Late Late show tonight hosted by Top UK Saxophone player Dave O'Higgins and his 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
“We haven't had anything like this in New York for over twenty years". Wynton Marsalis
The Ronnie Scott's Late Late Show!
MONDAY - THURSDAY 11pm-3am
FRIDAY - SATURDAY 1am-3am
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£10 Entry, £5 Students (with ID), FREE entry to MU, Club members and main show ticket holders
In 1959, saxophonist Ronnie Scott opened the door to a small basement club in London’s west end where local musicians could jam. Today, it is one of the world’s most famous jazz clubs attracting packed houses and the biggest names in jazz and popular music and Ronnie Scott’s welcoming, stylish setting is also home to London’s coolest late night hang.
Each night Monday to Saturday, after the main act, Ronnie Scott’s presents the Late Late Show, where some of the UK’s finest jazz talents take to the stage for a late night blowing session.
Dave is a popular & well known figure on the international jazz scene, having recorded 14 albums as leader with various lineups. He cut his teeth with NYJO, Cleo Laine, Roadside Picnic and Mezzoforte and went on to work with Jim Mullen, Ray Charles, Martin Taylor, Itchy Fingers, Frank Sinatra, Salif Keita, Jimmy Smith, Joe Locke, Kyle Eastwood, Jamie Cullum, Stan Tracey, Matthew Herbert, Chico Chagas and the BBC Big Band to name only a few.
Dave has just recorded a new cd, Standards (JVG Productions) due for release Feb 2014. The tunes are instrumental versions of some of the Sinatra repertoire, of which Dave had first hand experience playing in his band at the last London shows in May 1992.
2013’s critically acclaimed CD release, Got The Real Note (Jazzizit) by the Gascoyne/O’Higgins Quartet with Sebastiaan de Krom on drums, Graham Harvey on piano and co-led with bassist, Geoff Gascoyne comprises a selection of “contrafacts” (new tunes written to changes of favourite standards) and the CD was recorded, mixed and mastered at Dave’s new specialist jazz recording studio (JVG). “Real Note Vol 2” is due out March 2014 and the band will be on tour in April and May.
Another recent collaborative project - The Two Minds Big Band, is co-led with long time associate, Pete Wraight. Pete has been the MD an arranger of Matthew Herbert’s Big Band for 10 years, and this had been a project under discussion for a while. The Two Minds Big Band (JVG Productions) is an album of originals - 5 tunes written and arranged by each leader with the same title as it’s inspiration.
Dave has recorded two CDs with US sax legend, Eric Alexander. These are 2-tenors and piano trio (led by Danish drummer, Kristian Leth) in the hard blowing time honoured tradition of Griff/Lockjaw, Stitt/Ammons and Hayes/Scott.
He also teaches saxophone, harmony and improvisation at the London Centre for Contemporary Music, benefitting swathes of up and coming young musicians with his experience!
In his home city, London, Dave is a regular guest with the house band at Ronnie Scott’s and plays every month at the 606 Club in Chelsea with his quartet.
To celebrate Dave Brubeck’s 90th birthday Dave teamed up with Darius (piano), Chris (bass & trombone) and Dan Brubeck (drums) and toured as Brubecks Play Brubeck in the UK. The tour proved immensely popular. Since Dave Brubeck passed last year this is the “official” legacy band and will be playing in New York at Dizzy’s, Lincoln Centre, in April 2014.
All Good Things (EFZ), Beats Working For A Living (recorded in New York and featuring Joey Calderazzo on piano) (EFZ), Under The Stone (EFZ), The Secret Ingredient (EFZ), The Grinder’s Monkey (Short Fuse), Big Shake Up by Dave O’Higgins’ Biggish Band (Big City), Fast Foot Shuffle (Candid), Push (Short Fuse) In the Zone (Jazzizit), Sketch Book (with Eric Alexander)(Jazzizit), Relaxin’ At Mount Lavinia (JVG Productions), The Devil’s Interval (with Eric Alexander)(JVG Productions), Got The Real Note (Jazzizit) with the Gascoyne/O’Higgins Quartet, The Two Minds Big Band (JVG Productions), Standards (JVG Productions) due Feb 2014, Real Note Vol 2 (Jazzizit) with the Gascoyne/O’Higgins Quartet, due April 2014
Other essential recordings
Jason Rebello: A Clearer View (BMG) produced by Wayne Shorter,
Roadside Picnic: Roadside Picnic (BMG), For Madmen Only (BMG)
Itchy Fingers: Full English Breakfast (Enja)
Jim Mullen: Soundbites (EFZ), Rule of Thumb (EFZ)
Clark Tracey Sextet: Full Speed Sideways (33)
Martin Taylor: Spirit of Django (Linn), Years Apart (Linn), The Gypsy (Linn),
Celebrating Grapelli (Linn)
Matthew Herbert: Goodbye Swingtime (Accidental Records), There’s Me and There’s You (K7/Accidental Records)
Jamie Cullum: Pointless Nostalgic (Candid)
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