St Christopher

Dave O'Higgins Quartet
Event 5
Saturday October 8th, 8.00pm 
Little Missenden Church

One of the best tenors in jazz, with a driving rhythm section

This is an archived event from the 2011 programme.

DAVE O'HIGGINS QUARTET: Dave O'Higgins tenor and soprano sax  Andrew McCormack piano  Arnie Somogyi bass  Matt Home drums

Dave O’Higgins is one of our finest tenormen, a virtuoso with a driving yet lyrical style.  He may not be the best known jazzman, but is one of the best-respected by those that know.  Critics talk of a “dazzling”, “exciting”, “world class player”, “stylish and passionate”, with “exceptional fluency” and “inventive Coltrane-influenced playing” – who can “play his socks off”. 

“One of the most vigorously compelling tenor players on the UK scene... In the Zone is archetypal O'Higgins: unpretentious, accessible, no-nonsense acoustic jazz addressed with skilfully controlled energy” (Chris Parker, Jazzizit)

“A stunning player in the neo-bop vein, with an apparently effortless flow of coherent ideas, beautiful time and a highly developed harmonic sense” (Jazz Guide)

In his Quartet he’s backed by an impressive rhythm section. They’ll play a mix of standards and Dave’s own compositions. His musical output within the jazz idiom is broad-based, with new takes on classic standards from Thelonius Monk to George Gershwin, Burt Bacharach or Stevie Wonder, as well as high-energy jazz dance tracks and originals.

As well as leading his own groups Dave regularly features in the BBC Big Band and Ronnie Scott’s Allstars. He’s played with John Dankworth and Cleo Laine, Ray Charles and other jazz greats – and with people from other fields, like Frank Sinatra, Annie Lennox and electronica-man Matthew Herbert. Dave has won various accolades from the British Jazz Awards (including Best Tenor Sax), and recorded ten solo CDs.

Andrew McCormack, a member of the Kyle Eastwood Band, is much in demand as a solo piano player. His debut album won a BBC Jazz award in 2006. Arnie Somogyi is a much sought after musician, composer and bandleader who has played bass with many of the world’s top jazz musicians, including Bud Shank, Art Farmer, Steve Grossman, Claire Martin, and Joey Calderazzo. Matt Home has played his drums in festivals throughout Europe and South America, and recorded with the likes of Ray Gelato, Stacey Kent, Matt Wates, Nigel Price and Gareth Lockcrane.

To access Dave O'Higgins' website, click here. For a recent interview for Jazzwise, click here.