Gigs 2019-20


1st May 2019 - Sara Dowling/Martin Guy Lunchtime @ Spice of Life, Soho.

2nd May 2019 - with Tim Huskisson @ Kings Park Village, Canvey Island.

3rd May 2019 - A Brief History of Jazz @ Two Sisters Arts Centre Felixstowe , with Rob Palmer, Marc Cecil and Andy Watson

21st May 2019 - Quintessential, the music of Quincy Jones - Annies Jazz Southend-on-sea.

24th May 2019 - Cult Tv. Jazz@ Cadogan Hall, free lunchtime event.

28th May 2019 - Shades of Miles @ OB's Jazz Club, Brentwood.

30th May 2019 - A Brief History of Jazz @ Googlies Jazz Club, Enfield 8.00pm

6th June 2019 - with Tim Huskisson @ Kings Park Village, Canvey Island. 12.30pm-3.00pm

6th June 2019 - with Dan Forshaw @ Cambridge Arts Theatre. 7.30pm

14th June 2019 - with Carol Braithwaite, Billericay.

16th June 2019 - Greenwich Park with Phoenix band.

19th June 2019 - St Ants Club - Forest Gate

27th June 2019 - Chris Ingham Quartet, the music of Dudley Moore - The Other Palace, St James.

2nd July 2019 - with Catherine Lima - The Allure of Miss Lee - Annies Jazz Club, Thorpe Bay, Essex.

6th July 2019 - Que Pasa @ Brookfest, Herts.

17th July 2019 - Que Pasa @ The Rhodes, Bishops Stortford.

21st July 2019 - A Brief History of Jazz @ Ipswich Jazz Club.Website

23rd July 2019 - Chris Ingham's Rebop - The Music of Horace Silver @ Pizza Express, Dean Street.

24th July 2019 - Chris Ingham Quartet - The Music of Dudley Moore.

27th July 2019 - with Catherine Lima - Loughton Jazz Archive 2.30-4.30pm

31st July 2019 - A Brief History of Jazz @ 12.00 -3.15 Tereza Joanne Boat, Docklands, for City and Village Tours.

3rd August 2019 - with Tim Huskisson @ Kings Park Village, Canvey Island. 12.30pm-3.00pm

6th August 2019 - A Brief History Of Jazz @ Annies Jazz, Southend-on-sea.

13th August 2019 - Pavane at the Electric Theatre, Guilford with Marianne Windham.

4th September 2019 - Que Pasa @ The Rhodes, Bishops Stortford.

12th September 2019 - Chris Ingham Quartet - The Music of Dudley Moore - Lowestoft.

15th September 2019 - Pavane @ the Headgate Theatre, Colchester and part of the Roman River Festival. Website

21 September 2019 - A Brief History of Jazz @ Cherry Hinton Library, Cambridgeshire. Doors open 7.00pm

26th September 2019 - A Brief History of Jazz @ The Elgar Room, Royal Albert Hall. Late night Jazz.

27th September 2019 - A Brief History of Jazz @ Chichester Jazz Club.

5th October 2019 - Catherine Lima for U3a Brentwood.

11th October 2019 - Carol Braithwaite, Billericay

11th October 2019 - Catherine Lima at The Fleece Jazz Club, Stoke-by-Nayland Website

12th October 2019 - Quintessential - The Music of Quincy Jones @ Southend Jazz Festival Website 1.00pm-3.00pm

13th October 2019 - A Brief History of Jazz @ Ramsey Library, Cambridgeshire. 2-4pm show

21st October 2019 - Pavane @ Bexley Jazz Club.

23rd October 2019 Cool School - Music from the cool era @ St Ants Jazz club. 8.45pm

31st October 2019 - A Brief History of Jazz - Seven Oaks U3a,Seven Oaks.Private event.

3rd November 2019 - Brown and Blue - The music of Clifford Brown and Blue Mitchell at The Woolpack, Chelmsford with Graeme Culham.

12th or 19th ? November 2019 - check website - The music of Rodgers and Hammerstein with Annie at Annies Jazz, Southend-on-sea.

21st November 2019 - @ Eltham Warren Jazz Club - with Hugh Ockendon

22nd November 2019 - Pavane at The Fleece Jazz Club, Stoke-by-Nayland Website

24th November 2019 - Chris Ingham's Rebop - Miles Ahead - St John Smiths Square.

