Source: Dave O'Higgins
Dave is a popular & well known figure on the international jazz scene, having recorded 14 albums as leader with various lineups. He cut his teeth with NYJO, Cleo Laine, Roadside Picnic and Mezzoforte and went on to work with Jim Mullen, Ray Charles, Martin Taylor, Itchy Fingers, Frank Sinatra, Salif Keita, Jimmy Smith, Joe Locke, Kyle Eastwood, Jamie Cullum, Stan Tracey, Matthew Herbert, Chico Chagas and the BBC Big Band to name only a few.
Dave has just recorded a new cd, Standards (JVG Productions) due for release Feb 2014. The tunes are instrumental versions of some of the Sinatra repertoire, of which Dave had first hand experience playing in his band at the last London shows in May 1992.
2013’s critically acclaimed CD release, Got The Real Note (Jazzizit) by the Gascoyne/O’Higgins Quartet with Sebastiaan de Krom on drums, Graham Harvey on piano and co-led with bassist, Geoff Gascoyne comprises a selection of “contrafacts” (new tunes written to changes of favourite standards) and the CD was recorded, mixed and mastered at Dave’s new specialist jazz recording studio (JVG). “Real Note Vol 2” is due out March 2014 and the band will be on tour in April and May.
Another recent collaborative project - The Two Minds Big Band, is co-led with long time associate, Pete Wraight. Pete has been the MD an arranger of Matthew Herbert’s Big Band for 10 years, and this had been a project under discussion for a while. The Two Minds Big Band (JVG Productions) is an album of originals - 5 tunes written and arranged by each leader with the same title as it’s inspiration.
Dave has recorded two CDs with US sax legend, Eric Alexander. These are 2-tenors and piano trio (led by Danish drummer, Kristian Leth) in the hard blowing time honoured tradition of Griff/Lockjaw, Stitt/Ammons and Hayes/Scott.He also teaches saxophone, harmony and improvisation at the London Centre for Contemporary Music, benefitting swathes of up and coming young musicians with his experience!
In his home city, London, Dave is a regular guest with the house band at Ronnie Scott’s and plays every month at the 606 Club in Chelsea with his quartet.
To celebrate Dave Brubeck’s 90th birthday Dave teamed up with Darius (piano), Chris (bass & trombone) and Dan Brubeck (drums) and toured as Brubecks Play Brubeck in the UK. The tour proved immensely popular. Since Dave Brubeck passed last year this is the “official” legacy band and will be playing in New York at Dizzy’s, Lincoln Centre, in April 2014.
Dave O'Higgins: tenor sax
Robin Aspland: piano
Jeremy Brown: bass
Sebastiaan De Krom: drums
01. I Can't Believe You're in Love With Me
02. Devil May Care
03. My Ideal
05. Guess I'll Hang My Tears out to Dry
06. Let's Face the Music and Dance
07. Wives and Lovers
08. Close Your Eyes
09. Autumn in New York
"Hearing is Everything" Peter Watkins