THE SWING'S THE THING
OUR TOP-SELLING SHOW!
'The Swing's the Thing' has been the Half Dozen's solo show for the past ten years. The Half Dozen have just won the 2015 British Jazz Award (the 'Jazz Oscar') for the Top Small Group for the 10th time in eleven years! During their 20th Anniversary (they formed in 1995) they've played nine jazz festivals (including Bude and Brecon); more than thirty theatres and a record-breaking number of jazz clubs!
ROCKING IN RHYTHM
This exciting new show has been touring Britain, topping the bill at major jazz festivals and Ronnie Scott's.
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THE GREAT BRITISH JAZZ BAND
Co-founded by Digby in 1994 with his close friend the late trombonist Pete Strange, 'The Great British Jazz Band' (GBJB) was an all-star assembly of bandleaders and perennial pollwinners which played theatres and arts-centres countrywide. Broadly modelled on the 'World's Greatest Jazz Band' of Yank Lawson and Bob Haggart, the GBJB made its concert debut on London's South Bank at the Queen Elizabeth Hall on September 30 1994 with the legendary trumpeter Kenny Baker who said of them at the time "What a line-up. Every one a soloist! I'd like to play with them any time and the arrangements are outstanding!"
The GBJB recorded three albums for Candid Records, and in 2007 its musicians comprise Mike Cotton and Digby (trumpets) Roy Williams, Chris Gower (trombones), Dave Shepherd, John Barnes (reeds), Nick Dawson (piano), Len Skeat (bass), and Allan Ganley (drums).
Dennis Matthews, the editor of 'Crescendo and Jazz Music' calls the GBJB 'The best band of its kind in the world' and more than ten years after its formation it continues to fill theatres countrywide.
In 2016 the GBJB has been re-formed with the all new line-up of: Bruce Adams and Digby (trumpets), Roy Williams and Mark Nightingale (trombones), Alan Barnes and Karen Sharp (reeds), Dave Newton (piano), Dave Green (bass) and Steve Brown (drums).
JAZZ GOES TO THE MOVIESIn a brilliant new show Digby Fairweather's pollwinning Half-Dozen combines with premier singer VAL WISEMAN (longtime star of her own Billie Holiday tribute 'Lady Sings the Blues' in a fast-moving review of great songs from great movies.
'Jazz Goes To The Movies' features classics from the American Musicals songbook, great Disney themes, jazz to spare and romantic ballads featuring Val along with the Half-Dozen's highly-rated vocal group 'The Fairweather Friends'.
Linked with memories of famous moments from the movies and stories of their stars, the show guarantees more musical memories than (as Louis B. Meyer once said!) all of the stars in Heaven.
DIGBY FAIRWEATHER DUO/TRIO/QUARTET
Since his professional career began in 1977 Digby has broadcast, recorded and appeared with his own hand-picked small groups frequently featuring Craig Milverton (piano), guitarist Dominic Ashworth, bassist Len Skeat (ex-Stephane Grappelli, Ted Heath et.al) and Neil Bullock (drums) with whom he appears regularly all over Essex and beyond. The Digby Fairweather Quartet appears regularly at all London's most prestigious venues giving Digby a chance to show off his solo skills, adventurous choice of repertoire and love of good songs in an intimate setting.
ELLA AND LOUIS
'Ella and Louis' starring Digby Fairweather, Maggie Reeday (London Palladium/New Faces) and the Craig Milverton Trio celebrates the classic recordings of Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong. The show sold out five nights (SRO) at Ronnie Scott's during its 2007 premiere, and has since done the same at theatres and jazz clubs countrywide. Please note that this show may also be booked with Digby Fairweather's Half Dozen (Small Group Award winners in the British Jazz Awards 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2009).
THE BRITISH JAZZ KINGS ON TOUR - BACK ON THE ROAD AGAIN!
A brand-new concert presentation 'THE BRITISH JAZZ KINGS ON TOUR - BACK ON THE ROAD AGAIN!'
Until 2006 this package of premier British jazz names toured theatres and arts centres countrywide under the title of 'The Best of British Jazz'. Now, with an all-new team of Swing stars including Dave Shepherd (clarinet) and Roy Williams (trombone), the company is touring again and accepting limited engagements. Dates are already going fast so don't miss the opportunity to add this great show to your concert programme. On some concerts the British Jazz Kings will add star vocalist VAL WISEMAN to their presentation.
LADY SINGS THE BLUES
First performed in 1987 this legendary tribute to Billie Holiday, starring VAL WISEMAN is directed by Digby with an all-star musical cast including pollwinners Alan Barnes, Roy Williams, Brian Dee et al.
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