MONTHLY CLUB GIG | The Dave O’Higgins Quartet
Friday 24 November 2017 From 5:00pm, Stage: 8:00pm to 10:00pm
Venue: The Atrium Cafe Bar, Castle Hill, Clitheroe BB7 1BA Tel: 01200 442630 Web: www.atriumclitheroe.co.uk | Tickets: Advance: £12 / Members £10 / U18s £5 - On the door £13 / Members £11 / U18s £5 | Book now: from The Grand's website
Saxophonist Dave O’Higgins, will play some of the most swinging music you will hear today. Straight ahead jazz firmly in the harmonic and melodic tradition, Dave has worked with an array of top musicians including Jason Rebello, Jimmy Smith, Ray Charles, Kyle Eastwood, Jamie Cullum and Darius Brubeck.
Dave O’Higgins, born 1964 in Birmingham, England to Irish / Mexican father and English mother. 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.
As well as the solo projects, Dave is a busy guest soloist across the globe, runs a small jazz recording studio, and teaches at the London College of Creative Media.
Appearing with Dave are:
Geoff Gascoyne on 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.
Dutch drummer, Sebastiaan de Krom, 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.
Pianist Graham Harvey studied music at Denver University, and is currently busy with Stacey Kent. He was MD of the funk group, Incognito, at the time they had their biggest hits (Positivity, Tribes Vibes and Scribes) and has also toured with George Benson.
Expect a mixture of originals and standards from the latest recording, ‘It’s Always 9.30 in Zog’. Enough said!
Line-up: Dave O’Higgins - tenor & soprano saxes; Sebastiaan de Krom - drums; Geoff Gascoyne - bass; Graham Harvey - piano/keys.
“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.
“His professional presentation was an object lesson to the amateurishness of local players. His musicianship seemed boundless. Like his friend Martin Taylor did last year to our guitarists, Dave O’Higgins did to our sax players – gave them new and exciting challenges. And gave us mere listeners an exceptional night.” ADELAIDE ADVERTISER, AUSTRALIA.
“O’Higgins plays with quite exceptional fluency and his fund of ideas never runs out.” The OBSERVER.
Food from 5pm to 7.30pm. This will be a table service event and so you will need to book for food to guarantee a table. Please call The Atrium on 01200 442630 to book and ask for menu details as it changes for each event. Draught Heineken, cold bottled beers, wine, fresh coffee and soft drinks available.
MONTHLY CLUB GIG | James Morton Quartet
Friday 8 December 2017 From 5:00pm, Stage: 8:00pm to 10:00pm
Venue: The Atrium Cafe Bar, Castle Hill, Clitheroe BB7 1BA Tel: 01200 442630 Web: www.atriumclitheroe.co.uk | Tickets: Advance: £11 / Members £9 / U18s £5 - On the door £12 / Members £10 / U18s £5 | Book now: from The Grand's website
James Morton - one of the most exciting saxophone players of his generation. After his critically acclaimed release Don’t You Worry ‘Bout That (2010) by James Morton’s Porkchop, his highly anticipated solo album The Kid was released in June 2016 with an all-star line up, including a four-piece horn section and an array of special guests including Fred Wesley, Pee Wee Ellis, Andy Sheppard, Ollie Teeba (The Herbaliser), Ian Mathews (Kasabian) and The Easy Access Horns (The Herbaliser).
The album’s title owes itself to James’ nickname, “The Kid”, which was earned after playing the clubs, venues and festivals in and around Southern England from the age of twelve. As a teenager he was heavily influenced by the funk music of James Brown, hip-hop and jazz and it is these influences – not to mention the presence of his biggest mentors on the album – that he brings together on The Kid, making it an exciting funky, soulful, gospel tinged album. The Kid features all original material, and is, for the most part instrumental, driven by grooving funk beats. Tracks such as Do Dat, Stand Up and The Swerve fall very much into JB’s territory, while Step Up brings in some different textures through vocalist Alex Johansen. The Hymn then takes things down to a more soulful groove with the Soul Collective Gospel Choir. Andy Sheppard, who has been a major mentor, features on If They Only Knew, a track James specifically wrote for him. By bringing all his key mentors and influences – Pee Wee Ellis, Fred Wesley, Andy Sheppard – together, the album becomes a storyboard for his career, charting his musical journey from where he began, to where he is now. And it’s quite an achievement!
These days, James regularly plays with his idols – he has worked extensively (15 years) with Pee-Wee Ellis and recently recorded (and performed) with Fred Wesley and The New JB’s. He is also a member of British hip-hop legends The Herbaliser who he continues to tour and collaborate with. His unique lyrical and rhythmic style, which allows him to directly “speak” to his audience, conveys a strong sense of emotion that really connects with people and is what makes him such a special – and in demand – player.
Throughout his career James has worked with some of the world’s best known and exciting artists, including Kasabian, Raphael Saadiq, Pendulum, George Clinton, Tony Allen, Roni Size, Angelique Kidjo, Carleen Anderson, Jazz Jamaica and Fred Wesley and The New JB’s, to name a few. Most recently he worked as part of NPG Hornz playing with Liv Warfield and other members from Prince’s band and in 2014 he was appointed Ambassador of Music for his home town, Bristol.
Food from 5pm to 7.30pm. This will be a table service event and so you will need to book for food to guarantee a table. Please call The Atrium on 01200 442630 to book- see the menu options below. Draught Heineken, cold bottled beers, wine, fresh coffee and soft drinks available.