Graham Harvey / Dave O’Higgins Quartet – Pre Booking Only


Date: 1 February 2022
End Date: 1 February 2022
Type: open

TIME: 8.00 – 11.00PM


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Graham Harvey – piano
Dave O’Higgins – sax
Jeremy Brown – bass
Josh Morrison – drums


The Harvey / O’Higgins Project is the latest venture by leading British musicians, pianist
Graham Harvey and saxophonist Dave O’Higgins, featuring long-time collaborators Jeremy
Brown on bass and Josh Morrison on drums. “The musical landscape that the Harvey /
O’Higgins Project inhabits is neither innovative nor fashion led,” comments Harvey. “There is,
however, a thread in jazz that has continued from its origins in the small groups of the swing
era, through bebop and up to the present day, that embodies the aesthetic of harmonic
integrity (‘making the changes’) coupled with rhythmic coherence (‘being in the pocket’). This
is where we exist.”
They have recently released a new album on Ubuntu Records That’s the Way to Live! is a beautifully balanced album featuring five standards (‘I Wish I Knew’, ‘Chlo-e (Song of the Swamp)’, ‘Segment’, ‘More Than You Know’ and ‘Autumn Nocturne’) and five compositions (‘That’s What You’re Gonna Get’, ‘Mesa’, ‘Tropical Paradise’, ‘That’s The Way To Live! and Stir Crazy?’). “It’s not a lack of creativity that leads us to explore
the standard repertoire and forms of jazz. Instead, these forms provide the canvas for
improvisation and dialogue,’ explains Harvey. “The tradition of jazz provides an infinite horizon
to experiment and create. Just as a Bach fugue is open to a myriad of creative interpretations,
so is the blues or a great standard.”

“an excellent ensemble, with that settled-in feeling that comes from knowing each other’s playing intimately”

Dave Gelly, The Observer Rating: ★★★★

“the Harvey O’Higgins Project mainlines all the eternal values of great tone, melodic sweetness, rhythmic assurance and swing to blow your socks off.”

Andy Robson Jazzwise Rating: ★★★★

“…aims to rise above the narrow focus of current jazz fashion by selecting its themes from wherever it chooses, investing them with energy, careful thought and crisply execution.”

Leonard Weinreich London Jazz News

“undoubtedly be this year’s album of choice.”

Roger Farbey Jazz Journal 10 November 2021