Monthly Archives: December 2017

Sussex Jazz Kings, Friday 22nd December 2017

It’s our Christmas Party at the FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB, here in Kent again and the date is FRIDAY 22ND DECEMBER 2017 (£15 entrance on the night).  We have our old favourites, DAVE STRADWICK’S SUSSEX JAZZ KINGS to play for us.  Trumpet player & vocalist, DAVE (as most of you know) has been so unwell, but after treatment, was still hoping to get along to do this gig, Now the silly man has fallen over and broken his hip, so will not be joining us (Oh Dave, how could you do that to us! Really!)  Anyway, he has his usual band members all holding the fort, being BERNARD STUTT on clarinet, IAIN McAUALAY on trombone, PETE LAY on drums, PETER CLANCY on bass and KEVIN SCOTT on banjo, guitar &vocals!  Dave has replaced himself with TONY KARAVIS who will carry the torch – well a trumpet looks a bit like a torch, doesn’t it.  Of course, it’s not Dave I’m worried about, it’s Leslie !!!!!!

Sussex Jazz KIngs at Farnborough JC Sept2016

Hey, at the party, you can bring your own food – and candelabras if you want.  Also, It is to be fancy dress, (optional).  If you want to, but can’t think what to dress up in, I have suggested you could all come as Groucho Marx – black trousers, a moustache, a pretend cigar and you could write down a couple of one liners you might like to say to fellow partygoers!  Of course the jazz will be the main thing, the lads will do us proud, I’m sure.  All are welcome, but if you can let us know you’re coming beforehand, it will help to make the evening go smoothly (01689-603299).  Thanks.

Meanwhile, let’s all think positive thoughts and send some good wishes winging their way towards Dave’s direction (Horsham) for a speedy recovery & a happy Christmas to him & Leslie, they could do with a bit of luck wished them right now.

Plus CHRISTMAS EVE – don’t forget our Sunday gig too, ‘4-IN-A-BAR+1’.  We play lovely ‘Smooth Dinner Jazz’ (you know all the old standards) at YE OLDE WHYTE LYON, LOCKS BOTTOM, Kent this SUNDAY, 24TH DECEMBER 2017, 3:00PM-6:00PM,  The musicians are  JOHN LEE (tenor), TIM HUSKISSON (piano), ROGER CURPHEY (double bass), with KEITH GRANT (drums) and DIANE, singing a few songs.  (usually 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 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 (if you face Sainsbury’s front).  NOTE:  IT’S  NOT THE LAST SUNDAY THIS TIME, AS THEY ARE CLOSED THAT AFTERNOON –  IN READINESS FOR A NEW YEAR’S EVE EVENING!  WE SHALL BE BACK ON 28TH JANUARY 

Your hosts for all this ‘live jazz’

Are the Granties Diane & Keith

Merry Christmas everyone and A Happy, Healthy New Year TOO. 



Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band, Friday 15th December 2017

Paul Higgs playing his lovely iridescent green trumpet playing for Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band here at Farnborough Jazz Club on 22nd January 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

Drummer Allan Clarke with Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band seen here at Farnborough Jazz Club on 22nd January 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.








The PHOENIX DIXIELAND JAZZ BAND, bringing their wonderful ray of sunshine, will be here at the FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB this Friday 15th December 2017.  PAUL HIGGS will be playing his iridescent trumpet as magically as ever for us and joining him will be CHARLES SHERWOOD, playing clarinet, with BILL TODD playing trombone &vocals, ALLAN CLARKE playing drums, DAVE BARNES playing piano & vocals and ROGER CURPHEY playing double bass.  They present a wonderful program of exciting music for you, always something great to both listeners and dancers alike.  Come and enjoy them, I’m sure you will not be disappointed .  Besides, we have very nice Shepherd Neame bar staff too, plus a friendly atmosphere.

Come and your jazz hosts,  Diane and Keith

Mardi Gras JazzBand, Friday, 8th December 2017

John Stewart on guitar and Paul Baker on drums with Mardi Gras Jazzband at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 13th May 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

The MARDI GRAS JAZZBAND’ will be our band here at FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (Kent) this Friday, 8th December 2017Trombonist ROB PEARCE (band leader) has booked  LEIGH HENSON on trumpet, JOHN ELLMER with all his reeds, JOHN STEWART with his banjo and guitar,STEVE SMITH on bass and PAUL BAKER playing drums. After a fabulous evening last week, they have a brilliant act to follow, but Rob’s boys will have little trouble following, we have no doubt.  So get down here, with your dancing shoes and be a part of the happy atmosphere we ALL create.

Your hosts, as always, (well during the last two months anyway – to the day, hmm)

The Grantees