O’Higgins and Luft play Monk and Trane

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Last Show: Monday 25 th March 2019

The Pheasantry (Chelsea)

Dave O’Higgins’ tenor sax sounds is highly personal and recognisable, with a clear sense of melodic development and adventure. A popular performer with the public, 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. Dave has had a long association with great UK guitarists having recorded 3 albums with Martin Taylor, two with Jim Mullen, and four with Mike Outram. This tradition continues now with Rob Luft, an award-winning 25-year-old musician from London, who has been described as one of the UK’s most prominent and talented young contemporary jazz guitarists. Tipped by The Times ‘to achieve great things in the future’, Rob won the 2016 Kenny Wheeler Jazz Prize, and also 2nd Prize in The 2016 Montreux Jazz Guitar Competition.

Tonight’s repertoire will be drawn from the earlier era of Coltane recordings, including Coltrane’s choices of standards, and Thelonious Monk tunes. This group will be playing swinging jazz for sure… The quartet has just recorded a new CD for release later in 2019 on Ubuntu Music (this will be Dave’s 21st CD release as leader!)

Dave O’Higgins - Nominated Best Tenor Sax 2018 British Jazz Awards


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

“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 

Rob Luft - Nominated “British Jazz Musician of the year” - Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2018/ “Breakthrough Act of the year” -  Jazz FM Awards 2018


“So young and so talented!” – Jamie Cullum, BBC Radio 2 (UK)

“…an extraordinary talent!” – Julian Jospeh, BBC Radio 3 (UK)

Scott Flanigan (organ) - Hailing from Belfast in Northern Ireland, Scott Flanigan is one of the foremost keyboard players on the Irish jazz scene.

Rod Youngs (drums) is a London based drummer originally from Washington D.C

Band Lineup

Dave O’Higgins (tenor saxophone)

Rob Luft (guitar)

Scott Flanigan (organ)

Rod Youngs (drums)