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

Jazz Newsletter February 2018

Dear Jazzers

Next Tuesday Nutty will be away so augmenting Bill’s Demons will be my good self on rhythm guitar hoping to replicate the percussive sound of Nutty’s quiet effective swing. Being hirsutely challenged, like Nutty, to complete the imitation I am willing to wear glasses! Do enjoy the evening and don’t forget to get your tickets, available at the club, for Cool Heat, Burnin’ Beat on March 6th 2018 – definitely a night not to be missed.

Dates for the diary
Tuesday March 6th Cool Heat, Burnin’ Beat
Sunday May 20th The Temperance Seven
Tuesday July 24th Tony Jacobs Tuxedo Jazz Orchestra

Keep Jazzing

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Jazz Newsletter – January 2018

Dear Jazzers,

The first jazz of the New Year was held on 9th January and we were greatly entertained by the Nevada Sreet Four, combining amazing musicianship with spontaneous humour, this quartet, an offshoot from the Bryan Ferry Orchestra took us on a jazz journey all the way from King Oliver to Bob Crosby. Among many highlights for me Duke Ellington’s Black and Tan Fantasy stood out. A great band to kick off our concert season.

Our next concert is on March 6th and features Cool Heat, Burnin’ Beat run by the fantastic drummer Steve Rushton. Those of you who attended last year’s performance by the Tuxedo Jazz Orchestra will remember Steve from that memorable evening. Steve will be partnered by chanteuse Loise Cookman in a recreation of the small Gene Krupa led band with that most underrated of female vocalists – Anita O’Day (Remember Sweet Georgia Brown from the Newport Jazz Festival 1958 film “Jazz on a Summer’s Day”).

Tickets will be on sale at the monthly Jazz Club next Tuesday 30th January, Price £10,  this is when we welcome back in all their glory, struggling to get into their band pants after the Christmas excess, Binky’s Dixie Demons, who will entertain us with their brand of Jazz Traditional. Everybody welcome – don’t forget the new times – 8pm – 10.30pm.

Keep jazzing


Jazz Newsletter – January 2018, Nevada Street Four 9th January

Happy New Year to all jazzers. The Jazz Club continues to thrive – we had 83 at the Christmas party last month and I’m sure everyone enjoyed the evening. Nice to see Big John Lee back at the club entertaining us with his mellifluous and laid-back tenor sax playing.
This month’s concert on Tuesday 9th January (did someone say the 9th January?) features The Nevada Street Four. This quartet of brilliant individual musicians exhibit their collective talent re-creating the small band sounds of the ’20’s and ’30’s.
Colin Good – piano and voice.
Studied composition and keyboards at Oxford University and is very much in demand in TV and theatre work. Colin is the musical director of the ’30’s style orchestra Vile Bodies. He is also known for his arrangements for The Bryan Ferry Orchestra on their recording of the ‘Jazz Age’. The songs were written by Bryan himself, many from the Roxy Music era, and some of which were used in Baz Luhrmann’s film ‘The Great Gatsby’. Influenced by Earl Hines and Teddy Wilson, Colin once toured with the ‘Ink Spots’.
Malcolm Earl Smith – trombone and voice.
Malcolm’s great love of the Jazz tradition in it’s entirety has made him a highly skilled and versatile performer. His expressive blues-influenced style has brought him work with Nat Gonella, Kenny Baker, John Dankworth, Martha Reeves and Bryan Ferry. Malcolm is a professor at Trinity College of Music where he serves as lecturer and director of the Trinity Jazz Ensemble.
Richard White – clarinet, bass sax and voice.
Richard is an original stylist .A multi-instrumentalist, he is equally at home on bass sax as he is on clarinet and is known for his expressive vocals. Richard’s past exploits (musical that is!) include touring the USA with the ‘Rio Trio’ (alongside Martin Wheatley) He is now involved with theatre work and several other specialist 1920’s and ’30’s bands.
Martin Wheatley – guitar and voice. An inventive and versatile guitarist (steel guitar, banjo and ukulele).
Martin specialises in musical styles of the 20’s, 30’s and 40’s jazz and blues. He has played with most of the top vintage jazz stylists in the UK including Keith Nichols, The Charleston Chasers and Matthias Seuffert. He has toured the States extensively recording with violinist Andy Stein and trumpeter John Erik Kelso
Tickets are £10 for this monumental event and are available at Grayshott Social Club in Hill Road. I hope to see you all there to banish away those post-Christmas blues

Christmas at the Club – Jazz, iWitness, Premier League and Opening Hours

Tonight is our Christmas Jazz Club featuring Binkies Festive Dixie Demons from 8pm, with special guest Big John Lee. This coming Friday we welcome in the Christmas weekend with popular local band iWitness from 8:30pm, entry is free to members and guests. Looking ahead tickets are available for our New Years Eve disco from the bar, tickets are free but there will be no entry without one – they will be available until 3pm on New Years Eve.

Our opening hours over Christmas are as normal with the exception of Christmas Eve (11:00am to 11.30pm), Christmas Day (12:00 to 2:00pm) and Boxing Day (12:00 to 11:00pm). On New Years Eve we will be open until 2am but there will be strictly no entry after 12:45.

There is a full schedule of Premier League football over the Christmas season, highlights being Arsenal v Liverpool at 7:45pm on Friday 22nd December, Spurs v Southampton at 12:30 on Boxing Day and Man Utd v Southampton at 5:30pm on Saturday 30th. Saturday 23rd December features three Premier League games, with Chelsea, Spurs and Man Utd all in action.

For full details of all upcoming events and fixtures into the New Year please visit our new website at

Finally may I wish you all a Merry Christmas on behalf of all the Staff and Committee at the Club.

Tuesday 19th December
Leicester v Man City (Carabao Cup Quarter Final) 19:45
Christmas Jazz Club
Wednesday 20th December
Bristol v Man Utd (Carabao Cup Quarter Final) 20:00
Friday 22nd December
Arsenal v Liverpool (Premier League) 19:45
Saturday 23rd December
Everton v Chelsea (Premier League) 12:30
Burnley v Spurs (Premier League) 17:30
Leicester v Man Utd (Premier League)19:45
Tuesday 26th December (Boxing Day)
Spurs v Southampton (Premier League) 12:30
Liverpool v Swansea (Premier League) 17:30
Wednesday 27th December
Newcastle v Man City (Premier League) 19:45
Thursday 28th December
Crystal Palace v Arsenal (Premier League) 20:00
Saturday 30th December
Man Utd v Southampton (Premier League) 17:30
Sunday 31st December (New Years Eve)
Crystal Palace v Man City (Premier League) 12:00
West Brom v Arsenal (Premier League) 16:30
New Years Eve Disco – Ticket only
Monday 1st January (New Years day)
Everton v Man Utd (Premier League) 17:30


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

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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