George ‘Kid’ Tidiman’s All Stars, 7th September 2018

Computer malfunction S – so will just type names of musician’s in tonight’s band, in case it shuts down on me again!

Peter Leonard – trumpet

Tim Huskisson – clarinet

George ‘Kid’ Tidiman – trombone

John Siret – double bass

‘Southend Bob’ Albutt – banjo & vocals

Bill Finch – drums

Will fill you in when I get a breather (who was in last week’s band too)



New Orleans Jazz Bandits, 24th August 2018

THE NEW ORLEANS JAZZ BANDITS will be making their first appearance here on Friday, 24th AUGUST 2018, although most of the band members have appeared here many times before. Some are even old hands – going back to our Badger’s Mount Hotel Jazz Club days – as does Malc, who played with Phil Mason (featured in our club poster).  So, now to fill you in with the band member’s.  Well, to start with, we have ALLEN BEECHEY on trumpet, RON RUMBOL on clarinet &alto sax and JOHN FINCH on trombone, with the engine boys being MALC MURPHEY on drums, PETER BROOKS on double bass and PAUL SEELEY on banjo.  They are sure to give you a super evening’s entertainment, so dont miss out.  They fare from all over the countryEssex, Bracknell, Surrey, Berkshire, Cheshire and Chelsea … yes, one of those bands that are mad … nice though, that they wish to come to our Farnborough Jazz Club here in Kent. 

Dont forget, THIS August Bank Holiday weekend, brings you our ‘4-In-A-Bar+1’ Sunday gig at Ye Old Whyte Lyon Pub (in Locks Bottom, BR6 7BA) to you.  It is a special one, with our playing time being 2-4pm (Not our usual 3-6pm).  Note:  last order  for lunch is at 2pm.  Then, a 4,or4.30pm bar-b-que and then the popular rock band ‘Kristian Baker Band’ will be playing in the lovely pub garden for you at 4.30pm – till late.

Diane and Keith, your hosts

Mike Barry’s Uptown Gang, Friday 17th August 2018

So Sorry, Life is so hectic – photos to follow (hopefully perhaps this afternoon!!!!!!)

MIKE BARRY’S UPTOWN GANG will be playing for you tonight, Friday, 17th August 2018, here at our FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (Kent).  Last time Mike’s ‘Uptown’ band was here, he had fallen, and his injuries had meant he was unable to play, but he is back tonight.  Band leader, MIKE will be joined by GOFF DUBBER on reeds, ‘WHISPERING’ MIKE HOLT on trombone & vocals, JOHN SMITH on banjo & guitar, ROGER CURPHY on double bass and GRAHAM COLLICOTT on drums.  Also, their last appearance (in March 2018), I was apologising to you all about cancelling the previous week, having only had to do so twice in nearly 30years (and always due to extreme bad weather – being snowed out of the club!).  So quite weird that we have had the hottest (probably the longest) summer ever recorded too aye!  It was nice to see a decent crowd here last week, so please see if you can come again tonight.  By the way, we are offering free entry for 25year-olds and under for a limited period (please bring proof of age, so you don’t make it difficult for me, thanks ).  I promise you wont have to kiss me!

Your hosts, Diane and Keith

Farnborough Jazz Club, Friday, 10th August 2018

Hey it’s the Mardi Gras JazzBand with band leader Rob Pearce (trombone), Leigh Henson (trumpe/vocalst), John Ellmer (reeds&things), Marc Easener (bass /sousaphone), John Stewart (banjo/guitar) and Paul Baker (drums). at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 13th May 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

Rob Pearce seen here with his own band – Mardi Gras at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on Friday 24th June 2016. Photo by Peter Marr.

Another Friday is fast approaching (FRIDAY, 10th AUGUST 2018) and you are wanting to know who we have booked for you at FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB, yes?  Great news, it’s the marvellous ‘MARDI GRAS JAZZBAND’.  Keith and I love them, because they are always full of fun (well they’re not called the Mardi Gras for nothing).  They play a mixture of jazz for all preferences.  I said last time, band leader (trombonist) ROB PEARCE, is a frequent visitor of New Orleans, really ‘living’ his jazz.  Rob again, is joined by LEIGH HENSON (trumpet), plus JOHN ELLMER (reeds by the dozen), JOHN STEWART (banjo & guitar), STEVE SMITH (bass) and PAUL BAKER (drums).  Come on over to Farnborough Village.  We are in the Sports Club and will be enjoying ourselves with a pint, or two (etc) of Shepherd Neame’s brew.  We have a great atmosphere here, have a free carpark.  So, don’t be shy, come and listen and for still only £10, see how we keep young here.

