Jazz Newsletter February 2019

Hi folks and welcome to Spring,

We missed Andy Norman through illness at our January Session but I stepped into the breach and the 42 hardy souls who braved the elements were treated to an entertaining evening with some great jazz thrown in for good measure.

We have a special guest at the February Jazz Night (26th) – Graham Hughes, trombone (and indeed all the brass instruments) plus, of course, his chromatic harmonica. We don’t, with the exception of Mike Cotton, get many harmonica players at the club so it will be a nice contrast to the barn-storming Jazz we have lined up for the night.

Enjoy the Jazz,

Dates for the diary
Tuesday March 26th – Bill’s Dixie Demons with Andy Norman
Tuesday April 9th Concert – Steve Rushton (drummer) and band – £10
Tuesday June 11th Concert – Enrico Tomasso and band – £10
More information about Graham can be found on his website grahamhughesjazz.com

Jazz Newsletter January 2019

A very happy new year to all our readers and peace and prosperity in the future.

I will be hosting a concert at the club on the 8th (next Tuesday) in order to, hopefully, banish those post Christmas blues. Joining me are a few old pals, namely Cuff Billet, John Laws, and Trevor Evans. We hope to present an evening of scintillating jazz with some nice old tunes played in the traditional New Orlean’s Style.

This month’s jazz night (29th January) will see a return of trumpet player Andy Norman who will join Bill and the boys for our first Jazz Club of 2019. Andy has proved to be very popular with our jazz club audience and we look forward to welcoming him back.

At the Jazz Club next month, February 26th, not forgetting our famous naffle, we have as our special guest the trombonist and chromatic harmonica player – Graham Hughes. Graham leads a very busy musical life and it’s worth visiting his website – www.grahamhughesjazz.com

Anyhow we look forward to his return in February.

Enjoy the jazz


Dates for the diary

Tuesday January 8th Concert with Mike Deighan and friends £10 admission

Tuesday January 29th Bill’s Dixie Demons with Andy Norman

Tuesday February 26th Bill’s Dixie Demons with special guest Graham Hughes

Tuesday April 9th Concert – Steve Rushton (drummer) and band

Tuesday June 11th Concert – Enrico Tomasso and band

Jazz Newsletter Christmas 2018

Happy Christmas everybody and we hope to see you tonight at our Jazz Club Christmas Bash with special guest Mike Cotton. It’s been a good year for the Club with outstanding support especially for the concert sessions. In March we had the very talented drummer Steve Rushton with his band featuring Louise Cookman on vocals, they will be back. Then, of course, in May the inimitable Temperance Seven.
Fast forward to July and we were entertained by Tony Jacob’s Tuxedo Orchestra, star studded with some of the country’s finest musicians. Last month’s concert was with our old friends the FB Pocket Orchestra.

Bill, Richard, Nutty, Dave and AN Other continue to provide first class jazz on the last Tuesday of the month ensuring the survival of Jazz at least in our part of the country.
All in all, as I said, it was good year, marred only by the passing of our trumpet player Martin Horsfall at the relatively early age of 54. A benefit for Martin’s family at the October session raised, thanks to people’s generosity, £530.
Enjoy the festivities tonight.


Dates for the Diary 2019
Tuesday 8th January 8pm – 11pm Mike Deighan and friends who will attempt to blow away those after Christmas Blues
Tuesday 9th April 8pm – 11pm Steve Rushton and Band
Tuesday 11th June 8pm – 11pm Enrico Tomasso and Band

What’s On At The Club This Week

Monday 10th December
Premier League
Everton v Watford                                  20:00
Tuesday 11th December
Champions League
Barcelona v Spurs                                  20:00
Liverpool v Napoli                                  20:00
Wednesday 12th December
Champions League
Man City v Hoffenheim                          20:00
Valencia v Man Utd                                 20:00
Thursday 13th December
Champions League
MOL Vidi v Spurs                                   17:55
Arsenal v FK Qarabag                           20:00
Saturday 15th December
Premier League
Man City v Everton                                 12:30
Fulham v West Ham                               17:30
Champions Cup Rugby
Toulouse v Wasps                                  15:15
****** Christmas Karaoke from 8.30pm ******
Sunday 16th December
Premier League
Southampton v Arsenal                         13:30
Liverpool v Man Utd                               16:00
Champions Cup Rugby
Newcastle v Edinburgh                          15:15
**** Christmas Draw 3pm – Tickets from the bar ****

Coming Up:
Tuesday 18th December – Christmas Jazz 8pm
Friday 21st December – Live Band iWitness 8.30pm
New Years Eve – ‘Charity Royale’ – James Bond themed Charity Fancy Dress 

Jazz Newsletter November 2018

Dear Jazzers

Thanks to the generosity of those who attended and some who didn’t but sent money, we realised £530 for Martin Horsfall’s benefit Jazz Night last Tuesday. There was a good turn out of 67 for this special evening. The guests advertised were arranged before I went to Australia and due to unforeseen circumstances they were unable to attend and for this I apologise. We did, however, have a great evening with Bill’s band on song. The highlight, for me, was Cyril Bevan sitting in on drums. It was only three weeks since I saw him performing with Dan Barnett’s band at the Merimbula Jazz Club in Australia!

Next up at the Jazz Club is the FB Pocket Orchestra in concert on Tuesday 13th November – tickets are on sale at the Club, £10.

