Monthly Archives: June 2022

Savoy Super Six, 3rd July 2022

It is our pleasure to bring back the ‘Savoy Super Six’ next Sunday, 3rd July 2022. This was previously booked for last February and was for a special tribute to Barry Palser. However, unfortunately our new venue had forgotten about a previous booking for a Christening party. Unfortunately we were cancelled. So Barry, dear friend – this Sunday is for you, a long overdue celebration.

The guys in the band are led by Peter Rudeforth (our second trumpeter of Chris Barber fame – the other one being Mike ‘Magic’ Henry who was with us at our last date). The rest of the front line will be Tim Huskisson on clarinet and Colin Graham on trombone. The ‘engine room’ will be John Stewart on banjo, Andy Lawrence on double bass and John Tyson on drums.

Now I know this will be a storm of a play by these ‘boys’ and no ‘Mother’s Day’ or ‘Father’s Day’, or main holiday, so how about it please, help make it ‘special’ for the band and give them (and us) a full house. Thanks.

Diane and Keith

Barry Palser (with his own band) at Farnborough Jazz Club, 27feb2015

Peter Rudeforth (trumpet) 






Tim Huskisson

Tim Huskisson






Colin Graham (trmb) & Brian Gyles 20May20

Smiley John Stewart on Banjo  8th April 2016. 


John Tyson drums)  15th July 2016

 Andy Laurence double bass 9th Oct 2015



Today, Sunday 26 June 2022 ‘4-in-a-bar+1’

Ye Olde Whyte Lyon

Locksbottom, BR6 8NE Public Housebuilt 1626 Shepherd Neame Brewery..


 ‘With ‘4-IN-A-BAR+1’

Every last Sunday monthly

Next Date: 26th June 2022  2:00pm till 5:00pm

with Tim Huskisson (piano)

 JO FOOKS (tenor sax)

ROGER CURPHEY (double bass)   KEITH GRANT (drums)

(DIANE GRANT (+1 ) only listening)

Enjoy a roast lunch with this lovely music

(Booking table for food will avoid disappointment – Tel: 01689-852631)

Lunches start from 12noon – last orders would be at 4:00pm

News letter for last Sunday, 19th June 2022

We had the lovely band, Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces. The wonderful thing about trombone player Bob is he loves to differ his program and sings some great songs. The band had super trumpeter, Mike ‘Magic’ Henry. It is not surprising that Mike was one of the trumpeters chosen by the great Chris Barber to play for his World-famous ‘Jazz and Blues Band’. Yep – he hit that incredible top ‘C’ note! Even the non-jazzers Club Members, who usually stay at the bar, came to listen to one of his solos and some of them actually stayed on. Paula Jackman played both clarinet and tenor sax, along side of Mike, superbly. Graham Collicott, our lovely ol’ pal, who tries so hard to play drums as good as Keith!!!! I’m only joking, he is actually just a bit better than Keith, ha ha. Chris Newman was on Piano, who kindly filled in for Hugh Crozier, had such wonderful lyrical sound. Someone requested a solo of ‘Baltimore Todolo’ a ragtime number, (giving the guys a break) just a real treat. Finally, I must mention Steve Smith, who played lovely double bass. He also filled in at the last minute. We have known him for some years, so we knew he was very capable of doing a fantastic job and would be unfazed. (He was with the ‘Mardi Gras JazzBand’ two weeks ago).

With a line-up like that, It was sure to be a winner.

Diane & Keith

Farnborough Jazz, Kent

‘Baltimore Todolo’ was composed byJames Hubert ‘Eubie’ Blake (1910)

Bob Dwyers Bix & Pieces, Sunday, 19 June 2022 2pm-5pm

Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces are playing on Sunday, 19June2022 2pm-5pm here at Farnborough Jazz.  Bob, who plays trombone, has booked to play with him, ‘Magic Mike’ Henry on trumpet (I know it’s Mike ‘Magic’, but I like it), Paula Jackson on clarinet, Steve Smith on double bass, Graham Collicott on drums and Chris Newman on piano, (Chris was with us a while back, 2015 to be precise (when we were next door) – fares from GOSPORT, Hampshire, where he is on the Committee of the Gosport Jazz Club. What a distant to travel aye, makes even our Ken’s ‘short’ journey from Brighton to our club seem easy ha ha. Bob started off this year for us, being an old friend and so it goes without saying it’ll be a good one, so don’t be scared – just get there! We have to get you out of yourselves and back into our way (please). It always takes a new place time to appear ‘normal’. We are slowly gaining new young people, so it would also be nice to see our ‘old friends’ loyally supporting us, before there is no room for you.

(I still promise not to kiss you – well maybe Keith wont promise).

Diane – and Keith

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


Mike ‘Magic’ Henry (one of Chris Barber’s trumpeters)











Graham Collicotte plays drums with Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces at
Farnborough Jazz Club on 29th January 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.

Paula Jackman playing clarinet & tenor sax




Steve Smith (double bass) with Mardi Gras JazzBand plays Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent)

CHRIS NEWMAN, piano and JOHN BAYNE, on ‘Big Bertha’ (baritone sax) with Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces at Farnborough Jazz Club on 1st May 2015. Photo by Mike Witt.

