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Dave O'Higgins

“O’Higgins plays with quite exceptional fluency and his fund of ideas never runs out.”
The Observer

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. He has relentlessly pursued artistic and sonic exploration and development with a deep respect for the tradition of the music.

Dave spent much of his childhood in Derby. Aged 11 he was playing drums in backing cabaret acts at the Derby Engineers' Club and doing weekend function gigs with the Gerry Foster Band. Aged 15 he bought a saxophone and began trying to learn Wilton Felder's solo on Street Life by the Crusaders with Randy Crawford. His interst in jazz was broadened and deepend by Derby jazz pianist Andrew Stanton. As a teenager he played several gigs for Derby Jazz before moving to London in 1983 where he quickly joined the National Youth Jazz Orchestra and formed the fist of a long line of quartets and quintets.

Dave is a highly regarded educator at the London College of Contemporary Media, 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 musicans, 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 has released 20 CDs as leader to date. He also 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).

Dave is a highly regarded educator at the London College of Contemporary Media, 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.

 

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