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His & Hers Quintet

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Time: 9pm
Room: The Jazz Club
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£15 On the Door
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"Husband and wife in Swinging, straight ahead jazz
with internationally renowned musicians."

His’n’Hers pits Mr and Mrs O’Higgins against each other apparently in the manner of the movie, Mr & Mrs Smith… In reality this is in the good-humoured tradition of the great Johnny Griffin - Eddie Lockjaw Davis group, with some of the best arrangements borrowed from that repertoire, too! Although the two tenors were of different temperaments both musically and emotionally their ideas complemented and enhanced one another. To say it in the words of Eddie Lockjaw Davis: “What we are doing is presenting, side by side, two different styles of playing tenor—a contrast, not a contest.” Expect swinging straight ahead tough tenors in the time-honoured tradition.

Dave O’Higgins - Tenor Saxophone
Judith O’Higgins - Tenor Saxophone
Robin Aspland - Piano
Geoff Gascoyne - Double Bass
Sebastiaan de Krom - Drums

Dave O’Higgins (tenor sax) - Ttwice winner of Best Tenor Sax at the British Jazz Awards. Dave is one of the most prolific and creative jazz musicians the UK has ever produced, with 18 albums released as leader since 1993. Much of the material has been original compositions and arrangements, with lineups from small group to big band, acoustic and electric. Having studied music at The City University in London, Dave’s first big breaks were with John Dankworth and Cleo Laine, and Icelandic jazz-funk band, Mezzoforte.

Some of the artists Dave has worked with include:
Roadside Picnic, Jason Rebello (produced by Wayne Shorter), Joey Calderazzo, Joe Locke, Dave Kikoski, Eddie Gomez, Adam Nussbaum, John Dankworth & Cleo Laine, Frank Sinatra, Kyle Eastwood, Jamie Cullum, Chico Chagas, Itchy Fingers, Martin Taylor, Jim Mullen, Stan Tracey, BBC Big Band, Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Orchestra, Eric Alexander, Phil Dwyer, Grant Stewart, Brubecks Play Brubeck, Darius Brubeck Quartet, Jimmy Smith and Ray Charles.

Judith O’Higgins (tenor sax) - Judith is a forensic pathologist, saxophonist and author. Her autobiography/popular science book “Spuren des Todes”, was published by Fischer Verlag in 2013. Judith’s career bears analogy to saxophonist Oliver Nelson, who spent some time in mortuaries as an embalmer and taxidermist before pursuing a full-time career in music.

Judith produced and played on the critically acclaimed Abstract Truth Big Band recording made under the direction of Jörg Achim Keller at the famous Abbey Road Studio in 2015, and is also part of the group Barnes/O’Higgins and the Sax Section. Described by various internationally renowned saxophonists as evoking the feel of Dexter Gordon and sound of Clifford Jordan, Judith is undoubtedly the best forensic pathologist jazz saxophonist living in London!

Geoff Gascoyne (Double Bass) one of the UK's most in demand bass player/composer/arranger/producer/ educators. In a 25 year career he has performed and recorded with Michel Legrand, Georgie Fame, Sting, Van Morrison, Bill Bruford, Peter King, Benny Golson and Jamie Cullum, with whom he was bassist, MD and arranger for 7 years. Geoff has also released 8 CDs as a band leader, produced albums by Jacqui Dankworth and Josh Kyle and teaches at LCCM. Geoff has just released his first iPhone application, Jazz Session Band, a loop based jazz play-along.

Sebastiaan de Krom (Drums (Drums) studied at Berklee School of Music and lives between London & Belgium. He was with Jamie Cullum at the same time as Geoff and there they struck a terrific rapport. He tours with Ray Gelato and is one of the most in demand jazz drummers in Europe.

Robin Aspland (Piano) is an accomplished jazz pianist whose name became very well known in the UK jazz circles following his engagement with the Pasadena Rood Ochestra. Since the he has played with: George Coleman, Steve Grossman, Bobby Watson, Eddie Henderson, Arturo Sandoval. Member of: Dankworth Generation Band, Van Morrison, Cleo Laine, Ronnie Scott, Pete King, Kenny Wheeler, Dave O’Higgins and Georgie Fame.

“O’Higgins plays with quite exceptional fluency and his fund of ideas never runs out.”
The Observer

“Patient and cinematic. The trio are really sitting in a beautiful space that is
vast and full of colour.”

The Guardian

“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