News letter for last Sunday, 5th June 2022

We had a lovely audience for Mardi Gras JazzBand on Platinum Jubilee Sunday (5th June 2022). The band members worked hard themselves, mustering up a few friends. Plus a few of our own friends, some young people, who had often seen Keith’s posters and decided to come, plus old friends who bought extra raffle prizes that certainly added to the fun, due to me still trying to work the raffle machine (you had to be there to understand). Rob’s guys were brilliant, somehow there was a difference between how they sounded in the past. Keith and I both felt it. Was it because of the long Covid lock-downs? Were they all forced to practice more? I don’t mean they were bad before, I just noticed a certain relaxed beautiful togetherness. Please take that as a wonderful compliment guys. I loved the fact that the Social Club members all popped in to say what a great band, some remaining to watch.

Diane and Keith

Mardi Gras Jazz Band, 5th June 2022


Each first & third Sunday Monthly (25)








Presented by

ROB PEARCE – trombone

LEIGH HENSON – trumpet

JOHN ELMER – reeds


STEVE SMITH – d bass

PAUL BAKER – drums

Mardi Gras Jazzband .show off their crazy socks at the request of Diane at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent 1st March 2019. L2R Pete Clancy, John Ellmer, Leigh Henson, Rob Pearce, Paul Baker and John Stewart. Photo by Mike Witt.





HM Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee, 2nd June 2022


HM Queen Elizabeth II's Platinum Jubilee Day

HM Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee Day

What a lovely day today is for me to look forward to – I think I have practically sorted my problems with the Wi-Fi (as of last night, 1jun – touch wood!!!) and it is the Platinum Jubilee today.

I have such wonderful memories of our dear Queen Elizabeth II’s Jubilee’s Celebrations and now it’s HM’s Platinum one.  My brother, Derek Horder and my sisters, Pat, June and I, were lucky to be a part of a street party (Boundfield Road, Catford, SE6) to celebrate the end of the war. I was only a tot, but I could remember it well – lovely jellies and cakes, of course! (any  one else there?).

So when we were nearing the Silver Jubilee, I was determined to give my own children (Warren and Selina) something historic and fun to remember. We were the only street party held on the day in the area (Gwydyr Road, Bromley Kent anyone else remember this ). Mayor & Mayoress B.E.G Davis were invited (they remembered us at the time of the Golden Jubilee).  The Red Arrows flew along our small cul-de-sac, whether intended, no one knows, but we believed it, because it was the icing on the top of the cake. Oh we really did let our hair down that night.  Remember, it was 1977, bling, lots of dancing into the night. Oh and yes, the police turned up. I recall saying how sorry I was and we would stop. I knew him. He said there had been complaints and we could be heard up in the Bromley High Street. He said to turn the music down a bit, enjoy ourselves and where’s the beer? They thoroughly enjoyed themselves too – with one young girl supporting his helmet till the morning and it was well light. Every body of all ages had a fantastic time – and NO TROUBLE WAS HAD AT ALL.


Now I wish to share a memory of mine with Our Majesty, just in case someone can pass this onto Her Majesty – I hope she might hear about and possibly enjoy. It is simple, but unique. It took place on Her Coronation Day.

During the months leading, obviously there is always so much think about by so many, what can be done, what ideas can be thought up. Someone obviously decided the Thames Embankment would be ideal for school children to be safe in (walls would be too high for children to climb over or fall from). So every child could have a chance to take place and watch the coronation procession, a lottery was held in every school in the Country. Six children from each school won a place to attend.  My sister Pat won a place from hers and I won from mine! Wow, I am sure no other family had that coincidence. We had to be at the Station I think at 5:30am, but my father overslept, which meant two children went in our place. One can imagine how disappointed we were, but my mother insisted she took us herself to Charring Cross so we could take our places. What I remembered will stay in my mind for all time! (I was 10yrs old). We walked down to the Embankment. There was a huge, huge metal and wooden gate closed right across the Embankment, with huge spikes at the top and a small gate within it, with which we were pushed through (my Mum too) by a strong policeman. The reason was because men were scrambling like madmen to get over the gates through the gaps between the spikes! It was manic and frightening (that is, if it hadn’t been for the strong calm policemen), the men fighting because they so wanted to see the Queen! (I have never seen those gates in place in the years since).

I recall the road sweepers, working incessantly, keeping roads clean. They were wonderful and kept us children entertained by acting royal and waving their hands to us – bowing to us, they were lovely,

Also, I remembered we had been pre-warned by everybody’s school not to laughed at Queen Salote of Tonga, because she was a huge woman (children can be very cruel), but quite the contrary, we took Her to our hearts. The reason being She arrived in an open carriage, smiling from ear to ear, getting soaked like we were, yes it was pouring with rain, but we didn’t care either.

Then came The Royal Coach – oh, good job we were young – we all would have had enormous heart attacks with such incredible excitement. I was lucky to have you Ma-am sitting on my side of the road – so incredibly beautiful (I’m reading this to my husband and can’t manage to do so – I have a huge lump in my throat). I’m sorry I can’t remember how handsome Prince Phillip was – till much later.

We were returned home by coaches, (with incredible feelings unable to describe), in time to watch the whole Coronation Service on our next door neighbours 9″ TV (Mr and Mr Hayden).  Followed by a street party, which included a magician performance (anyone recall that (Boundfield).

God bless you and thank you Ma-am.

Diane Grant (Mrs)(nee Horder, late Mrs Pratt)

I am going to have another Party on Sunday 5th June 2022

With my husband, Keith at our club

at Farnborough Jazz, Kent with our Mardi Gras Jazz Band entertaining us