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Happy Anniversary!

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

STOP-PRESS NEWS: on 25th November 2014 it was announced that – for the ninth time in ten years DIGBY FAIRWEATHER’S HALF DOZEN has won the ‘TOP SMALL GROUP’ category in the BRITISH JAZZ AWARDS for 2014! THANK YOU all for voting for us – your friendship, support and the fact that you like our music [...]

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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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Monday, January 5th, 2015:

To start the New Year right we bring DIGBY’S HALF DOZEN to the E.K.COLE CLUB, Thornton Gardens, Prittlewell, Southend on Sea. Eight time poll winners in the British Jazz Awards (2005/6/8/9/10/11/12/13) this is the Half Dozen’s first appearance in Southend since 2005. On parade will be DIGBY plus JULIAN MARC STRINGLE (reeds, vocals) CHRIS GOWER (trombone) DOMINIC ASHWORTH (guitars/vocals) ANDRE MESSIDER (bass/vocals) and NEIL BULLOCK (drums).  The music starts at 8.00 and a splendid time is guaranteed for all!!! For enquiries/tickets please phone ADRIAN GREEN on 01702 435263/07966792458. And by the way: HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Sunday, January 18th, 2015:

 Coming back to the ISLE OF WIGHT to guest for my old friend Bill Wills with the great Karen Sharp  on tenor! The concert will be at the RIVERSIDE CENTRE and you can get tickets from Bill (£10.00, or £5.00 for students) by e-mailing w.g.wills@hotmail.co.uk or calling him on: 01983 523879. The show starts at 3pm and we look forward to seeing you there!

Saturday, January 31st, 2015:

Well waddya know??? We have  brand-new PREMIERE for the HALF-DOZEN’S 20th Anniversary Tour in 2015!! The whole team – DIGBY (trumpet/cornet, vocals) JULIAN MARC STRINGLE (vocal, clarinet, saxes)CHRIS GOWER (trombone) DOMINIC ASHWORTH (guitars/vocals) ‘BIG AL’ SWAINGER (BASS) and PETE CATER (drums) will be playing for our good friend Agfe at THE CUT ARTS CENTRE, NEW CUT, HALESWORTH, SUFFOLK IP19 8BY. It would be a good idea to book for this one as last time we played there it was packed! So here are the contacts! Box Office (open 11am-2pm) is on 0845 6732123, or you can e-mail info@newcut.org  - or just ring 01986 873285! Look forward to seeing you!!!!


“To celebrate the start of their Twentieth Anniversary national tour DIGBY FAIRWEATHER’S HALF DOZEN – fresh from Ronnie Scott’s – bring their newest show ‘Swing’s the Thing’ to The Cut at Halesworth. Ten-time winners for ‘Top Small Group’ in the prestigious British Jazz Awards (2014) this all star group -  led by the legendary DIGBY – promises you an unforgettable evening of swinging sounds, favourite songs (sung by the ‘Four Fairweather Friends’), latin jazz, and georgeous selections from the Great American and British Songbooks.


‘The best new jazz show I’ve seen’ (Sir Michael Parkinson)

‘The greatest band I know’ (Paul Jones)”

‘The best band I ever sung with….’ (George Melly)


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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