‘Barry Palser’s Super Six’, Friday 8th March 2019

‘BARRY PALSER’S SUPER SIX’ are back for your entertainment next Friday, being 8th March 2019, at FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (Kent).  They all managed to survive playing their hearts out for you all at our Christmas Party, so I know they are sure to hear your applause again.  Barry has almost the same guys too, namely PETE RUDEFORTH (trumpet), TIM HUSKISSON (clarinet&sax), BARRY (trombone), with ANDY LAWRENCE (double bass), JOHN TYSON (drums) and TONY PITT (banjo&guitar).  I will treat it as MY CHRISTMAS PARTY – ha (I’m bringing a little Christmas tree for my table and will be insisting on them playing ‘shingle bells’ for me too, hmm).  See you all on Friday for what’s sure to be another cracking evening of great jazz.  Please join us, your hosts, Diane and Keith (working on photos – so please take a peak later on Friday)

Mardi Gras Jazzband, 1st March 2019

We have the MARDI GRAS JAZZBAND here for you tonight, Friday 1st March 2019 at FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (Kent).  The last time Mardi Gras JC were here, it was our first night of the year.  It spelt disaster as we had the first heavy snow and we were unsure if we should cancel.  But what a brilliant evening for those of you who braved the elements and turned up to listen, enjoyed a dance and had a pint or three.  Rob had been in London all day, attending a big British Lion’s rugby do, so he arrived at our club with huge intentions to give us a huge party and that he did.  He played brilliantly and his lovely band joined him in the same spirit.  So now I can tell you to turn up tonight, because they just must match that evening, hmmm.  The musicians with trombone player and band leader, ROB PEARCE, will be LEIGH HENSON on trumpet & flugelhorn, plus of course JOHN ELLMER on his many reeds. In the engine will be JOHN STEWART on banjo & guitar, PETE CLANCY on bass and PAUL BAKER on drums.  Say, if you are Welsh, what better reason but to come out for the evening – It is St. David’s Day.  Join your hosts, Diane and Keith

Hey it’s the Mardi Gras JazzBand with band leader Rob Pearce (trombone), Leigh Henson (trumpet/vocals), John Ellmer (reeds&things), Marc Easener (bass /sousaphone), John Stewart (banjo/guitar) and Paul Baker (drums). when they played here at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 13th May 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.
John Stewart on guitar and Paul Baker on drums with Mardi Gras Jazzband at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) seen here on 13th May 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.
Pete Clancy seen here playing double bass with Sussex Jazz Kings at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 29th April 2016.
Photo by Mike Witt.

Granties Dixie Six, 22nd February 2019

This week, it’s GRANTIES DIXIE SIX, playing here again at FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (Kent), Friday 22nd February 2019.  The band made its debut entrance two weeks ago, 8th February 2019 and it was such a success with most of our audience – it was full on brilliant jazz.  We’d put different top guys together to play, making a wonderful relaxed band – relaxed because, although they hadn’t played together before, being all top pros, they were not worried.  It is lovely to witness something new.  These guys play all over the place in different bands (all having played here too).  On Friday, it will be the same line-up.  PETE RUDEFORTH is on trumpet again, so get down here for Friday, because he is such a busy guy, we can only enjoy him occasionally.  Then, although the rest of them are busy ‘big’ bees too, we have got them a little more often.  So, for now, it’s the same line-up, with JOHN LEE on reeds, BOB DWYER on trombone & vocals, plus TIM HUSKISSON on piano, ROGER CURPHEY on double bass and of course, KEITH GRANT on drums.  I did sing a couple of songs and managed to get through my nervous shakes, ha – and yes will do so again, but you can always pop out at that moment!  Again, if you haven’t been before, now’s the time to come.  Keep the year going with some brilliant jazz.  As I always say, we have a lovely friendly atmosphere with dancing, plus fun banter between audience and bands.  The bar is a Shepherd Neame one (club prices) and we have plenty of free off-road carparking space.  All this for just a £10 entrance. Come on, what are you waiting for.  See you tonight (from 8:00pm till 11:00pm).  (yes, I know, I’ve cut-n-pasted this last bit – shame on me!).  Also – sorry have worked on photos for hours – new system and is driving me crazy, so will try to sort out another day!  Your hosts, Diane and Keith

Granties Dixie Six at Farnborough JC 8feb2019
‘Granties Dixie Six’ at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent 8feb2019
‘Granties Dixie Six’ at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent 8feb2019
‘Granties Dixie Six’ at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent 8feb2019
‘Granties Dixie Six’ at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent 8feb2019.

