- 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 tickets please call Tony on 0161 740 3714! It’ll be a great night!
- 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 more details please e-mail Stuart: email@example.com – and look forward to seeing you!
- 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 is our 2017 ‘Farewell Tour’ and JULIAN MARC, CHRIS, CRAIG,DOMINIC, AL and NICK will all be on the stand at The Pavilion Gardens Café, St. John’s Road, Buxton, SK17 6BE – right behind the Buxton Opera House. We have loads of new music to play – and sing ! – and can’t wait to see you!
- 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 the rain too! The music plays from 12 noon to 7pm and the visiting stars playing live include Steve Fishwick (trumpet) Mick Foster (baritone) Karen Sharp (tenor) Clare Foster (songs) Paul Shanti (trumpet) Dominic Ashworth (guitars) and Roger Curphey (bass). Tickets are £15.00 for the day and the address is Chalkwell Park, Chalkwell Avenue, Southend-on-Sea SS0 8NB.
There’ll also be a fascinating exhibition of exhibits from The Jazz Centre (UK)!
This fantastic festival attracts thousands of visitors so it’s a good idea to turn up early if you don’t want to join a LONG queue!!
Look forward to seeing you there for an unforgettable day!
- 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 Dawnette hits the stand! With her will be our house trio: Tim Huskisson, Roger Curphey and Alan Clarke plus special guest DOMINIC ASHWORTH! Music at 8.30 and for Carlo’s amazing cuisine call the number: 01702 345053
- 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: the Hampton by Hilton (with the CHASE JAZZMEN again) 200 Broad Street, B15 1SU. Music from 7pm.
Thursday July 20th
With the (wonderful!) JOHN PATRICK TRIO at The Lord Clifton, Gt Hampton Street B19 3DL
Friday July 21st
I’m coming to join you to see one of my favourite jazz movies of all time: ‘Pete Kelly’s Blues’ at: ‘Around the World’ 195 Broad Street, B15 1AY. (I’ll be introducing it too – and a great new album by ‘Pete Kelly’ himself – aka DICK CATHCART. Dick was one of the greatest jazz trumpeters and my new album of his work is on Retrospective RecordsRTR4308)
And then, after that, I’m moving on to: West Bromwich Central Library, 316 High Street, West Bromwich B70 8DZ with KEITH BILL (piano) BILL COLEMAN (bass) and NICK MILLWARD (drums)
For me this is the greatest festival in the UK – directed by JIM SIMPSON and packed with both ‘we veterans’ and some of the most exciting new acts (174 in all!) from all over Britain and Europe – so make a block booking and come and join us all!
- 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 and NICK MILLWARD. The venue is Goring Village Hall, High Street, Goring on Thames RG8 9AG – and for tickets please call Bill Jackson:01491 875758. (Tonight I promise to get nothing stuck up my cornet – remember last year??????!!!!!!!!)
- 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 (bass) ALAN CLARKE (drums) and a SPECIAL GUEST (tba!). Oh – and me too! Come early as the room gets crowded and you need to find a seat before they’re all gone. Don’t forget the fabulous fizzing jazz cocktails served by our gorgeous bar-staff and the un-missable Creole cooking of Carlo from 6pm. Phone (01702) 435053 for bookings.
- 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 – and, who knows, you may find various members of the H/D circulating around stages on Sunday as well!)! Thanks Graham. For tickets please call: 01386 554235 or e-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org
Can’t wait to play for you!
- 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 the weekend but for tickets you need to contact Alice Stonhold and here’s her e-mail: email@example.com
Looking forward to seeing you!
- 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 both from the Trustees of The Jazz Centre! For tickets please call: 01992 441946.
I’ll be there to say ‘hello’ and enjoy the music of course! See you there!!
- 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 we’re very lucky to have Chris at the Cricketers with Roger Curfey and Alan Clarke and maybe Dig will sit in for a tune or two! Music at 8.30 – and you know the rest! Fizzing jazz cocktails, the best selection of beers in the county, and Carlo’s fabulous menu! Here’s the number for bookings:01702 435053
- Saturday, September 23rd, 2017
- ‘Lady Sings the Blues’ comes to LINCOLN………
Tonight I’m looking forward to playing with the legendary Billie Holiday tribute show ‘LADY SINGS THE BLUES’ starring VAL WISEMAN at Lincoln Drill Hall. Her all-star band includes: ALAN BARNES(clarinet/saxophones) ROY WILLIAMS (trombone)BRIAN DEE (piano) LEN SKEAT (bass and ERIC FORD (drums)! The address of the Drill Hall is Free School Lane, Lincoln, LN2 1EY and the number is:01522 873894. Tickets on sale now!
- 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 more) and cherry-picks from the immortal Beiderbecke canon including selections from ‘The Wolverines’ his great ‘Gang’ recordings and Paul Whiteman’s immortal recordings with Bix and Frankie ‘Tram’ Trumbauer too. With us will be the all-star A-team assembly of Roy Williams, Alan Barnes and Julian Marc Stringle so the stories – as well as the music – will flow fast and furious! Jim’s shows are always sold out so DO book early to get good seats: 01284 762508! We look forward to seeing you there!
- Friday, October 6th, 2017
- A BIG DEAL FOR ‘LADY SINGS THE BLUES’
Tonight we bring the great ‘LADY SINGS THE BLUES’ revue starring VAL WISEMAN to The Astor Community Centre, Deal, Kent CT14 6AB. For tickets please call: 01304 370220
- 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: firstname.lastname@example.org – 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…………!