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The Windy City WeatherBirds again! 18th December 2022

It’s The Windy City WeatherBirds again!

Sunday 18th December 2022 (2:00pm-5:00pm)


Update: Unfortunately, their talented regular drummer, Adam Merrill, is sadly unable to make this Sunday, however the wonderful talents of John Ellmer is sure to give you just as much pleasure.

It was only a month ago that I wrote these few lines to entice you all to come to that next gig. So am using it again to bring you out to us once more to our very last date to complete our Christmas fun and before we see the back end of this year – 2022..…………..

Windy City WeatherBirds again, Sunday 20th November 2022 (2-5pm)

These six young men (namely Windy City WeatherBirds) must be reincarnated from the jazz magnificence of the West Coast sounds from Bobby Hackett and Jack Teagarden’s talented days and we are not exaggerating ………… etc. We would need you here to tell them in person at our place please.

Hey, it will only cost you £10 entrance and I’m sure you have three friends who you want to share this Sunday afternoon having a few pints with (cheap club prices) and enjoy the fabulous talent with us.

See you all this Sunday, [20th November] 18th December 2022 (2-5pm). Where? Run by Farnborough Jazz in Farnborough Social Club (Kent).

Diane & Keith

You know what a great jazz venue it is by now, having enjoyed the polished turnout of The Temperance Seven were filling the place – you did that, so why not do it again! Jazz and people wanting fun, is what gives an atmosphere, not a miracle – make it your Sunday date – be sure you make it to our last gig of a fantastic year of Jazz at Farnborough.

We both wish you all a very happy Christmas and especially a wonderfully healthy new 2023 (especially to you two in Aussie Land, Mary & Bob).  

P.S  My write-up about the brilliant fun had by all with the Temperance Seven two weeks ago, will be completed ASAP – they worked so hard, completing three gigs, one after the other miles away from each venue. It is definitely what keeps you Temps7 young – you must be in your teens, aye!

Windy City Weatherbirds, Sunday 20November2022 (2-5pm)

These six young men (namely The Windy City Weatherbirds) must be reincarnated from the jazz magnificence of the West Coast sounds from Bobby Hackett, Jack Teagarden and Louis Armstrong’s talented days, and we are not exaggerating.  But don’t let them know we said so, they will want more money and we would need you here for that, to tell them in person at our place. 

Hey, it will only cost you £10 entrance and I’m sure you have at least three friends who you want to share this Sunday afternoon having a few pints with (cheap club prices) enjoying the fabulous talent with us.  Please look at write-up last time (dated 21 August 2022) for photos.  I write without looking back, then find I repeat myself, sorry, but it’s what I feel.

See you all this Sunday, 20th November 2022 (2-5pm). Where? Run by Farnborough Jazz in the Farnborough Social Club (Kent).

Diane & Keith

Windy City Weatherbirds, Sunday 21st August 2022 (2-5pm)

Just a moment to spend a few words telling you why you should make your way to the club this Sunday! The Windy City Weatherbirds.  They are here this Sunday, 21st August 2022 (2:00pm-5:00pm).  These six young lads (all aged in their twenties) are just magnificent – top-notched musicians already. We also love the look they exchange between themselves, (I’ve just realized that I am repeated all this before)  whilst listening to each other,  showing the admiration for each other’s music – and they are three brothers and three friends.  Everyone who has witnessed them, agrees they will go far, Keith tells me not to tell them, they will want more money – seriously, they are not too full of themselves, either – lovely men. We recommend them to your clubs.


Daniel Pickering of Windy City Weatherbirds  Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent. 17 April 2022          Photo by Alan Walker.

Magnus Pickering of Windy City Weatherbirds  Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent 17 April 2022. Photo by Alan Walker


Chris Hyde Harrison of Windy City Weatherbirds Farnborough Jazz Club 17 April 2022. Photo by Alan Walker

Joe Pickering of Windy City Weatherbirds, Farnborough Jazz Club 17 April 2022. Photo by Alan Walker


Adam Merrill of Windy City Weatherbirds Farnborough Jazz Cub Kent 17 April 2022. Photo by Alan Walker.

Harrison Dolphin of Windy City Weatherbirds Farnborough Jazz Club Kent 17 April 2022 Photo by Alan Walker



What a shame they are surviving during these hard times, they would definitely have been appearing in amongst many packed audiences long before now, with people being turned away – one day aye!  Still, I am sure it will make them much stronger in life  (thanks to their school of music and Mick Collins Legacy Jazz Orchestra, where we found them).  You can see them and the fantastic orchestra, held every first Monday evening, each month) 

Diane – and Keith. 

