Thursday 12 September
O’Higgins and Luft play Monk and Trane

A welcome return to Calstock Arts for Dave O’Higgins, an established giant of the UK jazz scene, joined by young firebrand guitarist Rob Luft along with organist Scott Flanigan and drummer Rod Youngs.

Featuring Thelonious Monk compositions (expect some rarely heard ones!) and tunes played by John Coltrane, especially his choice of standards and various collaborations in the 1950s.

Both Monk and Trane were “modernists”, but also steeped in swing and the rich tradition of the beboppers. Dave and Rob intend to respect this lineage whilst putting their own mark on it. Expect some swing, fun, grooves and moods from this exciting new collaboration.

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 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.

Breakthrough Act of the Year at the 2018 Jazz FM Awards, Rob Luft is one of the UK’s most prominent and talented young contemporary jazz guitarists, described by BBC Radio 3’s Julian Joseph as ‘an extraordinary talent’.

Scott Flanigan is one of the foremost keyboard players on the UK jazz scene, having performed with Van Morrison, Larry Coryell and Jean Toussaint.

US drummer Rod Youngs has a style that centres on the great post-bop drummers of the 50s. He’s the drummer of choice for Courtney Pine, Hugh Masekela, Carleen Anderson, Denys Baptiste, Abdullah Ibrahim, Julian Joseph and many more.

See the new album trailer here

Tickets: £14 advance, £15 door. £1 reduction for Friends of Calstock Arts, £8 under 21s and students with ID.

Click here for tickets or phone 01726 879500

Tickets also available from Limekiln Gallery, Calstock. Opening times 11.00am to 5.00pm Tuesday to Saturday.

Doors and bar 7.00pm, start time 8.00pm