Gigs

Wednesday, November 8th, 2017
KAREN at the KRICKETERS…..

Well, we couldn’t resist the spelling! – sorry! Tonight the great KAREN SHARP comes back to the Cricketers Jazz Bar for a welcome return visit after her sell-out appearance last time! Karen began her career with the legendary HUMPHREY LYTTELTON band back in the 1990s but now tops polls everywhere as a soloist and with her own groups! Tonight she’s joined by our house rhythm section – Tim Huskisson, Roger Curphey and Alan Clarke – and I’ll be joining Karen for a tune or two too! Music from 8.30 as usual but if you’d like to dine beforehand call Carlo, Cassie and Christina on (01702) 435053 for their superb cuisine!

Thursday, December 7th, 2017
THE HALF DOZEN AT THE REFORM CLUB……

Tonight the full HALF DOZEN – at the end of their poll winning year (eleven British Jazz Awards in twelve years!) – end their tour at the world-famous REFORM CLUB for their great friend KEITH McDOWELL! All the gentlemen of the Mighty Orchestra – DIGBY, JULIAN MARC, CHRIS GOWERM CRAIG MILVERTON, DOMINIC ASHWORTH, AL SWAINGER and NICK MILLWARD – will be warming up the seventeen days up to Christmas  with an early celebration of Swing and their favourite songs. It’s a private concert we think – but I’ll let you know if there are seats to spare!! Merry Christmas! Digby.

Wednesday, December 13th, 2017
Christmas at the Cricketers!

Well it’s Christmas time and we’re having a jazz party at the Cricketers – but we’d like to know who YOU’D like to hear most of all joining Digby and the house rhythm section! So why not send an e-mail with your requests to: gwendolinesweetingham@gmail.com – and we’ll count up the votes!

Look forward to hearing from you…….!! And MERRY CHRISTMAS!!

Wednesday, December 20th, 2017
Another Christmas party!

Well it’s Christmas and I’m delighted to be guesting with that fine singer Carol Braithwaite for her very own Christmas wing-ding at Essex Bowls Club, 21 Imperial Avenue, Westcliff on Sea, SS0 8NE! So why not join us for a glass of Christmas cheer – and some fine songs? Hope to see you…………!


Previous Gigs

Sunday, October 1st, 2017
Back to the HUNTER CLUB for JIM BAYNE

It’s always good to come back to our favourite – The Hunter Club – and this time our friend Jim Bayne has devised a show celebrating two legends: BIX BEIDERBECKE and BUCK CLAYTON. Expect selections from Buck’s immortal Jam Sessions from the 1950s (‘Jumping at the Woodside’ ‘The Hucklebuck’ and…

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Friday, September 29th, 2017
At the Club for Acts and Actors!

Just a few tickets left for this marvellous evening at the renowned C.A.A., 20 Bedford Street LONDON WC2E 9HP. I have the great good fortune to be guesting at the Club tonight with Dominic Ashworth, Alec Dankworth and Clark Tracey. What an all-star team! And my great friend Verona Chard…

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Wednesday, September 13th, 2017
CHRIS INGHAM AT THE CRICKETERS…!

In recent years the great pianist-singer CHRIS INGHAM has made a huge name for himself playing and singing with his great quartet at RONNIE SCOTT’S. PIZZA EXPRESS, THE PHEASANTRY  and other top London venues. He’s also produced two exquisite albums dedicated to the musics of HOAGY CARMICHAEL and DUDLEY MOORE. Tonight…

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Friday, September 8th, 2017
Chas and Dave play a fundraiser for The Jazz Centre UK!

Tonight our good friends (and legendary stars!) CHAS AND DAVE are playing a fundraising concert for THE JAZZ CENTRE UK at the SPOTLIGHT THEATRE, Broxbourne Civic Hall, High Street, Hoddesdon EN11 8BE. Their great show will be: ‘CHAS AND DAVE;THE FULL STORY LIVE’! What lovely chaps – and thank you…

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Sunday, August 27th, 2017
‘Rocking in Rhythm’ at Aberjazz…….

Getting together with the great PAUL JONES is always a pleasure! And tonight our long-running show ‘Rocking in Rhythm’ plays the Aberjazz Jazz and Blues Festival with Paul and my poll-winning Half Dozen! We’re at the Theatr Gwaun, West Street, Fishguard, Pembrokeshire SA65 9AD. There are lots of free events throughout…

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Saturday, August 19th, 2017
SATURDAY NIGHT AT THE PERSHORE JAZZ FESTIVAL

We couldn’t be happier that our great friend (and occasional P/A supplier!!) GRAHAM SMITH (and wife MAGGIE!) have invited us back to the PERSHORE JAZZ FESTIVAL! So all the members of our pollwinning HALF DOZEN (DIGBY, JULIAN MARC STRINGLE, CHRIS GOWER, CRAIG MILVERTON, AL SWAINGER and NICK MILLWARD) will be on hand –…

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Wednesday, August 9th, 2017
The Cricketers forms its own team!!

