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Pete Rudeforth Jazz Band, Sunday 7th August 2022

Pete Rudeforth, trumpet

Pete Rudeforth’s Jazz Band is to play for us at our Farnborough Jazz in Farnborough Social Club (Kent) on Sunday, 7th August 2022 from 2:00-5:00pm. Trumpeter, Pete Rudeforth is bringing his own band, good friends Andy Flaxman on trombone, Richard Exall on clarinet & sax, with Tim Huskisson on piano, Sandy Burnett on double bass and John Ellma, with everything he can carry to play with his drums – and what a band!

Where do I start! What a great line-up to to list for you! But how do we present these musicians to you! It never surprises me just how more brilliant I find names listed to me, to describe and if you haven’t already come across, who will be playing for you next. I know many of you have been lucky to have already seen/heard these giants locally (at Sidcup). So I hope some of you will turn up to enjoy them again. [We were so lucky to consider ourselves great friends of George Webb, who was known to instigated traditional Jazz to this Country.]

It is not surprising I am losing my memory a tad, with so many great names I have stored in my memory….. hmm, now we have another three to to recall and enjoy ….

Andy Flaxman, trombone

1. Trombonist Andy Flexman  had 22years with HM Coldstream Guards, leaving in 1997 to join the Syd Laurence Orchestra, The Glen Miller Orchestra (UK) and The Len Phillips Big Band (we watched the 2nd program of ‘Len Phillips100 years of big Bands’ on Sky Arts last Monday – fantastic, try to get it on catchup). I envisage with all that experience, a strong personality who has huge lungs for that trombone

Richard Exall. Clarinet

2. Clarinettist Richard Exall so much to tell … another one with a great deal of experience … again I will mention just some greats that he has played regularly with – Pasadena Roof Orchestra, Harry Strutters Hot Rhythm Orchestra (I managed to get them for Keith’s 80th Birthday party) and plenty of Latin American experience.


Sandy Burnett, double bass

3. Double bassist Sandy Burnett – Oh wow, having spent just a short read up about you Sandy, a composer, a lecturer, an interviewer, a broadcaster, an Art Society lecturer, too much to mention, with a list of people you have played with, also too long to mention here. phew! 

Keith and I will definitely enjoy our selves to absolute extreme on Sunday – we already know Tim and John 

John Ellmer, drums

Tim Huskisson, piano

and have done for some years, have also come to enjoy Pete like a dear friend and probably enjoy them, just as ‘a matter of fact’. However, I promise you, we will not be taking you for granted, with your life of learning and further experiences between you, on this Sunday. You all deserves some recognition from our local public, just as is done from the big general public.

We hope our friends give you their Sunday afternoon.

Obviously looking forward to meeting you on the 7th August.

Diane and Keith 


Sunday 31st July 2022 ‘4-in-a-bar+1’


Ye Olde Whyte Lyon, Locksbottom, BR6 8NE

Public House – built 1626

Shepherd Neame Brewery..


 ‘With ‘4-IN-A-BAR+1’

Every last Sunday monthly

Next Date: 31st July 2022  2:00pm till 5:00pm


with Tim Huskisson (piano)           JO FOOKS (tenor sax)

ROGER CURPHEY (double bass)   KEITH GRANT (drums)

(DIANE GRANT (+1 ) only listening)

Enjoy a roast lunch with this relaxing music

(Book for food will avoid disappointment – Tel: 01689-852631)

Lunches start from 12noon – last orders at 4:00pm

UPDATED – Force Ten Big Band, 17July2022 Sunday 2-5pm


Force Ten Big Band by Farnborough Jazz held in Farnborough Social Club, in Kent October 2021

It’s the highly popular – not to be missed ‘FORCE TEN BIG BAND’ appearing here on Sunday afternoon, (2:00-5:00pm) 17th July 2022. They performed on our second opening at our new venue for us last October 2021. We really enjoyed them and promptly booked them again. We knew we would love them as we had enjoyed them many times at The Warren. This jolly lot play such a wonderful mixture of jazz styles, (obviously) Big Bands stuff, from Glen Miller, Benny Goodman, Count Basie and Stan Kenton, plus the songs by fantastic singers, such as the fabulous Ella Fitzgerald, Bobby Darin, Frank Sinatra (my favourite male singer), Plus Tony Bennett and Dean Martin. What ever your preference of Jazz, you can make a request and if they know it, I know they will try to include it for you.

