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Fairweather began his career as a professional jazz musician in 1977, having previously played with various local Essex jazz bands for seven years; his first album was written in 1975. He also worked as a bookseller and dealt with jazz bibliographies and archives. In 1977 he co-founded the Keith Nichols Midnite Follies Orchestra , recorded a number of solo albums and played in a quartet called Velvet with guitarists Denny Wright and Ike Isaacs and bassist Len Skeat .
In 1979 he became co-director (together with pianist Stan Barker ) of Jazz College , a non-profit company, and was a member of the Pizza Express All Stars formation . In 1982 Fairweather had their own quartet and played in the band Kettners Five with bassist Tiny Winters . Digby's playing was heavily influenced by Nat Gonella and Louis Armstrong ; his band Digby's Half Dozen was for some years the backing band of the singer George Melly . He also accompanied the former Manfred Mann lead singer Paul Jones on a number of blues and jazz performances. In addition to his work as a cornet player and band leader, Fairweather pursued a second career as a respected radio writer and book author in jazz history, such as the book Jazz - The Rough Guide together with Ian Carr and Brian Priestley , in the Fairweather especially for the jazz musicians of traditional jazz and swing was responsible.
In 1985 he played in a sextet directed by Brian Priestley and wrote the book How to Play Trumpet . At the time, he made frequent appearances on BBC broadcasts with Humphrey Lyttelton on the show Best of Jazz . In 1987, Fairweather founded the Association of British Jazz Musicians and the National Jazz Archive . In the same year he became head of the Jazz Superkings . Fairweather brought many jazz musicians to the British Musicians' Union (1990). In the early 1990s he appeared on London Jazz FM radio programs such as Jazz Parade and Jazznotes . In 1994 he started working with the Great British Jazz Band and continued his solo projects. In 2008 he worked at Digby's Place , located in the Railway Hotel , Clifftown Road, Southend on Sea, Essex. He is the patron of the Birmingham International Jazz Festival, succeeding the late Humphrey Lyttelton .
The BBC Jazz Society recognized him as Musician of the Year 1979; at the 1993 Cork Jazz Festival he received the Benno Haussman Award . With his Half Dozen , which included Craig Milverton , he won the British Jazz Award in 2005 and 2006 .
- Songs for Sandy ( Hep , 1970, 1982) with Tony Coe, Brian Lemon
- A Portrait of Digby Fairweather ( Black lion , 1979-84)
- Jubilee ( Candid Records , 1993) with The Great British Jazz Band
- Squeezin 'the Blues Away ( FMR Records , 1994)
- Things Ain't That What They Used to Be (Robinwood, 2003)
- Notes from a Jazz Life (Acrobat, 2020)
- Digby Fairweather: Notes from a Jazz Life . Northway Books, London 2002, ISBN 978-0-9537040-1-9 ( autobiography ).
- Ron Brown, Digby Fairweather: Nat Gonella. A life in jazz . Northway Books, London 2005, ISBN 978-0-9537040-7-1 .
- Ian Carr , Digby Fairweather & Brian Priestley : Jazz. The ultimate guide to jazz; 1800 bands and artists from the beginning until today ("The Rough Guide to Jazz"). 2nd edition Metzler, Stuttgart 2004, ISBN 3-476-01584-X .
- John Chilton : Who's Who of British Jazz . Cassell, London 1998, ISBN 0-304-33909-1 .
- Richard Cook , Brian Morton : The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings . 8th edition. Penguin, London 2006, ISBN 0-14-102327-9 .
- Ian Carr , Digby Fairweather, Brian Priestley : Rough Guide Jazz. The ultimate guide to jazz. 1800 bands and artists from the beginning until today. 2nd, expanded and updated edition. Metzler, Stuttgart / Weimar 2004, ISBN 3-476-01892-X .
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||British jazz trumpeter and author|
|DATE OF BIRTH||April 25, 1946|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Rochford , Essex, England|