Tonight the Cricketers presents its very own house band – ‘Six of the Best!’ Celebrating some of the greatest musicians who make their home in good ol’ Southend on Sea – but play music all over the UK and beyond – the ‘SOTB’ includes MICK FOSTER (saxes) CHRIS KIBBLE (piano) ROGER CURPHEY…

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Friday, August 4th, 2017
‘ROCKING IN RHYTHM’ is back on the road……

We don’t get to do our ‘ROCKING IN RHYTHM’ show with the great PAUL JONES as often as we’d like, but tonight we’re delighted to come back to GORING JAZZ, GORING-ON-THAMES with the great Paul and our complete Half Dozen: DIGBY, JULIAN MARC STRINGLE, CHRIS GOWER, CRAIG MILVERTON, DOMINIC ASHWORTH, AL SWAINGER…

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Friday, July 21st, 2017
Back to the great Birmingham and Solihull Jazz and Blues Festival!

From Wednesday 19 to Friday 21 July I’m back at Birmingham playing with some of the greatest musicians in the city – and beyond! So here’s my schedule: Wednesday July 19th: 3pm with the very fine CHASE JAZZMEN, Hagley Road Village, 322-336 Hagley Road B17 8BH and then on to:…

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Wednesday, July 12th, 2017
It’s time for some rockin’ blues and soul at The Cricketers!

Everybody loves the blues – and tonight at The Cricketers we present: well, for me, the most exciting blues singer I’ve ever heard in Southend – or pretty much anywhere! We’re joined by DAWNETTE FESSEY – and if you don’t know the name yet, you’ll never forget it again once…

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Saturday, July 8th, 2017
A Jazz Day for the VILLAGE GREEN FESTIVAL in Chalkwell Park, Southend

This year, on Saturday July 8th, The Jazz Centre UK is teaming up with Colette Bailey, Artistic Director of ‘Metal‘ to hold a full day of live jazz at Metal’s legendary ‘Village Green’ Festival! The music’s happening in a specially created ‘Jazz Cafe’ in the park’s Chalkwell Hall – so we’re safe from…

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Sunday, July 2nd, 2017
BACK TO BUXTON FESTIVAL – for the second year!

Tonight my wonderful poll-winning Half Dozen (eleventh British Jazz Award for Top Small Group in 2017!) comes back to the great Buxton Festival  and our good friend RANDALL SHANNON – for the second year in a row after our sell-out show in 2016! This will be an extra-special night in what…

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Monday, June 26th, 2017
Jazz in Parkyland…..

Tonight I’m coming back to BARNSLEY (the one-time home of my great friend Sir Michael Parkinson!) to finish my tour with  FRANK BROOKER and TOM KINCADE’S Trio. We’ll be at the Fairway Hotel, Elmhirst Lane, Dodworth, Barnsley S75 4 LS and our host will be STUART CURRIE! Thanks Stuart! For…

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Sunday, June 25th, 2017
Rockin’ in Rochdale……..

Tonight (that’s Sunday June 25th) I’m with FRANK BROOKER and TOM KINCAIDE’S TRIO (Jim  Swinnerton and Frank Cotteril) – what a pleasure! – at the Newton National Club, Castleston, Rochdale DL11 3JN for my good friend (and tour organizer!) Tony Sheldon. The music starts at 8pm and for more details and…

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Saturday, June 24th, 2017
Everybody Loves Saturday Night…….!

Well, I’m certainly going to enjoy this one where I get to play with my great friend FRANK BROOKER and the TOM KINKAIDE TRIO at Boston Spa Jazz Club, in the village hall in Boston Spa High Street. No bar so bring  your own bottle! Doors open at 7pm for…

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Saturday, June 24th, 2017
On tour in the North ……….June 24-26

Yes, once again I take the ‘Great North Road’ for three concerts! It’s been a little while so it’ll be good to meet old friends again!  On Sunday 25th I’ll be at the NEWTOWN NATIONAL CLUB with the marvellous tenorist FRANK BROOKER and his  great Trio: Tom Kincaid (piano) Jim Swinnerton…

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Wednesday, June 21st, 2017
Hitchin a ride…….!

Tonight our poll-winning Half Dozen (DIGBY, JULIAN MARC, CHRIS GOWER, DOMINIC ASHWORTH, AL SWAINGER AND NICK MILLWARD) makes its annual return to the delightful MARKET THEATRE HITCHIN for our good friend KIRK FOSTER! The show starts at 8pm and the address is 6a Sun Street, Hitchin, Herts S95 1AE . We’re happy that the…

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Sunday, June 18th, 2017
Groovin’ at Greenwich…….!

This afternoon from 1.30-3.30  I’ll be joining the ALAN  CLARKE JAZZMEN for a concert at Greenwich Park, LONDON SE10 8XJ. Looking forward to working for my ol’ buddy from the ORIGINAL Half Dozen back in l971! And we don’t look a day older – do we??? Come and check us…

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Wednesday, June 14th, 2017
At The Jazz Band Ball…….

