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Paul Higgs Pavane- in concert
Saturday, November 14, 2015 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm£15
Since joining the National Youth Jazz Orchestra at age 14, Paul has gone on to play a major role as a composer and arranger. His style emphasizes lyrical melodies, as opposed to more angular forms of jazz.
As a young man he was renowned for his skill, working with such luminaries as Johnny Dankworth, Cleo Laine, Peggy Lee, Buddy Greco, John Williams and Shorty Rogers. Paul was a Musical Director and Composer at the National Theatre and the RSC for 24 years, playing at concert halls and theatres around the world, including the Royal Festival Hall, the Schubert Theatre (USA), the Berlin Concert Hall, the Royal Albert Hall, and Ronnie Scott’s.
Paul’s latest album ‘Pavane’ reached No.1 in the One World Music Charts. Chris Spector of Midwest Records wrote ‘Here we have a world class trumpet player…one of those who can mix jazz and classical into a well-simmered brew. This is a fine example of first class stuff by a first class guy’.
The evening features Paul and his Quintet playing compositions from the album, supplemented with a selection of faster rhythmic numbers. Most of these are well-known favourites, made famous by Chet Baker, Clifford Brown and Miles Davis and all of them are guaranteed to quicken the pulse.
‘This is music with feeling, passion, a heartbeat, an inner spirit. Higgs is a class act’ Lillian Peters, Lunch.com
‘Remarkable. In frenetic times “Pavane” escorts the listener to a softly-lit secluded space, with music to soothe and salve the mind and body’
Frank Griffith, London Jazz News
‘Just pure melodic creation. This is a triumph for the composer and trumpet player. Delightful’. Lance Liddle, Bebop Spoken Here
‘Mellow and melodic – refreshing ideas beautifully played’
Dave Gelly, Observer jazz critic
Do join us on Saturday 14 November at what promises to be a wonderful evening of beautiful music by a leading composer and musician. Tickets £15 from the Cowper and Newton Museum shop. To check availability at the door telephone the museum 01234 711516.
Venue: St Peter and St Paul Parish Church, Church Street, Olney. Doors open 7.00pm, concert starts at 7.30pm. Ticket includes glass of wine.
Clips from the tracks of ‘Pavane’ can be heard on Paul’s website:
Youtube link: to hear the tracks and view the videos