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 10 July 2017 The BackYard Boys entertained at Griffin Park Jazz club, in suitability summery outfits! Tunes included Algiers Strut, Chicken and You meet the nicest people. Many thanks to Mark of Ealing for photos and for music clips.
Cornet – Tony Karavis
Trombone – Bob Dwyer
Clarinet – John Lawes
Double Bass – Peter Brooks
Drums – Pete Littleproud
Banjo – Tim Wake
Join us next month on Monday 14 August for Excel Jazzmen. Doors 7.30pm, music starts 8.30pm. Tickets £6 on the door.
Monday 12 June 2017 West London Rhythm Kings featuring Chas McDevitt gave us another entertaining evening of live music at Griffin Park Jazz Club last night. Favourites included Girl of my Dreams (Gene Austin 1928) with Geoff Cole on vocals; Standing Down in New York Town One Day (Woody Guthrie, 1961) with Chas on vocals; Sweethearts on Parade (Louis Armstrong, 1930) with John Lawes on vocals. 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 10 April 2017 Another wonderful evening of traditional 1920s/30s jazz inspired tunes from Frog Island Jazz Band. Favourites included Snake Rag, a New Orleans Wanderers number Perdido Street Blues, a King Oliver arrangement of Riverside Blues requested by Fluff, Buddy’s Habit and ending with the wonderfully uplifting Froggie More Rag. We hope to see them back at the club again soon.
Cornet – John Whitehead
Clarinet – Jim Hurd
Trombone – John Jeanes
Drums – Chris Marchant
Keyboards – Keith Durstan
Guitar/Banjo – Geoff Over
Sousaphone – Rob Fullerlove
Join us at Griffin Park Jazz Club – every 2nd Monday of the month. Next we welcome back Bob Dwyer’s Bix and Pieces, Monday 8 May, doors open 7.30pm. Music starts 8.30pm – 11pm. £6 on the door.
Monday 13 March 2017 An entertaining evening from a new visitor to the club The Stomping Nomads treated us to a night of many tunes including Dear Old Dixie (with Yee-Ha!s from the crowd), Poor little fool, Cigarettes Whisky and Wild Women and You can make it if you try. A mix of country, rock and roll, rockabilly, 60s and bluegrass, we hope to see the band back at Griffin Park Jazz Club again soon.
Monday 13 February 2017 Tributes were given to Dave Evans who passed away a few weeks ago and had played drums with One More Time for 26 years at The Brewery Tap alongside being a band member of the Excelsior Marching Band. The drums this evening were played by Dave’s best friend Jerry Wood. Continue reading
Monday 9 January 2017 The Alley Cats Jazz Band helped us dance away the January blues last night with a set of uplifting tunes. We enjoyed Stomping at the Savoy (a Beeny Goodman number); Sweet Lorraine, sung sweetly by Keithy Brown on vocals, and St Thomas (a hit for Sonny Rollins in 1956). Continue reading
Monday 12 December 2016 There was a full house for the jazz club’s Christmas celebration with West London Rhythm Kings providing an evening of entertainment for all. Favourite included Duke Ellington’s Creole Love Call and Cole Porter’s Ace in the Hole.
We were treated to a special musical interlude with Chas McDevitt (vocals and guitar), Bryan Clarke (who runs the jazz club, on washboard) and John Habes on harmonica. Chas also got everyone singing his 1957 hit Freight Train.
Monday 14 November 2016 Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces were back at the club for another evening of lively music, with the Super Moon shining somewhere beyond the clouds. Favourites were Is it true what they say about Dixie (a Dean Martin song), You’re driving me crazy (a Billie Holiday song) with Hugh on vocals and Bob singing Why don’t you go down to New Orleans. There was some dancing and much merriment all round. Continue reading