If you haven’t heard of these guys, you should give them a go.

So hope you join us – Farnborough Jazz Club at Farnborough Village  Social Club (Kent).  We will be there (ha ha)! Diane & Keith

Newsletter for last Sunday, 3rd July 2022

We were savouring lots of very happy memories, thinking of Barry last Sunday, (3jul2022) whilst we were enjoying his band playing. He would have been most proud of them, I’m sure. What a wonderful afternoon of top class jazz. It was great to see some of our old friends back again, especially after Covid. It’s lovely to see the crowds beginning to build back up, we will beat this temporary slump. The musicians need everyone to get behind them. Don’t forget, the highly popular ‘Force Ten Big Band’ – seventeen of them – will be playing for you Sunday afternoon, 17 July 2022!

The ‘Savoy Super Six’ will be back with us 16th October 2022.

Cheers – Diane & Keith

Savoy Super Six, 3rd July 2022

It is our pleasure to bring back the ‘Savoy Super Six’ next Sunday, 3rd July 2022. This was previously booked for last February and was for a special tribute to Barry Palser. However, unfortunately our new venue had forgotten about a previous booking for a Christening party. Unfortunately we were cancelled. So Barry, dear friend – this Sunday is for you, a long overdue celebration.

The guys in the band are led by Pater Rudeforth (our second trumpeter of Chris Barber fame – the other one being Mike ‘Magic’ Henry who was with us at our last date). The rest of the front line will be Tim Huskisson on clarinet and Colin Graham on trombone. The ‘engine room’ will be John Stewart on banjo, Andy Lawrence on double bass and John Tyson on drums.

Now I know this will be a storm of a play by these ‘boys’ and no ‘Mother’s Day’ or ‘Father’s Day’, or main holiday, so how about it please, help make it ‘special’ for the band and give them (and us) a full house. Thanks.

Diane and Keith



Barry Palser (with his own band) at Farnborough Jazz Club, 27feb2015

Peter Rudeforth (trumpet) 






Tim Huskisson

Tim Huskisson






Colin Graham (trmb) & Brian Gyles 20May20

Smiley John Stewart on Banjo  8th April 2016. 



John Tyson drums)  15th July 2016

 Andy Laurence double bass 9th Oct 2015



Today, Sunday 26 June 2022 ‘4-in-a-bar+1’

Ye Olde Whyte Lyon

Locksbottom, BR6 8NE Public Housebuilt 1626 Shepherd Neame Brewery..


 ‘With ‘4-IN-A-BAR+1’

Every last Sunday monthly

Next Date: 26th June 2022  2:00pm till 5:00pm

with Tim Huskisson (piano)

 JO FOOKS (tenor sax)

ROGER CURPHEY (double bass)   KEITH GRANT (drums)

(DIANE GRANT (+1 ) only listening)

Enjoy a roast lunch with this lovely music

(Booking table for food will avoid disappointment – Tel: 01689-852631)

