Chichester Jazz Club

Digby Fairweather’s Half Dozen

Friday, March 31, 2017

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Digby Fairweather began his professional jazz career in l977, since when he has recorded prolifically, written several books about jazz and broadcast regularly on the subject.

He has worked with all of Britain’s leading swing players and later formed his Half Dozen - with whom he was musical director for vocalist and legend George Melly.

This band won the British Jazz Award for top small groups for ten out of eleven years and celebrated their 20th anniversary in 2015.

Chris Gower joined the band in 2001 following time playing trombone in bands with Shakin’ Stevens, Suzi Quatro and Cliff Richard.

Craig Milverton began his professional career at 21, before joining Digby Fairweather’s Half Dozen in l998. As a piano soloist he has forged a successful career including regular appearances at Ronnie Scott’s.

Talented reedsman Julian Marc Stringle led his own band at the club last month.

Classically trained Canadian guitarist Dominic Ashworth moved to Britain in the l990s and quickly established himself as a premier player working with Carol Kidd, Michael Garrick’s Orchestra and Julian Marc Stringle’s big band.

Regular bassist Al Swainger and Nick Millward on drums make up the band.

Line-up: Digby Fairweather – trumpet/cornet/vocals, Julian Marc Stringle – reeds, vocals, Chris Gower – trombone, Craig Milverton – piano/keyboards/vocals, Dominc Ashworth – guitar, vocals, Al Swainger – acoustic and electric bass, Nick Millward – drums.

All meetings start at 7.45pm - doors open at 6.30pm

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