Mardi Gras Jazzband, Friday, 20 December 2019

(this is an old Christmas cartoon painting by Keith  to Diane)

MARDI GRAS JAZZBAND is to be our FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (Kent)’s last jazz band of 2019 AND this Friday, 20th DECEMBER is not only our last gig of the year, but OUR CHRISTMAS PARTY TOO.   We always have a wonderful turnout every year (whoever we have playing) and so you all help us make our parties swing full of fun and excitement.  This year’s band will be bringing tons of their fun and excitement too.  It is MARDI GRAS JAZZBAND’s first time of playing our Christmas gig because ROB PEARCE (with his lovely wife, Lisa Jane) plus some of the other guys in the band, often spend Christmas in New Orleans.  Most of you know, trombonist Rob leads this band and the fun they have in New Orleans means ‘party time’ – hence their great band name.  Rob is bringing with him, PETE RUDEFORTH to play trumpet, with JOHN ELLMER on his many different reed instruments,  The brilliant engine will be PAUL BAKER on drums, plus STEVE SMITH on double bass and JOHN STEWART on banjo &guitar.  We have already received many bookings, so if you want to be included, then book your seat as soon as possible please, so not to be disappointed in missing out – you don’t have to be a member.  It does help me to organise the tables, if you phone beforehand (Tel: 07704190009, or email: You can bring your own food and candelabras, though not your own drink pretty please, we must help the Sports Club make it worth their while keeping their club-priced bar open for us.  Oh! and yes, we always include many more raffle prizes at our Christmas parties.   So start your Christmas frivolities with our party …. plenty of dancing and off-road free parkingOne last thing, we will be closed throughout January, so our next club date will be 7th February – with Golden Eagle Jazz Band starting our new year 2020 off.  Best wishes for Merry Christmas, a Happy Healthy New Year and thanks for supporting us during 2019 – from Diane and Keith – your hosts.

Keith and my next two performances of ‘4-In-A-Bar+1’ at Ye Olde Whyte Lyon, Locks Bottom will be SUNDAY 29th DECEMBER 2019 and SUNDAY 26th JANUARY 2020


Mardi Gras Jazzband .show off their crazy socks at the request of Dane at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent.  1st March 2019. L2R Pete Clancy, John Ellmer, Leigh Henson, Rob Pearce, Paul Baker and John Stewart. Photo by Mike Witt.

Mardi Gras Jazzband at Farnborough Jazz Club March 2019 – that’s Rob Pearce under that hat – with John Stewart on banjo


Pete Rudeforth on trumpet, seen here with John Tyson on drums playing with Barry Palser’s Super Six at Farnborough JC 11Sep2015 . Photo by Mike Witt.

Rob Pearce, trombonist and leader of Mardi Gras JazzBand at Farnborough Jazz Club, 1st March 2019. Photo by Mike Witt.

John Ellmer plays sax with Mardi Gras JazzBand at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) 1Mar 2019.

John Stewart on banjo with Mike Barry’s Uptown Gang at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent, on 28th November 2014.  Photo by Mike Witt.






Paul Baker (drums) with Mardi Grass JazzBand at Farnborough Jazz Club 1Mar2019, Photo by Mike Witt.

Steve Smith (double bass) with Mardi Gras Jazzband Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent)