Dave Ware’s Dixie Hotshots, 6th October 2017

Keith, when aged approx 3yrs and Diane, also when aged approx 3yrs.


Dave Ware’s Dixie Hotshots, are playing here tonight, 6th October 2017.  That is here at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent.

Guys in the band are
Dave Ware on trumpet, John Lee on saxes, Norman Bull on trombone, Lyn Saunders on banjo
Roger Curphey on double bass and Tony Blackburn on drums.
Sorry to be so late and so short on info – Keith and I are getting married this week. so running tight for time.


Mardi Gras Jazz Band, Friday, 29th September 2017

Rob Pearce, band leader of Mardi Gras JazzBand, plays trombone at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 19th February 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

We have the MARDI GRAS JAZZBAND’ tonight, Friday, 29th September 2017So get down here and join us at FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (Kent).  What band of merry men do we have here for you?  Well, trombonist & band leader (& newly married) ROB PEARCE, has booked PETE RUTHFORTH (trumpet), JOHN ELLMER (a conglomeration of reeds), plus I think a warm Farnbronian welcome to newcomer  TOM BRIARS (sousaphone), JOHN STEWART (banjo/guitar), ANDY LAWRENCE (double bass) and PAUL BAKER on drums.  So expect to hear some fabulous jazz.  If you don’t, without a doubt, we’ll be saying to you next time we see you (as an old friend used to say), “Oh did you miss a gig”.  See you all for an 8:00pm start – yes?


Your hosts,

Diane and Keith

Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band, Friday 22nd Phoenix September 2017

Bill Todd (trb) & Paul Higgs (trp) of Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band play at Farnborough Jazz Club on 11th March 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

Come and say ‘Hi’ to the PHOENIX DIXIELAND JAZZ BAND playing here at the FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB this Friday 22nd September 2017. You’ll enjoy some pretty fine jazz by some of the best musicians.  You’ve heard of the ‘Man with the Golden Gun’, well we have the ‘Man with the Iridescent Trumpet’, namely PAUL HIGGS.  We  shall also have CHARLES SHERWOOD (clarinet), plus BILL TODD (tromb&vocs). In the engine room, ALAN CLARKE (drums), DAVE BARNES (piano&vocs) and ROGER CURPHEY (double bass).  Don’t forget, treat yourselves to some great entertainment, with a couple of drinks at a Shepherd Neame bar, nothing but the best here for……
Some ‘live jazz’, (we all help to keep it going!)
Your hosts,
Diane and Keith

P.S.  Why not come and enjoy a great Sunday lunch too (12.30-5:00) atYE OLDE WHYTE LYON’ (tel: 01689-852631) and enjoy an afternoon of Smooth Jazz (3:00-6:00) with 4-IN-A-BAR+1’. The music’s free.  Playing are JOHN LEE (sax), TIM HUSKISSON (piano), ROGER CURPHEY (dbass), KEITH GRANT (drums) and Diane (‘+1’) (a few songs). Publican Tim has booked THIS Sunday 24th September 2017 & every last Sunday thereafter. Last time everyone loved the music, with many enjoying the new chef’s Sunday roast. This delightful Shepherd Neame pub (dated 1626) is situated in Locks Bottom, BR6 8NE, next door to Sainsbury’s & PRU Hospital. Sainsbury’ parking has changed on Sundays £2 ‘til 4:00pm (refundable for goods in Sainsbury’s, who close at 4pm) .  There is a walk-thru to pub at far right corner (face Sainsbury’s).  By the way, Shepherd Neame is the oldest brewery in the Country.  That’s why (I’m told) the beers so good.


Mike Barry’s Frisco Fanatics, 15th September 2017


Trefor ‘Fingers’ Williams with Jonny Boston’s Hot Jazz on tour play at Farnborough Jazz Club 4th March 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.



It is with great sadness that I tell you of the passing of Trefor ‘Fingers’ Williams, a wonderful member of one of Mike’s Band.  I hope to be bringing you a Tribute to this magical bass player and lovely man in a  short while.  Trefor, who died 5th September 2017, was bass player (with ‘Max Collie’s Rhythm Aces’ and ‘Phil Mason’s All Stars’),  I know everyone will be saddened by this news, but tonight we will celebrate his life.

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, 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.






Coming tonight, FRIDAY, 15TH SEPTEMBER 2017, Mike has this band the ‘MIKE BARRY’S FRISCO FANATICS’, here at FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB, Kent.  By the way, today is actually the 77th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain.  Last year, Keith held his art exhibition, showing all his wonderful Spitfire and Hurricane water colour paintings (he will be bringing a print of one to show you)……Back to the jazz – MIKE, trumpeter and vocalist, has three bands.  It has been a year since we had these Frisco boys though, but not because we don’t love them.  They are a really happy band and we know you will enjoy them and their music.  The musicians accompanying Mike will be TIM HUSKISSON on clarinet and LES HANSCOMBE on trombone & vocals.  Also GRAHAM BARTON on piano, JOHN SMITH on banjo, MARC EASENER on sousaphone and BRIAN STAPLEY on drums – yes a great line-up.  If you all try to get here early, we will start at 8:00pm.  All are welcome, we love plenty of dancing and we have a good bar.  So come and enjoy yourselves, we do expect a great evening.

Your hosts,

Diane and Keith

Goff Dubber’s Dixieland Express, Friday 8th September 2017

Goff Dubber playing alto sax, as one of ‘Barry Palser’s Super Six, here at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 15th July 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

8th SEPTEMBER 2017 at FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB, we have a special sextet, with excellent reed playing band leader, GOFF (hot) DUBBER. Goff includes in his band, Chris Barber’s trumpeter, PETE (ice-cream) RUDEFORTH, with MIKE (the voice) HOGH on trombone, plus JONATHAN (JJ himself) VINTEN on piano., not forgetting  ROGER (the hat) CURPHEY on double bass and  MARTIN  (swinger) GUY on drums.  Certainly another great line-up for you, you lucky people.  In Mike’s own words, Belying its name, the band doesn’t play just Dixieland jazz – our repertoire stretches from New Orleans through swing, urban blues, and mainstream and also includes our arrangements of compositions by some of the more modern jazz greats such as Ellington, Mingus, etc.  The idea behind the band’s name is that our concerts take the form of a musical ‘whistle stop’ journey through a wide spectrum of jazz styles.  So with all that in mind, get yourselves out of you armchair and come and join us, to soak in some fabulous music played by some fabulous top, top of the range musicians. We have an 8:00pm start.  Let me mention plenty of free parking, a great Shepherd Neame bar and really good fun people you can join, to enjoy it with.

Your hosts,

Diane and Keith

Farnborough Jazz Club, Friday, 1st September 2017


It’s FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB here and have we certainly got a treat in store for you this week!  Keith has put an excellent band together to excite the pants off you all.  Don’t worry, we won’t let you lose your pants.  But you are sure to enjoy every moment of the evening – this FRIDAY, 1ST SEPTEMBER 2017.  The name is FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB’S ALL STARS and it’s a first appearance.  We intend for you to really enjoy the evening and bring you some favourite numbers.  The members of this band are DENNY ILETT on trumpet, BOB DWYER on trombone, JOHN LEE on clarinet & saxes, TIM HUSKISSON on piano, JOHN STEWART on banjo & guitar, ROGER CURPHEY on double bass and of course KEITH GRANT on drums (& a wee song from me too – Diane).  See, they are all mates, all guys you know and love, but put together as one.  Join us for 8:00pm start for some dancing and good brilliant listening.  Hey, come and tell me afterwards, that you didn’t like them – huh, you won’t be able to, will you!  Ha.

Fabulous ‘live’ jazz at its best.

Your hosts

Diane & Keith

Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces at Farnborough Jazz Club on 29Jan2016.

Denny Islett (trumpet) with George ‘Kid’ Tidiman’s All Stars at Farnborough Jazz Club on 31st July 2015. 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.

John Lee plays tenor sax for Laurie Chescoe’s Reunion Band (behind are Jim Douglas, Laurie and Pete Skivington) at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 22nd April 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.

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

Golden Eagle Jazz Band, 25th August 2017

The GOLDEN EAGLE JAZZ BAND is our band for tonight at FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB, Friday, 25th August 2017.  Band leader, KEVIN SCOTT (tenor banjo) will have (both guesting) ALLEN BEECHEY on trumpet, SARAH SPENCER on Tenor sax.  Also ROY STOKES on trombone & vocals, MIKE BROAD on double bass and MALC MURPHEY on drums & vocals.  New Orleans jazz played for your entertainment and you can be sure at it’s best.  The last time Sarah was here at Farnborough, was back in September 2014 and what a wonderfully exciting performance she gave us.  Of course I must mention talented Allen is often here with the Martin Brothers, but was last here with Bob Dwyer 9th September 2016 and gave us a fantastic blow!   So make your way to our little club and bring your dancing shoes with you.  We’ll have some fun.

Your hosts,

Diane and Keith

Mardi Gras Jazzband, Friday, 18th August 2017

Leigh Henson (trumpet) and Rob Pearce (tombone) with Mardi Gras JazzBand play    at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on         19th February 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

Well, here we go again, another Friday (being 18th August 2017) and as usual, it is bound to be full of fun and great music, because we have the great ’MARDI GRAS JAZZBAND’ back again at FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (Kent).  Band leader & trombonist ROB PEARCE, has booked the following super musicians to join him, vocalist LEIGH HENSON on trumpet, JOHN ELLMER on (usually lots of) reeds, JAMIE PARSONS on piano, ROGER CURPHEY on double bass and not forgetting PAUL BAKER on drums.  Our lovely girls – Cath and Barb – will be behind the bar, serving you with a smile.  So come and join us – music will start at 8:00pm, ending at 11:00pm as usual.

Your hosts, Diane and Keith

Barry Palser’s Super Six, Friday 11th August 2017

Band leader Barry Palser, playing trombone with his own band, the ‘Barry Palser’s Super Six’, here at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 15th July 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

It’s always our pleasure to announce that BARRY PALSER’S SUPER SIX will be here again at FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB, Kent. Trombonist BARRY, also a great vocalist, has booked in ALLANLORD ARSENAL’ BRADLEY (trumpeter &vocals), TIM HUSKISSON (clarinet), TONY PITT (banjo &guitar), ANDY LAWRENCE (double bass) and JOHN TYSON (drums).  They are back this Friday, 11th August 2017 It will be Keith’s birthday too (well, actually on Saturday, but then he always celebrates for much more than one day), so please come and join us and have some fun too..

Your hosts

Diane and Keith


Mo Farah wins 10Kmeters Gold                                         at London’s 2017 IAAF Championships

Oh wow, COME ON MO FARAH – WONDERFUL.  Mo, you have just made me cry with happy emotion.  You are fabulous and I salute you.  What a wonderful achievement winning the Gold Medal for 10,000m race at IAAF World Championships at ‘YOUR’ London Stadium.  I can’t wait to see it – no haven’t seen it yet, but look forward to seeing you – tissues to the ready. 

Good luck tonight Mo – and Usain Bolt.


Diane & Keith

Just two of your millions – no billions of fans.

Update:  Our huge wishes to Usain Bolt – a great sportsman – sorry you didn’t achieve the gold again, but brilliant to still go out on a high.