Tonight at the Cricketers Jazz Bar – along with Carlo’s great New Orleans cuisine – we’ll be serving up a righteous helping of that ‘good ol’ Dixieland’! Joining me in the ensemble will be my long-time colleagues from our poll winning Half Dozen – JULIAN MARC STRINGLE (clarinet) and CHRIS…

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Friday, June 2nd, 2017
Back to our beloved Kenneth More Theatre

This evening we come back to the Kenneth More Theatre to play for our dear friends  Steven Day and Sally Woodfield – and YOU of course! A very special concert for the Half Dozen on its ‘Farewell Tour’ and the whole A-team will be there: Jools, Chris, Craig, Dominic, Al and…

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Friday, May 26th, 2017
Swingin’ at The Barn……….

To our great delight the HALF DOZEN and I are returning to one of our favourite – and most beautiful – venues, THE BARN, CARLTON for our old friends JOHN and JANE TUSTING! JULIAN MARC STRINGLE, CHRIS GOWER, VRAIG MILVERTON, AL SWAINGER and NICK MILLWARD  – our all-star pollwinning troupe! –…

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Tuesday, May 16th, 2017
Flying down to Fleet……..for some jazz!

Today I’ll be visiting the FLEET JAZZ CLUB to play with JULIAN MARC STRINGLE and my good friend (and fine bass-player too) Marianne Wyndham and her Trio. We play at 8pm and our concert is at The Harlington Centre, 236 Fleet Road, Fleet, Hants GU51 1BY. For tickets please call: 01252 811009…

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Friday, May 12th, 2017
‘LADY SINGS THE BLUES’ at Stamford…..

Tonight the renowned tribute show ‘LADY SINGS THE BLUES’ (back on the road after a short break) comes to Stamford Arts Centre, 27 St. Mary’s Street, Stamford, LINCS PE9 2DL. Starring the great VAL WISEMAN playing BILLIE (her new live album for the show is recently out onBig Bear Records…

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Wednesday, May 10th, 2017
Alan Barnes comes to town…..

The UK’s most gifted and prolific saxophonist, the great ALAN BARNES joins me for a set this evening at The Cricketers Jazz Bar, 228 London Road, Westcliff-on-Sea for an evening of bebop, swing and (no doubt) a good deal of hilarity too! With us as usual will be our wonderful ‘house…

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Sunday, May 7th, 2017
Digby on the ropes……

Today I’m playing a  gig for the great pianist (and cyclist!) Mike Hatchard at the Ropetackle Centre, Little High Street, Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex BN43 5EG. It’s Mike’s monthly ‘jazz breakfast’ which starts at 11am and for tickets please call 01273 464440 or e-mail:admin@ropetacklecentre.co.uk. See you there – and I’ll bring the…

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Sunday, April 23rd, 2017
Back to the HUNTER CLUB……

One of our FAVOURITE gigs for one of our (absolutely FAVOURITE!!) promoters Jim Bayne. This time Jim and I plus the great Chris Ingham Trio and guests DUNCAN HEMSTOCK (reeds) and CHRIS GOWER (trombone) will be presenting ‘Some Louis/Some Divas of Swing’. Of course it’s LOUIS ARMSTRONG (who else?) and…

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Wednesday, April 12th, 2017
The mighty RICO at the Cricketers Jazz Bar

Tonight I’m thrilled to be joined by the mighty trumpeter RICO TOMASSO – a regular pollwinner and the ‘spiritual son of Louis Armstrong’ – who gave him his first trumpet lessons back in l969 up at Batley Variety Club! (He taught him to play poker too!).  Rico is the best trumpeter…

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Sunday, April 2nd, 2017
Coming back to the Queens…….

Today at lunchtime (from 1pm) I’ll be at the Queens Theatre Hornchurch, guesting with my good friend Pete Corrigan’s legendary ‘Band of Hope’ – a session which is now in its 43rd year! (We started playing there at the age of 6!) Address is Billet Lane, Hornchurch, London RM11 1QT and the…

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Friday, March 31st, 2017
A night in Chichester for DIGBY’S HALF DOZEN….

Tonight our poll-winning HALF DOZEN plays CHICHESTER JAZZ CLUB, Pallant Suite, 7 South Pallant, Chichester PO19 1SY. For tickets please call: 01243 527730. JULIAN MARC STRINGLE, CHRIS GOWER, CRAIG MILVERTON, DOMINIC ASHWORTH, AL SWAINGER and NICK MILLWARD will all be there and rarin’ to blow! (Oh, and SING too!). The…

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Wednesday, March 8th, 2017
Spats at the Cricketers Jazz Bar…….

One of our biggest stars in British classic jazz is Thomas ‘Spats’ Langham who adores the classic crooners of jazz, plays guitar like Eddie Lang and also the fastest banjo since Vess Ossman! Tonight Spats makes his first visit to the Cricketers to entertain us with great songs and his…

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