Dave & Judith O’Higgins - New Album“His ‘N Hers”

Autumn Jazz at Smithfield

Thursday October 27

Dave & Judith O’Higgins
- New Album“His ‘N Hers”

Piano SmithfieldLong Lane, Barbican, London

Saxophonist Dave O’Higgins has been a mainstay of the UK jazz scene since the early 1990s when he first emerged as a bandleader, just in the wake of the 80s jazz boom and following in the footsteps of Courtney Pine, Andy Sheppard and Tommy Smith

O’Higgins’ early albums as leader were cutting edge for the time; a convincing band of British post bop, with a focus on original material.

In more recent years O’Higgins’ music has been more firmly rooted in the jazz mainstream. His previously release teamed him with the young, rising star guitarist Rob Luft on a selection of tunes associated with Monk and Coltrane: one of twenty two albums as leader or co-leader. 

Dave’s German born wife Judith, studied both medicine and music education and has enjoyed a successful career as a forensic pathologist.  As a saxophonist she has worked with the Matthew Herbert Big Band; the Two Minds Big Band, and with the octet  and The Sax Section, co-led by Dave and Alan Barnes

Recorded in March 2020 “His ‘n’ Hers” is, in part, a product of the Covid-19 pandemic. The idea of a two tenor set was inspired by the Johnny Griffin/Eddie ‘Lockjaw’ Davies group, which recorded several albums in the format back in the 1960s. 

What we are doing is presenting, side by side, two different styles of playing tenor—a contrast, not a contest”.

This evening’s concert with the music of “His ‘n’ Hers” from Dave & Judith O’Higgins, must be one of the few good things to come out of the Covid crisis. There may be nothing startlingly new here but this is music that fulfils its objectives admirably, an unpretentious, old style two tenor session featuring some fine playing from the entire band.

Judith O’Higgins – tenor saxophone, 

Dave O’Higgins - tenor saxophone

Graham Harvey – piano,

Adam King – double bass,

Josh Morrison – drums


Here’s a great trailer for the “His ‘N Hers” Album. Pure musical magic.


Doors 6.45pm

Music 8pm

Tickets £20 plus £1.50 booking fee

Piano Smithfield, Long Lane, Barbican, London, EC1A 9PN

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