Dave O’Higgins returns to the Blue Lamp for a performance as part of his 2017 tour. Dave is a saxophonist, composer, arranger, educator and latterly recording engineer and producer. He has been a popular figure on the UK and international jazz scene for 30 years now, with 19 albums as leader under his belt and in addition regularly plays with Jamie Cullum, Kyle Eastwood, the BBC Big Band and Ronnie Scott’s Orchestra. Dave’s 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 enjoys the learning process which is a constant advancing flow. The Dave O’Higgins Quartet has been together for 5 years now with Sebastiaan de Krom (drums), Geoff Gascoyne (bass) and Rob Barron (piano) – a band that is unashamed to swing and draw on blues and functional harmonies and the great tome of jazz vocabulary, eschewing fads and fusions.
From France, we welcome Cédric Hanriot whose music is fed by the cross currents of jazz, pop and groove. To accompany he him is bassist Bertrand Beruard, and the prodigious drummer Elie Martin Charriere. The group playfully explores famous international themes taken from the pop of Katy Perry, the rock of Nirvana, the electronic music of Massive Attack as well as exploring Cedric’s original compositions in which groove and interaction are the main focus. The music is distinguished by the addition of electronic textures that interact with acoustic instruments (piano, drums and bass) bringing a cinematic dimension to the trio.
“Cédric Hanriot have created an ‘improvisational concept’ that takes mainstream jazz styles for quintet and links them to literary and artistic archetype” Downbeat Magazine
“Hanriot, a swinging stylist who can keep several ideas afloat at once, make notable contributions as well, moving the hardbop ethos into present times” Tom Greenland, The New York City Jazz Record
Tomáš Liška´s “Invisible World“ from The Czech Republic is a sophisticated blend of New and Old World influences, including Turkish violin, Balkan accordion and a pinch of tango nuevo. It is therefore as much world music as jazz but we are sure you will be delighted with it’s infectious grooves. “Invisible World” is the title of ’s Tomáš’s first CD and they have chosen to come to the Blue Lamp to let us into its secrets. What they have created with Invisible World is an intricate and intimate album. The studio-recorded tracks have a live feel about them, but it is the feel of a fireside or a chamber concert rather than one played in a large hall. It is mellow and poignant, blending jazz with touches of folk, country and tango. Each note is played to be heard, not lost in a solid structure of sound. It’s a contemplative album, with spacey arrangements that allow the music to breathe.
The North East of Scotland’s own big band plays tribute to the great sound of the bands of the 40s, 50s and 60s such as Count Basie, Duke Ellington and Stan Kenton. The AJO is an amalgamation of the cream of jazz musicians in the Aberdeen area and are renowned for their big sound and great arrangements. Come along and get back to the big band era with a festive twist.