Digby Fairweather (now celebrating over 50 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”.
The band broke up a year later but was re-formed in 1995 with fellow founder member clarinettist-saxophonist Julian Marc Stringle and a whole new team of professional players including bassist Len Skeat, drummer Bobby Worth, pianist Craig Milverton and trombonist Malcolm Earle Smith. They promise you an unforgettable evening of swinging sounds, favourite songs, Latin jazz and gorgeous selections from the Great American and British Songbooks.