After his sensational sold out 2019 Blue Note Years concert at Dean Street, and a sadly Covid cancelled 2020 return, it’s a special and overdue welcome to Dave O’Higgins, playing the music of three of the all-time tenor saxophone greats, Stanley Turrentine, Hank Mobley and Dexter Gordon.
Dave, with his personal and recognisable style, is justifiably one of the most popular saxophonist on the UK and international jazz scene for 30 years and has 21 albums as leader under his belt.
Dave’s tenor and soprano sax sounds are highly personal and recognisable, with a clear sense of melodic development and adventure. 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.
Stanley Turrentine was renowned for his distinctive, thick tone and a style that showed his early grounding in the blues.
Hank Mobley, once described as “the middle weight champion of the tenor saxophone” had a different, but most distinctive laid back, subtle & melodic style.
Dexter Gordon had a large, spacious tone & frame, (he was over 6’6”) pioneering playing behind the beat & regularly inserting improvised musical quotes.
Open your ears to catch Dave playing the Michael Buble song “Close Your Eyes”
There could not be anyone better on tenor saxophone than Dave O’Higgins to give voice to these great 3 Tenors.
Joining Dave are
Martin Shaw – trumpet & flugelhorn,
Graham Harvey – piano,
Jeremy Brown – double bass
Josh Morrison -drums
“Everything you could want from a contemporary bop outfit delivered in a single immaculately executed package.” – Jazz Views
Doors at 6.30pm
Music at 8pm