No stranger to Doncaster audiences, the name of Digby Fairweather has long been and remains synonymous with the very best of the British Jazz Scene.
It’s therefore a great pleasure to look forward to the star trumpeter’s scheduled visit to Doncaster on Thursday September 1, when he joins forces with The Nicola Farnon Quartet plus guest reed men Gerry Nugent and Pete Moxon on saxes and clarinets at the ‘Con’ Club. (8.30pm start).
Son of a local conductor, choirmaster and senior teacher at Southend Metropolitan School of Music, Digby who started out on drums/E-flat horn/and clarinet took up trumpet in 1960, soon making a name for himself gigging around the Southend area on alto sax and clarinet, before concentrating on full-time trumpet in 1965 leading his own ‘Half-Dozen’ and playing with various New Orleans style bands including Eggy Ley/Hugh Rainey/Eric Silk/and the legendary George Webb and later deputizing for Alex Welsh, featuring with The Midnite Follies Orchestra/The Pizza Express All-stars/ performing at the prestigious Nice Jazz Festival with The Jazz Journal All-stars and touring Australia with Danny Moss.
Since then, Dig’s many activities have included touring with his New Georgians paying tribute to Nat Gonella, working with Donald Swann/The Alex Welsh Re-union Band/Tony Milliner’s ‘Mingus Music’ touring with Val Wiseman’s ‘Lady Sing The Blues’ show and gaining fame as a respected author/broadcaster the recent Radio Tree ‘Jazz Library’ focus on Alex Welsh was ‘a gem’ and as a driving force behind The National Jazz Federation Archive. The rest, as they say is history. It will be great to welcome Digby back to ‘Donny’ so make a note of the date and make certain to book early. Tickets are due to be on sale at Doncaster Tourism, The Blue Building, 38-40 High Street (01302-734309) next month at £6 advance £7 at door or £5 can be saved by buying a Multi-ticket at £16 for admission to all four September gigs at the venue. Digby on 1st Sept/Roy Norton Jazz Band September 8/Bob Ludlum Band 15th Sept/And The Yorkshire Stompers 29th Sept.
Meanwhile, ‘local treasure’ Dickie Emmerson (guitar/vocals) will be in action with ‘Spraggy & Co’ at the ‘Con’ Club on Monday August 8, usually with guest singers Sue Fisher/Bob Quinn/Eddie Kell and John Noble present to offer several fine swingin’ numbers also. Admission £3-50 at door 8.30pm start.
The Terry Allonby Trio play their monthly session at The Horse & Groom East Laithegate on Saturday August 6 12 noon to 3pm free admission, There is regular Thursday Jazz at ‘Relish’ also on East Laithegate and over at Silkstone Lodge near Barnsley ‘Trad’ fans can catch Peter Franks’ Dixieland All-stars July 18 Savannah Jazz Band July 25) Le Harpe Street Jazz Band August 1New Orleans Wiggle August 8.