Monthly Archives: October 2017

Tony Pitt’s All Stars, Friday 27th October 2017

Tony Pitt on banjo, Al Nichols on tenor sax, Andy Lawrence on double bass and John Ellmer on drums as part of Tony Pitt’s All Stars at Farnborough Jazz Club, playing for Keith’s birthday on 12th August 2016.     Photo by Mike Witt.

Hey Ho, it’s non-other than  TONY PITT’S ALL STARS back again and appearing this FRIDAY, 27th October 2017 at FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (Kent).  Band leader TONY (banjoist) has booked stars ALAN GRESTY on trumpet, DAVE HEWITT on trombone and AL NICHOLLS on soprano & tenor sax, plus joining him in engine are ANDY LAWRENCE on double bass and JOHN ELLMER on drums. (See newsletter 28th October 2016). They’re top notch, so get here for 8:00pm kick off.

Plus don’t forget our Sunday gig too, ‘4-IN-A-BAR+1’, who play ‘Smooth Dinner Jazz’ at YE OLDE WHYTE LYON, LOCKS BOTTOM, Kent this SUNDAY, 29TH OCTOBER 2017, 3:00PM-6:00PM,  The musicians playing will be JOHN LEE (tenor), TIM HUSKISSON (piano), ROGER CURPHEY (double bass), with KEITH GRANT (drums) and me (DIANE), singing a few songs.  (Always the last Sunday of each month).  Treat yourself and book a roast lunch (Tel: 01689-852631) served between 12:00 & 5:00pm.  Last time everyone loved the music, with many enjoying the newish 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 Sainsbury’s) with a walk-thru to pub at far right corner (face Sainsbury’s).

Your hosts for this ‘live jazz’

Are the Granties

Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band, Friday 20th October 2017

Lovely pic of John Ellmer on tenor sax at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 19th February 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

JOHN ELLMER will be playing his soprano sax as magically as ever for us tonight.  That will be here at the FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB tonight, Friday 20th October 2017The rest of this fun filled PHOENIX DIXIELAND JAZZ BAND to join JOHN will be CHARLES SHERWOOD playing clarinet and BILL TODD playing trombone &vocals.  Also ALLAN CLARKE playing drums, DAVE BARNES playing piano & vocals and ROGER CURPHEY playing double bass.   So it would be very silly to miss them.  Therefore, how about joining us at 8:00pm and set yourselves up for a happy weekend of tonight’s jazz memories.  Dave also played piano at our wedding to entertain us all, whilst we were enjoying a drink in the main bar.

Your jazz hosts, 

The Granties

I was ‘Granted’ on 8th October 2017, then Keith and I enjoyed a couple of days honeymoon, returning on Friday, 13th October 2017 for Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces.


Keith & Diane’s Wedding Day 8oct2017 at Donnington Manor Hotel with the Mardi Gras Jazzband.  Leader Rob Pearce-trombone, Leigh Henson-trumpet, John Ellmer-reeds, Jonathan Vinton-piano, Andy Lawrence-d.bass & Paul Baker-drums, Seen here sittingin – Keith on drums, Roger Curphey on d.bass & Diane singing ‘I cant give you anything but love’. Photo by Anje Jen

Hugh Crozier (piano) and Dave Price (banjo) with Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces at Farnborough Jazz Club 18mar2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

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

This week was the very first time ever that I had missed writing a newsletter to tell you of the band and the musicians who would be playing for us, since advertising our weekly Friday night jazz club some 25/30 years ago.  Well I had very good reason for missing it, simply due to my being ‘GRANTED’.



So sorry, but let me tell you briefly, we had the return of BOB DWYER’S BIX & PIECES, to FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB on Friday, 13th October 2017.  Trombonist &vocalist BOB, never complained we hadn’t advertised them, because it was a good turnout anyway.  MALCOLME WALTON was on trumpet, with TIM HUSKISSON on clarinet & tenor sax, HUGH CROZIER on piano &vocals, JOHN BAYNE on double bass &bass sax, DAVE PRICE on banjo &guitar and GRAHAM CAULICOTTE on drums.  Also MARILYN PRICE sang a couple of songs.  What a great jazz voice she has too.  Lovely evening.

Keep Jazz Live’ with your hosts,

The Granties

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.