UNDER 25YR OLDS –  IN FOR FREE  limited period!

Diane and Keith


Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band, Friday 3rd August 2018

(Photos to follow) 

The PHOENIX DIXIELAND JAZZ BAND is to be our band for you tonight (Friday, 3rd August 2018) here at FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (Kent).  Robin Coombs was their original band leader, but he had a life-threatening illness a few years ago, which although has recovered from, actually made him decide to retire.  Robin has been a close friend of Keith’s since their teenage years.  Drummer, Alan Clarke carried on running the band without Robin, in the hope he would return, but when Robin decided to stop, they continued on.  So that is with musicians PAUL HIGGS (iridescent trumpet), CHARLES SHERWOOD (clarinet), BILL TODD (trombone/voc), ALAN CLARKE (drums), ROGER CURPHEY (double bass) and pianist ALAN BERRY, Alan was for many years with that jazz programme ‘The Jazz Club’ on BBC Radio, (now Radio 2).  They make a super line-up and have enjoyed continued success ever since.  It’s another lovely warm sunny day today, which I think will bring us a gorgeous evening, once again.  So lets see you all again for another week of jazz ….

Your hosts – Diane and Keith.

Sussex Jazz Kings, Friday 27th JULY 2018

Photos to follow!!!!!!!

I seem to be letting this lovely hot weather get to me, I have just remembered I haven’t let you know who is in the band tonight (27th July 2018)! Band leader and trumpet player DAVE STRADWICK is back on form after his severe illness last year, not forgetting his accident last Christmas. What a trouper aye, both he and Lesley are a hard act to beat – so much spunk aye. The band members have stuck by Dave & Lesley and kept things strong too. DAVE will be back on trumpet and of course with him will be BERNARD STUTT on clarinet, IAIN McAUALAY on trombone, PETE LAY on drums, PETER CLANCY on bass and although we all know banjoist PAUL SEALEY (10yrs with Chris Barber’s band), I think it is the first time we have seen him play with Dave’s band here at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent).  We have managed to keep the club house cool, keeping the doors and windows open, so ‘wake yourselves up from your armchairs’, come join us and have some fun with ‘SUSSEX JAZZ KINGS’ …… and your hosts
Diane & Keith (the Granties)

Goff Dubber’s Dixieland Express, Friday 20th July 2018


Goff Dubber plays clarinet with Mike Barry’s Uptown Gang at Farnborough Jazz Club on 8th April 2016. (Goff to centre, Mike Barry & Graham Collicotte to left, John Stewart to right.)            Photo by Mike Witt

Barry Palser’s Super Six play at Farnborough JC, Kent 11sep2015. Pete Rudeforth on trumpet, seen here with John Tyson on drums.     Photo by Mike Witt.









GOFF DUBBER’s DIXIELAND EXPRESS – yes, you read correctly.  Band leader and reed player,  GOFF is bringing his lovely musical express train speeding  to our doors to entertain us right royally here at our FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (Kent) tonight – Friday, 20th July 2018He will have with him, Chris Barber’s trumpeter, PETE RUDEFORTH, with MIKE HOGH on trombone, plus TIM HUSKISSON on piano., not forgetting PETER MORGAN on double bass and MARTIN GUY on drums.  Oh, what a lovely world, to still be able to entertain you with fabulous music.  We shall have the doors and windows wide open, to combat this hot weather (we have also managed to enjoy some dancing too in previous weeks).  So come and relax, enjoy supping at our Shepherd Neame bar and return home fully aware how wonderful these musicians are.

Join us, your hosts, Diane and Keith (the Grantie

Martin Guy on drums with ‘Jonny Boston’s Hot Jazz’ on tour at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent, UK                        4th March 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

Alan Morgan plays double bass as one of Barry Palser’s Super Six at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 12th February 2016. (also John Tyson on drums) Photo by Mike Witt.


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.


Mahogany Hall Stompers, 13th July 2018

Brian Gyles, trumpeter and band leader of Mahogany Hall Stompes with Chris Marchant on drums at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 5th February 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.


Mahogany Hall Stompers at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 20th May 2015. (LtoR) Colin Graham (trombone), Chris Marchant (drums), Brian Gyles (band leader & trumpeter), ‘Southend Bob’ Albutt (banjo), tony Teale (clarinet) and not in picture – Roger Curphey (double bass) and Tim Huskisson (piano). Photo by Mike Witt.

