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!
If you’re planning a celebration for your ruby wedding anniversary then you will probably be looking to celebrate your forty years together in style. This is a significant period of time and you deserve a jolly good party to celebrate!
Here are Chris & Pam Welland enjoying their Ruby Wedding Anniversary Party at the Millstream Hotel in Bosham, just south of Chichester in West Sussex on Sunday 24th August 2014.
Here’s what Chris and Pam had to say to us about their day…
Dear George & “Gang”,
Well, what can we say? From the bottom of our hearts we thank you and your wonderful team for contributing in such a massive manner to Sunday’s spectacularly successful Ruby Wedding anniversary party. Thank you for all your kindness to us and for really entering into and making the atmosphere really all such fun! We have been inundated with thank you letters which, without exception, remark on how much you contributed to the success of the party.
We all so enjoyed your music both inside and in the garden and thank you for not only playing some of our favourites but for taking so many requests – and for getting us on the dance floor; we did so enjoy that! So, again, thank you so much and we do hope you will pass this all on to the other members of the band. We much look forward to the next time.
With best wishes,
Chris & Pam
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!”
May 2013 – With The Great Gatsby!
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.
Chichester is a city in West Sussex on the south coast of England. The city’s history as a settlement dates back to Roman times and is home to a 12th century cathedral as well as some of the oldest churches and buildings in Great Britain.
Chichester is a local government oasis with three levels of government managed from the city and also a transport hub and cultural centre with a Festival Theatre and two art galleries.
The city is home to Chichester Jazz Club. The Chichester Real Ale & Jazz Festival is a regular summer fixture although the musical spectrum has expanded considerably in recent years.