15th December 2019 - Shades of Miles at The Stables, Wavendon. 11.30am

20th December 2019 - Chris Ingham's Rebop @ The Hunter Club.

2020

15th February 2020 - Mancini Magic - Hadliegh Jazz Club, with George Double,Chris Ingham. TBC***

8th January 2020 @ St Ants

15th January 2020 Hoagy with Chris Ingham Quartet at Radlett Centre.

15th February 2020 Mancini Magic @ Hadleigh Jazz Club with Chris Ingham Quartet.

28th February 2020 A Brief History of Jazz @ Saffron Hall, Saffron Walden. with Dan Forshaw. TBC***

29th,30th April- 1st,2nd,3rd May - Chris Ingham Dudley tour. TBC***

10th May 2020 Hoagy - with Chris Ingham Quartet,Isle-of-Wight.

24th May 2020 A Brief History of Jazz @ Sheringham little Theatre, Norfolk with Graeme Culham.



 

Wakefield Jazz Club Review


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The Oxford Times Review


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Pavane review in Audiophile News


New review by Tony Andrews
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**** Observer Review of Chris Ingham Quartet Dudley Album.....


"Unfailingly tuneful and spiced with gentle harmonic guile...Dudley would have been delighted" **** OBSERVER.
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"Swing, humour and poignancy...a jazz joy" **** MOJO

"A delightful CD...a worthy tribute to one of the British jazz piano greats by a British jazz pianist who ain't no slouch either" BEBOP SPOKEN HERE

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CD of the week - The Lady magazine


Review - 'Pavane', the album: “You don’t normally associate the word ‘beguiling’ with the sound of a trumpet, but this CD by celebrated trumpeter and composer Paul Higgs is just that. By turns romantic and haunting, but always insistent, Paul’s compositions mix the genres of classical music and jazz with the grandeur of a film score.” GS, The Lady, 21/2/14:CD OF THE WEEK; PAVANE:




 

London Jazz News - Frank Griffith


Trumpeter, pianist, composer Paul Higgs, has produced a gently atmospheric melange of classical, jazz and new age vignettes. The eleven tracks that comprise Pavane, each about four minutes in length, subtly woo the listener in, with a combination of plainsong trumpet melodies supported by an evocative wash of cello and viola countermelodies ably played by Helen Yousaf. The trickly and wistful classical guitar broodings from Andy Watson score highly as well.

The collection feels more like a forty-five minute suite rather than a variety of distinctive compositions. A remarkable effect results from delivering changing sound palettes and tempi throughout ,yet unified by an overarching almost trance-like ethos.

In frenetic times Pavane escorts the listener to a softly lit secluded space, with music to soothe and salve the mind and body.


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Bebop Spoken Here - Lance Liddle


Paul Higgs is a new name to me although he has such jazz luminaries as Digby Fairweather and Dave Gelly, among others, in his corner.
Musical Director and Composer at the National Theatre and the RSC for 24 years Higgs also worked with notable names such as Dankworths John and Cleo, Peggy Lee, Al Martino, Buddy Greco, Shorty Rogers and Rosemary Clooney (cited as George Clooney's aunt. I always think of George Clooney as Rosie's nephew!).
An impressive pedigree built upon his acceptance by NYJO at age 14. Bill Ashton, then MD of NYJO, referred to him as "One of the most gifted composers and arrangers ever to have been involved with NYJO" - praise indeed.
Pavane is an album of original compositions that blend the genres of jazz and classical music.
Oh dear, I thought, where have I heard that before?!
I needn't have worried - it works a treat. Incredibly, the end product incorporates just enough of both genres to avoid offending aficionados of either form.
No dirty blues or stratospheric screeching, just pure melodic creation.
At times the Miles/Gil Evans collaborations are fleetingly suggested and tone-wise Chris Botti comes to mind but, overall, this is a triumph for the composer, arranger and trumpet player.
It's neither hot nor cool - just comfortably warm.
On a personal note; my late parents, with whom I had many heated arguments on the jazz v classics issue, would have enjoyed listening to this.
Delightful.

