Invitations are sent by email at 7:00pm each Friday
and the show starts at 8:00pm
Please click HERE to visit my Youtube channel where you can watch recordings of past shows
Show #01 (4 Sep)
featuring John Etheridge
Show #02 (11 Sep)
featuring Simon Spillett
Show #03 (18 Sep)
featuring Nikki Iles
Show #04 (25 Sep)
featuring Liam Noble
Show #05 (2 Oct)
featuring Stan Sulzmann
Show #06 (9 Oct)
featuring Steve Watts
Show #07 (16 Oct)
featuring Geoff Simkins
 
Fri 23 October

8:00pm 

show #08 featuring Dave O'Higgins

Dave O’Higgins’ tenor and soprano sax sounds are 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. He has relentlessly pursued artistic and sonic exploration and development with a deep respect for the tradition of the music.

Dave is a highly regarded educator at the London College of Contemporary Media, where he is the Jazz Pathway Leader. He also runs a small specialist jazz recording studio (JVG), in search of the optimum way of recording jazz musicians through a combination of old techniques (á la Rudy Van Gelder) and newer innovations.

 

Dave has worked with some of the world’s finest musicans, including: Joey Calderazzo, Joe Locke, Dave Kikowski, Eric Alexander, Grant Stewart, Max Ionata, Phil Dwyer, Adam Nussbaum, Joe Lovano, Phil Woods, Jimmy Smith, Nancy Wilson, Peggy Lee, Kurt Elling, Wayne Shorter, Eddie Gomez, Billy Childs, Abdullah Ibrahim, Chico Chagas, Stephane Grappelli, Michel Legrand. He has released 20 CDs as leader to date. He also wrote and produced the last Matt Bianco album, “Gravity”.

 

Also on the CV: Frank Sinatra (the last London appearance - a week at the Royal Albert Hall in 1992) and a tour and album with Ray Charles (Strong Love Affair).

Other regular bands over the years include the Darius Brubeck Quartet, Brubecks Play Brubeck, John Dankworth and Cleo Laine, Jim Mullen, Martin Taylor’s Spirit of Django, Jamie Cullum, Kyle Eastwood, BBC Big Band, Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Orchestra. 

 

Dave received a nomination for ‘Best Tenor Sax Player’ in the 2018 British Jazz Awards

“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

Fri 30 October

8:00pm 

show #09 featuring Roger Beaujolais

A founder member of jump/jive band “The Chevalier Brothers” Roger had a successful time in the 1980’s touring Europe extensively along with many gigs in the UK & trips to the USA & Japan. For a brief period they were darlings of the UK rock press but outside the UK were known on the jazz scene playing at numerous jazz festivals including Montreux, North Sea & others in Sweden, Norway, Finland, Belgium & France.

 

The Chevalier Brothers split up in 1988 & Roger was immediately offered work by pop band Fairground Attraction. He had played on their original demos before they got their record deal & then played on their first album. The album & their first single ‘Perfect’ went to Number One on the pop charts. he was with the band until they imploded in 1989 & then, with the money that he’d earnt from working with them, paid for the recording of his first album.

 

Acid Jazz Records agreed to release it & that started a 5 year collaboration that produced 4 albums – two latin jazz albums by the Beaujolais Band – ‘Mind How You Go’ (1990) & ‘Talk, Talk & More Talk’ (1993) & two soul jazz albums by Vibraphonic – ‘Vibraphonic’ (1993) & ‘Vibraphonic 2’ (1995). Then it turned out that Hollywood Records in LA were interested in Vibraphonic so he signed to them in 1996. Hollywood Records is the audio arm of Disney so he was signed to Disney & used to get cheques with Mickey Mouse on! In 1996 they released ‘A Vibraphonic Christmas’ (their idea, not mine) & then in 1997 they released ‘On A Roll’.

 

In 1999 ‘For Old Times’ was released under the name of the Roger Beaujolais Quintet. That started things moving in a slightly different direction musically & he found that he really enjoyed playing acoustic music on an acoustic vibraphone. Three other quintet albums followed – ‘I’ll See You Tonight’ (2002), ‘Sentimental’ (2005) & ‘Blue Reflections’ (2008). And then there were 4…… The band became a quartet in 2010 & a quartet album – ‘Mind The Gap’ – was released in 2013. He released a second quartet album ‘Sunset’ in June 2017.

 

He recorded an album in Italy called ‘Crossing Generations’ with Alessandro Pivi & the Organic Vibe in 2010 (also featuring Tommaso Starace & Samuele Gambarini). Over the years he played quite a few gigs in a trio with Alessandro along with Giacomo Dominici on double bass they recorded an album together. Named after my new beard it’s called ‘Barba Lunga’ by the Roger Beaujolais Italian Trio & was released in early 2019. 

 

Roger is  a Professor of Music at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance & has also recorded sessions with the likes of Robert Plant, Roni Size, Paul Weller, Morrissey, Kirsty MacColl, Alexander O’Neal, Tony Allen, Ed Motta, Rumer, Duffy, Neneh Cherry, Shola Ama, Colin Vearncombe, Alison Limerick & many more.

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