Monthly Archives: May 2017

Tony Pitt’s All Stars, Friday 26th May 2017

Tony Pitt’s All Stars (Tony on banjo) at Keith’s special birthday, Farnborough Jazz Club 14th August 2015.    Photo by Mike Witt.

We at FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (Kent) take tremendous pleasure in telling you we have the very talented  TONY PITT’S ALL STARS back again and appearing this FRIDAY, 26th MAY 2017.  Band leader TONY (banjoist) has SIMON NELSON (cornet & vocals), DAVE HEWITT (trombone) and AL NICHOLLS (soprano & tenor sax), plus ANDY LAWRENCE (double bass) and JOHN ELLMER (drums).    Simon is new to Farnborough, so I looked him up to learn what I could about him and found a write-up about him, having guested with the band ‘Stars of British Jazz’ (  Anyway, if you read last October 28th’s newsletter, then you are sure to have enjoyed that evening and will be back again for more of this professional and fun-loving entertainment too.  If you didn’t make it that night, be sure not to miss this one.  We would like a sell-out to show these great stars we love them.  See you for 8:00clock start.

Your hosts for this ‘live jazz’

Diane and Keith

P.S.  Another reminder for you, once again, it is this Sunday, 3:00pm-6:00pm, 28th May 2017 that ‘4-In-A-Bar+1’, who play ‘smooth Dinner Jazz’, are appearing again at Ye Olde Whyte Lyon, Locks Bottom, Kent.  We have a change of musicians (for May and June) and will be John Lee (tenor), Dave Barnes (piano), Tim Pharoah (double bass), with Keith Grant (drums) and Diane, singing a few songs.  (Always the last Sunday of each month).  Why not book a roast lunch (tel: 01689-852631) served between 12:00 & 5:00pm.

Barry Palser’s Super Six, Friday 19th May 2017

Barry Palser at Farnborough Jazz Club 11sep2015. Photo by Mike Witt.

We are thrilled to tell you BARRY PALSER’S SUPER SIX are here with us again at FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB, Kent this Friday, 19th May 2017 Trombonist BARRY, also a great vocalist, will be joined by GARY WOOD (trumpeter &vocals),  JOHN CROCKER (clarinet, tenor sax & vocals), TONY PITT (banjo &guitar), ANDY LAWRENCE (double bass) and JOHN TYSON (drums).   That makes you all very lucky to be enjoying such talent in one place, so don’t miss them, make sure we are packed out.  Oh and repeating my words of last time – there are some pretty spectacular musicians in the world today, but each and every one of these guys can certainly match them any day.


Diane and Keith

’Mardi Gras Jazzband’, Friday, 12th May 2017

Mardi Gras JazzBand’s front line – John Ellmer (tenor sax), Leigh Henson (trumpe)t and Rob Pearce (trombone) at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 13th May 2016.         Photo by Mike Witt.

Brilliant – the guys in the MARDI GRAS JAZZBAND’ have agreed to play for us again here at FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (Kent) on Friday, 12th May 2017Keith and I always enjoy them because they really make the evening swing.  Trombonist & band leader ROB PEARCE, will have with him vocalist LEIGH HENSON, on trumpet, JOHN ELLMER on reeds, JAMIE PARSONS on piano, DAVE MOSES on double bass and not forgetting PAUL BAKER on drums, now how’s that for a great line-up.  So see you all for an 8:00pm start.

Before I close, I just want to tell you of the wonderful party a lot of us went to yesterday (Tuesday) to celebrate Brian ‘The Hat’ Stout’s life.  What a party it was too!  I’m sure Brian would have been thrilled to know (that as he requested) Rima and his lovely family arrange and made sure it was such a great ‘do’.  There were so many of his friends from the cycling clubs and the various jazz clubs too, joining in the celebration – we all really enjoyed ourselves, with many hats being worn.  Now we know we have a dancer where he’s gone to – and if there’s no cycling, I’m sure he will quickly arrange for that too aye.

Diane and Keith

Brian ‘The Hat’ Stoat (2017) was a keen cyclist, lover of jazz and a great dancer (2)

Brian ‘The Hat’ Stoat (2017) was a keen cyclist, lover of jazz and a great dancer (1)


Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band, Friday 5th May 2017

Allan Clarke of Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band, plays at Farnborough Jazz Club on11 March 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

The PHOENIX DIXIELAND JAZZ BAND consists of a lovely lot of musicians for your enjoyment, namely super talented guest star MIKE COTTON on trumpet, with sweet playing CHARLES SHERWOOD on clarinet and brill BILL TODD on trombone & vocals, with fabulous drumming man ALLAN CLARKE, plus our super-duper  DAVE BARNES on piano & vocals, with ROGER CURPHEY – I’m not going to say too much about him – he will only get to big for his boots, but he plays double bass and hey I suppose that goes for our big JOHN STEWART – too, he’s on banjo & guitar.  Anyway, we have them here again at the FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB this Friday 5th May 2017, so make your way here without fail for this great seven-piece jazz band.  By the by, so sorry I left half-way through last week’s fabulous band from Holland.  It was horrible to hear how absolutely great they were throughout and to have missed out, especially the drum solo. I knew we were to be given that treat.  However, this week, Allan will be terrific too on Friday, he is an amazing drummer as well.  He is a fine teacher (see attached, Allan playing ‘Take Five’ – accompanied by a beautifully elegant Linda King on piano).  Thanks to everybody for taking my place, dealing with the raffle tickets – Steve and Susan on the ‘mike’.  I don’t know exactly what was wrong with me last Friday, just felt very ill, but thanks for the many phone calls/texts enquiring after me and will see you all this Friday.

And certainly with ‘Live’ music, without a doubt

With your hosts, Diane and Keith

P.S.  Our next date at Ye Olde Whyte Lyon will be Sunday, 28th May 2017 (last Sunday of the month) and if you see above title page, please note that Dave Barnes (on here at Farnborough on Friday), will also be playing piano on that Sunday for ‘Dinner Jazz’