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Happy Anniversary!

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

DIGBY SAYS: “AFTER TWENTY YEARS THE HALF-DOZEN IS READY TO GO – AND READY TO BLOW! IT’S OUR TURN NOW!” Well my good friends; it’s hard to believe but 2015 marks the TWENTIETH ANNIVERSARY of my beloved band DIGBY FAIRWEATHER’S HALF DOZEN. Somehow – conquering all the problems of launching a brand-new band in the [...]

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About Digby

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Digby became a fulltime jazzman in l977 after twelve years as a qualified librarian in Southend-on-Sea. From l973 he worked his way up as a part-timer through established bands including Hugh Rainey, Eggy Ley, Eric Silk, Keith Nichols, Ron Russell and Lennie Hastings and deputized regularly for Alex Welsh, recording his first album with Welsh's band in l974.

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Shows

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Information regarding Digby's shows, including Rocking in Rhythm with the Half Dozen and starring Paul Jones, Ella and Louis with the Half Dozen and special guest Maggie Reeday, Jazz Goes To The Movies, Digby's Duo, Trio and Quartet, Lady Sings The Blues.

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Digby's Half-Dozen

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BRITAIN'S MOST EXCITING BAND!

As you read this, Digby (now celebrating more than thirty years in the music business) continues to lead Britain's most exciting young jazz band, his 'Half Dozen'. First formed in l995 the 'Half Dozen' has been constantly praised for its versatility, professionalism and showmanship.

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Sound Archive

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Rare downloads and comprehensive range of sound clips - with links to on-line shopping.

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Forthcoming Gigs

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Tuesday, October 28th, 2014:

As an overture to our UK National Tour in 2015 – celebrating our twentieth anniversary as an on-the-road band ! – we bring DIGBY FAIWEATHER’S (LONDON) HALF DOZEN to ANNIE’S BRAND NEW CLUB!   Digby (cornet/vocals) Julian Marc Stringle (reeds/vocals) Chris Gower (trombone) Dominic Ashworth (guitars/vocals) Andre Messeder (bass/vocals) and Neil Buillock (drums) will all be in attendance and rarin’ to blow (and sing too!) !Here’s Annie’s instructions on how to get there:

119a, High Street, Southend, SS1-1LH. Opposite Southend Central Station in Luker Road.Parking in Warrior Square opposite O’neills in the High Street or the nearby multi-storey. 

Telephone Annie on 07504-232783 for more info or reservations.
Look forward to seeing you there!
Sunday, November 16th, 2014:

We come back to the HUNTER CLUB, BURY ST. EDMUNDS for another of Jim Bayne’s wonderful lunchtime concerts! This time – in the good company of JULIAN MARC STRINGLE, CHRIS GOWER and the  CHRIS INGHAM TRIO we’re paying tribute (reverent and otherwise!) to the great ACKER BILK and the legendary ‘Dean of Decadence’ GEORGE MELLY! Hangovers optional, but for tickets please call Jim on 07845 400924!

Friday, November 28th, 2014:

An exciting ‘late booking’ for the ‘PREMIER QUARTET’!  in association with TONY MORRISON and EASTERN ROOTS – this time at the historic Witham Public Hall for Director NIGEL NORTHFIELD. The Hall is a lovely venue which puts on some great music and events: see their website at www.withampublichall.co.uk ! Tonight my Premier Quartet includes Andre Messeder (bass) Neil Bullock (drums) and a living legend: JOHN PATRICK (piano) who has a fantastic history – the former Musical Director for Midlands TV, he was also conductor (regularly) of the LSO – and also (as he’ll tell you!) the piano-playing pig on TV’s ‘Tiswas’ with CHRIS TARRANT! The address of the Hall is: Collingwood Rd, Witham CM8 2DY: the performance starts at 8.00pm, and doors are open at 7.30. Tickets are £10, concessions £8 – and you can buy them direct from the Hall (0845 017 8717) or from the Visitors’ Centre at Witham Town Hall. Do book soon as Nigel tells me the tickets have started to sell already! (By the way, there’s good parking opposite too)! Look forward to seeing you!

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