MAHOGANY HALL STOMPERS will be back with us this Friday 13th July 2018 at FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (Kent).  Band leader, BRIAN GILES, who plays cornet, has om his band the wonderful TIM HUSKISSON (playing reeds), COLIN GRAHAM (playing trombone),with ‘SOUTHEND BOB’ ALBUTT (playing banjo and singing), CHRIS MARCHANT (playing drums) and ROGER CURPHEY (playing double bass.  These guys will give you some lively, beautiful jazz (from 8:00 till 11pm). Our large car park is free, so don’t stay at home, will you.

After our very disappointing England team’s football demise against Croatia in the FIFA World Cup, many of you will want to put a few pints down you (from our club price Shepherd Neame’s bar, aye.   Music is definitely one way of forgetting your disappointments and so why not come tonight.  It will put you back in a happy mood to get ready to cheer England for a possible chance of the bronze medal against Belgium at 3:00pm on Saturday. 

By the way, congratulations to a wonderful RAF’s 100th anniversary fly-past.  What a magnificent display of precision – well done everyone, we just loved it and made us feel so proud.

‘live music’, as always, hosted by Keith & Diane

George ‘Kid’ Tidiman’s All Stars, 6th July 2018


How about this photo of our beaming ‘Kid’, George Tidiman on trombone, seen here with Ken Simms on trumpet. Taken at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 22nd July 2016 . (I had made a funny face at him behind Mike as he took the photo). Photo by Mike Witt.

 The ‘GEORGE ‘KID’ TIDIMAN’S ALL STARS’ are back here tonight, 6th July 2018 at FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (Kent) to give you all just what you want!  Super Stars, Magical Music, Tuneful Tunes, Fabulous Fun, Exciting Evening-out and what’s more you may even win a prize in our Routine Raffle! 




George ‘Kid’ Tidiman’s All Stars at Farnborough Jazz Club on 1st April 2016. (LtoR) Tim Huskisson on clarinet, with Denny Ilett (trumpet) and George ‘Kid’ Tidiman (trombone). Photo by Mike Witt.


Denny Islett plays trumpet with George ‘Kid’ Tidiman’s All Stars at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent). 7July2017. Photo by Mike Witt.

Who are these super stars?  Well non-other than our ‘Kid’, GEORGE TIDIMAN, (trombone), DENNY ILETT (you’d be hard-put to find a better trumpeter) and how about clarinettist TIM HUSKISSON, such a talent, (I said last time, he plays piano with our Sunday quartet and I just love him).  Then we come to the boiler-room boys, ‘SOUTHEND BOB’ ALLBUT on banjo (with his brilliant baritone voice), JOHN SIRETT on double bass and BILL FINCH on drums.  Such stars, you just mustn’t miss them.  What a coincidence tonight is – because last time they were here, I said how we were in for another bitterly cold spell with the ‘Beast from the East’ due to hits us the very next day.  Then I said how the time before they were here, it had been boiling hot, with the temperature at 28o.  Now what do we have – boiling hot temperatures of 30o.  Oh well, perhaps not too much dancing aye.  But we can still enjoy it – don’t worry boys in the band, I’ll bring the big fan and audience, I’ll have some hand-held ones too.

Your hosts,

The Granties (Diane and Keith

P.S. So sorry, seem to have lost the colouring – will come back at later date to rectify!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Bill Finch on drums and ‘Southend Bill’ Allbut on banjo with George ‘Kid’ Tidiman’s All Stars at Farnborough Jazz Club on 18th September 2015. Photo by Mike Witt.

John Sirett plays double bass with George ‘Kid’ Tidiman’s All Stars at Farnborough Jazz Club on 18th September 2015. Photo by Mike Witt.


Barry Palser’s Super Six, Friday, 29th June 2018


Barry Palser with his Super Six, is seen here on 12th February 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.


Barry Palser’s Super Six played at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent in Sep2015. Pete Rudeforth was on trumpet then, seen here with John Tyson on drums.       Photo by Mike Witt.

BARRY PALSER’S SUPER SIX are to be our entertainment this week, Friday, 29th June 2018.  We, at Farnborough Jazz Club, have enjoyed their jazz for so many years now, so we know we will have a great turn-out.  With England playing in the World Cup tonight (Thursday), we are sure even the most avid football supporters can take an evening off tomorrow (recording any matches) and come enjoy our jazz.  The Super Six are trombonist & vocalist BARRY, with PETE RUDEFORTH on trumpet, DICK DOUTHWAITE on clarinet, plus the brilliant engine playing of TONY PITT on banjo &guitar, ROGER CURPHEY on double bass and JOHN TYSON on drums.  Oh wowie – you better get your butts down here for some Farnborough fun.

Your hosts

The Granties (Di & Keith)