Christmas Jazz Newsletter – December 2017

Dear Jazzers

The season of Scant Applause (groan) is upon us once more, time to get out the funny hats and the mistletoe.
The Christmas party is next Tuesday (19th December) and we welcome back, as a special guest, Big John Lee on tenor sax who will be augmenting Bill’s Dixie Demons. I am particularly looking forward to the musical cut and thrust from Richard and Big John.
We will be providing the usual Christmas comestibles for this festive occasion and, among other attractions on the night, Jolly Jim will make an appearance ably assisted by Richard’s right hand – gread and gutter anyone?
Don’t forget in the New Year on the 9th January we have the return of the Nevada Street Four. Tickets are on sale behind the bar. Make sure you get your’s – this is the perfect band to banish those post-Christmas blues. I will be giving a detailed description of the band in the next newsletter.
Happy Jazzmas to one and all.

Mike Deighan


Jazz Newsletter November 2017 and Binkies Dixie Demons 28th November

Dear jazzers,

The dictionary definition of orchestra is “a group of instrumentalists especially one combining strings, woodwind, brass and percussion”. Well it doesn’t specify as to the number of musicians but on Tuesday the 14th Grayshott was treated to a night of musical variety with just three of them in the shape of The FB Pocket Orchestra. In Jenny Russell we have an outstanding singer with a voice especially suited to Blues and Ragtime as well as providing hot clarinet on tunes of that ilk. Ollie Corbin (notice the i ) is the musical catalyst with his playing of the cornet, tuba, accordion, and beat-box. Musical director Paul Stevenson unpins his immaculate guitar playing with understated and informative humorous announcements about the Band’s repertoire. Outstanding moment – the orchestra’s arrangement of Saint-Saens Dance Macabre.
Thanks to everyone who turned out to support this superb concert and we hope for more of the same on the 9th January when the club will be presenting The Nevada Street Four in concert. Tickets will be on sale at the next Jazz evening – Tuesday 28th November.

Dates for the diary
Tuesday 28th November – the usual suspects ( i.e. Binkie’s lot!)
Tuesday 19th December Jazz Christmas party – special guest Big John Lee.
Tuesday 9th January Nevada Street Four
Tuesday 30th January – Binkies Dixie Demons

Keep Jazzing

Grayshott Jazz Club Newsletter

Binky’s at FirkinFest

Dear Jazzers,

We have one of those five Tuesday month’s again so the regular last Tuesday in the month session will be next Tuesday 31st October. This month’s attraction, apart from the Demons (back from their exhausting tour of Grayshott – culminating at the Firkin Fest last Friday) will be yours truly. I’ve selected some songs from the 1950’s – a much neglected decade in my opinion and, if you’re in good voice they may stir some distant memories of childhood enabling you to join in with me. I may have some song sheets to hand hmmmm…..

On the 14th November at 8pm we have the wonderful Pocket Orchestra back for their annual concert at the club. This remarkable trio are always special to listen to and I feel privileged as they have asked me to join them for the last set. If you look at this web site –  you will see just how popular this band is and how lucky we are that they could fit us into their busy schedule. Tickets are on sale at the club, £10 each.

Keep Jazzing


Dates for your diary

Oct 31st – Jazz Club with Binky’s Dixie Demons

Nov 14th Concert with the Pocket Orchestra

Nov 28th Jazz club with special guest TBA

Dec 19th Jazz Club Christmas Party

Jan 9th 2018 Nevada Street Four ( Richard MIGHT plug this!)

Jan 30th 2018 Jazz Club