Barry Palser’s Super Six, Friday, 3rd May 2019

‘BARRY PALSER’S SUPER SIX’ can only bring fabulous music – being the wonderful ‘six’ musicians they are – and they are playing for you tonight, Friday, 3rd May 2019.  Well, we have always tried our hardest to get the best for you here at FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (Kent) and of course Barry does the same too.  He’s has booked ALAN GRESTY to play trumpet, TIM HUSKISSON, who will be playing clarinet and sax and of course, BARRY himself will be playing trombone.  Plus, what an engine room too – ANDY LAWRENCE, who will be on double bass, JOHN TYSON on drums and TONY PITT on banjo and guitar, wowie aye?  That’s what jazz is all about.  Diane and Keith will be there too as usual.   You won’t know what to do, listen or dance.  Yes, of course some of you will do both. Music will be the usual time of 8:00pm till 11:00pm.  These great musicians … and only £10 entrance… you lucky people.

Mike Barry’s Uptown Gang, Friday 28th April 2019

It’s MIKE BARRY’S UPTOWN GANG on Friday, 28th April 2019, here at our FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (Kent),  Trumpeter MIKE will be joined by TONY TEAL on reeds, ‘WHISPERING’ MIKE HOLT on trombone & vocals, JOHN STEWART on banjo & guitar, KEITH DONALD on double bass and BRIAN STAPLEY on drums.   I must mention I actually cut-n-pasted most of the following info about a year ago’s weather, I was apologising then to you all we had cancelling the previous week, having only had to do so twice in about 37years (and always due to extreme bad weather – regarding being snowed out of the club!).  I also said it was quite weird that we had the hottest (probably the longest) summer ever recorded too!  Now here we are a whole year later and to mention how we have had severe weather in this Feb, nearly needing to cancel again due to snow.  Now in recent weeks (and still only in April) isn’t it great we’re enjoying extremely beautiful and hot weather.  Anyway, here comes Mike and the boys – ready to give us a ding-dong again.  I just love this lot’s smiling faces – as well as their choice of tunes.   My apologies, but due to some personal time consuming events – so sorry but photos will have to wait a little longer please, but one day! Your hosts, Diane and Keith

Mahogany Hall Stompers, Friday 19th April 2019

Mahogany Hall Stompers at Farnborough Jazz Club on 13th March 2015. Leader BRIAN GILES (crnet), TIM HUSKISSON (rds), REX O’DELL (trmb&vocs), ‘SOUTHEND BOB’ ALLBUT (bnjo&vocs), CHRIS MARCHANT (drums) & EDDY JOHNSON (d.bass). Photo by Mike Witt.

The Band leader of MAHOGANY HALL STOMPERS is BRIAN GILES.  Brian, who plays cornet, will be back with us Friday 19th April 2019 at FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (Kent).  He has booked TIM HUSKISSON (playing clarinet & alto sax), plus trombonist COLIN GRAHAM, with singer & banjoist ‘SOUTHEND BOB’ ALBUTT.   The band’s regular drummer, Chris Marchant has found it necessary to give up drumming hopefully not permanently (we wish him and his wife our best wishes and thanks).  Meanwhile, please will you give a great Farnborough welcome to their new permanent drummer, BARRY CRICKMORE, who is to play here for the first time.  Also, whilst Roger Curphey is still under the weather, Brian has been booking ALAN MORGAN to play double bass with the band.  Sorry to be repetitive, but we do expect a great session.  With such a lot of lovely weather recently, you just have-to come out and spend an evening with us – your weekly dose of jazz at Farnborough.  Happy Easter everyone and hey, just because I said no Easter eggs in the next raffle, it’s not true, I lied ha ha – we just cannot let you go without a once-a-year treat – nothing like an Easter egg, is there – aye?  You’ll just have to do an extra lot of dancing tonight in preparation for those lovely luxuriously smooth, magnificent and mouth-watering, self-spoiling, fabulously appetising, delicious, gorgeous sumptuously fresh chocolate Easter eggs – oh hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm wow, my tongue is dribbling.  See you tonight at 8.00pm (till 11.00pm).  Yes, of course we have a bar! Your hosts Diane and Keith

Chris Marchant (drums) & ‘Southend Bob’ Albutt (banjo) of Mahogany Hall Stompers at Farnborough Jazz Club, 13Mar2015. Photo by Mike Witt.
Alan Morgan plays double bass, seen here as one of Barry Palser’s Super Six at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 12th February 2016, with John Tyson on drums. Photo by Mike Witt.
Mahogany Hall Stompers at Farnborough Jazz Club on 13th March 2015. (LtoR) Chris Walker (drums), Tim Huskisson (clarinet), Brian Giles (trumpet) & ‘Southend Bob’ Allbut (banjo). 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).). Photo by Mike Witt.

George ‘Kid’ Tidiman’s All Stars. Friday, 12th April 2019


It’s GEORGE ‘KID’ TIDIMAN’S ALL STARS playing for us this Friday, 12th April 2019, here at our FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB.  Did I hear you call out yippee, in delight?  Of course, because our ‘Kid’, GEORGE has DENNY ISLETT on trumpet, TIM HUSKISSON on clarinet &sax, JOHN SIRET on double bass, ‘SOUTHEND BOB’ ALBUTT on banjo &vocals and BILL on drums.  George usually has a great big smile on his face and of course the reason is because he knows these guys with him, will most definitely help him to bring some great big smiles to your faces too.  The music they play for you, is so brilliant, that I know you will be going away on a high.  For you to disprove me of this fact, is impossible, so see you Fridays, guys and dolls. Diane and Keith

George ‘Kid’ Tiidman at Farnborough Jazz Club 23nov2018. Photo by Mike Witt.

