With the rugby on the 15th March attracting a fevered following at The Stonemasons, it was clear that changes would be needed.
“Tri as we did, we couldn’t move the game so on this occasion we were kicked into touch” mused band leader George Bennett, as he pondered the new calendar for the 15th March, which happens to be Mother’s Day.
Reactions were initially mixed but jazz loving rugby fans quickly pointed out that they now had the best of both worlds and hailed the change in rhythm both helpful and ingenious. Reaction is awaited from rugby loving jazz fans…
If your mother enjoys jazz and rugby then she can have her cake and eat it or if Mother is off cake then The Stonemasons Inn serve a jolly good Sunday lunch with jazz instead!
We’ve been busy lining up some great jazz venues for our 2015 calendar! We have a number of regular venues from 2014 continuing into 2015 and we have some of our favourite annual events to visit. We are also pleased to have some exciting new venues.
We’re looking forward to visiting Bognor Music Club in April and Midhurst Carnival at the end of August. It’s always great to say hello to new faces!
We are delighted to be continuing with The Steam Packet pub in Littlehampton and The Stonemasons Inn at Petworth. We are at The Steam Packet and The Stonemasons Inn more or less every month.
We visit the Chichester City Club every two months although the dates vary slightly throughout the year so do check our calendar carefully.
In April we’re visiting Brighton for the Austin 7 Owners Club Rally. This is a wonderful atmospheric event steeped in history with a delightful collection of Austin 7 classic cars making for a busy and vibrant day.
In May we’re in Ferhnhurst for the Fernhurst Revels event which we enjoy every year. Why not come along and join in the fun?
In July we’re playing at the North Mundham & District Gala & Flower Show where we have become a regular fixture. North Mundham is located just south of Chichester so easy to reach for many.
Check The Calendar Regularly
2015 is looking busy already so drop by from time to time to keep up to speed with new events. We list private bookings to show dates when we can’t take bookings as we find this is helpful for people looking to make arrangements for their own events.
Take a look at our calendar now and make sure you don’t miss your favourite events!
If you enjoy your Sunday lunch with generous helpings of good times New Orleans and Dixie jazz, you have only to mark your calendar to set aside the 3rd Sunday of the month and make your way to the Stonemasons Inn at Petworth for lashings of Sunday lunch jazz. See our calendar for the address and phone number of The Stonemasons Inn and up-to-date times.
On your arrival at The Stonemasons Inn you are likely to meet landlord Ian and landlady Tracey. You may also encounter Hannah with Mr Baloo the dog.
On warm and sunny days during the summer months the band will play in the garden although inclement or threatening weather will have the band set up indoors.
Let’s not forget the food which is excellent and served all day. Band leader George recently confided that he’s sorely tempted to indulge. If it weren’t for concerns about feeling sleepy just when he needs to be at his most energetic, George would no doubt settle down to a pre-performance feast!
It so happened that the 3rd Sunday of the month in June fell on Father’s Day for 2014. Ian the landlord was away until nearly the end of the session on this occasion but as luck would have it he found the band playing a favourite of his “Mack the Knife” on his return. The temptation was too great so Ian launched into a solo dance routine in front of the band, all on his own!
The band line up on the 15th June was George Paterson on trumpet and vocals, Eddie Brockwell on clarinet, Wally George on banjo and vocals, Trevor Britton on double bass and George Bennett on drums.
The Stonemasons Inn is a great venue so come and join in the fun. If you enjoy a dance you’re very welcome too! Don’t forget to book a table if you want to eat so you can be sure of a great Sunday lunch jazz afternoon.
We’re delighted the announce a new venue The Steam Packet Pub, where the band will be playing on the last Friday of every month starting on the 18th April 2014.
New Venue The Steam Packet Pub
The Steam Packet, at 54 River Road, Littlehampton BN17 5BZ will be hosting the band for the first of a number of evening entertainment events from 8.15pm – 10.45pm on Friday 18th April 2014. Booking for meals advised. Full menus are available on The Steam Packet website. Telephone 01903 715994 to book a table.
George Bennett said:
“It’s great to have a new regular venue to add to our calendar of events for 2014. The Steam Packet dates back to 1840 and stands on the banks of the River Arun, overlooking the site where the cross-channel steam packet ferry service ran between Littlehampton and Honfleur in the Calvados department in north western France between 1863 and 1882. Honfleur is located on the southern bank of the estuary of the Seine across from le Havre and very close to the exit of the Pont de Normandie.
Our first jazz evening at this historic pub is on the 18th April followed by performances on every last Friday of the month. Come on down to The Steam Packet and enjoy evening jazz by the banks of the River Arun!”
Yellow Dog Blues is a popular jazz number with an infectious and catchy rhythm. On this occasion we were playing a Sunday lunch jazz session at The Fish House at Chilgrove on 30th January 2011. There’s much more going on in this video than just the music! On this particular day everyone was in buoyant mood – not just the band but the dance troupe and onlookers in the background too!
Dave Rogers on double bass, Derek Little on saxophone, Frank Wattis on banjo, George Bennett on drums and Pete Dorday on trumpet.
The Fish house used to be called The White Horse and is now The White Horse again! We played many sets here over a considerable period of time.
If you enjoyed Yellow Dog Blues then why not come and indulge yourself at one of our regular events? For up-coming sessions, see our calendar – who knows – we might even play Yellow Dog Blues again!