13th January 2017 8:00pm
Children under 16 with a paying adult £0.00
Box Office Closed
Alan Barnes and Dave O'Higgins are now household names on the UK jazz scene and firm favourites with Derby Jazz fans. They first played together in the Pizza Express Modern Jazz Sextet which played weekly at the Dean Street club for over 10 years starting in the late 80s. They were both keen to collaborate again and pool their considerable writing and arranging skills to create a unique repertoire for 5-saxes and rhythm section. The material spans a large chunk of the history of jazz from early Ellington to original compositions. Barnes' writing is imbued with Ellingtonian flavours, and O'Higgins shows a penchant for harmonising and arranging inspired improvisations of the greats like Dexter Gordon and Sonny Stitt. A deep sense of swing and melodic accessibility are key to the band's irresistibility, along with an inimitable presentation style. All the members of the band are strong, individual and characterful soloists as well as consummate section players. This makes it the perfect band for a large stage or festival event. Barnes / O'Higgins & the Sax Section cooking new cd, "Oh Gee" is available on Woodville Records.
Sebastiaan De Krom Drums
Dave O'Higgins Tenor Sax
Alan Barnes Saxophones & Clarinet
Sammy Mayne Alto Sax
Judith O'Higgins Tenor Sax
Adam King Bass
Robin Aspland Piano
Karen Sharp Baritone Sax
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