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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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Tuesday, September 1st, 2015:

Hallelujah! For the VERY FIRST TIME the HALF DOZEN headlines at the great BUDE  JAZZ FESTIVAL (28th year this year!) for our good friend Jim Fletcher and his committee!. This night we’ll be playing at the posh venue once called ‘Rouge’ on the Strand but now in the midst of a superb ‘refurb’ –  we’ll give you the new name later. The concert starts at 8pm through 11 and all our stars will be on hand: JULIAN MARC STRINGLE (reeds/vocals) CHRIS GOWER (trombone) CRAIG MILVERTON (piano/keyboards/vocals) DOMINIC ASHWORTH (guitars/vocals) AL SWAINGER (double bass) and NICK MILLWARD (drums/vocals). “The last time I was there” says Dig ” – was quite a few years ago. And this time the whole band will be there! Which is really GREAT!!”. So get set for a dynamite opening to the Festival and make sure  you book early as the place will be packed! There’s a website for the Festival and you should be able to book on-line; more information to follow! SEE YOU!!!!!

Wednesday, September 9th, 2015:

Back to the CRICKETERS INN for one of our most exciting events: an extra special visit by pollwinning singer VAL WISEMAN paying tribute to the JAZZ DIVAS. For the past twenty-five years VAL has been the star of the touring ‘LADY SINGS THE BLUES’ show celebrating Billie Holiday which has appeared in theatres (and jazz festivals) all over Britain and Europe! And tonight she pays a special visit to the CRICKETERS, with her musicians, to sing for us all!

As always remember that Carlo, Cassie and Cristina will be serving their gourmet-food in the restaurant and for table reservations call Cassie or Cristina on 07709 264880. Don’t miss out on Carlo’s fantastic jazz cocktails too! The Cricketers is at 228 London Road, Westcliff on Sea, Essex SS0 7JG and there’s free parking after 7pm behind Morrison’s store over the road. But do book early as this night is a very special highlight of our presentations!

Friday, September 18th, 2015:

Continuing its non-stop 20th Anniversary UK Tour the HALF DOZEN – with all its stars:DIGBY,  JULIAN, CHRIS, CRAIG, DOMINIC, AL and NICK –  comes back to the beautiful REGENT CENTRE for our very good friend (and jazz fan!) GREG RAWLINGS! The Centre’s address is 51 High Street, CHRISTCHURCH BH23 1AS and you can book tickets on this number: 01202 499199. Be sure to book early – we were SOLD OUT last time and we don’t want to miss seeing you!

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