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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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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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Monday, October 5th, 2015:

We come back to the THEYDON JAZZ CLUB for good friend DAVE DYER with DIGBY FAIRWEATHER’S ‘LONDON HALF DOZEN’! JULIAN MARC STRINGLE, CHRIS GOWER, DOMINIC ASHWORTH, ANDRE MESSIDER AND NEIL BULLOCK will all be here to play some fine Dixieland, sing you some pretty songs and present our starry array of pollwinning soloists! What a night! As you may know by now the club has a new venue:THEYDON BOIS GOLF CLUB, THEYDON ROAD, EPPING, ESSEX CM16 4EH. For tickets, advance bookings and information please call Dave on 01903 879209 – or if you need to call the club you can contact Jack Kennedy or Richard Hall on 01992 813054. Look forward to seeing you!

Friday, October 9th, 2015:

As part of the HALF DOZEN’s 20th Anniversary UK tour we bring our show ‘ROCKING IN RHYTHM’ to GORING HALL JAZZ SOCIETY, GORING RG8 9AN with the great PAUL JONES!  Tickets are £20.00 and for further information/bookings please call  Bill JACKSON:01491 875758

It’ll be GREAT to see you!

This concert is booked by LES SQUIRES AGENCY:


Telephone:03450 008007

Mobile:07703 345765

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015:

Well, this is our last night (at least for now…!) in the fabulous CRICKETERS’ JAZZ BAR! So from London I’m bringing my HALF DOZEN down from London for an extra-special show – our only one to conclude our 20th Anniversary Tour in the area! Joining me will be my regular team: JULIAN MARC STRINGLE (reeds/vocals) CHRIS GOWER (trombone) DOMINIC ASHWORTH (guitars/vocals) LEN SKEAT (double bass) and  the new drum-phenomenon NEIL BULLOCK (drums) and we promise you a generous serving of everything from Dixieland to bebop – and the close-harmony vocals of the ‘Fairweather Friends’. We’ll have our brand-new CD and DVD on sale too!

By now you’ll know all about the CRICKETERS fantastic gourmet restaurant and there’s still time to book a table with Cassie or Cristina on 07709 264880 and enjoy chef Carlo’s amazing jazz soul-food and specially created jazz cocktails! The Cricketers is at 228 London Road, Westcliff on Sea, Essex SS0 7JG and there’s parking – free after 7pm – behind Morrison’s store over the road.

Can’t wait to see you all!


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Scenes From A Jazz Life

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Things Ain't What They Used To Be

Digby's latest album with his legendary Half Dozen and special guest George Melly » more »

Track 2: It's a Pity to Say Goodnight


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Partners In Time

Digby's classic Quintet partnership with trombonist Pete Strange immortalized live in l978 at London's Pizza Express » more »

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