Monday 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
Monday 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
Monday 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
Monday 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
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
Monday 11 September 2017 Max Emmons and his band One More Time were back to entertain with a super evening of lively music. Favourites were Harry James’ 1940 number Ciribiribin, At the Jazz Band Ball by The Orginal Dixieland Jazz Band (1918), and Kitchen Blues, 1924 by Martha Davis. Continue reading
Monday 15 August 2017 A smartly redecorated Hive bar provided the setting for Excel Jazzmen‘s return to the club with a lively session including St Phillips Street Breakdown, a George Lewis composition played by Ken Colyer in 1953. Other favourites included The Dipper Mouth Blues, King Oliver’s Creole Jazz band in 1923, and also a hit for Louis Armstrong in 1943, and I’ll Never Say Never Again, a Nat King Cole tune. Continue reading
Monday 8 May 2017 Bob and his band provided us with a wonderfully eclectic evening of music with jaunty, upbeat Ragtime tunes, some blues, Bix Beiderbecke numbers, solos and instrumental features. Favourites were Some Day Sweetheart with Bob on vocals and drummer Graham on the spoons, an original piece by bass sax player John Bayne called Sweet Melancholy, All of me, sung by guest Marilyn, and Putting on the Ritz with Hugh on keyboard and vocals.
Next month West London Rhythm Kings join us on Monday 12 June, doors 7.30pm, £6, music starts 8.30-11pm
Monday 12 September 2016 A warm evening and another splendid session of lively entertainment from the Excel Jazzmen. Favourites were Wolverine Blues (Jelly Roll Morton), Too Busy (Ken Colyer), Isle of Capri (Chris Barber 1963) and Panana (Chris Barber 1956).
Cornet – Tony Karavis
Trombone – Simon Wyld
Drums – Pete Littleproud
Clarinet/Sax – Bernie Murtha
Double Bass – Mike Bennett
Banjo – Tim Wake
Join us again on Monday 10 October when the Backyard Boys join us.
Monday 8 August 2016 We had a full house at Griffin Park Jazz Club last night for the return of Frog Island Jazz Band. Favourites included After You’ve Gone (a hit for Marion Harris in 1918 and Bessie Smith in 1927), Breeze (blow my baby back to me), a hit for Clarence Williams and his orchestra in 1933, and Ken Colyer with Chris Barber circa 1958, Where did you stay last night (Louis Armstrong, Lightning Hopkins) and a jolly rendition of Frog-I-More Rag (Jelly Roll Morton). Continue reading