Wednesday November 6th - Dave O'Higgins/Rob Luft Quartet 8.30pm
Plying the music of Monk and Trane!
O’Higgins and Luft - Play Monk and Trane
Dave O’Higgins - tenor saxophone , Rob Luft - guitar
Scott Flanigan - organ, Rod Youngs - drums
This will be part of a substantial 40-plus date autumn tour promoting their new CD O’Higgins and Luft play Monk and Trane (Ubuntu Music 2019)
For established giant of the UK jazz scene, O’Higgins, this will be his 21st CD as leader. For young “firebrand” Rob Luft, this will be his 2nd. They will be leading a quartet with Irish organist, Scott Flanigan and American drummer, Rod Youngs. The repertoire will be made up of Thelonious Monk compositions (expect some rarely heard ones!) and tunes played by John Coltrane with especial reference to his choice of standards and various collaborations in the 1950s.
Both Monk and Trane were “modernists”, but also steeped in swing and the rich tradition of the beboppers. Dave and Rob intend to respect this lineage whilst putting their own mark on it. Expect some swing, fun, grooves and moods from this exciting new collaboration.
Dave O’Higgins’ tenor and soprano sax sounds are highly personal and recognisable, with a clear sense of melodic development and adventure. A popular performer with the public, with an excellent sense of pacing and presentation, he has a wide palette from Charlie Parker, Dexter Gordon, John Coltrane, Joe Henderson through to Stanley Turrentine and Michael Brecker.
Dave is a highly regarded educator at the LCCM, where he is the Jazz Pathway Leader.
He also runs a small specialist jazz recording studio (JVG), in search of the optimum way of recording jazz musicians through a combination of old techniques (á la Rudy Van Gelder) and newer innovations.
Dave has worked with some of the world’s finest musicians, including: Joey Calderazzo, Joe Locke, Dave Kikowski, Eric Alexander, Grant Stewart, Max Ionata, Phil Dwyer, Adam Nussbaum, Joe Lovano, Phil Woods, Jimmy Smith, Nancy Wilson, Peggy Lee, Kurt Elling, Wayne Shorter, Eddie Gomez, Billy Childs, Abdullah Ibrahim, Chico Chagas, Stephane Grappelli, Michel Legrand. He wrote and produced the last Matt Bianco album, “Gravity”.
Also on the CV: Frank Sinatra (the last London appearance - a week at the Royal Albert Hall in 1992) and a tour and album with Ray Charles (Strong Love Affair).
Other regular bands over the years include:
Darius Brubeck Quartet
Brubecks Play Brubeck
John Dankworth and Cleo Laine
Martin Taylor’s Spirit of Django
BBC Big Band
Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Orchestra
Nominated Best Tenor Sax 2018 British Jazz Awards
Admsission £15 Jazzland Members £12 Students £8