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A bit of sad news…….

Saturday, January 24th, 2015

Hello my friends! I was playing at London’s ‘Spice of Life’ yesterday (23 January 2015) and my wonderful CORNOPEAN couldn’t be found when I left! This beautiful antique instrument (like a small cornet or VERY small trumpet)  is absolutely unique and was left to me by my late friend the great John R.T. ‘Ristic’ Davies [...]

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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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Saturday, July 11th, 2015:

A VERY EXTRA-SPECIAL CONCERT! Tonight the HAL:F DOZEN – nine-times winners of the BRITISH JAZZ AWARD for TOP SMALL GROUP!! –  comes back to the home of the Awards to play for BIG BEAR MUSIC and director JIM SIMPSON at the HAGLEY ROAD VILLAGE in a bill-topping concert for the BIRMINGHAM INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL! What a homecoming party! Details and tickets:BIG BEAR MUSIC on 0121 454 7020

And here’s the address for your diaries:

Hagley Road Village
322-336 Hagley Rd,Edgbaston,Birmingham,West Midlands,B17 8BH

What a fabulous night this will be! See you there!!

Sunday, July 12th, 2015:

After several years we’re thrilled to be coming back for an AFTERNOON concert at the great SWANAGE JAZZ FESTIVAL! Another wonderful way of celebrating the HALF-DOZEN’s twentieth anniversary UK Tour! And all our stars will be there: JULIAN MARC, CHRIS GOWER,CRAIG MILVERTON, DOMINIC ASHWORTH, AL SWAINGER and NICK MILLWARD presenting our new show for you! For more details please contact our friend, Swanage organizer  FRED LINDOP and here are his details:

Phone:01929 42537

E-mail:fredlindop@tiscali.co.uk

And – of course – we look forward to seeing you there!

Sunday, July 12th, 2015:

Stand by the for the great BIRMINGHAM INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL  - of which I’m the proud Patron!! As this year is Billie Holiday’s Centenary the last weekend  of the Festival  will be a celebration of Billie’s life and music with a performance of Val Wiseman’s great ‘LADY SINGS THE BLUES’ show on Friday 10th at the Birmingham Library Studio Theatre. Then on Saturday 11th – as part of our 20th Anniversary Tour my HALF DOZEN  will be playing a solo concert at the HAGLEY Road Village! For full details of bookings/tickets please contact my dear friend JIM SIMPSON; Big Bear Music, Edgbaston Birmingham B16 8UT or call:0121 454 7020

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