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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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Friday, July 31st, 2015:
 As part of our fantastic 20th ANNIVERSARY TOUR  we’re  bringing  DIGBY FAIRWEATHER’S HALF DOZEN to the beautiful ILMINSTER ARTS CENTRE for our good friend and jazz champion, TONY! The address is EAST STREET, ILMINSTER, SOMERSET TA19 0AN. To celebrate our 20th we’ll be bringing our band of star originals – including your own CRAIG MILVERTON along with JULIAN MARC STRINGLE (vocals/reeds) CHRIS GOWER (trombone) AL SWAINGER (bass) and NICK MILLWARD (drums/vocals – and there’ll be lots of celebrations and special surprises! For tickets and information please visit:www.themeetinghouse.org.uk or call 01460 55783
This is The HALF DOZEN’S first visit to the great  Ilminster Jazz CluB  in the wake of their EIGHTH win for “Top Small Group” in the British Jazz Awards (2005/6/8/9/10/11/12/13!!!  so of course, we look forward to playing for you!!
Friday, August 7th, 2015:

We continue our fantastic 20th Anniversary UK Tour as the HALF DOZEN comes back to NORWICH PLAYHOUSE  for our great friend Caroline Richardson! All the band stars will be on hand: JULIAN MARC STRINGLE (reeds/vocals) CHRIS GOWER (trombone) CRAIG MILVERTON(keyboards/vocals) DOMINIC ASHWORTH (guitar/vocals) AL SWAINGER (double bass) and NICK MILLWARD (drums/vocals) The address is:  42 – 58 St George’s Street, Norwich, Norfolk, NR3 1AB. The box office is on 01603 598598 or you can email info@norwichplayhouse.co.uk  The concert starts at 8pm and we look forward to seeing you there!

Sunday, August 9th, 2015:

One of the high spots of our 20th Anniversary UK Tour!  THE HALF DOZEN comes back to the great BRECON JAZZ FESTIVAL for the eminent promoter (and our good friend) PABLO JANCZUR!  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(bass) and NICK MILLWARD (drums).  Our concert begins at 1.30pm – venue tba, so watch this space! – and as this is the final concert of the festival, be sure to book early for tickets via website: breconjazz.com

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