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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You also have rights over how your personal information is used including:

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Please contact us if you wish to exercise any of these rights.

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We have security measures in place to protect your information. The security measures we use will depend on the type of information collected. We only keep your information for as long as required for the purposes outlined in this policy and for any legal purposes for which we are obliged to keep the information. We will securely delete your information when it is no longer required for these purposes.

Contact: –
Andy Smith, Club Secretary, Grayshott Social Club, Hill Road, Grayshott
Telephone: 01428 604041
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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

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 www.grayshottclub.co.uk.

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