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Happy Anniversary!

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

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 post Beatles era – we’ve fought our way through two decades and emerged only slightly the worse for wear but still [...]

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HI my good friends!

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

As you may already have seen or heard  the NATIONAL JAZZ ARCHIVE is in the midst of raising funds to help it along to its next stage of growth! The NJA is doing well but has to raise £30,000 before the end of the year to achieve ‘matching funding’ with our good friends at the [...]

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Tuesday 10th December

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

A great day for ‘Britain’s Benny Goodman’, DAVE SHEPHERD when – with Waltham Forest District Council’s Ron Presswell and a host of friends and fans – we raise a Blue Plaque to recognize his outstanding jazz talents at his first home: 27 Brookdale Road, Walthamstow, London E17. The unveiling is at 2.30 so do come [...]

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At last, he speaks…..!!

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

Ooops! Hi everyone! I can’t believe that it’s now almost a year since I blogged! Sorry – but it has been a REALLY busy time! To begin with I got MARRIED – for the first time in 67 years! – to a wonderful lady called GWEN! We’ve been married now since July – but just [...]

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Tuesday 26th August 2014

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

We come back to CHIGWELL JAZZ CLUB

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Thursday, January 10th, 2013

Well, sorry if the greeting is a bit late but as Louis Armstrong used to say ‘it’s from the heart!’. Christmas is over; we’ve escaped the threatened Armageddon of 12/12/12 – and so whoop-de-doo for 2013. All the chaps of the Half Dozen wish you their best as do I – and we’re heading for [...]

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Hello again….!

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

Well, you’re quite right – it’s taken some time! But as of  29 June 2011 the gig-listings for 2011-12 are at last there in full. We’re very excited to be back at Ronnie’s again in August AND December of course!  And perhaps the most spectacular news of all is that in April 2012 ‘Rocking in Rhythm’ [...]

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An update at last………!!

Friday, February 25th, 2011

Well, waddya know! After several months of telephone calls, e-mails, telegrams, urgent smoke-signals and several prostrate carrier pigeons – all sent from frustrated web-surfers – my datesheet has finally been updated! Whoopee! – and also my apologies to those of you who may have called in and left without any useful information at all. As [...]

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Monday, November 1st, 2010

Well good friends all, it doesn’t seem possible but it is actually 40 years since DIGBY’S HALF-DOZEN played their first-ever London job at the legendary 100 Club, 100 Oxford Street opposite the great Alex Welsh and his band! Alex was already a friend whom I’d met a year or so previously at the Fox and [...]

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Hello after all this time……….!

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

Well I’m sorry it’s been so long! But I lost the key to the site and my great friend (and designer) Keith Millington had to put me right! I hope you’re all well and there are two items of BIG NEWS I wanted to pass on. The first thing is that since we were last in [...]

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We did it again!!!!- thanks to YOU!

Thursday, November 26th, 2009

Well, good friends all, it’s been a while since this blog was updated – sorry! Despite the current financial gloom it’s been a busy old Autumn with trips to various festivals and a cruise to the Carribean doing trumpet cabaret on board PandO Liner ‘Artemis’ with their all-star band. As of today (26 November 2009) [...]

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Hello again!

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

Well m’dears, it’s been a busy old time! On the road with Paul Jones and ‘Rocking in Rhythm’ up and down the country (including a knockout gig at the Midlands’ top jazz club, ‘The Sands’ in Gainsborough!). Don’t know whether you’ve managed to come and see us there but if not do pay a trip [...]

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Hello again!

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

Well m’dears, amid the crunch (‘Crunch Blues’?), endless revelations about MPs expenses (at least they come to Ronnie’s and the Pizza) and reverberating echoes of belts being tightened against Primark belt-buckles, how’re you doing? All’s proceeding smoothly enough with the old Half Dozen and with gigs for the coming Summer. Meantime some of us managed [...]

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National Jazz Archive – Summer Jazz Event

Friday, April 17th, 2009

ROY WILLIAMS Britain’s premier jazz trombonist in a celebrity conversation with DIGBY FAIRWEATHER, followed by live music from ROY, DIGBY and Friends. On Saturday 11th July 2009, 1.30 p.m. – 4.30 p.m. Loughton Methodist Church, 260 High Road, Loughton, Essex. Tickets £10 – contact David Nathan at the Archive in Loughton Library Tel.020 8502 0181 [...]

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Saturday, February 28th, 2009

Yes, good friends all, the Half Dozen its members and I are coming up close up to our first real ‘West End’ season! From TUESDAY APRIL 7TH through to SATURDAY APRIL 11TH, we’re booked for a whole week of appearances – in a whole variety of presentations – at London’s PIZZA EXPRESS to celebrate our ‘Top [...]

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Saturday, January 31st, 2009

Hello again! And – of course – a very Happy New Year! Well I hope you heard the GREAT news by now; that back in December our wonderful ‘HALF-DOZEN’ – Craig Milverton, Julian Marc Stringle, Len Skeat, Nick Millward, Chris Gower, Dominic Ashworth  and self - won the British Jazz Award for ‘top small group’ 2008-9! This is the [...]

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Monday, October 27th, 2008

No, it’s not what you think! But the fact is that when the Half Dozen – and our special guest Anita Wardell – arrived at Ronnie Scott’s on the evening  of 9 October to begin our three-night season in tribute to ‘Ella and Louis’ we were told ‘sold out tonight!’. The same thing happened for four of the five shows! [...]

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Newsletter from Digby 14 August 2008

Thursday, August 14th, 2008

Hi pals! The sad news first! Just to let you know that our new club ‘Digby’s Place’ has had to close its doors because the Railway Hotel (our hosts) has run into bad financial trouble. We wish Dave, Danny and all their staff well. But this means that our concerts at the club – on [...]

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Wednesday, July 2nd, 2008

Well, good chums and readers, Summer is i’comin’ in and with it the usual welter of gigs great and small! July brings with it the mighty Birmingham International Jazz Festival whose directors have paid me the huge compliment of offering me the post of Patron after the unhappy demise of the great Humphrey Lyttelton! He’s [...]

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Monday, April 28th, 2008

Well, good friends, I’m sure that by now you’ll know that HUMPHREY LYTTELTON passed away peacefully around 7pm on Friday April 25th 2008.  Although he HAD to be mortal, I believe we all cherished the hope that Humph would go on for ever. He was woven into the fabric of British jazz in so very many [...]

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Saturday, February 23rd, 2008

The closure of ‘theJazz’ is a RAPE to our culture…..

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New news from Digby- January 12 2008!

Saturday, January 12th, 2008

Drop into my blog for the latest news – 12 January 2008

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New from Dig

Friday, December 28th, 2007

Hi Tom, Jeff and everyone out there! Well Christmas is gone and we head for 2008 with heads and hearts high! Hope you all enjoyed the Festive Season as we did in Digby-land. The Half-Dozen play next on the Isle of Wight for New Year’s Eve at the Melbourne Arenleigh Hotel Shanklin. Then the dates [...]

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Welcome to my brand-new website 2008!

Wednesday, December 19th, 2007

Welcome to my new site and blog! Come on in!

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