What the professionals say
Digby Fairweather became a fulltime jazzman in 1977 after twelve years as a qualified librarian in Southend-on-Sea working night by exhausting night in everything from local soul and dance bands to avant-garde jazz ensembles in Southend and all over his home-county of Essex. In 1971 he formed his first ‘Half Dozen’ to play his preferred music – Swing and Dixieland – and from 1973 began working his way up the ladder as a junior partner in established jazz bands led by professionally qualified musicians including Hugh Rainey, David ‘Eggy’ Ley and Eric Silk and later with Keith Nichols, Ron Russell and Lennie Hastings.
In 2022 Digby (now celebrating over fifty years in professional jazz) continues to lead his poll winning band. “The very first Half Dozen” he says “-was formed in 1971 with some local pals in Essex including clarinettist Alwyn ‘Ollie’ Dow who thought up the name. Unusually at the time we played Swing arrangements and some Dixieland – and even some jazz-rock for a surprise! – and we had a great night at the 100 Club in 1971 supporting Alex Welsh who became a great friend and mentor”.
Yes indeed! ‘Here we are again, happy as can be, all good pals’ – and luckily Covid-free!! Pardon the levity, but it’s GOOD to be back in touch after getting on for two whole years! And what a time we’ve had – first Brexit, then Trump, then the C19 blues! But there’s no doubt about […]
THE JAZZ CENTRE UK
The Jazz Centre UK is a focal point for everything related to jazz. As well as music, we embrace dance, fashion, art and design. We are a registered charity and our aim is; “TO PROMOTE, PRESERVE AND CELEBRATE THE CULTURE OF JAZZ IN ALL ITS FORMS”
Sands by the Sea
Every last Thursday of the month Digby brings the Best of British Jazz to the luxurious ‘Sands by the Sea’ located in The Icon Building, Adventure Island, Western Esplanade, Southend-on-Sea SS1 1EE.