Monthly Archives: May 2019

Granties Dixie Six, Friday 31st May 2019

GRANTIES DIXIE SIX are here tonight, Friday 31st May 2019. Yep, back here by popular demand in our own FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (Kent).  The band made its debut entrance a couple of months ago in February and was a wonderful success with most of our audience – it was full on brilliant swinging Dixieland jazz.  So, let me fill you in as to who we have in the band again tonight.  Firstly, we are thrilled to have PETER LEONARD playing trumpet and singing.  He has played here on many occasions with various bands and I can tell you, he is super.  Joining him, we have the brilliant magical tenor sax playing of JOHN LEE.  Plus, another wonderful vocalist, BOB DWYER on trombone (he has his own band, regularly here – ‘Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces).  TIM HUSKISSON is playing piano (well, he needs no introduction).  Roger Curphey is getting back to his old self, but I said rest for one more time – for the moment he has a motorway journey to get here.  So, we have KEITH DONALD on double bass – he is a ‘great’ swingin’ bass player too.  I’ll be singing two songs and of course, we have my own KEITH GRANT on drums (you never know, you might actually witness Keith catching a stick tonight!).  See you later jazzers – your hosts, Diane and Keith. 

‘Hershey and the Hotshots’ playing for the first time at Farnborough Jazz Club on 4th December 2015. (LtoR) Paul Taylor (trombone), (Keith Grant has sit-in on drums), Roger Curphey (double bass), Peter Leonard (trumpet&vocs), Tim Huskisson (clarinet&alto sax) and (out of view) Andrew Clancy (piano) and drummer Graham Caulicott dances with Jill. Photo by Peter Marr.
John Lee takes a solo (engine boys – Tim Huskisson on piano, Alan Morgan on d.bass & Keith Grant on drums. ‘Granties Dixie Six’, Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent 8Feb2019. Photo by Mike Witt
Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces at Farnborogh Jazz Club on 29Jan2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

Sorry Keith (D) – will upload phot later if time, or tomorrow – need to locate one. Di

Mardi Gras Jazzband, 24th May 2019

It’s MARDI GRAS time tonight, Friday 24th May 2019 at our FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (Kent).    That is when the MARDI GRAS JAZZBAND do their stuff. These guys make regular visits to New Orleans and so they do really know their stuff, often wearing lovely happy blazers, complete with Mardi Gras beads. You will be sure to enjoy the true spirit of New Orleans tonight.  The musicians trombonist band leader, ROB PEARCE has booked, is LEIGH HENSON on trumpet & flugelhorn, plus of course JOHN ELLMER on his many reeds and PAUL BAKER on drums. Joining us for the first time is ROGER LEWIN on piano. So please let’s give him a great big warm Farnbronian welcome. Your  hosts, Diane and Keith

Mardi Gras Jazzband at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) 1st March 2019. Showing off their cheeky socks at Diane’s request . L to R: Pete Clancy (d.bass), John Ellmer (many reeds), Leigh Henson (trumpet/flugelhorn), Rob Pearce (trombone), Paul Baker (drums) and John Stewart (banjo/guitar). Photo by MIke Witt.

Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces, Friday 17th May 2019

BOB DWYER’S BIX & PIECES will be our band for you on Friday 17th May 2019, here at our FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (Kent).  Hey yous, what a band it will be too! Band leader, trombonist & singer, BOB has a wonderful treat in store for you this coming Friday. He has booked Chris Barber’s other trumpet player, namely Mike “Magic” Henry (we have had Chris’ other trumpeter, Pete Rudeforth play for us here). But what annoys me, is I might not be here myself, so I hope you can come back again some day please, Mike. I am sure you will enjoy playing with the rest of Bob’s lovely band, who are SARAH SPENCER (clarinet, alto & tenor saxes), HUGH CROZIER (piano and singing), JOHN BAYNE (double bass & bass sax) and of course GRAHAM COLLICOTT (drums).  Oh what a brilliant band I shall be missing! So music lovers, dont miss it yourselves too. Please come and support Keith for me and keep jazz ‘live’. Diane. Sorry Sarah, probs with photos, hence old pic not with the band. HOORAY – I WONT BE MISSING THIS – I AM NOT AWAY!

Mike ‘Magic’ Henry, trumpeter for many well known bands & musicians, presently being The Chris Barber Big Band for 20plus years. Photo from Chris’ photos.
Bob Dwyer and his Bix & Pieces at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) 29Jan2016. Photo by Mike Witt.
Hugh Crozier (piano) with Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces at Farnborough JC 29th January 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.
Sarah Spencer Denmark 2008
Graham Collicotte plays drums with Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces at Farnborough Jazz Club on 29th January 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.
John Bayne on bass sax (I call it ‘big Bertha’) with Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces at Farnborough Jazz Club on 29th January 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

Martyn Brothers Jazz Band, Friday 10th May 2019

It’s the MARTYN BROTHERS JAZZ BAND – one of my favourite bands – they know how to play New Orleans jazz just how it is meant to be played (they live eat and play it) and they are back here again at our FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB tonight, Friday, 10th May 2019.   BEN MARTYN plays double bass and sings an EMILE MARTYN, who plays drums, have booked one of my favourite musicians, namely ROB PEARCE, who is on trombone.   Rob also has his own band and often plays here, namely The Mardi Gras and just like Ben and Emile, also travels frequently back and forth to New Orleans.  They are to be joined by RICHIE HOWARD on clarinet and RICHARD SIMMONS on piano (sorry, no photo of Richard for the moment).  As I said last time they were here, they are very popular in central London clubs and show their versatility, but certainly play the real New Orleans traditional style jazz for us here and ooze fun for us too.  So come and see what fabulous young musicians they are.  The music is from 8:00pm till 11:00pm (plenty of free parking). It’s ‘Live’ jazz, hosted by Diane and Keith  

Ben Martyn (double bass) leads his own band ‘Martyn Brothers’ at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 15th April 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.
Emile Martyn (he is a ‘Hot drummer’) of Martyn Brothers at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent 6Feb2015. Photo by Mike Witt
Richie Howard plays clarinet with Martyn Brothers at Farnborough Jazz club, 15th January 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.
Rob Pearce, band leader of Mardi Gras JazzBand, plays trombone at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on 19th February 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

Barry Palser’s Super Six, Friday, 3rd May 2019

‘BARRY PALSER’S SUPER SIX’ can only bring fabulous music – being the wonderful ‘six’ musicians they are – and they are playing for you tonight, Friday, 3rd May 2019.  Well, we have always tried our hardest to get the best for you here at FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (Kent) and of course Barry does the same too.  He’s has booked ALAN GRESTY to play trumpet, TIM HUSKISSON, who will be playing clarinet and sax and of course, BARRY himself will be playing trombone.  Plus, what an engine room too – ANDY LAWRENCE, who will be on double bass, JOHN TYSON on drums and TONY PITT on banjo and guitar, wowie aye?  That’s what jazz is all about.  Diane and Keith will be there too as usual.   You won’t know what to do, listen or dance.  Yes, of course some of you will do both. Music will be the usual time of 8:00pm till 11:00pm.  These great musicians … and only £10 entrance… you lucky people.