If you follow the Pocket Orchestra, you might like to look at their web site to see where they are playing. Although they have spread their wings to incorporate most of the United Kingdom, there are still plenty of local gigs, (Chichester for one) where you can enjoy this wonderful trio in different venues.

Dates for the diary
Tuesday 13th November – FB Pocket Orchestra – tickets on sale £10
Tuesday November 27th – Binky’s Dixie Demons
Tuesday December 18th Christmas party – special guest TBA

Keep Jazzing

Jazz Club Newsletter October 2018

Hello Folks, we’re back from our travels and looking forward to grabbing the wheel again. First of all a big thanks to Isabel for continuing to run the Naffle in our absence. Secondly, don’t forget the Firkin Fest at the Village Hall which starts tonight and features a modified (quiet) version of Bill’s Demons. Whilst in Australia, we received an e mail from Rae Boxall saying that a friend of hers Cyril Bevan was playing with the Dan Barnett group in Australia. She didn’t know where and it’s a big place etc. Lo and behold! They were playing at Merimbula Jazz Club, about 30k from where we were living. Needless to say we attended and were treated to a terrific night of jazz by this quintet of Dan Barnett. His co-leader on the gig was George Washingmachine a superb exponent of the jazz violin. (Check him out on You Tube.) Cy, incidentally was the group’s drummer in a fairly young outfit tipping the scales at a mere 88 years of age!

Our Jazz this month will be a tribute to our former trumpet player Martin Horsfall so sadly taken from us a few months ago. The aim of the evening is to raise money for Martin’s family and to this end all the musicians will be donating their fee to this worthy cause. We have some notable musicians attending including Denny Ilett, John Lee and Sue Greenaway who played with Martin in an Oxford Jazz Group. I’m sure we can overcome our sadness and have a great night in memory of Martin. The tickets for the forthcoming Pocket Orchestra concert on Tuesday 16th November are now on sale at the club.

Keep Jazzing



Jazz Newsletter September 2018

G’day all

Just a quick note about the Jazz tomorrow night.

Bill’s back on banjo after his adventures in Gaul and will be conducting the band with his usual aplomb.

Andy will be playing his second gig with the band and is looking forward to meeting Bill.

No decision has been made as yet about replacing dear Martin on trumpet. We will discuss this when I return.

Helen and I continue to have a great time here – plenty of spinning and weaving for Helen and a gig or two and a bit of paddling for me!

Enjoy the jazz


Dates for the diary

October 19th FirkinFest with Binkie’s Dixie Demons

October 30th Jazz night benefit for Martin’s family

November 13th FB Pocket Orchestra

Bar Management Changes

Dear Member,

After trialling a new bar staffing arrangement at the club over the last 6 months the Managing Committee have decided on some minor changes to enhance further the day to day running of the club and bar.

I am very pleased to announce that Lil Whillians-Samson has been appointed Bar Manager and Peter Noah & Emma Walker Assistant Bar Managers.


David Phillips

Jazz Newsletter August 2018

Tony Jacobs and the Tuxedo Jazz Orchestra did the club proud a couple of weeks ago with a stunning display of musicianship, style and presentation. A sweltering audience were delighted to hear Tony and his band roll back the years to the Gatsby era and beyond. Standouts for me were Duke Ellington’s “Black and Tan Fantasy” featuring the hot trumpet of Pete Rudeforth and Sue Greenaway’s “I’m in the mood for love” segueing into Ellington’s “Creole love call”. Definitely a return for this band next year.

The next Jazz Club night, Tuesday 28th August, will feature a guest on trumpet – Andy Norman. Andy will be travelling with our overseas correspondent as both of them share the same island. An old school friend of Richard’s, both were prime movers of what jazz there was in prehistoric times.

Andy leads the Unity Stompers, an Island trad band with a line of descent going back to the 1950’s. He has been active in much amateur music across a wide field, especially big band, military and concert bands. All-in-all a (h)andy sort of person. Andy will be with us for the August and September sessions.

Keep Jazzing,
Mike from offshore Honkers en route to the outback!

Late News
Bill informs me that he will be in France at the end of the month so, in his place, we have my old mate John Stewart (you will remember him from last year).

Dates for the diary: –
Saturday August 18th – Lobster Lunch, Applegarth. Binty’s Dixie Demons
Tuesday 28th August – Monthly Jazz night with Binky + Andy Norman and guest John Stewart.
Tuesday 25th September – Monthly Jazz night with Binky
Friday 19th October Firkin Fest with Binky
Tuesday 13th November FB Pocket Orchestra Admission 10 GBP

Jazz Newsletter June 2018

Dear Jazzers,

We have a real treat for all Western Swing fans this month. Lynette Morgan will be gracing the stage at next Tuesday’s Jazz night. Here’s how the evening will pan out.

Bill’s Dixie Demons will play the first set at 8pm followed by Lynette complemented by Gary Boller on bass and our very own Dave Doel on guitar. Dave tells me he was in Lynette’s group when he was 12! After the Naffle we’ll have a jam with Lynette being augmented by Bill’s band. I’m looking forward to the evening.

Finally, don’t forget your tickets for the Tony Jacob’s Tuxedo Jazz Orchestra on the 24th July.

Dates for the diary
Tuesday 24th July 8pm – Tony Jacobs and the Tuxedo Jazz Orchestra
Friday 19th October FirkinFest with Binky’s Dixie Demons
Tuesday 13th November 8pm – The FB Pocket Orchestra

Keep Jazzing,