Monthly Archives: December 2018

Update of Barry Palser’s Super Six, 21st December 2018

Keith came home late last night from the party , as he puts it, ‘happy’, telling me (as I was sure would be the case), you all came out of the woodwork.  Thank you for making it such a successful evening.  I am sad to have missed everyone.  (Keith left home starting to feel ‘sneezy’ but his  ‘doc’ came from behind the bar, served by Cath & Babs) ,  He told me you all made an effort with your food and candelabras – some dressing up in ‘gnome’ outfits.  I hear Barry announced after the session they had played so many Christmas Carols, but neglected to play ‘Shingle Bells’.   I was so ‘grumpy’ to have missed it all.  Keith’s remark to me was the evening was so successful, that he is going to put up a Christmas tree every week – he’s not ‘bashful’ about it – ha ha (or should that be ho ho ho).  He was ‘sleepy’ and so I had to wait for this morning to hear the rest. So now, I must wish you all a ‘Merry’ Christmas and a very Healthy New Year.   (pics to follow curtesy of Mike and Alan and anyone else who wants to pass some onto me – thanks).         Luv (as my brother-in-law calls me) ‘Dopey’ Di xxx  

We have booked ‘BARRY PALSER’S SUPER SIX’ for your entertainment at our 2018 CHRISTMASPARTY, tomorrow – Friday 21st December, here at our FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (Kent).  Yes, what a line-up Barry has in store for you too.  He has non-other than PETE RUDEFORTH playing trumpet, TIM HUSKISSON on reeds, BARRY himself plays trombone, with ANDY LAWRENCE on bass, JOHN TYSON on drums and JIM DOUGLAS on banjo.   I’d call that ‘BARRY’S ABSOLUTELY SUPER SIX’.  Oh!  I am so fed up, because for the second week running, I am unlikely to be there  to enjoy myself with you.  As I said last week, I have shingles and although I have been told by the Doctors, shingles is not contagious, I’m still feeling rough.  Anyway, the charge to come to this always enjoyable party event, is only £15.  You can enjoy plenty of dancing, a Shepherd Neame ‘club price’ bar and bring your own food and candelabras,  There is plenty of free parking AND you wont have to pay a forfeit at the door! Cos I won’t be there.  We have a bigger raffle than usual, including a limited edition print of one of Keith’s lovely jazz paintings.  It is sure to be busy, so be patient with Keith and help him as much as possible please.  Just in-case I’m not there, I wish you all a ‘Merry’ Christmas and a Healthy New Year.  One last thing, thank you all for making the celebration of Colin Dobson’s Life  last week, the fun Colin would have loved.   Much Luv Di and my ‘bar humbug’ Keith.

Please remember we will be closed on 29th December and the whole of  January, but you can catch up with Keith and me at YE OLDE WHYTE LYON for our ‘4-IN-A-BAR+1’ on 30th December and 27th January (3pm till 6pm).   You are seeing TIM HUSKISSON on reeds tomorrow (21st Dec), but he plays wonderful piano on these dates, plus KEITH playing drums and (a lot of you know) JOHN LEE on tenor sax and ROGER CURPHEY on double bass, plus I’m +1 singing a few songs.  

We shall return 1st February with Mardi Gras Jazzband 

Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces, Friday 14th December 2018

BOB DWYER’S BIX & PIECES are here again at our FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (Kent) tomorrow, Friday 14th December2018.  Colin Dobson’s lovely family have sponsored the band to play for the celebration of Colin’s life.  So please come with smiles on your faces (just as Colin always did) and enjoy Bob’s super lot.  Band leader, BOB (trombonist & vocalist) has with him MALCOLME WALTON on trumpet, SARAH SPENCER on clarinet, alto & tenor saxes, with HUGH CROZIER on piano &vocals, JOHN BAYNE on double bass &bass sax, DAVE PRICE banjo &guitar and of course GRAHAM COLLICOTT on drums.  Join us again for a great evening of dancing jazz. There will be no charge, but donations can be given to the family.  Plus, there will be a raffle and Keith will be adding one of his limited editions of a Louis Armstrong to it.  For those who haven’t been before, we have plenty of free parking and a club priced bar.

Your hostKeith will be with you – please help him though

because I might be missing …… I have shingles!  I am assured by the National Health Authorities that it is NOT CONTAGIOUS (unlike chicken pox), but I will have to see how I am feeling.  Obviously, I am so annoyed as I thought the world of Colin (we spoke many times on the phone over the years).  So please, if I am not there, give Colin a really good send-off.  Thanks.   Diane

Please look on further for photos and videos ……….

Colin Dobson – see videos & photos

(Colin Dobson is pictured here middle & 2nd from left)
‘Somebody Stole My Gal’ Billy Cotton Band Show’s theme tune (photo from Google/BBC website)


Billy Cotton Band Show (from youtube/Getty Images)


Colin can be seen in the trumpet section –  seated  just behind Spike Milligan and to his left (at one time cleaning his glasses).  10may1964 (from Google/BBC)

Meeting of the Maestros Colin Dobson, well known on trumpet with the Billy “Wakey, Wakey!” Cotton band , and a jazz legend in his own right, is a regular visitor to Farnborough Jazz Club where his opinions are often sought by other trumpet virtuosos with regard to their performances. Here Mike Barry, trumpet man with his own XXL band (15dec2017), discusses technical points with Colin over a friendly pint of Spitfire bitter. Two veteran jazzmen find harmony at the popular Farnborough venue. Photo by Mike Witt.
Leader & trumpeter MICHAEL “HOT LIPS” ETZEL from
HOT LIPS OLD-TIME JAZZ’  who were again on tour from Munich, Germany, seen here 7apr2017, exchanging tips with fellow trumpeter, Colin Dobson (& wife Jo) of Billy Cotton Band Show Fame. Photo by Mike Wit
‘Comparing Notes’. Denny Islet and Colin Dobson exchange old times. George Tidiman’s All Stars at Farnborough Jazz Club 19Dec2014. Photo by Mike Witt.
9oct2015enSeen here are Keith and Diane, Colin Dobson (of Billy Cotton Band Show fame), his wife Jo and their son-in-law, Jim, having just enjoyed 'Tony Pitt's All Stars' at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 9oct2015. Photo by Mike Witt.
(lLoR) Farnborough hosts Keith & Diane with trumpeter Colin Dobson (Billy Cotton Band fame), his wife Jo and their son-in-law- Jim, having just enjoyed ‘Tony Pitt’s All Stars at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) 9oct2015. Photo by Mike Witt.