Paul Higgs 'A Brief History of Jazz'

PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho)

Ace jazz trumpeter Paul Higgs takes you on a delightful musical tour of the history of jazz, playing hits by the legendary greats  - Bix Beiderbecke, Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie, Chet Baker, and Miles Davis, amongst others. Taking you through the styles of New Orleans, swing and bebop, through cool jazz, modal and Latin right up to contemporary jazz, Paul and his band give an outstanding and versatile performance. Paul’s entertaining commentary enhances these classics, creating a truly memorable show.


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"With Paul, you are guaranteed an excellent performance. Each programme he offers is well crafted and very entertaining, giving the audience a context which enhances the fantastic musical content and captures peoples imagination. A fantastically professional artist, outstanding trumpeter and a joy to work with."

Rebecca Stewart: Concerts Manager, Cadogan Hall Limited

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Paul Higgs, George Double and Jerome Davies have been performing this show across the UK since 2015, and are delighted to welcome the brilliant pianist Neil Angilley to this project. Over the years they have all collaborated on many previous performances, but this is a first for the ensemble on ‘A Brief History of Jazz’.

Paul Higgs – trumpeter and composer

Paul Higgs is renowned as one of the UK’s leading trumpet players and composers.

He has had an extensive musical career in many fields including performing, composing and arranging music for film, TV and theatre. Formerly a leading performer and composer in NYJO, he then became a Musical Director for the National Theatre and Royal Shakespeare Company. He has performed with Sir Peter Maxwell Davis, BBC Philharmonic, Johnny Dankworth, Rosemary Clooney, Lulu, John Williams, Nancy Wilson and Shorty Rodgers. 

He has performed in major concert venues around the world, such as the Royal Festival Hall, the Schubert Theatre (USA), Berlin Concert Hall, the Royal Albert Hall, the Elgar Room, St Martin-in-the-Fields, the Stables and Ronnie Scott’s.

Neil Angilley – piano

Neil’s Latin Jazz piano trio have performed in many venues across Europe and appeared at the 2009 International Jazz Festival in Italy. He has worked as Musical Director for Vanessa-Mae, and played with Maceo Parker, Roy Hargrove, Jeff Waynes 'The War of the Worlds', Down to the Bone, Snowboy and the Latin Section, Three Friends (Gentle Giant), Gipsy Kings, Lionel Richie, Lisa Stansfield and Shirley Bassey.

George Double - drums

George is a respected and published drum educator, notably for Trinity College, London. He tours with vocal legend Jack Jones and has played with Marc Almond, Ruthie Henshall and Kym Mazelle as well on West End shows Wicked, Guys and Dolls, Sinatra and Anything Goes. He drums with Jazz At The Movies, the Ray Gelato Quartet and curates Hadleigh Jazz Club in Suffolk where he has accompanied Karen Sharp, Enrico Tomasso and Derek Nash. 

Jerome Davies – double bass

Jerome Davies studied trumpet and double bass at Trinity College of Music in London, where he was the recipient of several prizes. He has performed with diverse artists including Kenny Wheeler, Jim Mullen, Alison Moyet, Kenneth Alwyn, Simon Warner and Salena Jones. He has toured extensively in France, Austria, Monaco, The United Arab Emirates, Germany, Italy, the Czech Republic and at the Blue Note club, New York.

Band Lineup

Paul Higgs (trumpet)

Neil Angilley (piano)

George Double (drums)

Jerome Davies (double bass)