Golden Eagle Jazz Band, Friday 15th February 2019

We’re pleased to tell you, it’s the GOLDEN EAGLE JAZZ BAND joining us again at our FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (Kent) on Friday 15th February 2019.    KEVIN SCOTT plays tenor banjo and sings.   He is such a happy soul, leading this band, playing strongly, but with such a warm sense of feeling (oh – and an infectious laugh).  Of course, the rest of the band naturally play in the same way.  TONY KARAVIS plays trumpet, ALAN CRESSWELL plays reeds and ROY STOKES plays trombone (and another singer).  The rest of the engine are CHRIS THOMPSON playing double bass and MALC MURPHEY on drums.  The tunes they play are chosen with careful thought, choosing ones to dance to, or just to listen to.  Kevin does tell jokes to keep the entertainment light (sometimes corny getting an audience happilly jeering , so always fun).  There you go, you must come and check me out – that I am not exaggerating.  So be there for an 8:00pm start, joining your hosts, Keith and Diane   

Tony Karavis plays trumpet with Golden Eagle Jazz Band at Farnborough Jazz Club, 24 November 2017. Photo by Mike Witt.
Band leader and tenor banjo Kevin Scott plays for Golden Eagle Jazz Band at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 8th January 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.
Golden Eagle Jazz Band at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent, UK. ROY STOKES (trmb&vocs). Photo by Mike Witt.
Alan Alan Cresswell plays clarinet,, accompanied by Kevin Scott playing with Golden Eagle Jazz Band at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 17th June 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

Sorry about repeat photos, I have some to sort and will return eventually.

Granties Dixie Six, 8th February 2018

GRANTIES DIXIE SIX will be making their debut entrance tonight 8th February 2019 here at FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (Kent).  Hey last week was horrendous, weather-wise, but a brilliant evening as Rob made it a real party night.  This week, it’s Keith’s own band, with PETE RUDEFORTH on trumpet, JOHN LEE on reeds, BOB DWYER on trombone & vocals. Plus TIM HUSKISSON on piano, ROGER CURPHEY on double bass and KEITH GRANT on drums.  A great line-up aye!  If I can muster some courage, I might even sing a song or two.  Now if you haven’t been before, now’s the time to come.  Start the year of with some brilliant jazz.  The entertainment value is surely worth a visit.  We love to dance here – we certainly love fun.  The bar is a Shepherd Neame (club prices) one and we have plenty of free carparking space.  All this for just a £10 entrance. Come on, what are you waiting for.  See you tonight (from 8:00pm till 11:00pm).

Your hosts, Diane and Keith 

Giants play at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent 11sep2015. John Crocker (clarinet), Pete Rudeforth (trumpet), John Tyson (drums) on 11th September 2015.
Photo by Mike Witt.
John Lee plays tenor sax seen here on 22nd April 2016 playing for for Laurie Chescoe’s Reunion Band (behind are Jim Douglas, Laurie and Pete Skivington) at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) . Photo by Mike Witt.

Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces at Farnborogh Jazz Club on 29Jan2016.
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.
Roger Curphey plays double bass with Mike Barry’s Uptown Gang at Farnborough Jazz Club on 8th April 2016. (just showing John Stewart on banjo. Photo by Mike Witt.
Keith Grant has sit-in on drums with Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent 17th October 2014.
Photo by Mike Witt


IT IS RAINING AND WARMER HERE, SO WE ARE GOING AHEAD WITH TONIGHT 1ST FEBRUARY.  I’ll tell you though, we have ummed and ahhed as to if we should cancel or not. 

Yippee, I am ready, fun provided by MARDI GRAS JAZZBAND.
Trombone player and band leader ROB PEARCE will have with him LEIGH HENSON on trumpet, JOHN ELLMER on his many reeds, JOHN STEWART on banjo & guitar, STEVE SMITH on bass and DOMINIC COLES on drums.

I cannot believe it though!  We closed for the whole of January and of course, the weather was fine.  But our first day back and ice & snow!  Well, what else aye!  Anyway, rain is here and temperature is up. Many of you realise that if we ever need to cancel, it is a huge job to reach the many unknown numbers of you who may turn up, especially those not on computers.  During which time, the weather can change and warm up.  But we have to make the decision earlier in the day, to give time to reach you all.  Once we decide to cancel and start calling people, there is no going back.  The main reason for any cancellation is always due to the car park having no movement during the day, so snow or ice doesnt disappear. However, the nursery school is open today, so there has bee plenty of cars in the car park.  So let’s be seeing you all – get there!

