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 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
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
FARNBOROUGH JAZZ – 2022
Each first & third Sunday Monthly (2–5)
At FARNBOROUGH SOCIAL CLUB, KENT
SUNDAY AFTERNOON 5th JUNE 2022
WE WILL BE CELEBRATING
OUR HM QUEEN ELIZABETH II’s
OWN PLATINUM JUBILEE
WITH MUSIC FROM
MARDI GRAS JAZZ BAND
ROB PEARCE – trombone
LEIGH HENSON – trumpet
JOHN ELMER – reeds
RICHARD SIMMONS – piano
STEVE SMITH – d bass
PAUL BAKER – drums
ENJOYING THE TASTE OF
NEW ORLEANS‘ FUN
BOB DWYER’S BITS & PIECES)
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.
WE HAD ANOTHER STREET PARTY A FEW WEEKS LATER.
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
Ye Olde Whyte Lyon
Will be back Sunday, 26 June 2022 with Tim – see above Page ‘4-in-a-Bar+1’
Locksbottom, BR6 8NE Public House – built 1626 Shepherd Neame Brewery..
We have not had any firm Internet for such a long time, because of a perished Cable, so we don’t know who has heard from us, or if you have sent to us. We received the replaced Cable back in 28April2022, but the use of private Wi-Fi, only returned to us this Wednesday, 18May2022. So I have lots to catch up on and very little energy! I rested yesterday and today, we are going out for a long drink!!!
I hope you will pass this information onto others, as I am still in problems with extreme lack of Wi-Fi. I am unable to reach people (by phone or email) to tell everyone that the ‘Golden Eagle Jazz Band’ are at Farnborough Social Club in Kent on Sunday, 15May2022, 2:00-5:00pm. I’m not even sure who will be playing, but I expect to have band leader golden boy himself, banjoist Kevin Scott and clarinetist Alan Cresswell. If I am able to phone Kevin, or he tries to call me and says who is playing with him before Sunday, I will try my hardest to let you know. We are relying on everyone to try to support us anyway they can. With discovering that the Cable had perished, it was no wonder that no-one knew we had started up again, that we were so empty!
Even this website has given so much trouble.
Diane & Keith
Keith and I enjoyed seeing everyone who turned up to show their appreciation of ‘Tim Huskisson & Friends’. They were rewarded with a lovely afternoon of happy music.
(work in progress – Photos to follow by Alan Walker) I am confident that more of you would have joined us, if it hadn’t been for te fact that Sunday was Mayday Weekend and that you had made family dates. But more so, for the fact that we were out of action for two weeks at home. The underground Cable providing us with Wi-Fi, was eventually found to be perished. Virgin did a brilliant job replacing it, although it’s not perfect yet – still not problem-free. It was actually 35yr’s ago that it was provided by Nynex. When one thinks, it lasted pretty well, but no wonder it caused me so much trouble over these recent years. It came to my knowledge just yesterday, that since September 2021, several of you had not received my emails, telling you when, where and who was on. You needed to know which Sunday in particular. There I was, needlessly worrying that you were being irritated by my sending too many emails!
Anyway, back to you, Tim, Peter, Chris, Paul, Rod and Roger, thank you for giving us so much fun with your talent. It’s got to have been absolutely dreadful for you not being able to play in front of an audience during those last two+ Covid years, as it was for us too. It was such a long time, wasn’t it. Thank goodness we are through all the worst of it. Many of you are still afraid to come out, but it will do you all the world of good (especially all who have had their inoculations), to get back to normality. Music is so good for the soul and will bring back our ‘youth’. Many clubs have sadly closed, but many have like us, although cannot afford to, are trying to shouldered our losses. Our wonderfully talented musicians have also taken the drop in money and play for long hours, cope with travel costs both ways and because of less places open, sometimes go days without earning anything too, Some musicians have given up (on their years of learning) and doing other things, which is a great loss to the world. Things look pretty miserable for everyone at the moment, but with a little bit of extra support by all of us collectively, they will survive and we can all enjoy ourselves. We have all lost family and friends throughout this and I, from past experience, survived through music and laughter.
If you make it out to Farnborough, I promise not to kiss you (unless you two want to!). By the way, one little bit more info, A sense of humour goes a long way to making you feel better. too.
About last Sunday, Keith and I were taken aback, when they played our tune (which many of you know about). We shouldn’t have been so surprised, because Tim and Peter learnt and played it with Bob Dwyer in own band (Bob previously learnt it for me to sing to). The song being ‘Nice to Know you Care’, a No: 1 hit in the 50’s, written by our ol’ friend Lesley Baguley (see tribute Page above about him). The only trouble, Keith was unable to dance – dodgy leg – lack of dancing for such a long time – maybe next time!
Our own afternoon carried on till much later than 5:00pm (as you can guess). Just a little story to finish. What makes me believe jazz will carry on till long after we have ‘gone’! First of all, advertisers are using jazz, I know, probably not having to pay copy-rite, much enjoyed by football crowds. But secondly, this little story for you. Keith and I sit enjoying a drink (or three) with a DVD playing. A young couple plus their 3½yr old son, arrived at the club, visiting their dad. The little lad began dancing to our music. Oh, he was amazing, such a natural talent a star already. He just ‘performed’ and didn’t want to stop. The DVD was ‘Temperance Seven’ (with another dear friend of ours, Mac White , paying clarinet). Apparently, this little lad enjoyed music, according to his parents, not with this enthusiasm. I hope they comes back (as they said), maybe I will ask mum if she will let us put the little bit of videoing she did, copy it and be able to published here.
Now I know you were unaware, we were Every third and third Sunday, we can now look forward to seeing you up and dancing here to the Golden Eagle Jazz Band, Sunday, 15th May Sunday.
Keep music ‘Live’ – especially Jazz.
Cheers from Diane and Keith.
………..Pete Rudeforth returns 3july2022 with ‘Barry Palser’s Savoy Jazz’