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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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Saturday, May 30th, 2015:

Coming back to BRIDGNORTH for my friend of forty years, TIM LORD. On 28th Tim has organized a fine memorial concert to remember his great friend (and ours) the late BRIAN LEMON. Joining us for this tribute will be for more of Brian’s best friends:ROY WILLIAMS (trombone) CRAIG MILVERTON (piano) DAVE GREEN (bass) and BOBBY WORTH (drums). This will be a night to remember! Then on Saturday 30th I’ll be joining Tim’s ‘Jazz Trail’ to play wherever he wants me to. So for details/tickets please call Tim: 07710 242446

Sunday, June 7th, 2015:

The ‘LONDON HALF DOZEN’ – DIGBY, JULIAN MARC STRINGLE, (Reeds/vocals) CHRIS GOWER (trombone) DOMINIC ASHWORTH (guitars/vocals) LEN SKEAT (double bass) and NEIL BULLOCK (drums) – comes to RONNIE SCOTT’S (the world’s greatest jazz club!) for a special LUNCHTIME SESSION to help celebrate our 20th Anniversary Tour! Thanks for the gig to our good friend (and fine singer) PAUL PACE too!

AS IF YOU NEEDED IT HERE ARE THE ADDRESS – AND DETAILS:

  1. 47 Frith Street, London W1D 4HT
    020 7439 0747

     

  2. ISN’T THAT A PRETTY LITTLE SQUARE? THANKS TO OUR DESIGNER, J.B. GRUNTFUTTOCK!
Wednesday, June 10th, 2015:

Tonight – to continue our six-month series of concerts at the CRICKETERS – I’m bringing my ‘PREMIER QUARTET’ to this wonderful venue. The Quartet was formed three years ago for an appearance at the CITY OF LONDON ¬†FESTIVAL and since then we’ve toured – but not recorded. So tonight is to be a ‘live recording session’ and you must come along and be on the album.! Joining me will be my regular friends: DOMINIC ASHWORTH (guitars) the legendary LEN SKEAT – ex Ted Heath/Grappelli/ and multi-pollwinner – (double-bass) and one of London’s greatest drummers (and nicest guys!) ROD BROWN!

Once again the music starts at 8.30 so there’s plenty of time for a great meal in Carlo’s superb restaurant first of all! For table reservations, call Cassie or Cristina on 07709 264880

The Cricketers Inn is at 228 London Road, Westcliff on Sea, Essex SS0 7JG – and there’s free parking after 7pm behind Morrison’s over the road! So do come along for some ‘jazz -red-hot and cool!’! See you….!

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