Rob Pearce of Mardi Gras JazzBand taken at Diane’s birthday party 12jan2018 by Mike Witt
Mardi Gras JazzBand’s front line – John Ellmer (tenor sax), Leigh Henson (trumpe)t and Rob Pearce (trombone) at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 13th May 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.
Smiley John Stewart on Banjo with Mike Barry’s Uptown Gang at Farnborough Jazz Club on 8th April 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

Your hosts Diane and Keith

Update of Barry Palser’s Super Six, 21st December 2018

Keith came home late last night from the party , as he puts it, ‘happy’, telling me (as I was sure would be the case), you all came out of the woodwork.  Thank you for making it such a successful evening.  I am sad to have missed everyone.  (Keith left home starting to feel ‘sneezy’ but his  ‘doc’ came from behind the bar, served by Cath & Babs) ,  He told me you all made an effort with your food and candelabras – some dressing up in ‘gnome’ outfits.  I hear Barry announced after the session they had played so many Christmas Carols, but neglected to play ‘Shingle Bells’.   I was so ‘grumpy’ to have missed it all.  Keith’s remark to me was the evening was so successful, that he is going to put up a Christmas tree every week – he’s not ‘bashful’ about it – ha ha (or should that be ho ho ho).  He was ‘sleepy’ and so I had to wait for this morning to hear the rest. So now, I must wish you all a ‘Merry’ Christmas and a very Healthy New Year.   (pics to follow curtesy of Mike and Alan and anyone else who wants to pass some onto me – thanks).         Luv (as my brother-in-law calls me) ‘Dopey’ Di xxx  

We have booked ‘BARRY PALSER’S SUPER SIX’ for your entertainment at our 2018 CHRISTMASPARTY, tomorrow – Friday 21st December, here at our FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (Kent).  Yes, what a line-up Barry has in store for you too.  He has non-other than PETE RUDEFORTH playing trumpet, TIM HUSKISSON on reeds, BARRY himself plays trombone, with ANDY LAWRENCE on bass, JOHN TYSON on drums and JIM DOUGLAS on banjo.   I’d call that ‘BARRY’S ABSOLUTELY SUPER SIX’.  Oh!  I am so fed up, because for the second week running, I am unlikely to be there  to enjoy myself with you.  As I said last week, I have shingles and although I have been told by the Doctors, shingles is not contagious, I’m still feeling rough.  Anyway, the charge to come to this always enjoyable party event, is only £15.  You can enjoy plenty of dancing, a Shepherd Neame ‘club price’ bar and bring your own food and candelabras,  There is plenty of free parking AND you wont have to pay a forfeit at the door! Cos I won’t be there.  We have a bigger raffle than usual, including a limited edition print of one of Keith’s lovely jazz paintings.  It is sure to be busy, so be patient with Keith and help him as much as possible please.  Just in-case I’m not there, I wish you all a ‘Merry’ Christmas and a Healthy New Year.  One last thing, thank you all for making the celebration of Colin Dobson’s Life  last week, the fun Colin would have loved.   Much Luv Di and my ‘bar humbug’ Keith.

Please remember we will be closed on 29th December and the whole of  January, but you can catch up with Keith and me at YE OLDE WHYTE LYON for our ‘4-IN-A-BAR+1’ on 30th December and 27th January (3pm till 6pm).   You are seeing TIM HUSKISSON on reeds tomorrow (21st Dec), but he plays wonderful piano on these dates, plus KEITH playing drums and (a lot of you know) JOHN LEE on tenor sax and ROGER CURPHEY on double bass, plus I’m +1 singing a few songs.  

We shall return 1st February with Mardi Gras Jazzband 

Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces, Friday 14th December 2018

BOB DWYER’S BIX & PIECES are here again at our FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (Kent) tomorrow, Friday 14th December2018.  Colin Dobson’s lovely family have sponsored the band to play for the celebration of Colin’s life.  So please come with smiles on your faces (just as Colin always did) and enjoy Bob’s super lot.  Band leader, BOB (trombonist & vocalist) has with him MALCOLME WALTON on trumpet, SARAH SPENCER on clarinet, alto & tenor saxes, with HUGH CROZIER on piano &vocals, JOHN BAYNE on double bass &bass sax, DAVE PRICE banjo &guitar and of course GRAHAM COLLICOTT on drums.  Join us again for a great evening of dancing jazz. There will be no charge, but donations can be given to the family.  Plus, there will be a raffle and Keith will be adding one of his limited editions of a Louis Armstrong to it.  For those who haven’t been before, we have plenty of free parking and a club priced bar.

