We’re delighted to announce a series of new gigs coming up in the summer so do come and meet hosts Martyn and Lyn and enjoy The White Hart jazz by the river, near Pulborough.
Traditional Country Pub Jazz
The White Hart is a traditional country pub that is both cosy and comfortable. In keeping with the traditional ethos, there is no television and there are no fruit machines. This is helpful if the band has to play indoors on the odd occasion!
Home Made Food
The restaurant boasts an extensive menu – the food is all home made, even the bread. You can look forward to a delicious lunch, beautifully served. There is an outside area next to the river and Stopham Bridge. The little traffic that there is passes by the back and and for this reason it can’t be heard.
George and Barbara have enjoyed numerous meal at The White Hart and they’re sure that you won’t be disappointed. Don’t forget to book as the The White Hart jazz afternoons are expected to be popular!
Martyn and Lyn are planning to have a Pimms bar near the river for the summer. The band will be positioned under a gazebo in that same area, so George will be taking careful note of who enjoys the most Pimms!
White Hart Jazz
The first gig will be held on Sunday 31st May 2015 from 12.30pm until 3.30pm. There are five more dates organised so far between June and August so check our calendar for full details. We look forward to seeing you at The White Hart Jazz By The River !
Chichester City Club is a regular venue for the band. On the 22nd February the guest of honour was George’s daughter Hayley, over for a flying visit all the way from Canada.
We thought that it was going to be a quiet evening as the weather was bad. Maybe bad is an understatement – there was heavy, incessant rain! It so happened that this particular Sunday night at the Chichester City Club would turn out to be anything but quiet. It was one of the busiest evenings that the band had enjoyed there so far. See our calendar for more jazz nights at the Chichester City Club.
Musically, the band was joined by a variety of guests. Ollie, who had recently moved to the area, played as guest saxophonist. There were also two guest singers with Laurie Whitwell and Phyl Lewis taking the stage.
Drums – George Bennett
Trumpet / Vocals / Banjo – Pete Dorday
Clarinet – Derek Little
Double bass – Dave Rogers
Guest saxophonist – Ollie, recently moved to the area
Guest vocals – Laurie Whitwell, Phyl Lewis and Toni Hayne
What an excellent evening at the Chichester City Club and full marks to everyone who attended despite the foul weather!
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!
May 2013 has been a lively month with no less than four private functions! We had just as many private events so a great month was enjoyed by all. You will find our up-to-date list of events on our calendar.
We were invited to provide a jazz welcome in the entrance foyer for The Great Gatsby at the Picturedrome in Bognor Regis to set the scene for the release of the much-anticipated film.
May 2013 at the Haslemere Classic Car Rally
Later in the month we were at Haslemere Classic Car Rally with both a seated and strolling jazz band line up and a great time was had by all.
Strolling Jazz Band at the Haslemere Classic Car Rally
St. Peter’s Church Summer Fair
On bank holiday Monday 27th May the band visited St. Peter’s Church Summer Fair in Selsey for another great sunny afternoon.
If you are wondering what is on in March and haven't looked at our calendar yet then you will be pleased to learn that on Friday 8th March we are playing at a jazz night in aid of St. Wilfrid's Hospice in Arundel. Please support this excellent charity. You willl be able to get full details from Jenny Edmonds so please see our calendar for contact details and timing.
If you can't make Friday 8th March or if you're looking for two great jazz evenings on the trot then on Saturday 9th March it's time to make your way down to East Wittering for a jazz evening at East Wittering Village Hall. You will be able to get full details from Mike Pettit so once again visit our calendar for details and find what is on in March.
You now have a little time to recover! On Saturday 23rd March you will be able to come to a jazz night at The Grange Community Centre, Bepton Road, Midhurst in aid of Help For Heroes. This famous national charity needs no introduction but always needs your help so contact Mike Boyce – check our calendar for details.
Less than a week after the Help for Heroes fund raising evening on Friday 29th March comes our regular monthly jazz evening with our friends at St Mary's Gate Inn, Arundel. You will be able to enjoy great ales and delicious food. This is nearly always a busy event so make sure to ring to book a table, particularly if you would like to eat. See our calendar for details.
If you're still wondering what is on in March then you haven't been paying attention! We hope to see you for some great jazz!
This Fish House jazz video is a great way to remember the summer! With darkness closing in early as the winter months progress, it’s no wonder that we think back to the summer and remember the warm lazy sunny days. With that in mind, here is a jazz video that dates back to the 18th July 2010.
The line-up in this video is:
Frank Wattis / banjo – guitar
John Boyett (RIP) / double bass
Roy Leith / clarinet
George Bennett / drums
Pete Leonard / trumpet
John Boyett, the bass player, passed away later that year, so we remember him fondly in his music. For more about the musicians, why not Meet The Band?
The numbers played in this video are Dippermouth Blues, Painting The Clouds With Sunshine, Cake Walking Baby, Ice Cream and When The Saints Go Marching In.
We hope that you enjoyed The Fish House jazz video – there are more coming soon!