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Lunch


A new album by Paul Higgs, who is best-known as a trumpet player, but on his Pavane CD he also plays piano, composes all the material, arranges and produces. There are several things that set this album apart from the pack. The first is that the music is great, but not easily categorized (contemporary classical? modern jazz? instrumental showtunes? soundtrack sounds in search of a film? or a bit of all of that?). The second thing is that, unlike most jazz and pop-rock horn players, Higgs does not feel compelled to play fast, uptempo numbers (no boogie or funk or anything like the band Chicago did in their prime). No, generally Higgs plays very slow which gives each drawn-out note much emotionally resonance. This is music with feeling, passion, a heartbeat, an inner spirit.

This would be perfect music to put on at your next dinner party, especially if there are some upper-crust folks in the crowd (people who occasionally go to the symphony or out to plays). Higgs is a class-act just waiting to class up your next get-together. You heard it here first.

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Marlbank


Blessed with superb tone, Higgs’ soundworld on his own compositions exist in Claus Ogerman-meets-Mark Isham-like musical situations, as they’re highly romantic, melodic and communicative. But if someone set words to ‘Clocks’, it would be perfect for a singer such as Christopher Cross. You won’t however find big improvisational flights of fancy or extended solos here as that’s not the point although there is a jazz sensibility at play. ‘Shadows and Desire’ is my pick of the tunes with its Metheny-esque Secret Story-like atmosphere, and the album may well also appeal to listeners who
dip in and out of light classical music as much as they do styles of jazz that have their compass set firmly from the example of the early balladic side of Miles Davis onwards. The exposition of the themes, very strong movie-quality ones at that, and their decorative interpretation, is the preferred approach, whether it’s heard in the light classical style of ‘Crystalline’ or the sentimental ‘The Glow of Evening.’ SG

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Buzz Music


There is a new CD out (called Pavane) by Paul Higgs, one of the Englands top trumpet players. He has a beautiful smooth flowing tone, writes lovely melodies, and plays with excellent musicians. But the interesting thing about this instrumental all-acoustic recording is that Higgs plays so slowly, gently and emotionally which allows the music to work as new age, neo-classical and gentle jazz.

Higgs has always moved with ease between the worlds of stage-play music (UK National Theatre), jazz, classical, new age music, film and television scores, and Peggy Lee-era pop music. You will hear a bit of all of this in his music, but mostly it is simply beautiful music that has widespread appeal.

Higgs also performs all the piano parts on the CD, and he is pretty darn good at that too.

So take a listen and treat yourself to some wonderful instrumental music.

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Midwest Record


Here we find ourselves with a world class trumpet player that we're not familiar with and would like to be. One of those cats that can mix jazz and classical into a well simmered brew, this isn't like the 50s take on jazz/classical. Modern without going new age along the way, this is simply fine music deftly and expertly presented. Tasty throughout setting a new highwater mark for sitting down music in general, Higgs seems like he can play anything and be on the money at all times. Not a hell raiser and not easy listening, this is a fine example of first class stuff by a first class guy.

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Article on Pavane at Top40-charts.com


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Prepared Pianola for Roger Bannister


Paul's composition for Mel Brimfield at the Whitechapel Gallery.
A new commission for the Government Art Collection was on display at the Whitechapel Gallery, London. inspired by the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Brimfield's 4' 33" (Prepared Pianola for Roger Bannister) is a playful interactive sculpture that takes as its starting point the experimental music and performances of John Cage and British athlete Roger Bannister's fourth-placed position in the 1952 Helsinki Olympics. A multi-layered score with echoes of everything from the British National Anthem to BBC TV's Ski Sunday theme tune has been specially composed for the project."

There's a big red button to press, which causes a klaxon and various bells to sound, Then the pianola automatically plays a "tune" based on Bannister's race at the Helsinki Olympics, breaking into snippets of the various national anthems of whoever was leading at that particular time into the race.

A 1920s Steck pianola, a 'ball run' incorporating percussion instrument and musical horns combine to play a composition inspired by the athletes' performance in the race and the experimental music of John Cage.

The work celebrates the 1952 Helsinki Olympic race where British athlete Roger Bannister came fourth -- just missing out on a medal -- but spurring him on in his goal of breaking the four-minute mile two years later.

"I think there's something quite British about noble striving rather than success," said Ms Brimfield. "I wanted to make some sort of monument to that and this is the story of this race."





 

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