Your hostKeith will be with you – please help him though

because I might be missing …… I have shingles!  I am assured by the National Health Authorities that it is NOT CONTAGIOUS (unlike chicken pox), but I will have to see how I am feeling.  Obviously, I am so annoyed as I thought the world of Colin (we spoke many times on the phone over the years).  So please, if I am not there, give Colin a really good send-off.  Thanks.   Diane

Please look on further for photos and videos ……….

Colin Dobson – see videos & photos

(Colin Dobson is pictured here middle & 2nd from left)
‘Somebody Stole My Gal’ Billy Cotton Band Show’s theme tune (photo from Google/BBC website)


Billy Cotton Band Show (from youtube/Getty Images)


Colin can be seen in the trumpet section –  seated  just behind Spike Milligan and to his left (at one time cleaning his glasses).  10may1964 (from Google/BBC)

Meeting of the Maestros Colin Dobson, well known on trumpet with the Billy “Wakey, Wakey!” Cotton band , and a jazz legend in his own right, is a regular visitor to Farnborough Jazz Club where his opinions are often sought by other trumpet virtuosos with regard to their performances. Here Mike Barry, trumpet man with his own XXL band (15dec2017), discusses technical points with Colin over a friendly pint of Spitfire bitter. Two veteran jazzmen find harmony at the popular Farnborough venue. Photo by Mike Witt.
Leader & trumpeter MICHAEL “HOT LIPS” ETZEL from
HOT LIPS OLD-TIME JAZZ’  who were again on tour from Munich, Germany, seen here 7apr2017, exchanging tips with fellow trumpeter, Colin Dobson (& wife Jo) of Billy Cotton Band Show Fame. Photo by Mike Wit
‘Comparing Notes’. Denny Islet and Colin Dobson exchange old times. George Tidiman’s All Stars at Farnborough Jazz Club 19Dec2014. Photo by Mike Witt.
9oct2015enSeen here are Keith and Diane, Colin Dobson (of Billy Cotton Band Show fame), his wife Jo and their son-in-law, Jim, having just enjoyed 'Tony Pitt's All Stars' at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 9oct2015. Photo by Mike Witt.
(lLoR) Farnborough hosts Keith & Diane with trumpeter Colin Dobson (Billy Cotton Band fame), his wife Jo and their son-in-law- Jim, having just enjoyed ‘Tony Pitt’s All Stars at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) 9oct2015. Photo by Mike Witt.

Colin Dobson (see update at end re donations instead of flowers)

‘That will cost you a pint Mike’.
Colin Dobson, well known on trumpet with Billy “Wakey, Wakey” Cotton Band) talking to Mike Barry (left) at Farnborough Jazz Club.
26th September 2014
Photo by Mike Witt.

On behalf of his family, we are sorry to be the bearer of such news.  It is with huge sadness we tell you, dear friend Colin Dobson has left this world and (we’d like to think) he has joined other wonderful musicians, who have gone before him.  We sure would like to think he is now having a hoot, enjoying their music up in the great beyond.  Oh – what a sound they must hopefully be pouring out, yeah. 

It is nice to know, his family said he passed on peacefully.  What a lovely man – he never had a bad word for anyone, always with a smile on that warm face of his.  Of course you will remember, Colin Dobson (who was born 1929) played trumpet with the famous radio and TV famed Billy Cotton Band Show (wakey-wake-aaaay).  Their theme tune was ‘Somebody Stole My Gal’. 

His family have the funeral arranged for 14th December 2018, so if you would like to attend and wish to know the details, please email me at dianehorder@gmail.com  If you knew him personally from years ago, but cant make it, please also email and tell us your own memories of him.  The family will be most grateful. 

The family have also arranged to have a celebration of Colin’s life be held at The Farnborough Jazz Club that evening from 8:00pm till 11:00pm.   BOB DWYER’S BIX & PIECES will make sure it will be a great send-off. 

As several people have asked about where to send donations instead of
flowers, so the family have looked for charities that encourage children and
teenagers to learn to play instruments as Colin was always keen to do
this himself.  You can choose either:

Foundation for Young Musicians supporting bursaries for young people’s
musical education at the Centre for Young Musicians

More nationally
Music for Schools Foundation providing instrumental tuition in primary
schools https://www.mfsf.org.uk <https://www.mfsf.org.uk/>

The family also thank you all for your support and friendship for Colin

Diane and Keith