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Happy Anniversary!

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

DIGBY SAYS: “AFTER TWENTY YEARS THE HALF-DOZEN IS READY TO GO – AND READY TO BLOW! IT’S OUR TURN NOW!” Well my good friends; it’s hard to believe but 2015 marks the TWENTIETH ANNIVERSARY of my beloved band DIGBY FAIRWEATHER’S HALF DOZEN. Somehow – conquering all the problems of launching a brand-new band in the [...]

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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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Saturday, October 25th, 2014:

Our last full ‘jazz weekend’ of fundraising concerts for the National Jazz Archive! So once again we’ve pulled all the stops out for this worthy cause. Here’s the details:

Friday 24th October/7.30pm.

A Grand Reunion of the ‘Great British Jazz Band’ formed in the 1990s by the late Pete Strange and I. The band recorded three albums for Candid and played all over the country for ten years! Tonight’s concert features: BRUCE ADAMS, DIGY FAIRWEATHER (trumpets); ROY WILLIAMS, CHRIS GOWER (trombones)  PETE LONG, ROBERT FOWLER (reeds) BRIAN DEE (PIANO) LEN SKEAT (bass) and PETE CATER (drums). And founder-member DAVE SHEPHERD will be dropping in too to play a couple of guest-features with the rhythm section. This will be a marvellous night so do book early – ticket details are below.

Then on Saturday 25th at 1.30pm:

Pollwinning singer VAL WISEMAN stars in her show ‘JAZZ GOES TO THE MOVIES’ – a celebration of jazz on film from the 1920s to the ‘Noughties’! Val’s presentation has appeared at theatres and jazz festivals all over the UK. And with her will be DIGBY FAIRWEATHER’S HALF DOZEN starring JULIAN MARC STRINGLE (reeds) CHRIS GOWER (trombone) DOMINIC ASHWORTH (guitar) and LEN SKEAT (double bass). The HALF DOZEN  has won the BRITISH JAZZ AWARD for ‘top small group for eight of the last nine years (yes, it’s true!) so this is a great way to finish our season!

For tickets (including a bargain-price for both events please call DAVID NATHAN (020 8502 8988/mornings) or SAM FIELDHOUSE (020 8502 4701) at the NJA! Or (I think!) you can book on our website too: www.nationaljazzarchive.org.uk

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014:

As an overture to our UK National Tour in 2015 – celebrating our twentieth anniversary as an on-the-road band ! – we bring DIGBY FAIWEATHER’S (LONDON) HALF DOZEN to ANNIE’S BRAND NEW CLUB!   Digby (cornet/vocals) Julian Marc Stringle (reeds/vocals) Chris Gower (trombone) Dominic Ashworth (guitars/vocals) Andre Messeder (bass/vocals) and Neil Buillock (drums) will all be in attendance and rarin’ to blow (and sing too!) !Here’s Annie’s instructions on how to get there:

119a, High Street, Southend, SS1-1LH. Opposite Southend Central Station in Luker Road.Parking in Warrior Square opposite O’neills in the High Street or the nearby multi-storey. 

Telephone Annie on 07504-232783 for more info or reservations.
Look forward to seeing you there!
Sunday, November 16th, 2014:

We come back to the HUNTER CLUB, BURY ST. EDMUNDS for another of Jim Bayne’s wonderful lunchtime concerts! This time – in the good company of JULIAN MARC STRINGLE, CHRIS GOWER and the  CHRIS INGHAM TRIO we’re paying tribute (reverent and otherwise!) to the great ACKER BILK and the legendary ‘Dean of Decadence’ GEORGE MELLY! Hangovers optional, but for tickets please call Jim on 07845 400924!

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