Lunches start from 12noon – last orders would be at 4:00pm

News letter for last Sunday, 19th June 2022

We had the lovely band, Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces. The wonderful thing about trombone player Bob is he loves to differ his program and sings some great songs. The band had super trumpeter, Mike ‘Magic’ Henry. It is not surprising that Mike was one of the trumpeters chosen by the great Chris Barber to play for his World-famous ‘Jazz and Blues Band’. Yep – he hit that incredible top ‘C’ note! Even the non-jazzers Club Members, who usually stay at the bar, came to listen to one of his solos and some of them actually stayed on. Paula Jackman played both clarinet and tenor sax, along side of Mike, superbly. Graham Collicott, our lovely ol’ pal, who tries so hard to play drums as good as Keith!!!! I’m only joking, he is actually just a bit better than Keith, ha ha. Chris Newman was on Piano, who kindly filled in for Hugh Crozier, had such wonderful lyrical sound. Someone requested a solo of ‘Baltimore Todolo’ a ragtime number, (giving the guys a break) just a real treat. Finally, I must mention Steve Smith, who played lovely double bass. He also filled in at the last minute. We have known him for some years, so we knew he was very capable of doing a fantastic job and would be unfazed. (He was with the ‘Mardi Gras JazzBand’ two weeks ago).

With a line-up like that, It was sure to be a winner.

Diane & Keith

Farnborough Jazz, Kent

‘Baltimore Todolo’ was composed byJames Hubert ‘Eubie’ Blake (1910)

Bob Dwyers Bix & Pieces, Sunday, 19 June 2022 2pm-5pm

Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces are playing on Sunday, 19June2022 2pm-5pm here at Farnborough Jazz.  Bob, who plays trombone, has booked to play with him, ‘Magic Mike’ Henry on trumpet (I know it’s Mike ‘Magic’, but I like it), Paula Jackson on clarinet, Steve Smith on double bass, Graham Collicott on drums and Chris Newman on piano, (Chris was with us a while back, 2015 to be precise (when we were next door) – fares from GOSPORT, Hampshire, where he is on the Committee of the Gosport Jazz Club. What a distant to travel aye, makes even our Ken’s ‘short’ journey from Brighton to our club seem easy ha ha. Bob started off this year for us, being an old friend and so it goes without saying it’ll be a good one, so don’t be scared – just get there! We have to get you out of yourselves and back into our way (please). It always takes a new place time to appear ‘normal’. We are slowly gaining new young people, so it would also be nice to see our ‘old friends’ loyally supporting us, before there is no room for you.

(I still promise not to kiss you – well maybe Keith wont promise).

Diane – and Keith

Bob Dwyer, trombonist  & singer of ‘Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces’ at Farnborough Jazz Club on 30th January 2015. Photo by Mike Witt.


Mike ‘Magic’ Henry (one of Chris Barber’s trumpeters)











Graham Collicotte plays drums with Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces at
Farnborough Jazz Club on 29th January 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

Paula Jackman playing clarinet & tenor sax




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

CHRIS NEWMAN, piano and JOHN BAYNE, on ‘Big Bertha’ (baritone sax) with Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces at Farnborough Jazz Club on 1st May 2015. Photo by Mike Witt.

News letter for last Sunday, 5th June 2022

We had a lovely audience for Mardi Gras JazzBand on Platinum Jubilee Sunday (5th June 2022). The band members worked hard themselves, mustering up a few friends. Plus a few of our own friends, some young people, who had often seen Keith’s posters and decided to come, plus old friends who bought extra raffle prizes that certainly added to the fun, due to me still trying to work the raffle machine (you had to be there to understand). Rob’s guys were brilliant, somehow there was a difference between how they sounded in the past. Keith and I both felt it. Was it because of the long Covid lock-downs? Were they all forced to practice more? I don’t mean they were bad before, I just noticed a certain relaxed beautiful togetherness. Please take that as a wonderful compliment guys. I loved the fact that the Social Club members all popped in to say what a great band, some remaining to watch.

Diane and Keith

Mardi Gras Jazz Band, 5th June 2022


Each first & third Sunday Monthly (25)








Presented by

ROB PEARCE – trombone

LEIGH HENSON – trumpet

JOHN ELMER – reeds


STEVE SMITH – d bass

PAUL BAKER – drums

Mardi Gras Jazzband .show off their crazy socks at the request of Diane 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.