS.  By the way, Norman played with Keith (in their teenage band) ‘The Orion Dixielanders’, Roger played in bands with Keith from 80’s till present day, namely ‘Mac White Quartet’, Spirit of Bechet’ and our present ‘Four-In-A-Bar+1’ and Lyn played in ‘The KGB’ – ‘The Keith Grant Band’ during the 80’s (that was until Keith broke a shoulder, an arm, a wrist and many bones in his hands) – hmmm I nearly gave him concussion. Consequently he gave up drumming till recent years. See you all tonight – Yes we will be there – your hosts Diane and Keith