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Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

Well – can you believe how this year has FLOWN by? Hardly have the cards been filed, the decorations packed and the tree dismantled – and already Christmas is hovering on the horizon! Gwen and I went into a big garden centre the other day (up on the A127) and thought we’d wandered into Santa’s […]

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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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Information regarding Digby's shows, including The Swing's the Thing with the Half Dozen 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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As you read this Digby (now celebrating forty years in the professional jazz business) continues to lead his 'Half Dozen'. During their 20th Anniversary tour in 2015 (they formed in 1995) they played nine jazz festivals (including Bude and Brecon); more than thirty theatres and a record-breaking number of jazz clubs! The Half Dozen have just won the 'Top Small Group' category in the British Jazz Awards (the 'Jazz Oscars') for the TENTH time in eleven years.

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Forthcoming Gigs

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Wednesday, February 10th, 2016:

Back to the Cricketers Jazz Club with Digby, the Tim Huskisson Trio and very special guest star, for the first time in years in Southend, ROY WILLIAMS – the world’s greatest trombone player – in a unique solo setting.  The music starts at 8.30 as usual and the address is The Cricketers, 228 London Road, Westcliff on Sea, Essex SS0 7JG. Don’t forget to try the wonderful Creole cooking and soul food from Carlo, and the jazz cocktails are not to be missed either!  Don’t forget that the music is free – and the bar has a wonderful selection of ales!


Thursday, February 18th, 2016:

The HALF DOZEN moves on in its ’21st Birthday UK Tour’ to play the SOLIHULL ARTS COMPLEX, Theatre Square, Homer Road, Solihull B91 3RG for our good friend Lawrence! This is the gig that had to be moved from 24th October 2015 as the theatre was undergoing renovations -so you can come along and enjoy the new luxurious surroundings! For tickets/information please call:0121 704 6962 and do book early to be sure of tickets!

Friday, March 4th, 2016:

We come back with the full HALF-DOZEN to the beautiful CUT in HALESWORTH SUFFOLK for our equally beautiful friend AAFKE GROENEWALD! Our concert starts at 7.30 and the address is 8. New Cut, Halesworth SUFFOLK IP19 8BY. For tickets book:01986 873285. Do book early as we were all but sold out this time last year!! Looking forward to seeing you!!

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Scenes From A Jazz Life

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Notes from a Jazz Life

The author provides revealing reflections on the personal life and career of a popular jazz musician and, with a wealth of warm, hilarious anecdotes, he writes honestly about all the challenges, frustrations and rich rewards of being part of the jazz world.

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Nat Gonella - A Life in Jazz

An extended and updated edition of Ron Brown’s biography of Nat Gonella, co-written with Digby Fairweather - 206 pages plus 8 pages of gloss photos.

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Things Ain't What They Used To Be

Digby's latest album with his legendary Half Dozen and special guest George Melly » more »

Track 2: It's a Pity to Say Goodnight


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Partners In Time

Digby's classic Quintet partnership with trombonist Pete Strange immortalized live in l978 at London's Pizza Express » more »

Track 1: Struttin' With Some Barbecue