Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces

P1180454.JPGMonday 10 December 2018 *Thanks very much to John Habes for this write-up*
There was a very good turnout at Griffin Park Jazz Club for the 2018 Christmas Party, and we welcomed back Bob Dwyer and his “Bix & Pieces” for a varied selection from their large repertoire, with an accent on the lighter – hearted jazz (both familiar and unusual) as befitted the season and occasion, to set us dancing and foot-tapping.

Trombone, vocals – Bob Dwyer
Trumpet – Malcolm Walton
Sax, clarinet – Sarah Spencer
Bass sax, double bass – John Bayne
Banjo – David Price
Keyboard, vocals – Hugh Crosier


After opening with Earl “Fatha” Hines’ Rosetta from 1933, and Kid Ory’s classic Savoy Blues the Irving Berlin 1927 evergreen Puttin’ On The Ritz reminded us of Fred Astaire and the musical and film that we see on Christmas TV. Bix Beiderbeck’s Woverines Riverboat Shuffle then took us back to New Orleans in 1924 (and 1927 with Frankie Trumbauer).

Hugh Crosier on piano gave us one of his superb trademark solos with Jelly Roll Morton’s Frog I More before Sarah Spencer put down her sax to become our Jazz Diva for the night. She sang a couple of brilliant blues, the unique A Million Dreams and later a rousing rendition of Jelly Roll Morton’s Big Lip Blues.

Returning to the musicals, from Sunny Side the 1929 Janet Gay song beloved everyone from Paul Whiteman and Bing Crosby to Alex Welsh and The Temperance 7 If I Had had A Talking Picture Of You was followed by Hard Hearted Hannah another comedy classic from Vernon Dalhart in 1924 that was reprised by many over the decades including Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald and Ray Charles. Much loved ballads Hoagy Carmichael’s Stardust and the Ray Noble and Al Bowlly 1934 hit Midnight, The Stars, And You eased the evening towards its close. The finale was a request from Fluff and Mick, a rousing rip- roaring rendition of Louis Jordan’s Jump Blues anthem Caldonia which had them up on the dance floor, and the band’s closing signature tune Kenny Ball’s So Do I brought a really great evening to a close.

Thanks everyone who came to support live jazz in Brentford, to Bob and the band, Bryan and the organisers, and everyone who donated raffle prizes. A special thanks is also due to Graham and Jackie for providing the delicious seasonal buffet again this year, a big part of making it such a special evening.

Wishing a very merry Christmas and a happy , prosperous New Year to all our friends, the Griffin Park Jazz Club returns on Monday 7th January 2019, and the 2nd Monday in every month.


Stomping Nomads

P1040052.JPGMonday 12 November 2018 Stomping Nomads performed to a busy crowd at The Hive last night with a huge repertoire of blues, jazz, rock n roll and rockabilly. Continue reading

Frog Island Jazz Band


Monday 8 October 2018 A super evening of live music from Frog Island Jazz Band. Tunes-a-plenty included the jaunty number Boogaboo, Georgia Swing (1928) and Beale Street Blues (1927) by Jelly Roll Morton and Breeze by The Synco Jazz Band. Continue reading

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