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Evening Concert

The Dave O'Higgins Quartet@Seven Arts 2 Sept

 

 

Dave O’Higgins saxes, Graham Harvey piano, Geoff Gascoyne bass, Sebastian de Krom drums 
A Village Jazz Festival 2017 presentation
This quartet plays some of the most swinging music you will hear today. Straight ahead jazz firmly in the harmonic and melodic tradition, played by the finest UK-based jazz musicians at the peak of their distinguished careers. They will be playing a mixture of new originals and standards from the latest recording, “It’s Always 9.30 in Zog” (JVG Productions 2017)
Saxophonist Dave O’Higgins 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. As well as the solo projects, Dave is a busy guest soloist across the globe, runs a small jazz recording studio, and is Head of Jazz at the London College of Contemporary Media. Some of the artists Dave has worked with: Roadside Picnic, Jason Rebello (produced by Wayne Shorter), Joey Calderazzo, Joe Locke, Dave Kikoski, Eddie Gomez, Adam Nussbaum, John Dankworth, Cleo Laine, Frank Sinatra, Chico Chagas, Jimmy Smith, Ray Charles, Martin Taylor, Jim Mullen, Kyle Eastwood, Jamie Cullum, Itchy Fingers, Stan Tracey, BBC Big Band, Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Orchestra, Eric Alexander, Phil Dwyer, Grant Stewart, Brubecks Play Brubeck, Darius Brubeck Quartet.
 “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
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 working 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.
THE DAVE O’HIGGINS Quartet @Seven Arts Leeds: Saturday 2 September 2017 £14/£12 concessions NUS £5 (on the door only).  

 

US saxman Greg Abate with the Victor Guttierez Trio @Seven Arts FRI 21 July

Greg Abate is a US jazz saxophonist, flutist, composer and international jazz recording artist. In the mid 70’s after finishing a four year program at Berklee College Of Music, Greg played lead alto for the Ray Charles Orchestra and tenor sax with the revived Artie Shaw Orchestra under leadership of Dick Johnson in 1986 and ’87. Following this Greg ventured out as post hard bop soloist playing jazz festivals and clubs throughout North America and Europe.
He is accompanied by top Spanish jazz pianist Victor Guttierez. 
Support from : "Anya" – an eight piece Ethio Jazz ensemble led by Leeds bassist Sam Dutton Taylor 8-8.30pm

US saxman Greg Abate : FRIDAY evening July 21 @Seven Arts Doors 7.30pm £16/14 (NUS £5)

Nicola Farnon Quartet feat. Dave Newton @Seven Arts 15 June

 

 

Nicola Farnon bass and vocals, Dave Newton piano, Tony Ormesher guitar and Steve Brown drums
Nicola Farnon is widely recognised as one of the classiest jazz and swing musicians in the UK. She has a remarkable musical pedigree, both parents being professional classical musicians and her great uncle no less than the late Robert Farnon. She has also played with such Jazz luminaries as Digby Fairweather, Jim Mullen, Bruce Adams, Roy Williams and Alan Barnes and alongside class jazz acts as diverse as Eliane Elias, Courtney Pine, Georgie Fame,Tony Kofi, Michael Garrick Jazz Britannia Orchestra Sir John Dankworth and Dame Cleo Laine, Humphrey Lyttleton and Acker Bilk. 
Nicola’s new CD "So Farnon So Good" features her on double bass and vocals with some legends of the UK jazz scene. You can hear this music at Seven Arts. The bands' arrangements are all done by Nicola - with some melodic and extremely catchy originals thrown in for good measure.
Support: John and Kathy Dyson duo

Nicola Farnon Quartet feat Dave Newton: Thursday evening June 15 @Seven Arts Doors 7.30pm £16/14 (NUS £5)