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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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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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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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Thursday, April 30th, 2015:

We come back to HOBURNE BASHLEY HOLIDAY PARK  to play our annual fund-raising concert for dear friend ROZ GLICKMAN and the CAB. DAVE SHEPHERD leads the all-star team and – as ever – a great time is guaranteed for all! The address is:Sway Rd, New Milton, Hampshire BH25 5QR and for tickets please callRoz on 01425 628032. (Do book early as it’s always packed!).How many years is it now Roz – but NEVER too many!!

Sunday, May 3rd, 2015:

Our legendar review (f.1987!) ‘LADY SINGS THE BLUES’ starring VAL WISEMAN and her all-star ensemble plays the WINTER GARDENS, Shore Hill, Ventnor ISLE OF WIGHT PO38 1SZ. With Val will be:ALAN BARNES, ROY WILLIAMS, BRIAN DEE, LEN SKEAT, ERIC FORD – and me!  For details/tickets  please call 01983 8577579 – and look forward to seeing you!

Sunday, May 10th, 2015:

Today I’m stopping off in SOUTHPORT (one of my very favourite cities!) to play an extra-special DUO concert with my friend of twenty years, the pollwinning pianist (and Half Dozen founder-member!)  CRAIG MILVERTON. We’ll be in the ATKINSON GALLERY of the SOUTHPORT ARTS CENTRE for an intimate afternoon concert titled ‘Two For The Road’! A great Mancini tune and very appropriate! Here are some further details:

Time of show:3pm / £17 (includes afternoon tea)

Doors 2pm/ bar

Seated: 2.45pm

3.45-4.30 Serve afternoon  tea

2nd set 4.30 ends 5.30 pm

Look forward to seeing you there…..!


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