Monthly Archives: May 2018

Bill Phelan’s Muskrat Ramblers, Friday, 25th May 2018


Bill Phelan’s Muscrat Ramblers at the Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent. 3rd October 2014.
Photo by Mike Witt

‘BILL PHELAN’S MUSKRAT RAMBLERS’ are set to be with us on Friday, 25th May 2018.  We at FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB enjoy having a variety of bands to suit most of your tastes and know Bill’s guys will make a great atmosphere for you.  I do hope to be ok for the whole evening myself this week, because these guys also know how to play great jazz and have fun at the same time!  Band leader, BILL on trumpet & flugabone, will have joining him ALAN CRESSWELL on clarinet, JOHN FINCH on trombone, plus engine boys, ANDY LAWRENCE on double bass,  JOHNNY McCALLUM on banjo & guitar (20yrs with Chris Barber) and PAUL NORMAN on drums).  Plenty of dancing to be enjoyed and listeners will not be disappointed either, with hopefully Bill playing his flugabone and John (F) on trombone, to ‘Sweet Georgia Brown’, plus Alan featuring to ‘Petite Fleur’ – I shall request these numbers, that’s for sure (perhaps my ‘Ciribiribin’ too).  Oh! I am a greedy what’s it!

Do join us – your jazz hosts

The Granties (Diane and Keith)

P.S. Can’t close without a P.S. nowadays – just a reminder though, ‘4-In-A-Bar+1’ are at Ye Olde Whyte Lyon, Locks Bottom this Sunday, 27th May 2018, from 3:00 till 6:00pm (see special ‘Page’ at top of our website about it).  A lovely venue where lovely food can be had, plus enjoy our quartet playing lovely dinner jazz (with many old standards).  This Sunday will have lots of romantic songs we will be playing for a lovely couple’s wedding at Leeds Castle next week – how about that – I’m petrified!  Come and support us – with that many lovely’s I mentioned, it’s got to be lovely!!!!!!

Tony Pitt’s All Stars, Friday 18th May 2018

Tony Pitt plays banjo as one of Barry Palser’s Super Six at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 12th February 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

 I just love it when TONY PITT’S ALL STARS come to play for us and they are here tonight, FRIDAY, 18th May 2018, at FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (Kent).  TONY (banjoist) always brings nothing but the best with him.  Judge for yourself, how’s this for a brilliant star-spangled bunch of musicians!  ALAN GRESTY on trumpet &vocals, AL NICHOLLS on soprano &tenor sax, GRAHAM HUGHES on trombone &vocals (hope he brings his harmonica too), ANDY LAURENCE on double bass and CHRIS NICHOLS on drums.  I think this is the first time for Chris, so come along with your huge Farnborough welcoming mat to make him feel at home and if you haven’t been to our jazz club before, then Chris will make you feel at home.  I am late again with this newsletter, but must mention last night!  We were invited to Jacquie and David’s new and highly successful ‘Foot Tappers Jazz Club’ at Seasons Restaurant, Knights Garden Centre, Chelsham, Surrey.  They had JJ (Jonathan Vinten Trio) with Bobby Worth and Stevie Thompson, who were superb as expected.  Their guest star was that magical singer, Sara Dowling.  Oh what a knockout she is.  I hate her …. Seriously, she is a delight.  She is a lovely looking young lady with a mind-blowing jazz voice.  Spit, spit, spit!  Keep your eye out for her … she is going places.  Well done Jacquie and David.

From Diane and Keith

P.S.  Just a little brag for Tony, not that he needs it –  but just to let you know that tomorrow, he is playing at Windsor!!  He will be playing in the King Edward Centre with the Silk Street Trio.  He hasn’t a clue how he is going to manage to get there.  Obviously, they won’t be able to go by car with traffic.  Anyway, we must let him leave promptly – no screaming for ‘more’!  He will need to leave early tomorrow morning (and I dont mean from us!) –  Keith said isn’t it nice to play for royalty two days running! Enjoy it Tony.


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Farnborough Jazz Club wish to add to all the worldwide congratulations and huge wishes for a wonderful wedding day to THE happy couple, Meghan and Prince Harry.  Don’t let anything mar your special day.  It is plain for all to see you love each other.  Such an exciting day to look forward to tomorrow.

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Keith has Chelsea in the Cup Final too – hmmm.

Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band, 11th May 2018

Bill Todd, Paul Higgs & Charles Sherwood enjoy playing with Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band at Farnborough Jazz Club on 11 March 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

It’s the FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB here and we have the PHOENIX DIXIELAND JAZZ BAND coming to play for us on Friday 11th May 2018.  The guys playing will be PAUL HIGGS (iridescent trumpet), CHARLES SHERWOOD (clarinet), BILL TODD (trombone/voc), also (depping for Roger) DAVE MOSES (double bass), ALAN BERRY (pianist) and ALLAN CLARKE (drums). 

See you all for some special ‘live’ jazz

Diane and Keith

Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces, Friday, 4th May 2018

Bob Dwyer, trombonist & leader of ‘Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces’ at Farnborough Jazz Club on 30th January 2015.                       Photo by Mike Witt.

 BOB DWYER’S BIX & PIECES is another favourite band of ours here at FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (Kent) and they are back on Friday, 4th May 2018.  

BOB (trombonist & vocalist) will be joined by MALCOLME WALTON (trumpet), SARAH SPENCER (clarinet, alto & tenor saxes), with HUGH CROZIER (piano &vocals), JOHN BAYNE (double bass &bass sax), DAVE PRICE (banjo &guitar) and of course  GRAHAM CAULICOTTE (drums).  Looks like (dare I say) spring is back again, so hope to see everyone join us for a great evening of dancing jazz.

Your hosts

Diane & Keith