PHOENIX DIXIELAND JAZZ BAND, 5th April 2019

Oh my, it’s Friday already.  Doesn’t the week go so quickly nowadays, when your having fun.  But what a fantastic evening we had last Friday, with such a turnout and no-one wanting it to end.  Tonight, 5th April 2019, we will have the super PHOENIX DIXIELAND JAZZ BAND, with leader and drummer, ALAN CLARKE.  I’m sure they will leave everyone in the same mood.  ALAN has booked PAUL HIGGS on his iridescent trumpet, CHARLES SHERWOOD on clarinet, BILL TODD on trombone and vocals, with ALAN obviously on drums, MURRAY SALMON on double bass and ALAN BERRY on piano.   So it will be great to see you all back again, for a rip-roaring evening.  See you all at 8:00pm (finishing at 11:00pm).  Don’t forget your dancing shoes.  Our lovely bar staff, Cathy and Barb, will serve you from our Shepherd Neame bar (club prices), with Ian in charge and Keith and me, enjoying their service too (hmmm).  We have a large (free) car park … just a little request, please park as close as is safe, to allow late-comers to park easily too, thanks. Your hosts, Diane and Keith

Drummer Alan Clarke with Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band seen here at Farnborough Jazz Club on 22nd January 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.
Bill Todd on trombone and Paul Higgs on trumpet with Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band at Farnborough Jazz Club on 5th June 2015. Photo By Mike Witt.
Charles Sherwood seen here featured playing clarinet to ‘Petite Fleur’, with Dave Barnes on piano for Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band at Farnborough Jazz Club on Friday, 19th August 2016.
Photo by Mike Witt.


Alan Berry plays piano with Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band on 23February 2018 at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent. Photo by Alan Walker.

Murray Salmon (double bass) seen here playing for Jackie Free’s Chicagoans – with Jackie on trombone) at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on Friday, 5th August 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

‘Benny Goodman Remembered’, Friday 29 March 2019

‘Benny Goodman Remembered’ is a Farnborough Jazz Club special being held this Friday, 29th March 2019 . Tim Huskisson will play clarinet) as Benny Goodman, with Colin Bray playing vibraphone as Lionel Hampton and Jonathan Vinton playing piano as Teddy Wilson, Keith Donald will play dbass as Slam Stewart, Keith Grant will play drums as Gene Krupa and (brunette) Diane Grant singing as (blonde) Peggy Lee. Hey, you just cant miss this one, it is our special.  We play from 8:00 till 11:00pm (doors will be open from 7:00pm).  Come early as we are expecting a full house.  For certain, we will have a fantastic atmosphere, however many of you turn up.  It is a shame that our lovely Roger Curphey wont be with us as he is feeling ‘under the weather’, but we are so delighted to tell you double bass player, Keith Donald, has offered to ‘step in’ at the last moment.  It will be Keith’s first appearance here, so please don’t forget to give him a right warm Farnbronian welcome.  Keith plays dbass with John Petters’ band, so he is sure to be special too.  Oh, although I’m nervous, I’m so excited to be singing for you, with these brilliant musicians. ♫We have traditional jazz bands every Friday ♫ There is ample free off road parking (pls try to park close to the next car though). We have a licenced Shepherd Neame bar with club prices. Ian, Cath and Barb will be serving you and oh yes, we enjoy dancing here too. We certainly have a friendly atmosphere and all that for just £10 entrance. Diane & Keith are your hosts. This evening, Jackie, John and possibly Len will be on the door to greet you.

Benny Goodman Quartet – photo from Jacobs Burns Film Centre
Peggy Lee sings with Benny Goodman’s Orchestra 1943

Golden Eagle Jazz Band, Friday 22nd March 2019

The GOLDEN EAGLE JAZZ BAND is our band this week, playing here at our FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (Kent) on Friday 22nd March 2019.    This band’s leader is KEVIN SCOTT (tenor banjo/vocals).  He will be joined by TONY O’Sullivan (trumpet), ALAN CRESSWELL (reeds) and ROY STOKES (trombone/vocals), plus CHRIS THOMPSON (double bass) and MALC MURPHEY (drums).  We have an 8:00pm start, finishing at 11:00pm.  We always enjoy a dance and a few pints from our club priced bar in between time.  It only cost £10 to come in.  So why not think about joining us, your hosts, Keith and Diane 

Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces, Friday 15th March 2019

BOB DWYER’S BIX & PIECES will be entertaining you again tonight, Friday 15th March 2019, at FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (Kent).   BOB is a super band leader, a strong trombonist with a fab voice and that is why he has kept such a great band.  These guys are MALCOLME WALTON who will be on trumpet, with SARAH SPENCER on clarinet, alto & tenor saxes, plus HUGH CROZIER on piano & vocals, JOHN BAYNE on double bass & bass sax and of course GRAHAM COLLICOTT on drums.  They love the amazing sounds of composer & musician, Bix Beiderbecke (born 10th March 1903). It is amazing, how much he achieving before his death, aged only 28yrs. Bob’s band do a brilliant job keeping his music alive, for us to dance to. I’m looking forward to seeing them all again.  Disappointingly, I missed them on their last time here, namely Colin Dobson’s very special evening (I know Colin would have been so proud).  Come and join us again for another wonderful evening’s entertainment ….. Diane & Keith

‘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.