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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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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, November 28th, 2014:

An exciting ‘late booking’ for the ‘PREMIER QUARTET’!  in association with TONY MORRISON and EASTERN ROOTS – this time at the historic Witham Public Hall for Director NIGEL NORTHFIELD. The Hall is a lovely venue which puts on some great music and events: see their website at www.withampublichall.co.uk ! Tonight my Premier Quartet includes Andre Messeder (bass) Neil Bullock (drums) and a living legend: JOHN PATRICK (piano) who has a fantastic history – the former Musical Director for Midlands TV, he was also conductor (regularly) of the LSO – and also (as he’ll tell you!) the piano-playing pig on TV’s ‘Tiswas’ with CHRIS TARRANT! The address of the Hall is: Collingwood Rd, Witham CM8 2DY: the performance starts at 8.00pm, and doors are open at 7.30. Tickets are £10, concessions £8 – and you can buy them direct from the Hall (0845 017 8717) or from the Visitors’ Centre at Witham Town Hall. Do book soon as Nigel tells me the tickets have started to sell already! (By the way, there’s good parking opposite too)! Look forward to seeing you!

Friday, December 5th, 2014:

Making a GUEST APPEARANCE with the fine prog-rock singer PAOLO MORENA at Chelmsford’s ‘BASSMENT CLUB’ 16 Wells Street Chelmsford, Essex CM1 1HZ for their Christmas party.Paolo and I had a ball working together on the ‘Tour de France’ day at Rayne near Braintree back in July and I’m looking forward to playing with this great musician and singer-songwriter! So come along and see the new-age Digby in the best 21st Century company!!

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014:

Guesting at the great PERSHORE JAZZ CLUB from 8pm with the wonderful JOHN HALLAM (tenor/clarinet) and an all-star group of friends. As usual we’re at the Working Mens and Old Comrades Club, 57 High Street, Pershore WR10 1EU and I can’t wait to come back after playing at the Pershore Jazz Festival in 2013 – complete with replacement hip, crutches, and Bruce Adams to help me out! But I’m back to full mobility now – and hitting all the top notes for myself! – so do come along. We’ll have fun!

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