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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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Friday, March 6th, 2015:

This is the twentieth anniversary year of DIGBY FAIRWEATHER’S HALF DOZEN! And as part of our year-long UK tour we’re delighted to be coming back to the MEDINA THEATRE, FAIRLEE ROAD, NEWPORT, ISLE OF WIGHT. We’ve been there many times for our good friend PAUL BROOME – notably with NAT GONELLA, GEORGE MELLY and many more – but this is our very own SOLO show for Paul and we can’t wait to play for you! For tickets call 01983 527020 or e-mail:medina.theatre@iow.gov.uk

Thursday, March 12th, 2015:

My ‘LONDON HALF DOZEN’ plays (at last) at the ROYAL ALBERT HALL! But this time in the ELGAR ROOM instead of the main hall – that’s 2016! All my ‘London team’ will be there – JULIAN MARC STRINGLE (vocals/reeds) CHRIS GOWER (trombone) DOMINIC ASHWORTH (vocals/guitars) LEN SKEAT (double bass) and NEIL BULLOCK (drums). And we are playing a sophisticated late night concert starting at 9.45pm – - so there’s no congestion charge and free parking around the Hall. Hallelujah!!bb For tickets/information please call:020 7589 8212 and (as if you didn’t know!) the address is Royal Albert Hall SW7 2AP. See you there!

Saturday, March 14th, 2015:

The ‘PREMIER QUARTET’ (Dominic Ashworth, Andre Messeder, Neil Bullock and I) has (or should that be ‘have’? – you tell me!!)  an extra-special open-air concert in Braintree Essex! We’re looking forward to this one!  Times and exact venue – beyond the ‘open-air’! – are subject to exact confirmation but we will be in the Town Centre – so you’ll hear us anyhow! For more details please contact our good friend (and organizer) TONY MORRISON: 07966 390802 or e-mail Tony: tonymorrison@essex.gov.uk

This’ll be a fun day – and we might have a ‘secret guest singer!’ – you never know! So hope to see you!

 

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