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,



Jazz Newsletter May 2018

Great to see all the jazz fans out in force for The Temperance Seven last Sunday. Fresh? from their resounding success at the Nailsworth Festival the previous night. The ageless, ageing antiquarians acquitted themselves with a great display of hot, toe-tapping terpsichordian tom-foolery that had the audience on their feet screaming for more at the end of this humourous and ‘corpse’ ridden performance.

Beware, they will be back!

Back to the near present. Our monthly jazz next Tuesday 29th May continues with the resident band – Binkie’s Dixie Demons and could feature some Bill-crooning with Mike after their well received performance at the Marie Curie Charity Concert last weekend.

Finally we must look forward to July when the club presents Tony Jacobs and the Tuxedo Jazz Orchestra. The band went down so well last year we had to have them back.

Tickets will be available from the club on Tuesday priced at £15 for this very entertaining big band

Keep jazzing Mike

Dates for the diary

Tuesday 24th July 8pm – Tony Jacobs and the Tuxedo Jazz Orchestra

Tuesday 13th November 8pm – The FB Pocket Orchestra

Grayshott Social Club GDPR Privacy Policy

On 25th May the UK is changing the data protection privacy legislation, introducing the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), it is hugely important to us that you are in control of the personal information you share with us which is why we are publishing this Privacy Policy.

What information we have and where we get it: We obtain all of your personal information from your Membership Application Form. Your full name, address, and date of birth are required by us to satisfy Grayshott Social Club and CIU rules, your telephone numbers and e-mail address are optional to provide. This data is transferred to a digital membership database, the membership application forms are stored by the Club.

How we use your information and why: – We use personal information to maintain contact with our members for Club administration purposes by telephone, e-mail or letter. In addition members have the option to receive e-mails for Club administration purposes (e.g. notices of Meetings, changes of Club rules) and for notification of upcoming events at the Club.

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Jazz Club Newsletter – April 2018

Time…… 1961 is it really that long ago since the Temperance Seven sat atop of the British Record Charts with a George Martin produced single of “You, You’re driving me crazy”?
Time…. did I imagine it or did Colonel Hitchcock-Galloway really get his braces caught in the escalator at the Café Royal? – some catapult!
Time … Christopher Buckley and his rampant troupe of alchominstrels continue to tour The Seven Seas, flying the flag and promoting all things British.
Time …. 8pm Sunday 20th May 2018 ….. Grayshott Social Club ….. tickets available from the club 01428 604041 ….
Time…. Next Tuesday 24th April …. is our monthly Jazz Club and features as usual Binky’s Dixie Demons ( Not Biggest Disagreements) starring the Balham nightingale himself – Bill Gyford. It promises to be a good evening now the weather has turned and we shrug off the shackles of winter.

A mention also that Bill and the gang will be in attendance at this year’s Firkin Fest beer festival on October 19th. The band will be featured in an ‘unplugged set’.  Whether this means they will be leaving their hearing aids at home has yet to be determined.

Enjoy the jazz

Dates for the Diary
Sunday May 20th The Temperance Seven
Tuesday July 24th Tony Jacobs Tuxedo Jazz Orchestra
Friday 19th October Firkin Fest, Grayshott Village Hall with Binkie’s Dixie Demons
Tuesday November 13th FB Pocket Orchestra

Grayshott Jazz Club Newsletter March 2018

Steve Rushton band – Cool Heat, Burning Beat

Jazz lovers were treated to an evening of bebop on 6th March with the Steve Rushton band – Cool Heat, Burning Beat. This was basically a tribute to that great American drummer of the 40s Gene Krupa and the stylish vocalist Anita O’Day.  Louise Cookman played and sang the miss O’day part perfectly between wry observations and banter between her and madcap drummer Rushton. They were ably supported by Sue Greenaway, flute and tenor sax and David Prizeman trumpet.

Steve Rushton, Louise Cookman, Sue Greenaway, David Prizeman

Joining Steve in the rhythm section was guitarist Al Cherry and bassist Paul Morgan whose solo rendition of ‘In a sentimental mood’ by Duke Ellington, for me at any rate, stole the whole show in an evening of staccato jazz arrangements by Mr Steve Rushton.

Al Cherry and bassist Paul Morgan

Steve will be back at the club in July with Tony Jacobs and the Tuxedo Jazz Orchestra.

Next Tuesday the 27th features the Naffle supported by Bixie’s Dixie Demons. I will be giving the uke a run out as well as doing a few ballads with Richard and Bill. Look forward to seeing you all.


Dates for the diary –

Sunday May 20th The Temperance Seven. Tickets on sale from Tuesday.

Tuesday July 24 Tony Jacobs and the tuxedo jazz orchestra

Tuesday Nov 13th the FB pocket Orchestra

PS This is what happens when you try out voice recognition software…

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Tonight at the Club – Five Piece Jazz Band


PERCUSSION MAESTRO Steve Rushton and jazz and big band vocalist Louise Cookman present a new show celebrating the music of jazz legends Anita O’Day and Gene Krupa; a five piece band features in a dynamic show to coincide with the launch of their latest album, entitled “Cool Heat, Burnin’ Beat”.

The project is an exploration and re-imagining of the music that Anita performed and recorded with the iconic drummer and bandleader Gene Krupa, along with insights into theturbulent lives of the explosive Krupa and the equally fiery and determined Miss O’Day.

Louise Cookman is an acclaimed singer with a unique quality of phrasing, warmth and vibrancy, combined with a love of communicating with a live audience and a sheer joy in performing.  Louise started her career as a dance band and big band vocalist, specialising in the music of the 20s, 30s and 40s; she was the vocalist with the Pasadena Roof Orchestra for over five years, she was a regular guest singer on Big Band Special on BBC Radio 2 and over the past few years has had the pleasure of touring the UK as guest vocalist with the great Ken Peplowski and the BBC Big Band, as well as with The Glenn Miller Orchestra UK and Michael Law’s Piccadilly Dance Orchestra.

She has sung on Radio 2, 3 and 4, appeared in Period TV Drama, performed at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, Cadogan Hall, the Queen Elizabeth and Royal Festival Halls and made countless concert and cabaret appearances throughout the UK and Europe. She was recently also the featured vocalist on “Len Goodman’s Dancing Feet” and “Len Goodman’s Dance Band Days”, both for BBC4 television.

Over the course of a career that spans five decades, Steve Rushton has become one of the UK’s busiest and most in demand drummers, with an impressive list of credits to his name. A flamboyant and stylish performer, he is perhaps best known currently for his work with Imelda May, touring the world as a member of her band, featuring on her last three number one albums, and on the Grammy nominated Jeff Beck album and DVD, Rock ‘n’ Roll Party (Honouring Les Paul).
“….singing sultry vocals that sit perfectly amid the rich settings of the band” – Alyn Shipton, The Times