The BackYard Boys


Monday 10 September 2018 It’s been a while since Colin Kingwell (winner of a tin of biscuits in this evening’s raffle) played at Griffin Park Jazz Club so we were in for a special evening with his formation of The BackYard Boys. Favourites included Running Wild (from Some Like It Hot), recorded by Original Memphis Five in 1925; Breeze, The Synco Jazz Band, 1919; a Dixieland tune Bright Star Blues and Louisiana Fairytale, Fats Waller 1935.

Trombone – Colin Kingwell
Trumpet/cornet – Tony Kavaris
Clarinet – John Lawes
Double Bass – Pete Brooks
Drums – Pete Littleproud
Banjo – Tim Wake

Join us next month on Monday 11 October when Frog Island Jazz Band will be joining us.


West London Rhythm Kings

P1010273.jpgMonday 13 August 2018 Summer is still with us and we enjoyed a fun evening of tunes from the West London Rhythm Kings with Chas McDevitt as guest with tunes New York Town (Woody Guthrie, 1944), It takes a worried man (The Stanley Brothers, 1965), and Careless Love (Fats Domino, 1961). Continue reading

Excel Jazzmen

img_14041.jpgMonday 11 June 2018 A lovely summer evening with some great live jazz from Excel Jazzmen. Some of the favourites were the beautiful Burgundy Street Blues (George Lewis, 1953) a 12 bar Blues in C; High Society (King Oliver’s Creole Jazz Band, 1923 and Chris Barber’s Jazz Band with Ottilie Patterson, 1955); Do you know what it means to miss New Orleans (first heard in the movie New Orleans in 1947, where it was performed by Louis Armstrong and sung by Billie Holiday) and June Night (Ted Lewis, 1924 and Jimmy Dorsey and his Orchestra, 1957). Continue reading

The Stomping Nomads

Stomping Nomads plus guest.jpgMonday 14 May 2018 Springtime in sunny Brentford and Pat Dyos and his band The Stomping Nomads joined us for a great evening of live blues, jazz, rockabilly, bluegrass and light-hearted humour. Favourites included I Lost my Sugar in Salt Lake City (Peggy Lee, Louis Armstrong, Johnny Mercer), Mood Indigo (Duke Ellington, 1930) and Walk On By (Leeroy Van Dyke, 1961). John Habes joined the band for a couple of tunes on the harmonica including a very lively Big Road Blues (Tommy Johnson). Continue reading

West London Rhythm Kings

IMG_5398.JPGMonday 9 April 2018 With Spring attempting to show signs of emerging, we had a lively evening of entertainment with The West London Rhythm Kings. With special guest Chas McDevitt, tunes included Everybody Loves My Baby (Fats Waller, 1940), My Creole Belle (Mississippi John Hurt, The Midnight Special, a hit for Leadbelly in 1934. Continue reading

Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces

IMG_4811.JPGMonday 12 March 2018 A fun evening was had with Bob Dwyer and his band returning to the club evening of music. Favourites included My Baby Just Cares For Me (written by Walter Donaldson with lyrics by Gus Kahn in 1930), Let Every Day Be Mother’s Day byClarence Williams & His Orchestra, 1935, and Smile Darn Ya Smile from 1931, with Sarah on vocals and jaunty sax. Continue reading

Alley Cats Jazz Band


Monday 8 January 2018 Happy new year to everyone! We had a super night of music to start the year off with Alley Cats Jazz Band on Monday evening. Any cobwebs were blown away, with Louis Armstrong’s Shine (1942), Sway made famous by Dean Martin and the Dick Stabile orchestra in 1954, and sung this evening by Keithy Brown. Another favourite was I Want A Little Girl, with David Allison on vocals, the ballad was first released by McKinney’s Cotton Pickers in 1930. Continue reading

The Stomping Nomads

IMG_2929.JPGMonday 11 December 2017 The Christmas party was a lively one with The Stomping Nomads entertaining us with a mix of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Bluegrass, Blues and a sprinkling of jazz. Favourite tunes included Doctor Jazz (Jelly Roll Morton, 1926), My Blue Heaven Continue reading

West London Rhythm Kings


Monday 13 November 2017 An entertaining evening of music and laughter last night at the club with West London Rhythm Kings. Favourites included Black and Blue (Fats Waller 1929 and Louis Armstrong 1955) with Iain Mcauley on vocals; Girl of my Dreams (Gene Austin 1928, Dizzy Gillespie 1955, Erroll Garner 1959, Charlie Mingus 1959), and 2:19 Blues (Louis Armstrong 1940). Chas McDevitt who is a regular guest of the band is recovering from knee surgery and sent his best wishes to everyone at the club. We hope he makes a speedy recovery and joins us again next time. Continue reading

Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces

Monday 9 October 2017 Bob Dwyer and his band returned to the club last night for an excellent evening of music. Favourites included Yes Yes in your Eyes (Peerless Quartet, 1924 and later Dean Martin), Music, Maestro, Please! by Tommy Dorsey, 1938, with Hugh on vocals and keyboard, and Louis Jordan’s number Caldonia from 1945. Continue reading