Monthly Archives: July 2019

Tony Pitt’s All Stars, 26th July 2019

The fabulous TONY PITT’S ALL STARS are here tonight, FRIDAY, 26th July 2019, at FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (Kent).  I’ve always said TONY (banjoist/guitarist) brings nothing but the best with him and again, it hasn’t changed.  ALAN GRESTY is on trumpet &vocals, AL NICHOLLS is on soprano &tenor sax, ALISTAIR ALLAN is on trombone, plus  ANDY LAURENCE on double bass and yes, my KEITHIE is playing drums, but don’t let that put you off, he’s promised to try harder and catch his stick – good boy! Thank goodness the weather has cooled down – TONY was playing at Lords in that heat yesterday, so I won’t be wearing a hat tonight (taken it off to him). I had intended having this newsletter done yesterday, but sooooo hot, I was so shaky and couldn’t think straight, so how he and whoever played yesterday managed, well done. One more thing, I think it is a long time since ALISTAIR was here, let’s light up the room with our welcome applause and make him feel at home and if we are lucky, he might do his party piece for us. Join us tonight, your hosts, Diane and Keith. P.S. Sorry no photos, I haven’t time, but if some are done tonight, I will add them in the week.

Mardi Gras JazzBand, Friday, 19th July 2019

We’re going to the MARDI GRAS, why not come too.  It’s this Friday, 19th July 2019 at our FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (Kent).  That is when the MARDI GRAS JAZZBAND will be with us, bringing the New Orleans sparkle of magic with them… they go regularly.  I promise, you will hanker to go there yourselves, but if you cant, just grab some of that magic from here.

The musicians are trombonist band leader, ROB PEARCE and with him will be LEIGH HENSON on trumpet & flugelhorn, plus JOHN ELLMER, who usually brings all manor of reed instruments with him to play. ROGER LEWIN is back for his second visit to us, playing piano (although he had played here some years ago).  Then there will be STEVE SMITH on double bass and of course, PAUL BAKER on drums, smiling away at the back. 

I shall be wearing my beads they gave to me, during their last visit here.  Yep, looking forward to a bit of fun and dance the night away.  Come on … join us – your hosts, Diane and Keith. P.S A rush job in the end, Sorry, I found I had repeated photos, plus unable to find a picture of Steve (sorry Steve). Hopefully my time will be more peaceful soon to allow me to sort out and publish the lovely photos sent to me from both Alan Walker and Mike Witt.

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.

Mahogany Hall Stompers, Friday 12th July 2019


Barry Crickmore on drums with Mahogany Hall Stompers at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent). 12jul2019 Photo by Alan Walker

Mahogany Hall Stompers at Farnborough JC Kent (LtoR) Barry Crickmore (drms) Tim Huskisson (cl) Brian Giles (trpt) John Siret (dbass) Southend Bob Albutt (bnjo) 12jul2019. Photo by Alan Walker.











FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (Kent) welcomes back the MAHOGANY HALL STOMPERS tomorrow night, Friday 12th July 2019.  Band leader and cornet player, BRIAN GILES, will be joined by TIM HUSKISSON playing clarinet & alto sax, with COLIN GRAHAM playing trombone.  The engine boys will be ‘SOUTHEND BOB’ ALBUTT playing banjo & singing, JOHN SIRET playing double bass and BARRY CRICKMORE playing drums.  I can’t remember how many years we have had Brian with us (way before I had this website).  He is a lovely man and musicians love playing with him, so come along and join us and hear some happy jazz.  We are still enjoying this beautiful weather – can I suggest you come out and savour a lovely warm summer evening with us – perhaps buy yourself a shandy or something – yes, of course we still have our bar!  See you tomorrow night at 8.00pm (till 11.00pm).  Hosted by Diane and Keith PS I had to add this photo of Southend Bob – from 2010, he hasn’t changed much, has he! Actually none of them have from 2015 either.

Mahogany Hall Stompers at Farnborough Jazz Club
13Mar2015. (LtoR) Chris Walker (drums),
Tim Huskisson (clarinet), Brian Giles (trumpet)
& ‘Southend Bob’ Allbut (banjo). Photo by Mike Witt.
Mahogany Hall Stompers at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent)
20tMay2015. (LtoR) Colin Graham (trombone),
Chris Marchant (drums), Brian Gyles (band leader & trumpeter),
‘Southend Bob’ Albutt (banjo).). Photo by Mike Witt.
‘Southend Bob’ Albutt (banjo & vocals)
of The Original Eastside Stompers Jazz Band
at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent, UK,
on 21st May 2010. Photo by Howard Leigh

John Sirett plays double bass
with George ‘Kid’ Tidiman’s All Stars
at Farnborough Jazz Club 18Sept2015
Photo by Mike Witt.


Granties Dixie Six, Friday 5th July 2019

Don’t miss the great jazz of GRANTIES DIXIE SIX in our own FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB (Kent).  We are here tonight, Friday 5th JULY 2019.  Get a load of some brilliant swinging Dixieland jazz – enough to get your heart beating, feet tapping and plenty of hands clapping too (or I’ll eat my hats).  Let me tell you who Keith has playing with him this week.  We have MALCOLM WALTON playing effortlessly beautiful trumpet and by the way, Malcolm also has a super jazz voice. Also playing is our fabulous tenor sax player, JOHN LEE.  Then there is terrific trombonist, BOB DWYER (of ‘Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces fame).  You all know Bob has a deliciously romantic jazz voice too.  TIM HUSKISSON is playing superb piano (needing no introduction AT ALL, I love him – well not in the same way that I love Keith ha ha).  Plus, the great swinging bass player, ROGER CURPHEY.  Sorry, I might sing a song, or two and of course, my/your KEITH GRANT will be swinging away in the background on drums too (maybe this time, you will witness him catch that stick (he has managed to on occasions, I promise you).  So, don’t be late (8:00pm start), see you later – your hosts, Diane and Keith.  P.S. I’m sorry I didn’t get time to do a newsletter for GOLDEN EAGLE JAZZ BAND last week – I’ll do one over this weekend to say who played for you.  I hear you supported them well (as you always do) thanks… Diane xx

Malcolm Walton with Bob Dwyer's Bix & Pieces at Tunbridge Wells Jazz Club Feb 2018 (photo Pete Curtis)
Malcolm Walton with Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces at Tunbridge Wells Jazz Club Feb 2018 (photo Pete Curtis)
Bob and his band – Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces, Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent. Taken 10 July 2015. Photo by Mike Witt
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
What a picture, what a photograph! These two likely lads are Roger Curphey and Paul Higgs seen here with Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band at Farnborough Jazz Club on 22nd January 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.
Tim Huskisson plays piano with ‘Jonny Boston’s Hot Jazz’ band on tour at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent, UK 4th March 2016. Photo Mike Witt.
Keith Grant has sit-in on drums with Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent 17th October 2014. Photo by Mike Witt
Diane Grant sings with ‘Granties Dixie Six’ at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent 8feb2019. Photo by Mike Witt