Write-up for 2022 April 17th – Windy City Weatherbirds

I am writing a few words to describe just how much we enjoyed the experience of this Sunday, although I cannot really show just how superb the excitement was felt, you just had to be there. What a truly wonderful session of jazz – these guys are so incredibly authentic with their choice of Chicago jazz in a west coast style. They are young (in their twenties), but professional with their feeling felt for those past maestro’s.

Magnus, came playing with a cornet (I’m told an old Besson). Wow, what a beautiful sound – and he sang in the same authentic way. Plus Daniel, with his smooth trombone playing too. Yep, equally great, was Joe’s clarinet AND his tenor sax, wowie. What three incredible brothers, Keith and I enjoy seeing how they smile with pride at each other’s playing of solos and we know they will be a great success on the Circuit. This includes their friends as well … Chris on double bass also played so warm-hearted and Harrison, just as exciting on guitar, which he told me, was the difference between Chicago jazz and New Orleans Jazz.  And last, not least, Adam playing those drums … so perfectly great … nothing but wonderful …

…………………………they are back 21st  AUGUST 2022

Diane and Keith

Windy City Weatherbirds, 17th April 2022, Easter Sunday Afternoon (2:00pm-5:00pm)

‘Windy City Weatherbirds’, is a newly-formed band of six very fine, extremely talented young musicians.  Three brothers, three  friends – met at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.  How proud their parents must be, especially Mr & Mrs Pickering. 

Keith and I run this Jazz Club, love jazz in most of its forms.  We came across ‘The Mick Collins Jazz Orchestra’ in The H.G. Wells Centre in Bromley, Kent, UK (since raised to the ground), we enjoyed the brilliance of their professionalism and thus became firm fans.  Mick took great pride encouraging  many graduates to join to give them a start, so they would gain confidence.  It was always a thrill for us too, to enjoy their excitement at joining these well- great professionals and to ‘grow’ in confidence.  It was so sad for all, when Mick died, but his wife, Trisia (who had supported his efforts for so many years), was determined to keep his wonderful work alive, as did all the musicians. 

Last year, between bad Covid times, Keith asked Magnus Pickering, if he would like to put together a group and play in traditional style jazz, to which he agreed? Keith suggested to Magnus they think up a name to call themselves. ‘The Windy City Weatherbirds’ was the name they wanted.  Keith was worried it wouldn’t be commercial enough, so came up with various ones, but I said to let them keep the name, being young. They had actually thought up the name, for very good reason – to describe the Chicago-sounds of Bobby Hackett and Jack Teagarden. that they loved.  I am sure Mick would be so proud of this spin-off.  I know Keith and I are just as proud, as I’m sure Tricia must be of these ‘Birds’ – so many ‘proud’s’, aye.

So now let us introduce these likeable guys, they are:   
                               ‘The Windy City Weatherbirds’
      Magnus Pickering – cornet                 Joe Pickering – Clarinet
                                     Daniel Pickering – trombone 
      Harrisson Dolphin – guitar        Chris Hyde-Harrison – bass
                                            Adam Merrell – Drums

 Their first public appearance was on Sunday afternoon

                (2:00 till 5:00pm) 5th December 2021 £10 

                 at our Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent, UK) 

Their second appearance is this Easter Sunday afternoon

                (2:00 till 5:00pm) 17th April 2022,   £10

                                                        again at our Farnborough Jazz Club. 

Come over and enjoy a great young jazz band on a happy Easter Sunday afternoon – pop over early and enjoy a meal in The Woodman Pub, phone them to ensure they are not fully booked, to avoid disappointment.

The Windy City Weatherbirds – 5th December 2021

F A R N B O R O U G H    J A Z Z   –   N O W   A T


(Every first Sunday of the Month)

Sunday, 5th December 2021 – 2-5pm

T H E   W I N D Y   C I T Y   W E A T H E R B I R D S

A talented group of six young musicians who met when at Trinity & Guildhall School of Music 

They will entertain you with their fantastic talent, playing the likes of Bobby Hackett & Jack Teagarden

       They will be bringing some friends with them to have            a sit-in – adding to the fun 

Admission: £10

Last date before Christmas – so extra fun raffle 

 (bring candelabras  if you want)

Farrow Fields, next to The Woodman Pub

High St, Farnborough, Orpington BR6 7BA

Bus route 358 – every 20mins on Sundays)

Free parking, dancing, comfy seats & club-priced drinks

Information: Keith & Diane 077-041-90009