70years celebrating running Farnborough Jazz

FREE – 18 September 2022

‘DOOLALLY TAP’ will play at

Farnborough Jazz’  70 YEARS CELEBATION

We are celebrating bringing 70years of top-class Jazz to our wonderful Farnborough Village from all over the World we’ve brought bands to Farnborough, from America (incl. New Orleans), Australia, Hungary, Sweden, Holland and Germany, performing at The George & Dragon, The Change of Horses, The Woodman, The Village Hall, The Sports Club, The Social Club and Ye Olde Whyte Lyon at Lock’s Bottom.

We will be presenting an afternoon of happy Jazz, performed by ‘DOOLALLY TAP’ Sunday, 18th September 2022 from 2:00pm till 5:00pm, with an exhibition and Sale of Jazz Art by Keith Grant and presented by Diane.

Admission is FREE! So come along and celebrate this unique occasion with us at the Farnborough Social Club.

‘Doolally Tap’ 18th September 2022 (2-5pm)

As a little girl, even in latter times my sister confirms, I would be known to actually say ‘doodally’ – people even knew me as ‘doolally’. Keith must be ‘doolally‘ to have raced motor cars at an average 200mph, among other crazy things. So, I know we shall get on well with this lot and it is obvious they will fit in with us too! The band is ‘DOOLALLY TAP’

Their Line-up is:

David Lalljee – trombone

Titch Walker – trumpet

David Bitelli   – clarinet

Sean Moyses – banjo

Mick Scriven  – bass saxophone

Performing a heady hot jazz mix of rambunctious rags, swinging blues and beautiful 1920s melodies, Doolally Tap’s infectious energy and style continue to win them fans wherever they play. Led by ace trombonist David Lalljee, their exuberant, brassy live performances recreate the original frolicsome fun and energy of the prohibition era in true New Orleans style. Not to be missed!

Sean Moyses (The Banjo Man) is playing as guest star.  I watched ‘Mapleleaf Rag’ on-line – brilliant!

You just have to listen and watch his fingers yourself and you’ll be blown away, there is no need to ‘sell him’ to you, he’ll do that for himself.

I wish to add this photo – showing when Nick played with ‘Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces’ on Friday evening, 30th January 2015, at Farnborough Jazz (Football Club):

Nick Singer (banjo) with Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces at Farnborough Jazz Club on 30th January 2015. Photo by Mike Witt.

I wrote the following about that week:

“Nick came forward to sing ‘Tishomingo Blues’.  Nick has a wonderful (dare I say gravel) voice so suited to the trad world, don’t ever stop singing Nick”.

I’m sure wherever ‘we go’ Nick, if you are able to utter sounds like you were able to do in this world, you will be singing at the top of your ‘voice’ entertaining who-ever you joined, Nick.

Newsletter of Sunday 4sep2022

The ‘Bits and Pieces’ guys were all there, who we advertised, apart from Murray Salmon (double bass) sorry Murray, not sure why the change, but we had Roger Curphey on double bass instead, (Roger is a great player too). I made a note of a couple of numbers in the last section this time.

‘Clarinet Marmalade’ (written by Larry Shields & Henry Ragas of ‘Original Dixieland Jass Band’) in 1918.

‘Midnight and the Stars and You’ (written by James Cambell, Harry M Wright and Reginald Connelly) in 1934.

I am sorry but have just heard reports The Queen is ill and family has been called for – not good, so will publish quickly. Then work quickly on other advert almost finish.

I must think ‘possitive’ though.

My message to All Bands – 7sep2022

I do have to pull on memory to write about the pleasure each band gives us, not because of how fantastic or perhaps average they might have been (None are Bad!!!).  Each one depends on whether I have time straight after a Sunday, or maybe days later, or even should I return weeks later, as I will have to do sometimes.  So, my apologies to each band, just in case my tribute isn’t up to your individual liking.  Di xx

Bob Dwyer’s Bits & Pieces, Sunday 4Sept2022 (2pm-5pm)

Bob and his band – Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces, Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent. Taken 10 July 2015. Photo by Mike Witt

Band leader, Bob Dwyer is a lovely jazz singer and trombone player. He is again gathering his Band together to play here at the Farnborough Jazz, the Social Club on Sunday, 4th September 2022. The ‘Bits and Pieces’ are namely Malcolm Walton (trumpet), Pauline Jackson (clarinet), Graham Collicott (drums), Chris Newman (piano) and Murray Salmon (double bass).


Malcolm Walton with Bob Dwyer’s Bix Pieces

at Tunbridge Wells Jazz Club Feb 2018 photo-Pete Curtis

Note: Malcolm Published a book called “Ask For ‘Blues’ “- ask him about it. 


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

Paula Jackson (clarinet) with Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces Sunday 19jun2022 at Farnborough Jazz, Kent. Photo by Alan Walker.

Jackie Free’s Chicagoans play for Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on Friday, 5th August 2016. Murray Salmon (double bass) with Jackie (trombone) Photo by Mike Witt.


Chris Newman plays at Farnborough JC seen here with John Bayne (b.sax) with Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces 10Jul2015. (Chris is on Committee of Gosport Jazz Club). Photo by Mike Witt.                                                                   Love to see – remember John 

Bob has been bringing us entertainment from many top-quality musicians for absolute years now and has never disappointed us. These guys and gals are included – they are all great friends, so please try to support them at our now newish venue. The more of you who come, the more our atmosphere will flourish, so everyone benefits.  I love how music makes us feel good and these musicians keep us all young. My hair is bottle-fed I know, but I feel young inside when I can feel ‘live’ music. Please join us – you know I’m right.

