- 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 Half Dozen achieved its eleventh win in 2016 as ‘Top Small Group’ in the British Jazz Awards so do come along and say hello to us ageing but unbowed men who have spent 22 years on the road with never a cross word! Looking forward to seeing you in one of our favourite cities (my uncle had a yacht Marina there years ago – Williams and Smithells by the way…..!
- 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 phone number is: 01708 443333. Hope to see you there!
- 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 in the UK just now and this will be a great gig so do get there early. The Cricketers, 228 London Road, Westcliff on Sea SS0 7JG. Plenty of parking over the road, Carlo’s supreme cuisine – and the music’s FREE!
- 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 our very own beloved Diva is the great VAL WISEMAN! Doors open at midday and tickets are £12.50 including food! It’s good to book early as Jim ALWAYS sells out so please call:01284 762508 to be sure of tickets!
- 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:email@example.com. See you there – and I’ll bring the cornflakes! Looking forward……!
- 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 by the way!) she’ll be accompanies by Alan Barnes, Roy Williams, Brian Dee, Len Skeat and Eric Ford. Oh: and me too! For tickets please call:01780 763203 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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 – and look forward to seeing you there! It’ll be great!
- 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! – will all be there, and the music starts at 7.30pm. For tickets please call John or Jane on: 01234 720908, and look forward to seeing you at this gorgeous venue for good music!
- 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 Nick!(I’m sure you don’t need the surnames after 22 years!!). This year we’ve won the ‘British Jazz Award’ for the eleventh time (no really!!) and we’ve got new tunes to play for you, our close harmony vocals on some of our favourite songs and features for all our pollwinning soloists – and of course our great band set. So do book early to be sure of seats! The Kenneth More Theatre box office is on 020 8553 4466 and the address is Oakfield Road, Ilford, Essex IG1 1BT. Look forward to seeing you for a GREAT evening!
- Saturday, June 17th, 2017
- A GREAT BIG MYSTERY – HELP!!
Well! In MY diary there’s a gig for my Half Dozen with the mysterious inscription ‘Bowie’! But since David’s gone aloft – and taken his knife with him (??) – I’m at a loss! No contract – and no phone call!! So if you – my dear mysterious stranger – are expecting the Half Dozen to arrive at your club/house/concert hall – do LET ME KNOW pronto so I can assemble all the gentlemen of the orchestra! Otherwise we will be watching TV…………
- 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 show is always packed so please call 01462 433553 to be sure of a seat. If you’re PC-friendly you can also e-mail:
- 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 (bass) and Jack Cotterill (drums). On Monday we all play at the FAIRWAY HOTEL BARNSLEY. Details of our Saturday gig yet to be advised but watch this space for ‘further announcements and more good news!’ (Lionel Hampton (1938)
- 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.
- 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:email@example.com
Can’t wait to play for you!
- 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 -0 and you know the rest!
- 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 Tram too. two-trumpet collaborations. 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 to DEAL in Kent. Venue tba. Watch this space!!
- 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.