Monthly Archives: April 2017

Storyville Jassband from Holland, Friday 28th April 2017





               Storyville Jassband from Holland 2017,

STORYVILLE JASSBAND from HOLLAND, who gave us a wonderful evening back in August 2015 are on tour and back here again this FRIDAY, 28th APRIL 2017 at our FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB.  The band members are MICHEL MULLER (trumpet/vocals), HENK VAN DE VEN (clarinet), PETER DOBBE (trombone/ guitar/vocals), HENK VAN MULLIGEN (banjo), HEIN VAN ROOIJEN (double bass) and STEF GEURTS (drums).  It will be Michel’s first time of playing here at Farnborough, but Stef was here before with the Limehouse Jazz Band back in 2014.  I’m looking forward to seeing them again, if you read my newsletter about their evening here in August 2015, you will see I tell of them bringing the ‘house down’.  I said how their band leader for 40years, Ruud Nieuwenhuijzen, was ill with ALS (cannot eat or speak, except through a computer).  He was in the audience with his wife and friends.  I am so extremely saddened to learn that he died in July 2016.  So I should like you all to join us on Friday to give the band a happy welcome and let them know we intend to give them a good time!

Diane and Keith

ALS, or amyotrophic laterals sclerosis, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. A-myo-trophic comes from the Greek language. “A” means no. “Myo” refers to muscle, and “Trophic” means nourishment – “No muscle nourishment.

Bill Phelan’s Muskrat Ramblers, Friday, 21st April 2017

Happy 91st birthday, to Your Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.

Band leader Bill Phelan, seen here playing trumpet with Johnny McCallum on banjo and Alan Cresswell on clarinet with ‘Bill Phelan’s Muscrat Ramblers’ at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) last 27th May 2016.    Photo by Mike Witt.

‘BILL PHELAN’S MUSKRAT RAMBLERS’ will be with us at FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB tonight, Friday, 21st April 2017Band leader, BILL (trumpet & flugabone) will have with him   ALAN CRESSWELL (clarinet),  JOHN FINCH (trombone), ANDY LAWRENCE (double bass),  JOHNNY McCALLUM  (banjo & guitar) and PAUL NORMAN (drums).  Oh, I will be back hopefully later to tell you more, but Keith has just popped his head round the door to say car is not working and I have a school run today – before ‘running’ the club tonight, so need a car desperately today!!!!!!!!!!!  Back again and will leave the last sentence on, because the reason for a ‘dead car’ was I had left lights on last night!!!  My saviour was purchasing a great ‘Power Pack’ from Halfords a while back and am extremely  grateful today that I did.  So go and treat yourselves, buy one – you never know when you are going to need one.  Now about our Muskrat’s, well if you read my newsletter about the last time they played for us, you will get the gist of how much fun they have, ensuring audiences have fun too.  I just re-read it and thought I had better fill you all in (especially his wife) about Andy and my (innocent) ‘private country joke’, it conjures  pretty naughty thoughts.  I was going to dear ol’ Dipper’s funeral and was unable to find the crematorium (in Leatherhead, Surrey).  I had been going round and round in circles, so stopped a chap, walking his dog, to ask the way.  After he gave directions, we both suddenly realized we knew one-another, but when you meet someone out of context, well – yes, you’ve guessed, it was Andy – in his dog walking country gear ha ha – he thought he looked smart too.  Seriously, he did look lovely in his smart country-gent gear.  See you all tonight.


Hosts, Diane and Keith

Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces, Good Friday, 14th April 2017

Bob and his band – Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces, Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent. Taken 10 July 2015. Photo by Mike Witt

Our Easter celebration took place this GOOD FRIDAY, 14th APRIL 2017 (happy birthday to HM Queen Elizabeth 2nd).   BOB DWYER’S BIX & PIECES jazz band  made sure we enjoyed the start of our holiday here at FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB.  Trombonist &vocalist BOB’s phone was temporarily out of order, so was not sure of who was to be playing, however I actually got it wrong – he did in fact have CHEZ CHESTERMAN on trumpet, with JOHN ELLMER on clarinet & tenor sax, HUGH CROZIER on piano &vocals, including JOHN BAYNE on double bass &bass sax, DAVE PRICE on banjo &guitar and GRAHAM CAULICOTTE on drums.  I asked if you could all have a quick look here on Friday afternoon and hopefully, I would have been able to confirm these guys would be playing for you, but sorry, I didn’t have time to check it out.  I can tell you we all enjoyed good dancing, good raffle prizes (all who came had a chance of winning Easter Eggs and some booze too).  I also have to apologise for being unable to keep up with how these recent Fridays have been and what tunes were played, but have house renovations taking place and have little spare time. Hopefully I might get back to it all again.

Now, It is with much regret, I have to tell you that Michael & Silvia  Murtagh have lost their own Sunday jazz club they have spent much energy and love running at Welling.  They have been running jazz for far too many years than I can remember.  So Keith and I thank them and, wish them luck in whatever they care to disperse their energies into –  Michael is still editor for the Just Jazz Magazine, which obviously takes a lot of work for them both too.

How about this photo of our beaming ‘Kid’, George Tidiman on trombone, seen here with Ken Simms on trumpet. Taken at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 22nd July 2016 with his own band, George ‘Kid’Tidiman’s All Stars. Photo by Mike Witt.

Also, I expect by now, most of you will have heard of the death of dear Ken Simms, trumpet player.  Ken last played for us here at Farnborough with George ‘Kid’ Tidiman’s All Stars  – as you can see by this photo, on 22nd July 2016.  We are proud to have known Ken -truly a star- for many years. Keith had played with him on many occasions in the past.  Our sympathy goes out to his family.

Continue to enjoy your Easter holiday and see you all next week.

See you Friday’s – be Good.   

Your hosts,

Diane and Keith

Hot Lips Oldtime Jazz, Germany 7th April 2017


leader & trumpeter MICHAEL “HOT LIPS” ETZEL, seen here exchanging tips with fellow trumpeter, Colin Dobson (& wife Jo) of Billy Cotton Band Show Fame.                        Photo by Mike Witt.

HOT LIPS OLD-TIME JAZZ’ are again on tour from Munich, Germany and they plan for FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (Kent) to be the last show of the tour.  It will be their second visit to us next Friday, 7th April 2017 (from 8:00pm). The band’s line-up hasn’t changed in 27yrs, being led by MICHAEL “HOT LIPS” ETZEL(trumpet & vocals, BOB STRAUB (clarinet, alto &bass sax), HANNES EICKHORST(trombone), HEINI “THE TINY” BUCKENMAIER (drums), OTMAR “GEORGE” DICKER (d.bass) and WOLFGANG E. OTT (banjo).  What a fabulous evening we had with them, back in 2015.  I quoted in my newsletter about that evening, “Another great evening of jazz”.  Why not join us to enjoy that International flavour we proudly advertise at Farnborough and give ‘Hotlips’ another warm welcome.  £10 entrance and several hours of wonderful jazz will be your reward.  We have a friendly atmosphere, dancing, happy bar staff with club prices and free off-road parking.  Go on spoil yourself, give us a visit, you’ll love it.

Diane and Keith

Your hosts of ‘live’ jazz