From Diane and Keith Grant

Bank Holiday Sunday Garden Party 28August2O22





1pm till 4pm  ‘4-IN-A-BAR+1’  Playing Dinner Jazz

Tim HUSKISSBON (pno), Jo FOOKS(tnr), Roger CURPHEY(bss), Keith GRANT(drms), Diane GRANT(v)

4pm till about 6pm ‘JUMBO MUMBO’ – Kent’s best ZYCLOS Music

THEN about 6pm till late-ish ‘KRISTIAN BAKER ROCK & BLUES BAND

Windy City Weatherbirds, Sunday 21st August 2022 (2-5pm)

Just a moment to spend a few words telling you why you should make your way to the club this Sunday! The Windy City Weatherbirds.  They are here this Sunday, 21st August 2022 (2:00pm-5:00pm).  These six young lads (all aged in their twenties) are just magnificent – top-notched musicians already. We also love the look they exchange between themselves, (I’ve just realized that I am repeated all this before)  whilst listening to each other,  showing the admiration for each other’s music – and they are three brothers and three friends.  Everyone who has witnessed them, agrees they will go far, Keith tells me not to tell them, they will want more money – seriously, they are not too full of themselves, either – lovely men. We recommend them to your clubs.


Daniel Pickering of Windy City Weatherbirds  Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent. 17 April 2022          Photo by Alan Walker.

Magnus Pickering of Windy City Weatherbirds  Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent 17 April 2022. Photo by Alan Walker


Chris Hyde Harrison of Windy City Weatherbirds Farnborough Jazz Club 17 April 2022. Photo by Alan Walker

Joe Pickering of Windy City Weatherbirds, Farnborough Jazz Club 17 April 2022. Photo by Alan Walker


Adam Merrill of Windy City Weatherbirds Farnborough Jazz Cub Kent 17 April 2022. Photo by Alan Walker.

Harrison Dolphin of Windy City Weatherbirds Farnborough Jazz Club Kent 17 April 2022 Photo by Alan Walker



What a shame they are surviving during these hard times, they would definitely have been appearing in amongst many packed audiences long before now, with people being turned away – one day aye!  Still, I am sure it will make them much stronger in life  (thanks to their school of music and Mick Collins Legacy Jazz Orchestra, where we found them).  You can see them and the fantastic orchestra, held every first Monday evening, each month) 

Diane – and Keith. 

Pete Rudeforth Jazz Band, Sunday 7th August 2022

Pete Rudeforth, trumpet

Pete Rudeforth’s Jazz Band is to play for us at our Farnborough Jazz in Farnborough Social Club (Kent) on Sunday, 7th August 2022 from 2:00-5:00pm. Trumpeter, Pete Rudeforth is bringing his own band, good friends Andy Flaxman on trombone, Richard Exall on clarinet & sax, with Tim Huskisson on piano, Sandy Burnett on double bass and John Ellma, with everything he can carry to play with his drums – and what a band!

Where do I start! What a great line-up to to list for you! But how do we present these musicians to you! It never surprises me just how more brilliant I find names listed to me, to describe and if you haven’t already come across, who will be playing for you next. I know many of you have been lucky to have already seen/heard these giants locally (at Sidcup). So I hope some of you will turn up to enjoy them again. [We were so lucky to consider ourselves great friends of George Webb, who was known to instigated traditional Jazz to this Country.]

It is not surprising I am losing my memory a tad, with so many great names I have stored in my memory….. hmm, now we have another three to to recall and enjoy ….

Andy Flaxman, trombone

1. Trombonist Andy Flexman  had 22years with HM Coldstream Guards, leaving in 1997 to join the Syd Laurence Orchestra, The Glen Miller Orchestra (UK) and The Len Phillips Big Band (we watched the 2nd program of ‘Len Phillips100 years of big Bands’ on Sky Arts last Monday – fantastic, try to get it on catchup). I envisage with all that experience, a strong personality who has huge lungs for that trombone

Richard Exall. Clarinet

2. Clarinettist Richard Exall so much to tell … another one with a great deal of experience … again I will mention just some greats that he has played regularly with – Pasadena Roof Orchestra, Harry Strutters Hot Rhythm Orchestra (I managed to get them for Keith’s 80th Birthday party) and plenty of Latin American experience.


Sandy Burnett, double bass

3. Double bassist Sandy Burnett – Oh wow, having spent just a short read up about you Sandy, a composer, a lecturer, an interviewer, a broadcaster, an Art Society lecturer, too much to mention, with a list of people you have played with, also too long to mention here. phew! 

Keith and I will definitely enjoy our selves to absolute extreme on Sunday – we already know Tim and John 

John Ellmer, drums

Tim Huskisson, piano

and have done for some years, have also come to enjoy Pete like a dear friend and probably enjoy them, just as ‘a matter of fact’. However, I promise you, we will not be taking you for granted, with your life of learning and further experiences between you, on this Sunday. You all deserves some recognition from our local public, just as is done from the big general public.

We hope our friends give you their Sunday afternoon.

Obviously looking forward to meeting you on the 7th August.

Diane and Keith 


Sunday 31st July 2022 ‘4-in-a-bar+1’


Ye Olde Whyte Lyon, Locksbottom, BR6 8NE

Public House – built 1626

Shepherd Neame Brewery..


 ‘With ‘4-IN-A-BAR+1’

Every last Sunday monthly

Next Date: 31st July 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 relaxing music

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

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